How can people like horror movies?

@Nykkee (2523)
Canada
June 10, 2007 6:50pm CST
What the hell is wrong with people? I have asked many a horror move enthusiast and have yet to recieve a satisfactory answer to the question, "How can you possibly enjoy watching that?" "It's just make believe." is a ridiculous answer, that doesn't make it any less sick. We live our lives hoping to never witness such horror, if someone does they need cousolling and medication and often take thier own lives, but yet people will chose to put this crap on thier televisions. WHAT THE HELL????????????????????? And don't repond to me telling me it's fun to be scared, it's not fun it's sick.
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@wrdsofwisdm (1070)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I remember when scary movies were not believable and a little silly. Nowadays the graphics and technology are so advanced that I too, do not understand what the fascination is with today's youth making these production companies millions of dollars a week at the box office. A guy I was dating last summer rented some horror movies. I literally got up from the couch and left the room after 45 minutes of the 1st one. Too graphic, too realistic, and senseless. I cannot describe the horrible feeling I had.
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
Thank you very much for your reponse. I am glad to get someone responding that seems to see my point. I enjoy Steven King novels/movies, and I even watched The Grudge, but those are scary movies. Alot of people responding to me are missing my point and defending the scary movies. It's nice to have someone on your side. Cheers.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
I'm sorry. I love horror movies. I'm a big fan! But I prefer the more pyscological scares. I hate gore and extreme violence.
@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
I enjoy psychological thrillers as well, I don't think I was cealr enough in the original discussion, when I say horror I mean, blood and guts and missing body parts, all the crap it's not necessary to show, like Saw.
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Ah- now that I found a specific movie you mean, I think I can respond better. Saw has a pyscological component too. Asking if the man who's controlling everyone is "sick" because of his brain cancer, if he's always been this way but now that he's dying he feels he can act it out or if maybe somehow he's actually doing something of a service to human kind in a sick & twisted way; are among the things I found myself asking after watching the movie. As far as the extreme gore of the movie, I think that's both a reflection of our society. The news is just as violent, twisted & scary; but unfortunately real. And a need to outdo the movies that came before it that were similar. I don't see how enjoying a movie like Saw is any more disturbing than liking an average thriller movie.
@Galena (9123)
11 Jun 07
I can't watch the news. it upsets me.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
13 ghost - this movie is crazy
I like scary movies. It's not real it's just a movie. It is fun to watch scary movies. To each his own.
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
Scary is fine, I'm talking about the ones that cross the line between scary and disgusting.
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• Canada
11 Jun 07
I too am not a fan of Horror movies, though my partner is. I think the thing is, we, as humans, have a morbid fascination with things such as missing body parts and so on. It's the same with anything. Like when you drive by an accident, you always see everyone else rubbernecking to see if they can see anything. If they do, then they go home and excitedly report it to their spouses, their parents and anyone else who'll listen. It's not that they enjoyed actually seeing that sort of thing. It's more that their morbid curiosity kicks in and they feel compelled to look at and watch things like that.
@senthil2k (1501)
• India
11 Jun 07
People have different interest and its really normal for people to like something which others dont like. May be Scary movies are not of interest to you, but there are people who just love to watch them. Tv and other medias have content that are of interest to many kinds of people and they just cant cater to the needs of a specific kind of people. If your interest doesnt match with the content, then just switch to another one which matters to you. Thats all.. Keep your life as simple as that. Let everyone enjoy what they wish..
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• India
11 Jun 07
Why man....wat's the problem in that . I also like horror movies and a lot of ppl like to watch horror movies bcz it shows the fear that resides within us we touch the extreme of our emotions and our senses while watching such movies. It reveals that part of a human life that we simply like to ignore or we don't care abt that but the the fact is that it does exsist and sometimes effects us too.
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
Yes sick stuff like that does ometimes happen and we like to ignore it because it is horrible and disgusting and no one want to witness it in real life so why chose to watch it?
• India
11 Jun 07
I think it's just a curiosity that ppl somtimes want to watch those things that do not want to happen in their real life.
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• India
11 Jun 07
I think it's just a curiosity that sometimes ppl want to watch those things that they do not want to happen in real life.
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@Galena (9123)
11 Jun 07
I don't know. I've always enjoyed horror films. I don't think there's anything wrong with me for it. I'm a kind person, and not agressive. I just enjoy it. obviously, if it was real I wouldn't. so I suppose it must be that unsatisfactory answer that it's not real again. I didn't like the film Wolf Creek, as it was really clinical, really cold and really brutal. it was too real, and it didn't have whatever it was that makes me enjoy a horror film rather than being scared by it. I wasn't scared by Wolf Creek. I just felt really bad for having sat and watched it. it's too bleak. there's something very tongue in cheek about most horror films. I've never really been scared by them, and usually I find them sort of funny. they're usually very cheesy, very cliched, and something like a pantomime really. there's bad acting, bad effects, bad dialogue. I find it funny. I don't think anyone that doesn't like horror films would understand it. I don't enjoy the sorts of films about presidents or court cases or bruce willis running about in a grubby vest. so there you go. no more satisfactory than other answers, but I enjoy it, and some people don't. other people enjoy sorts of films I don't enjoy.
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
As I mentioned to a few people before, I am talking about the really hardcore disgusting movies, like Saw, Wolfcreek is probably a similar type of movie.
@Galena (9123)
11 Jun 07
wolf creek was much worse than saw and hostel. they still had a touch of that humour there. I think also, so few films build up a character enough for you to see them as a real person. I think one of the things I found interesting with hostel is how it drew parallels between what the people were doing, and what the victims were doing in amsterdam. they were told on their travels that there were rooms where you could go into a room, pay your money and do whatever you wanted to someone. they ended up in such a room. the idea behind it is very very creepy. that in theory it was based on a site the writers found offering the opportunity to go into a room and shoot someone if they paid enough. it's beleivable. but ultimately it still has a touch of that dark humour. along with a lot of ketchup. thanks for best response, by the way.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I like Horror Movies. I read down a bit to the first few answers and you mentioned not talking about things like Stephen King. So may I ask, what kind are you talking about? Stephen King, for instance, has movies based on books that he wrote. Such as It, about a being that typically manifests itself as a clown to draw in children and kill it. Or there was Cat's eye. Three stories revolving around a cat and a girl. A cat gets tortured so people will stop smoking. A guy is tortured and almost killed for being an adulterer. A little girl is attacked by a troll who is trying to steal her breath. Or even the Children of the Corn series, about kids who murder adults. So you don't mean those types? Do you mean the kind like The Hills have Eyes about bushmen type people who kill others and eat them. Or Wrong Turn another movie about Bushmen type people? Are you talking about the Halloween Series or Jason Series or even Nightmare on Elm Street Series? A lot of horror movies are based on stories or based off of something that happened in real life. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre character Leatherface, he's based off of Ed Gein. A serial killer who used to kill people and wear their skin. A character in the Silence of the Lamb movie was also based off of Ed Gein. You think a certain type of Horror movie is sick. That's understandable. The truth is people do some of these sick things in real life. At least with a movie you know it's not really happening. It really is a form of entertainment, Horror. It's like Haunted houses, They're scary and they're sick and yet...every Halloween people Flock to them. If you really think about it... Watching a War movie is almost worse than watching a Horror movie. Why were people getting blown up and shot in Saving Private Ryan? Because during World War II a lot of people were blown up and shot because a War was going on. This REALLY happened. Watching a movie where a girl is killed in her dreams by a man with knives for fingers... well hey at least that didn't really happen. People like what they like. As long as people watching these horror movies don't go out and do the things they see in the movies, what harm is it doing?
@raychill (6530)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Yes, Stephen King wrote Children of the Corn. I actually hate that series myself...and I'm a huge Stephen King fan. I do get what you're saying, You don't mind stories of sorts but you just don't like the movies about crazy psycho maniacs going around eating people just for the heck of it, I mean, besides the fact that they're crazy. Braveheart was actually a movie that I actually had to watch in High School for a Social Studies assignment. Anyhow, I totally don't want to get into a political debate or war debate... but let's just say that Some people would say that in War people are going around aimlessly killing people, not unlike those characters who do it in movies. More people who aimlessly kill... The 9/11 incident with the planes crashing into buildings. The guy who bombed Oklahoma City. The Kids who went around murdering students and teachers in their schools. The stuff happens in real life, in some ways...even more gruesome than in movies. So my point is... that I think it's how you view things. You view things as, if there's a reason for it (war) than it's okay, but if there's no reason for it...it's not okay. Whereas some people would view war as not being okay either. You know? I totally see your point though...and I guess no one can really answer your question see they would view horror movies differently.
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• Philippines
8 Jul 07
I am an avid horror movie watcher. I dont think I can give any logic to it too. If you like paranormals, you would definitely appreciate horror films. I think people like to watch what could stimulate them. That could bring them thrill. Why do people watch horror films when they know they will not be able to go to the bathroom alone in the night for the next few weeks? "The mystery of the unknown attracts us and the fear of the unknown follows us after we leave the theater. That's the joy of watching horror films."
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
9 Jul 07
My issue is not with all horror movies. I myslef like some Steven King movie. My problem is with movies like Saw, Hostle, crap like that. I can watch movies with fighting and war where people die in battle, and I can watch movies with ghosts and stuff like that, I am completely disgusted by the movies I mentioned above though, as they are just about horrible sick people doing horrible sick things to other people, and not to protect thier own life in battle, or for any logical or supernatural reason, just because they are sick and horrible and sub-human.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Could you give an example of which type you find disgusting? I think there are as many reasons for liking horror movies as there are people who do. Personally I love Clive Barker books & movies (the Hellraiser series is the one most are likely to recognize) which are pretty gory, and graphic. The earlier ones are B-grade movies that have a certain artistic appeal to me. I enjoy watching the behind the scenes type features & seeing how with minimal or no special effects the scenes are created after watching the movie. I like most of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The premise of the movies (bringing a 'monster' out of your dream & into the real world) is like an adult version of a good campfire story.
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
If you read through my responses to other people's responses to me you will see where I specified the type. I am talking about movies like Hostle and Saw.
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
11 Jun 07
Okay, I'm glad I read all the comments, because now I know which movies you mean and I have to wholeheartedly agree with you. I think movies like Hostel and Saw are absolutely disgusting and I simply don't understand how people can watch them - and enjoy them! My boyfriend would happily watch them (mostly because they're not 'real', but I know for a fact that horrible things happen to people all the time so it would still be too realistic and upsetting for me), but I just can't.
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
Thak you for your supportive comment. Another person that sees my point! :)
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
7 Jul 07
I love horror films. Not just the psychological ones, I like the gory ones too. All the different types. You know what? Yes it IS fun to be scared every now and then. But horror movies don't often scare me, because I know that it's make believe. The Cenobytes don't exist, Freddy Kreuger will never come into my dreams and kill me. The stories behind the gore and (for some) terror is what appeals to me. The idea of a video tape that kills you 7 days after you watch it? That's a pretty intriquing idea, and I wanted to see how they spun that particular tale. Wanna know what movies scare me? Resident Evil, Warning Sign, 28 Days Later... movies like that. Movies that center around the government creating biological weapons that make people forget all but 2 things -- to kill and to eat. Because let's face it, who really knows what their government is up to?
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19 Jun 07
You know I'm a huge fan of horror films. I always have and there's nothing at all wrong with liking them as they are just films. I like zombie movies which I like the idea of the world being over ran by a form that just want to eat us, doesn't mean I'd enjoy if it was to happen. Seriously though some people take it too serious. People like to "scared" without going through it, our bodies enjoy being shocked and having happen to us. The horror you see on the screen is the same fear you feel when someones trying to kill you.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
Well, that is an interesting opinion, and that's all it is. I myself love a good horror movie. They are fun to watch and see if I can figure out what's going on. The blood and guts stuff I just laught at because I know it's all make beleive. The only movie so far that I was glued to the screen was "Saw". That movie was really good. the other two weren't as good and I heard they are making a fourth one. People like getting scared as long as they know they won't get hurt. I also like going to haunted houses and things like that during Halloween. It's just for fun and I rarely get scared because I know they are just actors in costumes. As for you thinking it is sick, that is your opinion. If something on the TV is real though then it is sad that it is on, and that is a different story all together.
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• Mexico
11 Jun 07
I love horror movies, i always see them since i was a kid. But now they really don't make movies like they used to, its hard to find newer movies that are really scary. The movies that are more realistic are more interesting. It is funny that almost all the people seeing the movie are screaming, but is exciting that you can be scared. That's why i think the persons like horror movies, to be scared for a while, and it depends on the type of person, because perhaps you are a delicate person and you don't support that movies. But there is people can support that.
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@dbeast (1498)
• India
11 Jun 07
maybe you are right,maybe you are not.i like horror movies and i definitely like saw.yes it was gruesome and bloody and disgusting but i sure did like it.it was diferrent from all the boring old movies.come on this is just entertainment and nothing else and there is no one who is going to follow whatever they see religiously.so just chill buddy.it is after all a 2 hour show and thats all there is to it.we got more important tthings in life to worry about than horror movies.
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
I don't like the blood and guts and gore type movies. I do like a good scary movie though. Like The Shining or Poltergiest scared the beejeebers out of me, and I loved every minute of it.
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@azimsay (545)
• India
11 Jun 07
I don't like tosee horror movies.I faithfuly to say I am afraiding of horror.When other people saw that they be trouble in the day.They feel sick.
• United States
11 Jun 07
well i love them, you get to watch something illegal and never get arrested. killing or torture are ruff in real life but fun in movies, because it is untrue. so, i love it!!
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• Canada
11 Jun 07
so on that what the hell is wrong with people that watch comedy, your life to boring to find your own fun? or how about action cant make your own action in your life. this question is silly we watch what we are in the mood for.Mabye you just cant handle the fact that everyone is not you. or love movies are you saying we should not watch them if we dont have love in our lifes? really i feel it comes down to what the hell is wrong with us having are own opinon and not yours!!!!!!!