Oh The Horror!

@irishidid (8521)
United States
February 15, 2016 10:28am CST
I admit it. I love horror movies and books. Lately it has been more movies as I haven't had the time to just sit and read. The latest movie was Crimson Peak and it loved its Gothic setting and feel. I'm a big fan of good special effects whether they come from the hands of the makeup artist or computer generated. There are some movies, however, I don't think belong in the horror genre but are still there. Slasher movies for one and as a point I won't watch them. I want monsters, creatures of the night, things that go bump in the night. I don't want movies like Saw or Scream where it was nothing but evil people thinking up the most cruel ways to kill another person. Scare me. Make me want to put my feet up just in case there is something crawling about the ground. Make me want to leave the light on, cover my head with a blanket. That's what horror should be about. My favorite horror book? The Elementals by Michael McDowell. Never heard of him? You most likely have seen his screenplays. Stephen King called him "the finest writer of paperback originals in America today".
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@Marcyaz (35765)
• United States
15 Feb 16
I don't generally watch horror movies but I do like a good mystery and Stephen King has some good books to read but not all.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
15 Feb 16
I haven't read King in years.
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@msiduri (5757)
• United States
15 Feb 16
@Marcyaz King is really good at creating suspense. I find I'm more often than not disappointed in his endings, though.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
15 Feb 16
@msiduri I think a lot of readers find his ending disappointing. I personally think he could do with a lot less filler in his books.
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@JudyEv (118545)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Feb 16
I don't read horror books or watch horror movies. I'd probably never sleep if I did. But I'm glad you enjoy them.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
16 Feb 16
I do like them but they aren't to everyone's taste.
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@msiduri (5757)
• United States
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv Horror, like romance, isn't for everyone and I can appreciate that. I'm not much of one for superhero stuff, but I know people really like it.
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@JudyEv (118545)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 16
@msiduri It's good we're all different or some authors would never sell their books!
@msiduri (5757)
• United States
15 Feb 16
I'm finding I like older horror and ghost stories better. I've started reading Lovecraft for the first time in years. While he had his faults, he was a master of atmosphere. Some of his stories are just wonderful for that.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
15 Feb 16
Lovecraft is good and Poe.
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@silvermist (19802)
• India
16 Feb 16
@irishidid I too like seeing horror movies.But I do not like films like Saw with too much gore. I have not heard about the book ''The Elementals ''by Michael McDowell.
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@msiduri (5757)
• United States
17 Feb 16
I agree with that gore is not entertaining. I mean, anyone can do that. But, as a fellow Lovecraft fan, have to appreciate atmosphere.
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@jstory07 (65385)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Feb 16
I do not watch horror movies but I do like watching crime movies and some of them are pretty bad.
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@Scindhia (1958)
• Chennai, India
16 Feb 16
My husband loves horror movies but I run in the opposite direction if one is playing at our home. Does vampire books count as horror books?
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@Lucky15 (33439)
• Philippines
16 Feb 16
Maybe not that much for me. Haha
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@JohnRoberts (51983)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Feb 16
This movie is on my radar for future viewing. Sounds like it has that The Woman in Black feel. I agree that movies like Saw aren't horror or scary movies but exercises in inventive ways to torture and kill people.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
16 Feb 16
I find them more disgusting than scary.