Are Horror Movies Too Horrific?

United States
February 18, 2007 4:03am CST
I have seen people talk about how the horror movies today have gone to far with the blood and gore on the screen. I would like to know what you all think. I am personally a huge horror fan and you really have to go into the depths of the worst horrors to scare me, maybe that is because I study film and can see the bigger meaning behind the fears. Horror fan or not, do you think that horror movies today have gone to far, are they too Horrific?
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• United States
18 Feb 07
The covers of the dvds are bad enough. I haven't seen many old horror flicks, I missed all the Friday the 13th and Halloween movies. I caught "I still Know what you did last summer" which was completely lame, but it was the only show in town. The movies I've seen in blockbuster lately just have disturbing covers. The descriptions seem more sick than frightening. I for one don't like the new horror movies. I can deal with serial killer thrillers, but torture and perversion takes it a little far. I saw Saw, and while I respect that the film is very well made, well paced, and has a great plot, it scared the living daylights out of me, because it was just plain sick. Same with House of 1000 Corpses, although it was neither well made nor well paced. Things have just gotten too sick.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
I can understand your aversion to the gore, but take into account at least what this says about society as a whole, that we would even allow such a thing on the screen. We must look at the bigger meaning because it says something about human beings as a whole, something about our fears and our values.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
I don't think it's the horror aspect that's too much for me. I love a good monster film, or a haunting film. The paranormal and supernatural are terrifically scary, but it's the psychological thrillers that have really turned me away from most of today's horror films. Like the Saw movies, for example. I can't watch them. They're too much. I get depressed to think that there are people out there that actually do that sort of thing, rather than watching a paranormal film, where you don't know if it's real/proven or not.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
I get wanting the psychological scare instead of the gory messiness that is most horror movies today. I found that Psycho was one of the most thrilling and terrifying movies that I ever saw, and it was all only in my head.
• Netherlands
18 Feb 07
I don't think that horror movies have gone too far in fact I think that newer horror movies are more predictable and boring in comparison to older ones. (There are exceptions of course) It just seems like most horror movies coming out lately have all been teenie type movies and no fun at all. Certainly not more horrific.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
I have to agree that I do not like the teen horror movies.
@dmunz83 (39)
• Philippines
18 Feb 07
i think films like hostel and saw (*i consider them horror films*)are just too graphic for me..i like japanese horror films because they bring out your deepest fears. they do it by good cinematography and good scary sounds. its as if you are the one playing the actor because you can really feel the fear that they are going through
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• United States
20 Feb 07
I think that the Japanese have a great perspective on horror and there are several movies that I have really enjoyed. Certainly not like American horror films.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
18 Feb 07
not at all..the so called horror movies they come out with these days for the most part are pretty damn tame IMO...I mean there are a few exceptions such as Hostel and the Saw movies and even the remake of Texas Chainsaw but even those arent all THAT gory really...Hell even places like Rotten.com which has actual photos of real murders, deaths etc doesnt phase me so in order for me to feel like a fictional movie has gone too far it'd have to be an underground snuff and even then I'd be facinated with it more than grossed out...
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• United States
20 Feb 07
Wow that is pretty far, I don't know that I could go all the way there. Part of the reason I love horror movies is because I know that they are not real.
@coltonclm (158)
• United States
18 Feb 07
really depends on if you like horror movies or not...not really a fan but some are ok
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• United States
18 Feb 07
I think they are, but then again I get scared easy! Compared to old movies (Classics) New movies are so much more graphic!
• United States
18 Feb 07
certain one's are but some who like horror movies might like movies that are like this. Final destinations,texas chainsaw massacre,saw...These movies are really graphic but I like them-They're not too horrific for me, I guess it's personal opinion & who the watcher is to dtermine whether a movie is too horrific-I wouldn't recommend young children watching movies like these.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
No I don't think that young children should be exposed to horror movies at all, and it is about personal opinion, that is why some people are into them and others avoid them at all costs.
• United States
18 Feb 07
Yes, I do think horror movies of today have gone too far. I think too much gore takes away from the movie. The only horror movies I will watch are B-rated like Bats, Deep Blue Sea or Eight Legged Freaks. I have to have a little humor with my horror.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
Well there is something to be said for that, those are a different kind of movie altogether. I agree though, sometimes we have to laugh at what was suppose to be scary.
@rosie_123 (6118)
18 Feb 07
Well I am not a horror fan at all. To me they are all horrific (which I guess is their intention), and I don't want to pay good momey to be scared, and have nightmares. However from what I know from others, the main problem nowadays is that they are too gory, and "realistic". A good horror film surely, should leave somethung to the imagination, and frighte you more bby the thought of what it doesn't show, than being too graphic!
• United States
20 Feb 07
I just think that the graphic violence has something to say about our society and what we are willing to put out there for people to see on the screen, basically our worst fears realized.
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Movies desensitize us to the worst forms of personal destruction, make murderers cult heros,probably inspire some to enact heinous thoughts by proxy.To me they have no redeeming quality, they make these films because they can, but I would think a life lived without witnessing these atrocities, would carry over into one's social existance?I mean.. how else can one say.. "gross, no thanks!"
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• United States
20 Feb 07
That is why there is freedom to choose not to watch such things, all opinions are welcome. If you are ever interested in the social impact of horror movies there is a great book called The Monster Show by David Skal. It goes all the way back to the beginnings of film.
• United States
19 Feb 07
I like thriller, scary kinda movies. I can usually take freaky. But gory goes beyond that. A lot of blood or any I usually have to turn away. I am a big fan of the tv show "Supernatural" I dont know why. Two cute guys, and scary stuff each week. Hurray I love it! However there are SOME movies I would never seen. I rarely see "R" rated horror movies. I saw Chain Saw Mascaure the FIRST one cause my cousin wanted to see it :/ no comment! I spent the whole time with my eyes covered and ears covered. NOT an easy feet! I didnt like The Grudge movie TOO scary. However I love both The Ring movies. I hated the first Scream movie would never see anymore! The Saw series ICK to the thought! Like I said, scary is okay most of the time. But bloody yeah you loose me. Its like NO THANK YOU!
@yogiraut (230)
• India
19 Feb 07
yes i do believe thi s has happened. But let me tell u . Bcoz it s that the paeople are asking for more. ppl always want something different.,But filmmakers have surpassed the limit
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@Monkeymia (206)
• Australia
19 Feb 07
I don't think modern day horror films are too gorey or horrible, I think they are better planned and made than the older movies. But... as I am getting older and wiser (lol) and now a mother, I find movies that feature children or teens as the killers do affect me. I used to love horror/ thrillers but now I find Saw, Wolf Creek and the likes do turn my stomach and I don't enjoy the fear I experience while watching them.
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@samraf (725)
• India
19 Feb 07
well i think they should be more horror there should be always justify with the topic. weither it is romantic, comedy, or horror. when the theme has been selected then it should be justify with the nature else it wouldnt be a good one. and its very clear that if you not having enough strong stuff that you cant tolerate these horror movies then you shouldnt be watching them. and if you are then dont complain about it. anyways i think there should be always be justify about the nature or everything not only with movie or anything else like job , studies and everything. then only person can successfull in his life. Regards, Sam
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@brew2x (3095)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
I'm a horror fan myself. I'm also thinking the same thing, horror movies today are always about massacres and it's really scary because it's about a human being killing other human beings. I prefer horror movies before.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I have been a horror fanatic my whole life..and i say the scarier than better!! I personally love slasher films the best..but all horror are welocome..and no i dont think we have gone to far at all..i think its just done better! I mean look at Freddy,and Pin Head my 2 favorite boys!! lol!! they kill in the most harsh way..some will saw the Saw is better..which well i can see there point..because i think its scarier when you know its coming..then not knowing.And if anything..i have been more disappointed in the recent horror movies lately..they just havent been doing it for me. I want to be scared..not gored out of my brains lol..but yea i like that too..but i want to be really scared..and i think its time for a new slasher guy/woman..:)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Horror movie have not gone to far at all, I love horror movies. But I miss the old kind of horror films.
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@hijas007 (1386)
• India
19 Feb 07
i dont think so earlier that is 10 yaers ago,horror movies really horrific now it is not as scary as in past!
@koikoikoi (1247)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I agree with Thomas73. I am also a horror fan. Since a scary comes out and no blood or gore comes out, then where is the scary and sickness. Although the Saw series wasn't a horror movie more that suspense that movie was pretty bloody. I also thought it was sick and twisted.
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