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The fact that the horror genre is popular
There are several reasons why the horror genre has such bad films. For one, people just don’t like scary movies. It’s just not a thing people do before going to bed.
Also, horror films can be very expensive because they require lots of special effects. Since most directors don’t have much money, they tend to get hired by even worse companies.
Finally, some people think the horror genre is for kids, which means it’s also probably not as profitable. When you look at how shitty many big budget horror films are, it puts an extra “ugh” in “bigger movies are soulless and safe.”
Popular themes in the horror genre
The most successful films in the horror genre are often focused on one of two topics: death or fear.
These subjects have been popular for years, but that doesn’t mean every film with these themes is good. Many bad movies focus on either topic, making for some disappointing viewing.
However, it is not just the subject matter that makes headlines when a movie gets labeled as “horror”; it also leads to less people wanting to see the film.
People believe they will not be able to handle the film at its start, so the promise of a scary movie keeps them away from risky movies that could challenge them.
This phenomenon is known as the “slasher paradox”. More than anything, viewers want to feel safe. A thriller is a thrill ride without any safety barriers up. You can jump off a cliff if you’re feeling brave, and we ask that of ourselves only once.
The same goes for watching a drama or a comedy. People love laughing together, but sometimes they get scared by unexpected events. This creates an avoidance instinct that causes people to avoid emotionally challenging films like comedies and dramas.
Horror movies, because they are supposed to scare people, usually do. This is why there aren’t many good sci-fi (action) stories or romantic jokes.
Why do horror movies have such bad reviews
You probably know that there are some rotten tomatoes out there who hate everything. I’m referring to people who watch or review films critically.
Why is it that anyone who loves film as an art form also happens to be a movie critic? It makes sense if you consider yourself artistic and creative, although why these same traits would emerge in solo artists and not writers is kind of a mystery.
I will say after reviewing thousands of films over several years, reading reviews before watching movies (which I still do even though I write my own reviews) helps me to find things to like or dislike about a movie before I see it.
It’s nice to have consensus for once instead of all the backlash against video games has left us with no standards and nowhere to go but up.
The concept of horror
Horror films are fiction stories that involve horror characters, events or situations (e.g., terror, panic, fear) that are intended to make the reader or viewer afraid. Horror is designed to provoke emotional responses from its viewers. Many horror movies have been fueled by consumer fears in the media, such as vampire myths, drug rumors, and scares related to nuclear energy releases.
Horror film makers often focus on psychological themes regarding fear (of loss, death, loneliness, etc.). Well-known horror movie tropes include the ghost, the witch, the demon, the creature, the disease, and the apocalyptic scenario.
The best known horror subgenre is fantasy. However, horror movies can be found in every genre of film, including classic black-and-white stuff like “Dracula”, new release movies, and indie horrors.
Many different cultures have their own mythologies about evil creatures and others who go bump in the night. Common ones include demons, vampires, zombies, wolves, tigers, and aliens. They also tend to vary more widely than other genres.
Some believe you cannot really create a horror story without injecting at least one scary element into it. For instance, there is no short way to tell this tale:
Horror films are more psychological
The reason why horror movies get to the root of their fear responses is because they are built upon childhood memories. When we were little, adults didn’t train us to cope with scary things; we learned how to adapt to them.
However, as people grew up, the scariest things (such as domestic pets) became less threatening. Children still have those frightening experiences, but they aren’t focused on it anymore.
The first thing children learn about life is that it has dangers and threats, but there are ways to deal with them. One aspect of this is that when kids become teenagers, they leave the family home and go to school.
This is when the teenager learns that there are certain consequences for what they did as a child – growing up and becoming an adult. Because adults take care of them, kids can no longer rely on their parents to protect them from danger.
That is why as adolescents, they may experience stress or anxiety due to these consequences. This is normal, given that humans have fears of all kinds of things. What isn’t normal is if someone feels constantly afraid in situations where there is no threat.
It is only when people allow themselves to feel fear and then let it govern their lives that it becomes a disorder. Anxiety disorders occur when you feel nervous or anxious most of the time. These are symptoms of a bigger problem.
Intense themes in horror films
Horror is an intense genre of fiction that makes its readers or viewers feel fear (or suspense) in a dramatic way. The reader or viewer may expect to find only frightening things in the story, but the writer or director adds a twist to make the scene even more disturbing.
This works because our brain responds directly to danger and fear. When we are scared, it triggers chemicals in our brains that can cause us to react with anger but also with fight-or-flight responses such as increased heart rate and release of adrenaline.
These reactions help us flee from or defend ourselves against threats, so being frightened by a scary story helps keep us healthy and safe.
But sometimes you watch a movie that scares you and your mind doesn’t want to let go of the image. You remember the picture forever after you leave the theater. And since movies use music, sound effects, and other techniques to bring up emotions, stories can be very effective at getting you scared.
So how do writers create these emotional connections? It depends what they’re trying to accomplish. For example, for a thriller, the emotion should come from fear. But for a comedy, it can be laughter.
If you write a story to put yourself into the head of, any one of these issues could potentially get your blood pumping slightly. However, knowing why exactly you are writing a particular story can help you place greater importance on it.
Popular subgenres of horror
The reason why people consider the horror genre to have a lack of good movies is that it has several popular variants. These include the slasher movie, the ghost film, and the zombie movie. Each of these films type is well known and loved by many. However, each of these genres has one thing in common; they are all violent.
More often than not, the violence in these films comes from the main villain of the story or some other character who will do anything to keep the plot moving forward. This pushes any moral boundaries completely out of view, which makes the films more frightening when bad things really happen.
These types of plots are easy to use because anyone can watch them, no matter what age you are. You can find these films at night in theater’s or on DVD. They make for great holidays or party snacks with the right crowd.
The stories behind these films may be just as interesting as the characters and themes within them. Discuss this topic with your fellow friends to get their opinions before heading out to see a scary movie!
Less popular subgenres of horror
Another explanation for the worst movies in this genre is that it’s just not very well-done. Some horror films try to scare you with all sorts of things, such as murders, people getting stabbed in toilets, or guns going off. But they are usually done poorly, which makes it feel like something isn’t quite right.
The stories often aren’t especially frightening, and many times they can be easily explained by calling someone a “vampire” or having some sort of monster come after you.
These films also tend to have too few scares and don’t let you go to sleep at night. The story would eventually get old anyway if there weren’t any good twists involved.
Some of these types of films make you think about life and death, but they seem almost obscene when you consider how cheap and meaningless they were. There’s nothing meaningful about kids dying here and there, nor about parents letting them walk around outside even though it’s dangerous.
None of these issues are really related to the horror genre so much as they are about each individual film. Any one film could fall under another category (for example, White Noise may be a murder mystery, although it can still be considered scary).
The meaning of horror
Horror films differ from thriller movies in that they are meant to frighten the viewer.
The filmmaker who makes this intention clear is named Tobe Hooper, who began his career making low-budget horror films such as “Cat People” (1982) and “Eyeseed” (2001).
His first solo directorial effort was “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1983), which was inspired by a short story by William Shakespeare. ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ proved to be one of the most successful horror films ever made, and also one of the scariest. It helped establish Hooper as a trustworthy filmmaker.
Since then, he has directed other popular horror films including “Raintree County” (1991), “Dark Half” (1993), “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (2005), and “Of Blood and Bone” (2009). He said that his personal favorites were always the scary ones.