Sunday, April 3, 2011
My Reactions to the Horror Genre
In our introduction posts, I mentioned that I didn't like scary movies because I had such a low tolerance for being scared. I was terrified watching Scary Movie 3, and yes, I do in fact know that it was supposed to be a comedy. It isn't necessarily during the movie that I am scared; it is after the movie finished when I become extremely paranoid and jumpy. I have never been scared of violence in horror movies and I can appreciate slasher movies; I think they're immaturely entertaining. However, I have not been able to tolerate movies with high levels of the supernatural or demonic elements. Now watching horror film in class I am able to watch the films more unbiasedly and I can now watch them and understand that they are a formulized work of art as opposed to depictions of possible real-life situations. For example, knowing that the long black hair that we see in many Japanese or Japanese-inspired films has cultural roots instead of supernatural ones makes my viewing experience more enjoyable. I can also appreciate some of the humor that we see in a lot of horror films, such as Uzumaki. I'm excited to be able to continue the semester without the dread of having to watch another horror film.