View Full Version : What is it about horror movies thats so appealing?

12-21-2000, 12:37 AM
I mean I love gothic horror to the point that I'll go digging endlessly for the most obscure movie I can find, made 40 years ago in Sweden, Italy, etc.. Then go off trying to hunt down a 10th generation VHS dupe of it if its not on DVD but I could pretty much care less for movies like Citizen Kane and all that..
Even movies I don't really love but sorta kinda like, like Bloodsucking Freaks I feel this insane compulsion to run out and buy the DVD immediately.. Eh.

I have a decent size collection of DVDs, about 125 now and I don't want it to get out of hand so I've been going through and finding NON-horror DVDs that I can live without so I can sell them and buy more horror DVDs. Is it like this for everybody?

Mark Relford
12-21-2000, 04:30 AM
It's the same for me. I'm a horror junkie and my DVD collection is mostly horror.

"Have you ever had an Egyptian feast?"

12-21-2000, 12:25 PM
Yeah, I tend to sell my non-horror DVDs so I can buy more horror stuff.

If the DVD has just come out and I want to see it I'll generally just buy it from Best Buy on Tuesday so I can get it for a good price. If I like it I'll keep it. If I don't like it I'll sell it. But if it's mainstream and I do like it I still usually sell it.

Case in point - Gladiator. Awesome, awesome movie. I really enjoyed it. But the fact is it's not going to have a high replay value for me. It's a long movie and one that I probably wouldn't sit through again. My wife liked it too but had the same feelings about it as I did. Also, if I really wanted to see it again I could always rent it from netflix or just drop the $20-$25 to buy it again.

I TRY to do the same for horror movies that don't have a high replay value for me, but it's hard because I'm generally reviewing movies that I don't have time to watch older ones in my collection. It's been WAAAAY too long since I've watched Day of the Dead, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Halloween, etc. I sort of miss just being able to sit down and leisurely watch a movie w/o having to review it.


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12-21-2000, 04:07 PM
I think Netflix is great. I don't know how many people here use it, but everyone should. It's much cheaper to rent a new release on DVD that I'll never find at the video store than to go out and buy it and decide I don't like it or just know I'll never watch it again. I wish there wasn't a membership fee, but it's about the price of a DVD per month and it saves me more than that.

12-21-2000, 04:57 PM
I was going to use Netflix, since I had a bunch of free rentals that came with my player just over a year ago. But then I found that "free" doesn't include shipping. (???) Then they went to this new monthly charge, rather than pay on demand. That's cool if you're in a major movie watching mode, but what about times, like say the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where I barely touch my DVD player?

Finally, I have a local store with a rockin' selection of DVDs for rent, all 99 cents. They got in all the Fulci movies, all the Criterions, Hong Kong movies, even the bootlegs of Meet the Feebles, Bad Taste, Cannibal Holocaust, and The Phantom Menace. I know most of you don't have access to that kind of store, and frankly, if Blockbuster was my only other avenue, I'd be a Netflix guy too...

12-21-2000, 06:00 PM
Paff: What store is this near you? That would be cool.. My local library is starting to rent DVDs for 1$ each.. The only horror DVD I want to see though is the Anchor Bay Halloween though.. They don't have that much.

I used to use Netflix before I moved and I'm about to sign up with them again.. The amount of money they save me from not buying a crappy movie is pretty nice. Plus they have alot of stuff that you just cant find for rent (let alone sale) locally.

I usually put together a big list of movies I want to rent then sign up with them for a few months until I rent everything then cancel.. If I have another big list later on, I'll sign up again.. Theres no point in paying them unless you actually have stuff you want to rent.

12-21-2000, 07:21 PM
Damn. Is this the most a thread has mutated or what? After I made my first post, I almost thought I had posted in the wrong topic. It went from a question about the appeal of horror movies to a discussion of Netflix. What what what??

To answer the question about where I rent DVDs, it's a place called Blowout Video. It was one of those used VHS sellers, with an emphasis on the porn in the back room. (The owners also operate a chain of strip clubs). They began carrying DVDs for sale, and a few rentals. 6 months later, they had to tear out one of the offices to carry all their DVD rental stock. VHS has practically disappeared, though I think they still do a booming porn business. I wouldn't know. Really. Anyway, it's now the premiere DVD rental store in my city, with weekend crowds rivaling that of a typical Blockbuster. It's very rare that an independent company in a large city can compete with chain stores, but they're doing it.

Now, back to the original post: Why horror?
Well, I feel the aim of a horror movie is to try to evoke an emotion, and carry it with you after the film is over. Way too many mainstream movies try to entertain you for 1.5 to 2 hours, and you leave the movie in the theater. A (good) horror movie wants you to bring some of those feelings home with you, whether it's nervously walking by that dark alley, or wondering what that sound outside your window is as you sleep. Of course, very few films actually accomplish this. But I admire the attempts to make a drama school dropout covered in corn syrup and red food coloring actually appear deathly frightened of a stuntman in a latex mask. More often than not, it doesn't work, but when it does........well, that's what horror is all about.

12-21-2000, 08:25 PM
I've always been a fiend for the following:

Gore and Splatter
Exploitation and Sleaze
Cult Movies
Camp Classics
Low Budget Indie Flicks
Shot-on-Video Projects

And this is what my VHS and DVD collections mostly consist of.

DVD Connoisseur
12-21-2000, 08:42 PM
I think horror movies appeal to people for a number of reasons, for instance:-

a) They're a way in which people can face their deepest fears and come out the other side, feeling alive. You can be frightened, in the safety of the cinema/living room.

b) People have always loved dark tales. There's a morbid curiosity in people which horror movies tap into.

c) People like gore. I'm no psychologist so I can't comment on why exactly. Personally, I marvel at effects and I like to be surprised. The great special effects are shocking but marvellous. (For instance, the exploding head in Scanners.)

Horror movies are addictive but I find that the more horror movies you watch in a short period of time, the less frightening / shocking they are. For this reason, I like to view a mixture of movies during the average week. I tend to save a great horror movie for my Saturday Night Special!

12-21-2000, 08:42 PM
My collection (about 150-175 discs) is pretty mixed, because I'm mostly a slasher horror fan, though I've recently gone on a Euro-horror kick. I've got probably 50% sci-fi/action/drama, 35-40% horror, 5-10% comedy and 5% other.

I mostly try to buy movies I'm sure I'll watch over and over, though I used to buy just about anything - I've sold a lot of discs over the couple of years I've had a player. These days, I feel like I need to stick to a higher standard of re-watchability - except for horror! http://www.horrordvds.com/forum/biggrin.gif

And I don't rent a ton of stuff, since I watch movies over and over (thus buy them) and get HBO. So I liked NetFlix better when it was pay-by-the-rental - I used to go a month without renting any, then rent three in a week. And I used to rent from my local mom-and-pop place, but I moved, so at least for now, I'm stuck with a Blockbust(ed), which is OK for the Replacements or Scary Movie, but not so good for Don't Torture a Duckling. :P

12-22-2000, 12:35 AM
Thats how I feel. If I like it and its horror, its bought. Forget rewatchability.. If I'm in the mood for Halloween 3 5 years from now, I want it on my shelf and ready even if I almost never watch it. I plan on having my horror DVD collection for the next 100 years if I live that long. http://www.horrordvds.com/forum/smile.gif

I'm still not sure how to explain why I like horror as much as I do.. But I've always loved the Halloween holiday and the movies I used to watch around that time.. I like it so much in fact that I'm planning on turning my house (when I get it) into a House of Horrors complete with blood red velvet curtains, human skulls, candelabras and even a cemetery in the back yard and all the little gothic touches http://www.horrordvds.com/forum/biggrin.gif Maybe I'm a nut, but I'm having alot of fun with it.

[This message has been edited by jae (edited 12-21-2000).]

12-22-2000, 02:45 PM
hmmm...I don't know when or why, but I think something snapped inside me as a child and instead of being repulsed by feelings of fear and disgust, I crave them. http://www.horrordvds.com/forum/redface.gif)