I’ve been thinking… isn’t it just KILLER that supernatural horror has been gaining so much ground throughout the last few years? I guess we should be thanking Ghost Hunters and all of those similar knock-offs and imitations spawned by Ghost Hunters.
Sadly, those paranormal investigation shows don’t really do it for me. I’m not saying the ghost hunting shows don’t occasionally have some potentially scary moments; sometimes they do. But those shows don’t give me the special feelings I crave (but also dread), like how I felt as I walked my dog alone in the dark an hour after seeing The Ring for the first time… or like how I feel when I watch certain parts of certain Asian horror movies… or how I still feel when I watch The Exorcist alone at night.
(Thankfully, nothing has caused me to literally run screaming lately – like that one time my bedroom window shade rolled up all by itself around midnight… shit! More on that later, maybe.)
It’s not that I hate or even strongly dislike the paranormal investigation shows, but I am certainly not going to praise them just because I have a Supernatural Horror blog.
I don’t consider human murderers to be fodder for proper horror.
Somewhere along the way movies about psycho killers came to be referred to as horror movies. Come on! The wonderful entertainment buzzword horror should be reserved for supernatural horror. I do not consider movies about crazy killers to be true horror movies, generally speaking. There are some exceptions, though, but I still have a strong preference for my horror to possess (pun intended) a strong supernatural component!
For a long time, the horror genre – at least on the big screen – seemed to be dominated by those non-supernatural, serial killer movies. Are those days gone? Is supernatural supremacy here to stay? Maybe, maybe not; but I’ll sure be enjoying this era of supernatural dominance of the horror genre while it lasts.
I did not see Paranormal Activity or its sequel on the big screen, but I saw them back-to-back recently, and let me tell ya, these films definitely did the trick! It is with great unease that I would watch them again at night, especially while home alone.
FYI: The movie Rest Stop 2 just started playing.
(I just now saw something out of the corner of my eye, but I think it was just lightning. Whew.)
Horror movies are just as hit-or-miss as ever. Why do so many horror movies suck? It has been this way for a long time: horror movies have largely sucked.
There are two major filters through which a horror movie must pass: basic quality (which applies to movies in all genres, of course) and also the subjective relationship of the viewer to the theme of the horror movie; in other words, is the protagonist of the horror movie something that actually scares you, or could potentially scare you? If not, perhaps you should forgo that particular horror movie, as it almost certainly won’t give you what you probably seek from a horror movie experience.
I’ll write more about this later; I think it is worth considering.
Please let me know via comment what horror movies you have seen lately and what you thought about the horror flick — or even better, what scared you the most.
Ghost Hunters (Sci-Fi Channel)
Ghost Hunters (wiki)
Rest Stop 2: Dead Ahead (wiki)
Rest Stop 2: Dead Ahead (IMDb)
Rest Stop 2: Dead Ahead review (Bloody Disgusting)