Sci-fi

Horror wasn’t enough. There, I said it. I saw all the horror films I could find — about all the horror movies I could stand for the time being, anyway — so I started exploring science fiction.

This movie fanatic has plenty to say about science fiction films, so for now at least, I’ve decided to add a science fiction section to the Supernatural Horror blog. It may be a temporary thing; we’ll see.

Dear reader, if you have an opinion either way, I’d love to hear it; please leave a comment. If readers prefer this blog to maintain its relative supernatural horror purity, I will honor that and post the science fiction writings elsewhere.

Here are a few of sci-fi titles I’ve enjoyed recently (in no particular order):

  1. Prometheus (2012)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  3. 2010 (1984)
  4. Virtuality (2011)
  5. Iron Sky (2012)
  6. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  7. John Carter (2012)
  8. Battleship (2012)
  9. Contagion (2011)
  10. Contact (1997)
  11. The Box (2009)
  12. The Thing (2011)
  13. The Thaw (2009)
  14. Jumper (2008)
  15. Push (2009)

Pros and cons: A science fiction section
Adding a science fiction section to a blog entitled Supernatural Horror doesn’t make a lot of sense from an SEO perspective.

A handicap of the horror genre
In a sense, horror is a handicapped genre, what with its relatively high percentage of B-movies or similarly amateurish creations. As if that weren’t enough, there is an inherent risk associated with the perceived quality of horror movies — a trait that doesn’t taint other film genres so much.

The simple fact is, it takes different subjects — different horror themes, that is — to scare different people. What one horror fan may find frightening or even terrifying is seen by another fan as being just plain silly, or even laughable. For instance, I find mannequins, dressmaker dummies, certain dolls, and other humanoid shapes to be exquisitely horrifying under the right circumstances. Yet George and his friends may view the prospect of a frightening mannequin as ludicrous, instead finding serial killers to deliver more visceral scares. But then Bill and his crew find clowns to reside at horror’s true pinnacle.

In the crime thriller genre — another personal favorite — not many viewers would find an otherwise gripping crime film silly due to the subject of a drug deal gone bad being laughable or unrealistic. But horror movies are definitely subject to these kinds of judgments.

Get my drift? I hope I have explained it well enough.

(Nothing can ruin a horror movie experience more than watching it with someone who is making fun of it, or who otherwise lacks any appreciation or respect for the attempt to scare.)