Wikipedia has a List of Horror Film Killers, and looking through it, there are not
They tend to fall into the following genre categories:
- Deranged Humans (Jason, Michael Meyers, etc…)
- Serial Killers (Hannibal, Zodiac, etc…)
- Inanimate Articles (Cars, Houses, Videotapes, Dolls…)
I was wondering why the Least frightening item on the list is the most popular. Vampires simply are not that scary. They are Gothic for sure, and that’s why I still enjoy the movies like Underworld or Blade. I try to understand the interest that found it’s Rennaisance with Anne Rice’s novels and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Which would you rather meet in a dark alley, a vampire, or one of the creatures from the movie Alien? Or a clown?
Horror genre should be horrifying! Terrifying! It literally should make your skin crawl! It doesn’t have to be a gore-fest, because gross is not the same thing as horror, and it doesn’t have to be a shock-fest because shock is not the same thing as horror, but it also not Buffy. My only explanation is that people want to have that little thrill rush which only being scared provides,but they can’t handle the real thing, so they settle for Diet-Horror, or Horror-Lite.
What do you think? Drop your comments below.