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What has happened to horror?

Every time there is a new horror film out every horror fan wants to see it. “A new horror? Fantastic!”

Until you actually go to the cinema and then realise, “wow, what a load of crap”. Horror films nowadays are just made for the gore factor. The horror genre has been around for over a century now so we all know the conventions. They’re even being told to us in films such as Scream. This is why it’s so hard to find an actual scary film anymore. They’re all jumpy or gory but nothing ever scares anyone. Well, when I say anyone I am excusing the percentage of people who scream when the eerie music starts or a door opens by itself. That percentage know absolutely nothing about horror and honestly, I hope it stays that way otherwise there would be no action or blood seen in a film again.

You may be wondering what my point is in this post. To be honest, I’m just putting out the question and trying to get you to think. Classic horrors such as Nosferatu used shadows and music to scare the audience. It was the element of imagination which made people feel terrified. Nowadays it’s only the gore that is used which is purely there to disgust the viewer, not scare them.

Horror has lost it’s uniqueness and one day I hope I can bring it back.

I love the adrenaline you can get from being scared but knowing afterwards that everything is fine and ‘it’s only a film’. Horror films make the perfect escapism. They have the music, the mise-en-scene and just the reputation for being completely different to reality.

The only thing I hate is when films such as Paranormal Activity are released and there’s a huge hype about how ‘terrifying it is’ or how ‘rubbish it is and it’s a waste of money’. Please, just stop! I do not care what the majority vote is about a certain film. If I want to see it I shall.
When I did watch Paranormal Activity it made me jump. It did scare me. It was the first film to have done that in years. Some of my friends couldn’t even sleep afterwards. You might be thinking I’m just talking rubbish right now but this is all true and it’s because we allow ourselves to be involved in the film. We allow it to draw us in. Other people are so intent on rejecting anything they don’t believe in, anything that might pull them away from their beliefs or just their routine, that they just push away anything else. That’s what I believe anyway.

Horror films should be about the scare not about how disgusting the film is. Hostel and Saw are perfect examples of this. They are made purely for the gore factor and yes, times change and things evolve but we mustn’t forget what the purpose is of a horror film. I don’t want horrors to turn into a generic genre. Yes, most genres are now evolving and there are hybrid genres being created but horror is something which needs to be remembered. The element of the scare is crucial and people are forgetting that it’s important.

I’ve heard so many things about how horrors do not even need a good storyline. Apparently, if the film has enough blood and guts the audience won’t care. Really? Is this what it has come to? Because I don’t want to carry on being a horror fanatic if that’s what has become of horrors.

Bring me a horror film which is scary and not just made for the money and isn’t over the top with blood and we shall see. Horror might return to the greatness it once was instead of being the conventional rubbish it has become.

The Gore Factor ♥ – Top 10 gory horror films

I have included a few films which I love and a few which are here purely because they ooze of blood and guts.

My top 10 horrors:

10. Zombieland – Zombie-tastic.

It’s not exactly a typical horror. I wouldn’t say it’s scary but it does include Zombies who are dripping in blood. It brought another edge to the Horror genre and once again we see the fast, running zombies which have recently been appearing in horror films. It’s a good film and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should!

9. The Shining – Classic.

Do I really need to say anything about this film? The Shining is one of the most iconic horrors of the horror industry. The phrase ‘Here’s Johnny!’ has been used countless amounts of times since and the scene when he breaks down the door is seen in shows such as The Simpsons. It has also been used in films such as The Seed of Chucky. The Shining has an amazing cast who made the film what it is today.

8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre –
Cult Classic

Now when I say the Texas Chainsaw Massacre I mean all of them. The beginning, the remake, the original, all of them.  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a horror which cannot be missed. Leatherface is an iconic character in the horror genre.

7. Ginger Snaps – Cult Classic

If you haven’t seen Ginger Snaps you might not know it’s a werewolf film. It’s a low budget Canadian film which has done extremely well amongst cult horror fans.
The main character, Ginger, is attacked and bitten by a Werewolf which is killed by a passing car. She soon begins to show signs that she is transforming into a Werewolf and as the next full Moon approaches she begins to change mentally as well as physically. She shows traits of a masculine feminine female and also becomes a seductress to her male admirers. Ginger and her sister Bridgette have a love for death until it actually creeps up on them…

6. Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2 – Monsterific

Jeepers Creepers is weird and horrific. It brings back the original horror movies which were about monsters coming after humans. It’s disgusting but awesome. The second one also shows a new side to ‘Jeepers Creepers’. It’s a film you should watch if you’re a fan of horror.

5. Silent Hill – Goraptation

Silent Hill is an adaptation of the video game Silent Hill. It depicts the same storyline which was shown in the game. When the siren sounds and the darkness surrounds you, you know something bad is going to happen. Especially when the main character is in the bathroom and there is a deceased man tied to the toilet. When the lights go out, you hear something begin to move…
The film has fantastic characters and monsters. A sequel was announced to be in the making until the director pulled out. Another was rumoured to have begun again but other rumours have declared they don’t have enough money.

4. The Hills Have Eyes 1 & 2 – Gorellent

The Hills Have Eyes 2 is my favourite out of the two and this is due to the characters. They’re amusing within the sequel. Especially the mutant trying to help who shouts “run away” at one of the soldiers. For me, it’s quite comical as well as gory. One of the first scenes shows a previous soldier being found in the outhouse inside the toilet. Once they have pulled him out they realise he is covered in tiny cuts which have been infected from the human excrement. A later scene shows a soldier being grabbed and dragged through a hole in the mountain by his leg which makes his other leg snap so he can be pulled through. It’s disgusting, gruesome and goretastic.

3. Saw – Gorilicious

The Saw films have been made just for the gore factor. They are explicit and gorilicious. Every film brings a new way of killing someone. The makers of the Saw films have said that they had dreamed about the situations and wondered, what if it happened to them? Many people think that the films will never end but each film adds to the story and brings a new twist which stops it being predictable. Jigsaw is artistic with his creations and he always leaves his participants with a chance of survival, it just depends on how far they are willing to go to live.

2. Hostel 1 & 2 – Gorabulous

The first time I saw Hostel I hated the part when you see a guy cut the Achilles tendon on his ‘patient’. Especially when he says he can go and the guy tries to walk. It makes my skin crawl if I’m honest.
The second one is as gruesome, maybe even more. Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino have a skill of making you look away from the screen. No matter what film Tarantino makes, whether he has directed it, produced it or written it, the film will make you shudder.
Eli Roth has written about fantasies some people might have but never physically satisfy. Roth and Tarantino like to bring the ‘taboo’ to the screen and shock you. This is seen in Hostel 2 where a woman lies naked in a bath, slaughtering another naked woman hanging upside down above her, whose blood she uses to bathe in.

1. Frontiers = Gore-rific!

When I realised the film was French I wasn’t expecting much. I hadn’t seen the trailer and I knew nothing about the storyline. But once the film gets going it became one of the most gory films I have ever seen.

A guy is shut into a steam machine and you watch as his skin melts. More Achilles tendon cutting and shots to the head. There’s blood and guts and lots of it. Everything a modern day horror needs.