Horror on a Budget

I talk a lot about horror as an art form. I rail against poorly made horror movies and I talk endlessly about what horror needs to do as a genre in order to regain its ability to actually frighten people.

All of that doesn’t change the fact that I really like shitty horror movies.

I don’t know why. I’ve tried to think of reasons for it; explanations for my love of truly awful movies.

They’re…comforting, intrinsically. You know what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it. I know their ins and outs and I know what their plot is before they do. They make me laugh, though they don’t mean to. And sometimes, very rarely, they actually have the power to shock me.

It’s because they’re not bound by any rules or standards. Characters appear and disappear for no reason. And terrible, truly terrible things will happen, in all senses of the word, because the filmmakers are completely and utterly unbound by any concept of what should or shouldn’t be in a movie.

And that, in and of itself, is extremely refreshing.

It doesn’t change the fact that these movies are shockingly bad and inexcusably awful, but it at least gives me a way to defend my love for them all.

-D-

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6 responses to “Horror on a Budget

  1. Hahaha i can totally understand your point! I might not share the same love for them but, boy they make you laugh when they are done badly! At least i feel i haven’t wasted my time completely,it’s either a laugh or a scream..

    • Dylan Charles

      I think that’s really what’s important: are you entertained when the credits roll? I love bad movies and I love great movies, but I can’t stand boring movies.

  2. atlasivy

    It’s an ego boost for me to feel smarter than the characters.

    HE’S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! WHO GOES TO THE STORE ALONE WHEN THERE’S A SERIAL KILLER ON THE LOOSE THAT HAS JUST MURDERED THREE OF YOUR FRIENDS?!

    haha

    • Dylan Charles

      I don’t think there’s really any slasher movie where I’ve seen people acting smartly. Even the hero is usually acting like an idiot, but in the way that keeps her or him alive the longest.

  3. Yeah, the only crime is boring me. But I’m thinking about adding gore porn to that, esp when it ruins would could be a good movie.

  4. I can totally relate. A good horror movie or a cheesy horror movie to me is like a soft warm blanket. Soothing and predictable.

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