A lot of people like horror movies. A lot many can't stand horror, and wonder why the hell some of us love the genre so much. Horror fans like me somehow can't fully explain why they love the genre so much - maybe it's the thrills, the chills and the edge-of-the-seat action, or maybe it's the endless supply of sleaze and eye-candy. The horror genre is the best in many ways, and although I wouldn't be able to do justice to glorify it, I feel like I need to write this so let the uninitiated know what they're missing out on.
Horror fans almost always get the bad end of the stick, because we love movies that pay tribute to death, gore, blood, monsters, ghosts, and sometimes (read almost always) generous dosages of heavenly bodies. We’re perceived to be twisted and disturbed, Satanic, and maybe even a wee psychotic? However, let's face it, all of us are a little 'crazy in the head' in our own little private lives, so what's wrong with enjoying a little bit of the morbid stuff.
Being a horror fan can be rewarding. Since most of the people who are reading this post are humans, and since humans are not easily convinced unless they are presented with multiple point-reinforced justifications, here's presenting five reasons why horror is good.
- People who love horror movies are perceived to be bravehearts - To our advantage, people who love watching horror movies (especially those who watch such movies alone) are thought to be brave and courageous. Of course, not many of the outsiders know that we ourselves sometimes (not me, honestly) pee in our pants while watching. It's something like riding in a rollercoaster - we all know that the ride can be scary, but we all also know that the experience is not gonna kill us at the end of the day.
- A badly made horror movie is comedy - Horror fanatics sometimes are exposed to a whole lot of badly made movies. But that doesn't dampen our moods, it actually can be a mood-lifter. That's because badly-made horror movies are ultimately comedies - and some of them can be hillarious ROFL-stuff. If you ever decide to watch 'Manos - The Hands of Fate', you'll know what I mean.
- Action-packed - Almost every horror movie has its share of sleaze. Since horror fans are almost always watching the movie alone, this means an opportunity for a lot of privacy and unadulterated adult-rated fun.
- Source of employment - More often than not, actors who ran out of work earlier than they intended eventually find meaty roles in horror flicks. Closer home, actors like Prem Chopra, Vijay Raaz, Sharad Saxena, Shakti Kapoor, MacMohan, Kiran Kumar and many others regularly featured in B-Grade horror flicks by the Ramsay Brothers. In short, watching horror movies is our way of keeping the industry alive and supporting so many actors.
- Connecting people - There's no better way to get people (especially of the opposite sex) closer than watching a horror movie together. The twists and turns and kilolitres of blood spilt offer thousands of opportunities for your crushes to reach out for your hand and shoulder. Of course, if you both are equally scared, it amounts to nothing and you should probably go attend a satsang or something.
Hope I have managed to convert a few people.
Alas, there is no escape now. If you do not watch a horror movie within the next week, you will be cursed with a 1000 sleepless nights due to visitations by an evil spirit (no, not the whiskey/vodka/tequila kind).
Bwahahahahahah* (evil laughter).