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Favourite aspects of horror

What is your favourite aspect of a good horror story/film/etc? Is it everything gory - the blood and guts, the psychological - things that mess with your mind, the death and destruction they usually incur? No matter how despicable, what do you enjoy most in a horror?


Rebekah Day

21st April 2012


I don't know if it's weird or not but i think i honestly just enjoi getting scared. I don't like just pointless slasher stuff tho, it needs to have some sort of purpose to all the fear and carnage. But i'm just used to being scared of so much in life, it's nice to sit back and watch or read something and be scared and it be okay to be scared because that's what it was meant for. Hopefully that isn't too confusing...


Stephen Bolding

21st April 2012


No, that makes sense. It gives you an adrenaline rush, I relate to that :P I watch and play a lot of horror games and they scare the shit out of me but I keep playing them :P


Rebekah Day

21st April 2012


Yes it does. And so do i, or i used to. I more watch than play stuff now but that's just cause i don't have any games at the moment. What kinda stuff do you play?


Stephen Bolding

22nd April 2012


I've played some Amnesia: The Dark Descent which has won awards for being one of the scariest games ever made. It's terrifying and I can only play it for an hour at a time 'cos my hands shake so bad I can no longer control the mouse :P I mainly watch YouTubers play horror games because I don't own many.


Rebekah Day

22nd April 2012


i think i love the psychological type of horror the most, for one, the stories are more thought out, and while i love a good blood bath, movies like Ringu, that play one ones fear over ones like Saw which plays with ones stomach, psych movies do it for me, you can get into the characters more, the good and the bad

as far as games, the first horror game that gave me chills was Silent Hill 2, the best in the series i think, i first watched a friend play it, in surround sound, creepy as....well...Silent Hill, lol
never played Amnesia, what system is it for? the best i have is an old PS2, i never had the money to get a PS3, and NOOOOO, i HATE the suckBox, stupid wonky controller :PPPPP


Aaron Greene

22nd April 2012


I've never heard of Amnesia, but i kinda wanna try to find it now. And Aaron, that's one of the most awesome things i've read all day. Silent Hill (not sure which one) was the first creepy game i ever played and it really did freak me out but i loved it. Have you seen the Silent Hill movie? It wasn't the best but it was pretty cool i thought. And the PS2 is all i have and i hate Xbox because of the controller so that's awesome. Haha.


Stephen Bolding

22nd April 2012


@ Rebekah - I have never played AMNESIA: THE DARK DESCENT, but after hearing that it scares the shit out of you...well, very simply...I have to get my hands on it! I play F.E.A.R. 3 late at night by myself and also too I can only play for an hour or so at a time because I know what you mean about being scared and shaking and having your heart racing throughout the whole experience, and then I have to read some "Calvin and Hobbes" to take my mind off of it, so it doesn't follow me into my dreams!

I also have to say that I love the whole "Silent Hill" series as well. Creepy as old hell!

But as for what I like most in Horror - my favourite aspects: I have to say that, although I absolutely love Zombie, Vampire and Werewolf Movies: the gruesome nature therein...I am siding with Aaron on this when I say that I love the Psychological edge when Movies mess with your mind, flicking your instincts with a bloody claw. One of my favourite horror Movies - though not seriously as creepy as others that I have seen, but does a great job at touching on those most vulnerable places of the psyche - has to be "The Mothman Prophecies." The Movie was very well done in a way that did without the blood, the hacker/slasher aspect (that I also love - eg. the "SAW" Series) while delivering a seriously eerie edge that comes across in a very profound and deeply psychological way, provoking those deepest fears of the supernatural, bringing that type of darkness to the surface while making you question the validity of such strange phenomenon leaving you terrified and deeply haunted by the end.


Daniel Bird

22nd April 2012


@Aaron and Stephen, how could you not like the Xbox it is the best console out there. The PlayStation is the one with the sutpid controllers :P but getting back onto horror, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a game done by Frictional Games Studio. They're a tiny indie development company that consists of six people. It's for PC platform and can be purchased on Steam for about $15 AU which includes the expansion Justine. It is, bar none, the absolute most terrifying thing I have ever played but I keep going back for more because it's so thrilling to play it! It's complete triumph of ambience and sound layered upon sound and constantly instilling fear but showing you nothing at first so that you're a complete emotional wreck by the time you actually see any monsters. I LOVE IT >:D


Rebekah Day

23rd April 2012


Ahahahahaaaz! Rebekah...I have to say that PS3 is better than the X BOX 360 And I own both! I hate the X BOX GOOFY CONTROLLERS! Feels like I'm playing with some sort of monster's demented foot! Lmaoz!


Daniel Bird

22nd April 2012


The Xbox controllers feel more comfortable to hold. The positions of the PS controllers' buttons is just unnatural


Rebekah Day

23rd April 2012


the xBox controllers are unnatural so :PPPPPPPPPPP lol


Aaron Greene

23rd April 2012


@Daniel: I had read about "mothmen" as a kid. The idea of them was terrifying. I vividly remember an account of someone driving really fast, and a mothman was keeping pace, flying alongside the car, peering into the driver's window. Creepy. My sister (with whom I'd shared my mothman knowledge) and I would often race home in the dark if we'd stayed late at a friend's house so that the mothman wouldn't get us. I saw "The Mothman Prophecies", and the mothman was exactly as I'd always pictured it.

@Rebekah: I took a peek at that "Amnesia" game, and it looks pretty sweet.

@this topic: I don't find "horror" scary a lot of the time. By "horror" I mean something that's so shockingly wrong that the mind/stomach try to reject it. That would be your slasher flics, over the top gore, and so on. It doesn't scare me, it horrifies me. "2 Girls, 1 Cup" horrified me. I will never be able to scrub those images from my retinas.

I realize that the genre, "horror", encompasses everything from what I just mentioned above, to things like "The Others" and that type of psychological horror movie that builds a sense of dread as it goes along. I prefer this type, now that I've more than sated myself on blood and gore over the years. I definitely prefer supernatural phenomena vs. serial killer fare. I also want to be wowed, as in, "I've never seen that before." I want to be afraid that whatever was on the screen will be in my closet when I go to bed.

What I hate in a horror movie:

1. A cat jumps out of a cupboard, accompanied by a loud burst of music, even tho' the cat never shows up in the movie again, and it had no way of getting into the cupboard and closing the door in the first place.

2. After fending off the monster, the protagonist drops the knife/lead pipe/gun before either fleeing or standing there as if it's all over, when you know damn well the monster's eye is just about to snap open, and it'll be up for another round. Do yourself a favor, and cut its damn head off.

3. The victim-to-be, who is wandering around with a flashlight in a dark place, looking for her friends, says, "Guys, this isn't funny anymore." How f'n cliche. Guess what, sister, it never was funny, 'cause your friends are lying in the next room in little pieces!

I'm working on a horror novel right now (actually, a couple of them are in progress), and I'm challenging myself to avoid the above cliches--and others like them--and still have a book that doesn't end after the first page. For example, many horror movies would be over in 5 minutes if the potential victim just fled the dangerous scene and called 911 on his or her cell. I want my characters to do what I would do (run like hell, for example) and still have a story.


Mike Marble

23rd April 2012


Has anyone ever scene the Japanese flic, "Re-cycle"? I loved it. It had some very original concepts, plus a story to tell that wasn't just about the horror. I love it when characters in a horror flic actually have some depth to them, so that I can care about what happens to them. I love it when there are multiple levels to the story.


Mike Marble

23rd April 2012


@ Aaron //blows raspberry
@ Mike I haven't seen that movie, I don't really go anywhere near the Japanese horrors after watching The Grudge o.o


Rebekah Day

24th April 2012


#Mike, funny shit...I completely agree. Many horrors really aren't too inventive and always seem to follow the same stupid path and it becomes so cliche...

Personally, what I love about horror is a nice psychopathic main character. Patrick Bateman....Hannibal Lecter....Jack Torrance.....you get the picture! :)


Shaunna Harper

15th May 2012


Haha nothing like a good psychological horror, is there Shaunna? :P


Rebekah Day

15th May 2012


No there isn't :p I love horror movies that mess with your mind and leave you rethinking them when they're over...


Shaunna Harper

15th May 2012


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