Friday, October 15, 2010

Hello mister tall, dark, and terrifying

(Blog X-posted)
October is moving right along which means creepy costumes and sugar highs are just around the corner. Or is that just my plan? Surely not.

Halloween is nearly here, and it's a good time for the things that go bump in the night. Many creatures which once would have been relegated to horror stories and movies are now featured as heroes and romantic leads, but let's forget them for a moment and talk of the terrifying.

What flavor do you prefer your horror stories/movies? Do you like an oppressive atmosphere that keeps your shoulders hitched as you wait for the worst? Do you like the monster you never quite see so he's worsened by your imagination? Perhaps your horror preference is the gore and the gritty details. Or maybe the psychological horror tale that worms itself into the back your mind and then begins to twist. Or perhaps your horror tastes lean toward the destruction of all hope in the face of insurmountable and unstoppable odds? (Zombie Apocalypse anyone?)

From the ghost story to the slasher film, horror is a genre with many faces and many elements. Which work for you? Do you laugh off a scary tale, or do you sleep with the lights on after a good horror flick?  It's the month for spooky stories and frightening monsters, so please share your favorite horror movies and books! (We could all use a good scare, right?)

2 comments:

Jessica said...

Due to a very VERY over active imagination, the curse of a writer I guess ;) I don't watch too many scary movies. I like some creepy eerie kinds, not the slasher ones.

I LOVE the classics those. Still need to see Nosferatu. Loved the original Dracula and Wolfman. Absolutely loved the Creature from the Black Lagoon!

Other ones that I liked while not scary scary are Van Helsing, the Underworld trilogy...and probably a few others that fit in the action/sci-fi but not a whole lot of horror. Classic horror yes, because that's always good for a laugh!

Kalayna Price said...

Classic horror does tend to be funny, mostly because the technology wasn't there to make truly terrifying monsters. (I think it was Nosferatu where the 'werewolf' was actually footage of a hyena in the wild.) Of course, even with today's technology, I find the monster you don't see is often more frightening than the one you do. What do you think?

As far as Underworld and Van Helsing, I think they have horror elements--much like urban fantasy--but wouldn't actually be considered horror.

That might actually be a good question for the blog:

What do you think classifies a book or movie as horror?