A Lingering Fear

Analyzing what makes a horror movie truly horrific



Horror films have eerie settings to add to the atmosphere

As of late, the horror movie genre has become extremely popular among young movie-goers. Whether it is because it makes dates more intimate or they come for the thrill of the film, teens are transfixed with a horror movie’s potential. But what makes a horror movie truly engrossing, truly horrific? In recent years, horror films have become more graphic than ever. With bloody gore and excessive jump scares, Hollywood has been focusing more on the violent aspect of the films rather than finding creative ways to truly impact the audience.

The intense focus on sequels has also closed the gate for new ideas to emerge, and many of the basic gimmicks used in these films have turned into cliches. True, what is deemed scary depends on the perspective of the watcher, but the most unforgettable movies have involved complex characters, innovative plots, and a moderate amount of gore.

For example, characters such as Hannibal Lecter from “The Silence of the Lambs”, Jack Torrence from “The Shining”, and Patrick Bateman from “American Psycho” have enthralled audiences with their creepy charisma and intelligence, and the plot twists of “Sixth Sense” and “The Others” definitely left a lasting impact.

These are just a few of the classics, and if the horror movie industry could rediscover their double-focus on the fear of the unknown and tangible physical threats, viewers might again experience films that are both heart-pounding and mind-bending. A truly horrific horror film lingers with you, like a ghost.

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