What Really Is The State Of Modern Horror Today? Something To Watch, Something To Listen To, Something To Discuss

hetcUsually I would just post the video below to the site’s Facebook page (yes, it’s true, if you’re not following the Moose on Facebook then you’re not getting the full experience, so why not click on that link or the one over in the sidebar, give us a “like”, and join in the fun there too? It’ll really only cost you a couple of seconds, and I’d really appreciate it, as it not only helps to spread the word, but gives me another way to see what you guys like and don’t, and another way for us all to have a bit more of a conversation about some of these smaller things) and not make a full post about it, but it does ask an interesting question that I’m curious about.

I ran across this video while I was downloading the latest episode of the Horror Etc. podcast, one of the few that I follow on a regular basis, and one I’ve mentioned here before. I really enjoy the interplay between the hosts, and the wide variety of topics that they cover. Yes, the title says “Horror”, but it also says “Etc.”, and that is something that they regularly embrace. Tony and Ted (and yes, Sometimes Doug) have a real affection for, and a willingness to explore, many different aspects of geek and film culture, just like most of the rest of us.

Anyway, their latest episode, which is available here, is actually a throwback to the earliest days of the podcast, when they attempted to explore and assess just where the horror movie genre was at the time, and what qualifies a movie as a “horror film”. In this week’s episode, spurred on by the video below, they revisit those questions to see how things might have changed over the intervening years.

It  is, as I noted above, an interesting question, and one I’m curious to get your responses to. What is it that makes something scary to you? What kind of things do you look for when you go to see something that is billed and promoted as a horror movie? Are you a fan of the jump scare, or do you prefer more of a slow burn build to the climax? If there’s supposed to be a “monster” in a movie do you prefer to see more or less of it, or does it depend on the type of monster that it is? And perhaps most importantly, what do you want to see more or less of in horror movies in the future, and how does that compare with what you think/expect we will get?

Here’s the video that started the conversation. Give it a look, give the podcast a listen, and leave a comment or two to let me know your thoughts. I’m quite curious.


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