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horror fans: the best movie fans? an argument

June 3rd, 2009 (10:49 pm)

Really nice CHUD article on horror movie fans making the best movie fans. It's a pretty decent rationale: they're cosmopolitan (martial arts fans are the only genre types who watch more foreign films), they watch lots of old stuff, they are willing to mine through tons of crap for the gold, and they're a pretty diverse bunch. Being a horror fan early on promotes habits that are likely to create wide-ranging cinephiles.


Posted by: Sara LaKali (sara_lakali)
Posted at: June 4th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)

This: The great thing about horror is that technology doesn't help it so much - older films with older FX may actually work better than modern films with CGI.

I would not classify myself as a horror movie fan. I don't really like to be scared, and too much fake blood and gore just makes me queasy.

However, Nosferatu is one of my favorite films and I think it is an excellent example of low-tech (even though it was innovative at the time) working very, very well.

Posted by: Not your everyday Viking angel (shadowvalkyrie)
Posted at: June 4th, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
excused from saving universes

Being a horror fan early on promotes habits that are likely to create wide-ranging cinephiles.

True, but sadly the other habits it promotes are somewhat less wholesome... *ggg* (Sleeping with the lights on, eating too much garlic, putting stakes under your pillow, wearing gaudy Christian-themed jewellery, calling the police if a loved one stays in the basement too long, going on unreasonable detours to avoid crossing the cemetary at night, shooting first asking questions later...)

Posted by: the high four-and-a-half (nextian)
Posted at: June 5th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
can you hear it?

True that to the cosmopolitan -- I'm no general movie nut, but a friend who loved horror had me watch a lot of movies in languages I didn't understand.

Now I'm wondering if Pan's Labyrinth succeeded at least partially because it had the horror fanbase to draw on.

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