A really thought provoking episode!
This one really pokes and prods the sore tooth that is the attraction to horror we all seem to have in some form or another on this forum, and amongst humanity in general as well.
For me personally, the most obvious question to ask is 'Why do I enjoy horror'? Or, in all honesty 'Is there a worrying aspect to my enjoyment of horror'?
I'm not a huge lover of OTT 'jump shock' horror movies, nor do I particularly enjoy extremely gory films. Books that describe zombies tearing into people like a all you can eat buffet or pulling out strings of intestines like sausages (or links for my American friends
) similarly leave me a little cold.
So what is it? What is it that attracts me?
Well, like an unwary fish to a Sorcerer, I am drawn to the characters in the story; good, well made characters will pull me into the world immediately. I also enjoy stories that show a real understanding of what others feel horrified by; these are not necessarily the obvious horrors, they can be intensely personal to an individual character or could tap into a primal fear. Being eaten for example!
So, for me at least, it's the reality of the horror that draws me. If the horror is right the source of the horror is far less important, though if the source also appeals ... ! A good example discussed in the episode is Alien. As I think I mentioned on a previous post to Paul, Alien is one of the purest examples of the Haunted House horror story I can think off; the isolated location, possession, an antagonist that is able to move around in a non-conventional way .. It's all there!
In thinking about this episode I also realised that horror and humour are quite similar in nature. Both operate on the subversion of expectation; a story unfolds that appears to be going one way and then *twist* and we're off to the races in a different direction.
So for me, to extend my piscatorial metaphor above, the protagonists are the bait and the source(erer!
) reels me in.
Antsent from behind the sofa on whatever device was within reach!