It’s been ages since I’ve sat down and enjoyed a neat horror film. Normally, people would freak out if there’s a decaying body coming back to life, or a psychotic clown waiting to kill everyone in its path.

Beware of Huggy Wuggy! It’s not so friendly when the lights go out. Source: IULITMx Youtube Channel

Blood and gore satisfy the darkness living in my body. No, each day I actively seek peace within a robust setting, but now and then the temptation to watch someone die arise without question. Is it possible I am a killer as well? Least likely since I value the theory of being alive until it is time to go home (spiritually).

So, what gives? Why do I like blood and gore so much?

Surrounded in darkness, we crave all kinds of terrifying entertainments, so long as we feel secure, Hoedt, M. (2016). In Staging Hell: Performance and the Horror Genre, it breaks down how we [the audience] place ourselves in the middle of the action while watching the main character(s) fight for survival.

Personally, I love blood and gore because it gives a piece of my brain a chance to feel dark without judgement. Imagine telling your close friend your deepest, darkest secrets. Now, picture that same friend not be so close afterwards.

We’re dark species, whether if we admit it. I’m proud to embrace the dark side of my mind, body, and soul. It’s who I am without really forcing those to accept me. Watching horror movies provides a safe balance of fear and being feared.

What’s next on the menu?

Is there some other way we can enjoy fear without harming those around us?

I can’t answer that for everyone. Some of us thrive on sadistic intentions. Pretty unfortunate, but what more can we do other than punish and hope the punishment falls through? When readers read or watch horror fiction, they’re using what they’ve already learned to create their own contexts for viewing this type of literature or movie Aho, K. G. (2008). It’s the producer’s goal to capture their desired audience and deliver desirable content to them.

After we watch these scary movies or read our favorite Halloween book, we’re satisfied and [probably] crave more for it. Even people who cannot handle horror movies, they’re willing to find a subtle twisted satire within the mix. Still, to each their own.

The next time you put on a scary movie, or log on to your favorite horror game, make sure you’re prepared to feel scared at any moment. Besides, what’s life without a little horror?

Additional Resources: Aho, K. G. (2008). Horrors abound: using horror genre literature to spark literacy and critical thinking in the classroom. Journal of College Literacy and Learning, 35, 31+.