Manifesto

Horror movies fascinate me. I've always been very interested in the concept of fear. Fear is one of the few emotions that is not only not the same in everyone, but often wildly different. The only other part of the human psyche that I feel compares is sexual desires. I also find it very interesting that sexual sadism/ psychopathia is often present in many of the most disturbing films that I have experienced. My goal on this site is to share with you, the reader, my observations and opinions, and hopefully to encourage debate and discourse about movies that are valuable to our collective experiences.

 

Also interesting to note: during conversations with many people I know, I have gathered that most people are not exposed to movies outside of the American influence. Maybe some British films, maybe a couple of Asian horror pieces here and there (like Ringu or Ju-On), but nothing in the way of non-massively popular movie franchises that were not produced in this country. And that, my friends, is a damn shame. Some of the best movies currently being produced are coming from France, Japan, China, Spain, Mexico, and even as far way as Australia. I believe wholeheartedly that if you are unwilling to watch cinema from other parts of the world because they have subtitles, you are missing out on some of the best movies being made today. That's unfortunate, because movies are one of the only things in the world that are truly for everyone.

 

Movies, to me, are a lot like music. I believe that just about everyone has moments where a piece of music, either a song, a melody, or even a snippet of lyrics, can transport them to another place in time. It's a memory from childhood, or that moment you remember riding in your car and hearing Free Bird for the first time. It's emotion. It is, quite frankly, art. The best auteurs are artistic in nature, but can also express their feelings to others, and allow them to be in the same frame of mind as they themselves were when the composed the piece. I'm a firm believer that anything can be art, and that movies and video games are the last great bastion of art in our world. And that's exactly what I love about movies. They are constantly evolving, constantly changing to reflect the times, or in remembrance of days past. They can transport you through their soundtrack, their ambience, their scenery, to a place that you've never been, but also allow you to relate to things that you've never personally experienced. A good movie will let you feel for the characters as if they are friends, to the point that you relate to them, you grieve with them, and, ultimately, you fear with them. Their emotions become your emotions.

 

Of course, this is not always the case. One of the mainstays of horror movies is the B-Movie, a movie with a smaller budget, generally a less complete script, and sometimes downright incompetent actors, all coming together to make a damn fun ride. What other genre of movies can you really say that about? Are there massive groups of people with the same loyalty to terrible action movies that there are to cult horror movies? Rocky Horror Picture Show, a for all intents and purposes a terrible movie, has a following of loving fans who dress like the characters, dance with them, and act out scenes on a regular basis. These movies are quoted, they're imitated, and they're truly beloved. You don't hear the same reverence for Death Wish 4 as you do for movies like Thankskilling, or The Evil Bong. I mean, come on, could those types of movies even exist in other genres?

 

So that's what I'm here to do. I'm here to love these movies, and to hopefully share my love a little with you, the reader. Hopefully I can show you some movies that you otherwise would've never heard of, or if you're a horror buff, or gorehound, like me, then maybe I can show you some that you might've missed. I hope that you enjoy this journey, and I hope that we can all become a part of this newly evolving, constantly changing, and completely entertaining Horror Revolution.

 

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