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Horror for People Who Don't Like Horror

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Okay, so it's fall, the wind is blowing, the air is cool, the trees are dying and it's time to snuggle in with your significant other to watch a movie. You're the horror fan (obviously, since you're here, reading my stuff), but what if siggy other isn't?  Well not to worry, I've got the perfect compromise that will give you your horror fix and at the same time, hopefully provide you with a gateway-drug horror film for that person in your life who "isn't into horror".

The key to tricking them into liking horror is using a genre that they ARE a fan of as a bridge. For instance, your boyfriend doesn't like horror but he IS an action film fan. Or Mom likes dramas, and you wanna have some bonding time and get her to sit through one of your films.

Well, I've done some legwork for you and compiled a quick list of horror films that cross the genre line a little bit and will help you bring that special person in your life over to the dark side.

Enjoy! And remember, my lists are always a work in progress, so if you have a better suggestion (and I bet you do) throw it in the comments section below or on my Facebook page.

ACTION: NIGHTWATCH (2004)
Timur Bekmambetov's dark fantasy thriller set in modern day Moscow follows the players in the war between the forces that control the day and those that control the night. Lots of high octane eye candy, expensive big action set pieces, all in a horror setting with horror archetypes abound.

ROMANTIC COMEDY/ BUDDY COMEDY: SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)
At the heart of this horror comedy is a nice buddy story as well as a pretty heartwarming little romance. Shaun is a ne'er do well underachiever who is losing his girlfriend, until he finds his calling when the zombie apocalypse occurs. It turns out he's damn good at fighting zombies. It's not When Harry Met Sally by a long shot, but it does cross the genre gap nicely for someone who likes things a little lighter than the usual horror faire. 

ADVENTURE: [REC] (2007)
Skip the shitty American remake (Quarantine) and go right for this Spanish language film, that, in my opinion anyway, is the best horror funhouse movie ever made. There's a lot of pop-out scares, but they're all very cleverly done and you do really feel you're in good hands wiht Juame Balaguero and Paco Plaza, the film's incredibly skilled directors.

FOREIGN ART HOUSE: Let the Right One In (2008)
The American remake was okay, but again, go get the original European version. This film is a vampire movie, yes. And yes it's a teen romance, but it's about as far from Twilight as you can get. It's thoughtful, heartwarming, and yes frightening. If your significant other is a thinker and loves foreign films, tell them to give this one a chance.

DRAMA: The Orphanage (2007)
Okay, so your other is really into dramas and relationship films, and you like things that scare the hell out of you. Well, here's one of my all time favorite films and one that fits the bill for both sets of needs. Oh, and if you're a parent, I challenge you to go unmoved by this mother and child's journey in dealing with the afterlife.

Notice that all my suggestions of cross genre films are foreign? I noticed too after I made the list. It seems the Europeans are more open to tone-bending and genre crossing than we are here in our meat-and-potatoes-one-genre-at-a-time-please United States. Maybe someday we'll be better adapted to making cross genre films, but for now our pals across the pond have us beat hands down. 

And obviously, there's a LOT more film genre's out there, but I wanted to get the basics covered - and from genre's that are traditionally pretty far on the other end of the spectrum from horror. There are also a lot of genres out there that come close to horror , like fantasy, science fiction [ed. note: *cough* Alien *cough*], and anime which have a ton of crossover films, but these should get you started.

Have fun and Happy Halloween!

Gaudium Per Atrox.

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