Not Really Horror, But...

Not Really Horror, But...

RLBurt's picture

Frankly, I'm perplexed. I've seen a lot of "Not really horror, but..." qualifiers on this board. They have been in reference to such things as:

Sixth Sense

From Dusk Til Dawn

H.P. Lovecraft

It would never have occurred to me to question any of these as belonging in the horror genre. Am I in the minority? I would be very interested in hearing the opinions of those who don't feel like things like this should be categorized as horror.

Russell

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MYSTERIOUS's picture

WELL I'M OUT HORROR NOWAY SORRY NO NO NO

AFI Fan's picture

Scary movie Wasn't horror but it was really hilarius.

undeadtut's picture

quote:
Frankly, I'm perplexed. I've seen a lot of "Not really horror, but..." qualifiers on this board. They have been in reference to such things as:

Sixth Sense

From Dusk Til Dawn

H.P. Lovecraft

It would never have occurred to me to question any of these as belonging in the horror genre. Am I in the minority? I would be very interested in hearing the opinions of those who don't feel like things like this should be categorized as horror.

Russell

I consider all 3 of those as horror, but in their own category. The Sixth Sense is the supernatural, From Dusk Till Dawn is, well...vampires(can't get any more horror than vampires) and H.P.Lovecraft is the fantastical,other-worldly side of horror,(and massive movies have been adopted from his stories).

RLBurt's picture

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For me, horror is a personal definition - and anyone who does not think so - watch a Father at Disney use the threat of MAKING big brother ride Small World with his young sister if he does not behave on a ride. The look of abject terror on that kid's face could have been seen on the face of anyone watching a horror movie! That boy was terrified and behaved very well after!

Too funny! I guess that kind of leads to the old argument that horror isn't really a genre, but an element used within other genres. Maybe it just depends on the motive of the piece... if it is intended to horrify, then it is horror? (Oh god, did I actually just say horror is as horror does? Shoot me now.)

Russell

BCPRJ666's picture

I tend to see Seven and Silence of the Lambs in the not quite horror category.

RLBurt's picture

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I tend to see Seven and Silence of the Lambs in the not quite horror category.

Ooh, good examples. These would present a problem for me to categorize as well. This is really helping me understand what people are saying. Even though I would actually consider both of these as deserving the horror title, I can see how another category might describe them more aptly to a general audience. Thanks! It begins to make sense somewhere within the feeble workings of my inner mind...

Russell

Lygophilia's picture

I would put Dawn Til Dusk and H. P. Lovecraft in the horror category, but none of the others.

RLBurt's picture

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I would put Dawn Til Dusk and H. P. Lovecraft in the horror category, but none of the others.

Cool. What disqualifies "The Sixth Sense" in your opinion? I'm loving all the different viewpoints here. Fun stuff.

Russell

bob grey's picture

most movies these days are hybrids of genres...the romantic /comedy the action/sci-fi...stuff like that. the crappy flicks are the ones that stay within the mold of their genre really.

personally i prefer a horror/drama if that hybrid really exists because it seems so rare to see films like...the fly and hellraiser. flicks that are more mature about it.

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I would put Dawn Til Dusk and H. P. Lovecraft in the horror category, but none of the others.

Cool. What disqualifies "The Sixth Sense" in your opinion? I'm loving all the different viewpoints here. Fun stuff.

Russell

I wouldn't exactly "disqualify" Sixth Sense as it touches on peoples fear of the afterlife, the what if's and could be's. For many that alone is a horrifing thought. Seven is a "horror" in that the storyline itself is about the serial killer. The fear in knowing that it is something that can really happen, that the killer could be someone in your neighborhood. How it touches base with how we would react if put in a similar position as Pitt's character at the end. How far would we go - would we turn into a killer? Much like the parents in Last House on the Left. Now that is a scary thought.

For me, I agree with Vulcan when she stated that it is a personal definition.

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