Halloween seems like a fitting day to talk about my love of all things horror. I would love to tell you that I have always loved the horror and supernatural genre, but that would be a lie. The first scary movie I ever saw was Witchboard (1986). I was 10 when I watched it. It was a truly horrible movie, and it left me terrified for weeks.
Thankfully I grew out of it and Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers became friends. Once I got over my fear, a whole new world opened up to me. I love the things that go bump in the night. I have Army of Darkness and its blend of horror and camp to thank for that. Bruce Campbell, I salute you.
There is something dramatic and different about the supernatural. There is something creepy and engaging about the unknown. They speak to the darker corners of our nature. They shine a light on the places we’re afraid to go. Afraid to think about. It’s much easier to let someone else do the thinking while we just come along for the ride.
Throughout all forms of content, the villain is always the more dynamic character. Maybe we don’t want to do all the bad things, the primal things, but god damn adulting would me more fun if we could do it with that flare for the dramatic.
And also, not doing the primal things doesn’t mean we don’t occasionally think about it.