Horror movies have a charm of their own. They are one of the most watched genres within the realm of cinema and are definitely ahead of the now redundant romantic comedies and the overcrowded mindless potboiler action flicks. Horror films have undergone drastic changes since its inception right at the start of motion pictures movement. There are many sub genres under the much beloved genre of horror such as action horror, body horror, comedy horror, gothic horror, psychological horror, sci-fi horror and the immensely popular Slasher and Zombie flicks. All these sub genres are only adding to the appeal and timelessness of horror movies and making sure the ever changing taste of the viewers don’t shun them anytime soon.
Earlier horror film-makers were considered as B grade entertainers who sold tickets by resorting to cheap thrills but with the entry of award winning film makers into the field of horror even film festivals have begun to them seriously. Sofia Coppola recently won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival for her ‘feminist’ horror cum thriller extravaganza ‘The Beguiled’. It has already been predicted by critics as an Oscar contender for next year. The list below is an attempt to guide you to how to best enjoy a horror movie at your home or at a movie theatre.
10. Start with the Basic One
If you are fascinated by the horror genre but haven’t watched many horror films except the few odd ones regularly shown on TV then it is advisable to always start watching with the less complicated ones (like ‘The Ring’ or ‘The Others’). It will help you to get going at a steady pace and will enable you to understand the basic premise of a horror set up. Slowly and steadily you can graduate to the more complex ones having multiple layers and shades in their story-line to add to your list of watching and also evolving as a person who knows how to read a movie. In this way you will even get an idea of your own likes and dislikes as to which sub genres of horror are you more inclined to.
9. Watch at Night for Maximum Effect