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Horror hedonism vs. hatred

The ever-evolving divide of horror movie fans and horror movie critics
Horror hedonism vs. hatred
Graphic by Raegan Lawson

    Exciting jump scares or bone-chilling nightmares? Horror movies have a large divide between the opinions of their fans and biggest critics, it is a timeless battle that continues to rage on with no definitive end in sight. 

    “I just do not like being scared and I do not like the feeling that comes with it,” senior Sara Robbins said. “I like knowing what is happening next and horror movies just do not have that aspect.”

    Not only does the aspect of being scared steer viewers away from horror movies, but the predictable plots can be an off-putting factor for some viewers. 

    “I just do not like how people are so stupid in them,” sophomore Sophia Phlipot said. “Why are you running into the cold basement?”  

    Horror movie enthusiast, freshman Sydney Strange is inclined to disagree when it comes to horror movie hate. 

    “[My favorite horror movie is] Level 16,” Strange said. “It is a very creepy and kind of nostalgic movie, it just has a kind of je ne sais quoi.”

    Although Strange is an enjoyer of horror movies, it does not mean she thinks any less of the people who steer away from the films. She has advice on how to feel more comfortable if someone wants to dabble into this genre of film.

    “Eat popcorn while eating the movie,” Strange said. “And get a pillow for the scary parts, it will help.”

    An abundance of people are divided when it comes to horror movies, there is no right or wrong answer, and there never will be. 

    According to Psych Central, negative experiences, novelty or the excitation transfer process are just a few reasons people like or dislike horror movies. 

    The debate between whether horror movies are worth it or not will not be resolved any time soon. Whether viewers enjoy a good scare or shudder at the thought of it, horror movies will continue to cast their stories on the silver screen every Halloween season.

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Raegan Lawson, Reporter
Raegan Lawson is a junior at Fishers High School. She’s in Show Choir and loves to sing, read, go shopping, and listen to music.

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