I don’t like horror. When the eerie music and unsettling camera angles start in in a horror movie, I curl up in a ball, plug my ears, and squint my eyes. Anybody who’s seen any horror knows that when those cues come into place, the movie is building up to a startling cut scene that makes the audience scream from fright. After all, that is what horror is for – to frighten you in what is probably meant to be a cathartic way. All it does for me is set me on edge.
On the other hand, I love psychological thrillers. Several films that I enjoy are Se7en, Black Swan, Gaslight, Donnie Darko, Memento, and Perfect Blue, to name a few. My favorite of the genre though, are Hitchcock movies, The Shining, and Silence of the Lambs. I would like to take a little bit of time to talk about each of these to explain my preference for psychological thriller over horror. Read the rest of this entry »