There are two kinds of horror movies. There’s the basic gross-out horror movie where it’s really just about creating a progression of increasingly horrible images and getting a high body count. These movies have a very simple formula: establish a bunch of characters and a bunch of relationships and then, one by one, kill those characters off with the greatest efficiency and bloodiness. All the creative work in those movies really just goes into creating the most horrible of horrors. It’s about making the most disgusting, horrible, frightening “this is going to haunt me in my dreams, I can’t un-see that” kind of moment.
But the best horror movies try to do something much bigger. The best horror movies are either psychological commentaries or political commentaries or sometimes both.
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