While not suitable for all audiences, horror movies have legions of devoted
fans who enjoy a good scare, whether it comes from slashers, alien beings
or attacking zombies.
Not all scary flicks are horror movies. Thrillers, especially psychological thrillers,
can certainly be frightening, but they're not horror films. Horror movies are
unique in their design and have a more specific appeal.
With all the low-budget killing, guts and gore that often relegates horror
movies to the B-movie list, it's easy to overlook what makes a really good
For example, horror movies always have a strong element of good versus evil.
Though the evil usually takes the form of a fearsome supernatural event or
character(s), the classic conflict is one that appeals to the base human instinct
for survival. Caught by this instinct, viewers suspend their disbelief, making
horror movies more enjoyable to watch. This same urge to have good prevail
over evil is also part of the reason horror sequels are so popular: evil entities
from the original movies are sure to make an appearance, even if they have
to return from the dead to do it, and audiences naturally want to see these
killers and intruders take care of for good.
Admittedly, dialogue in horror movies tends to take a back seat to other
priorities such as special effects. Even so, you may notice that most horror
movies have at least one good, memorable line. These great lines are often
delivered by one of the largely unknown actors horror movies are renowned
Finally, regardless of however predictable the plot is, however weak the
dialogue seems, or how badly portrayed the characters are, even
a B-movie horror flick can be saved with a great soundtrack of creepy, put-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat
music. Think of the fear created by the pounding music of ‘Jaws' or the
tension resulting from the whispered terror accompanying the soundtrack
of ‘The Ring'. Now that's scary!