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to be sickened by the level of violence and gore in horror films these days?

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dontmeanto Mon 13-May-13 16:41:08

...and the sheer volume of them??

DP and I went to hire a film Saturday night as a treat and couldn't believe just how many of these films were on the New Arrivals shelves.

Various plots on abduction, torture, force, maiming, etc.

I guess I just don't get why people are entertained by these films? I find them disturbing at best and absolutely disgusting at worst.

I just don't want those types of things in my head, and I worry there's a generation out there that will in some way become desensitised to this level of violence by making these films "cool" to watch with friends.

I remember being shocked by Scream when I was a teen, but these now are a billion times worse!


digerd Mon 13-May-13 19:29:02

I loved the old Dracula films. They were frightening but not violent or gory. Sippose they would be tame now. But never did like blood and gore, preferred supernatural horror films.

I enjoyed the TV series "Useful things" < I think it was called>, and Mysterious Ways.

soontobeburns Mon 13-May-13 19:32:00

YABU I love them and I havent had any inclination to go out and murder anyone.

digerd Mon 13-May-13 19:35:32

Also found Mary Rose compelling viewing. If I got the name right?

BeerTricksPotter Mon 13-May-13 19:46:44

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GoblinGranny Mon 13-May-13 19:53:04

I'm more sickened by the fact that the primary-age children in my class can discuss the merits of the Saw, Nightmare and Friday 13th franchises, and compare them.
I have no problem with adults liking horror films, I'm a fan of many. But my children had to wait to have that choice.

BeerTricksPotter Mon 13-May-13 19:54:33

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Nelly000 Mon 13-May-13 19:59:42

Never seen one... Doesn't appeal at all

PhallicGiraffe Mon 13-May-13 20:00:34


It is a film, it's not real. You don't have to watch them, and people that do are normal, healthy individuals that are quite able to watch them, and not copy what they've just seen.

Parents have a duty to stop their kids watching them, they have an age rating for a reason.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 13-May-13 20:12:51

I was weaned on horror,like many who were primary aged in the 70's - it was quite normal for kids to stay up late to watch a good horror with their parents.

Thank goodness we know better now though - I used to have terrible nightmares.

I'm really strict about what my DC's watch - my viewing is mainly done if I ever have a bit of time when they're out of the house. At bedtime I never know when they might come through for a drink and I can't hit the Pause in time.

StuntGirl Mon 13-May-13 20:21:21

I bloody love a good horror film. They prey on primal fears and emotions, it's very raw.

Horror films go through cycles just like anything else. In 10 or 20 years time we'll look back on the torture porn horror stuff and think "God that's so 00's" just like we look back on old films now and think "God that's so 80s!"

Loulybelle Mon 13-May-13 20:32:52

You want vile, look up "Serbian Film", even reading the description made me dry heave.

dontmeanto Mon 13-May-13 20:38:55

But no one knows the long-term impact on this level of gore...

My worry is that young people will watch them (and they will, cos they's all good saying they have age restrictions but everyone knows young teens will find a way to watch this stuff anyway!), and I'm sorry but this level of violence being acceptable in main-stream media can and might have a negative impact on someone's psyche, whether they are aware of it or not.

I didn't say everyone who watches it will do the same, but I worry that if a younger generation becomes desensitised to that level of violence after watching it in vivid and gory detail, and it could have some sort of negative impact on society.

deleted203 Mon 13-May-13 20:42:40

I can't abide them now, yet as a teen I loved 'horror' films.

I do think it is because the level of gore and violence has increased - but mostly because special effects/technology are just so realistic nowadays. I seriously could not cope with watching a horror film now - I would be having screaming nightmares.

Plus, as others have said, the unpleasant level of sexual/graphic violence has increased 1000% from when I was a teen in the early '80s perhaps.

claig Mon 13-May-13 20:44:23


'Exactly, how and why do people think of these plots??? I think it boils down to money. People pay lots to be entertained/scared by horror (let's face it, these films are becoming more and more popular), and these filmmakers will have no boundaries if it brings in the cash.'

I don't think it is about money. I think it is a deliberate attempt to desensitise people and brutalise them by exposing them to ever more gore and violence.

KitchenandJumble Mon 13-May-13 20:46:39

I don't watch horror films. They really don't interest me and I'm far too squeamish to cope with the gore. But I find that many films outside the horror genre nowadays are far too violent for my liking.

I am concerned that we are all becoming desensitised to violence due to the images we are exposed to, especially as the images become more horrifying, more intense, more extreme as the years go by. On the other hand, I'm completely opposed to censorship, so I don't really know what the answer is. It would be nice if filmmakers felt a sense of responsibility to limit the gratuitous use of violence. But as long as the public responds to such films positively, filmmakers will continue to push the bounds.

gordyslovesheep Mon 13-May-13 20:48:45

I love a good horror but a good horror is intelligent as well as gory - torture porn for it's sake alone is dire

Take Hostel - the first one, while difficult to watch had an interesting premise and political message - the others where just horrid

I LOVE Zombies though grin

Fakebook Mon 13-May-13 20:48:54

Is gore really a new concept? I remember watching Evil Dead and Nightmare on Elm St when I was younger and those films were far more gory than any of the new horror movies. The SAW films are the goriest films I've seen recently. They're not that bad IMO.

StuntGirl Mon 13-May-13 20:49:37

Yes but these kinds of stories won't be around forever. Each generation creates their own version. In 10 years time Hostel et al will seem laughable to the next generation.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Mon 13-May-13 20:51:03

I can't watch anything gory, vile or depraved. I am ridiculously squeamish with a stupidly over-active imagination and would have nightmares and/or dwell on the scenes for months afterwards. I know it's not real but the fact that someone thought up extreme acts of violence and torture, that these horrors are the product of a human being's brain, means that it could be real, one day, somewhere, because if one person can imagine them for 'artistic' (to use the term loosely) reasons, then what's stopping someone else thinking of those or similar acts of depravity with real-life intent?

Fakebook Mon 13-May-13 20:56:31

Orange, that's very true. I think the James Bulger case proves this. But it's very rare that someone watches a horror movie and tries to emulate what they see. I am the same age as the James Bulger murderers. I had elder brothers who used to bring horror movies home and I watched a lot of them with them and my sister. I'd even watched Child's Play, but it didn't make me want to do those things. I think someone has to be pretty fucked up in the head to copy cat a horror movie.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Mon 13-May-13 21:04:08

I agree Fakebook - I wasn't so much suggesting that such films lead to copycats, it's more a personal unease born of knowing that there are people in the world capable of dreaming up such horrors. Some of them are making their weird and unpleasant thoughts into films, but presumably some of them...aren't. (In fact I know some of them aren't because I used to work in the criminal justice system. sad ) So as well as triggering my squeamishness at gore and over-active imagination, such films are a graphic, in-your-face reminder that people who think like this exist in the world.

Loulybelle Mon 13-May-13 21:05:20

Fake, i've always maintained that too. If you cant see the difference between real life and fiction, then you arent wired right.

Its the same with video games, i've played loads and seen many horrors, never thought about doing it.

PimpMyHippo Mon 13-May-13 21:06:53

This thread appeared in Active Convos right above one called "AIBU to want to rip her head off and kick it over a hedge?" grin well, it made me laugh anyway.

love horror films. have been watching them since i was about 11. hasnt done me any harm.

the only ones that have ever scared me are paranormal activity 1 & 2... but thats because you cant see anything iyswim (3 & 4 were tripe)

i cant watch zombie films by myself blush they totally freak me out. took over 3 months for the nightmares to stop after i saw deadset (tv series based in the bb house) blush

anything else i either find ok or really boring, but i still watch them.

saw the evil dead a couple of weeks ago and found that boring and a little bit funny in places grin

dontmeanto Mon 13-May-13 21:13:44

See Pimp, I bet that OP watches too many violent films!!! grin

But seriously it's slightly annoying to have words put in one's. Nowhere have I said watching violent films will cause the viewer to go out and copycat. confused

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