horror writers would influence my life, and along with my passion for reading came a passion forviewing. It didn’t take long for me to realize that my favorite types of films are horror films. Horror has allowed me to escape from my own concerns and into a “safe space” where I can feel afraid without negative consequences. Horror films have provided me with an effective outlet to
2Surnamebetter deal with my own life-long anxiety disorders. The horror film genre is quite diverse and has many subgenres. I don’t actually care for every single one of the horror subgenres. For example, I do not like possession films, and I definitely can’t handle any slasher-type of films. I have watched my fair share of these subgenres, but as I’ve matured, I’ve realized that they are actually tooscary, even for me. Part of this might be because I find them too “real.” I have passively taken part of a real exorcism before– about which I will spare the reader all the weird details –so possession stories are much too terrifying from my personal context. As for slasher films, there is so much hate and real violence in the world right now that glorifying violence – even through special effects – makes me physically sick to my stomach. Instead, tales of ghosts and haunted houses are my preferred films, but I also very much enjoy zombies and other killer creatures. I find ghost and monsters to be incredible metaphors fordeep psychological fears, especially fears about social constructs. Ghosts and haunted houses seem to often (if not always) come from moral conventions, which – as a person raised in a very
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