For certain religions, a church is not only a house of worship, but a place of community, where followers can gather together and proclaim their love of whatever it is they believe in. If you're reading this, you, like me, are probably a member of the church of horror and this article is a short and small attempt at gathering with other fans of the genre and sharing our love of horror with one another. Forgive me if I'm too sentimental.
I saw John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece Halloween in 1996, when I was just seven years old. My young mind was blown away. I was both terrified and mesmerized by the horror on my television screen, trying to understand at such a young age why, as scared as I was, I didn't want it to end. That film began my love affair with the horror genre and lead me to discover other great works of cinematic terror from the Nightmare and Friday franchises to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, on through to Scream and the eternally terrifying The Exorcist, as well as many other films. Even in this day and age where horror is heavily populated by re-imaginings, sequels and found-footage films, my love of the genre has not diminished, but grown. Should the horror genre die tomorrow, I won't cease to be a horror fan, as I have many films to look back on and enjoy. But I don't think horror is going anywhere anytime soon. I happen to think that 2013 has been a pretty good year for the genre, both in terms of quality and at the box office. Back on point, I can trace my love of horror back to "Halloween" and I want to know where it started for you. I don't necessarily mean the first horror film you ever saw, as it could have been a bad one, but the first one that left you both terrified and riveted and drove you to seek out more films that explore the dark side.
So tell me, what was the first horror film you saw that made you a devout fan of the genre?