ByArturo Cervantes, writer at
Not only do they go bump in the night, they do so in different media. As well as in real life. A short look into the horror that plagues our
Arturo Cervantes

Let me start this by saying that I love horror movies. And books, and stories and... You know. I am a chicken-shit, but I love me some horror. Having said that, I have to say that I hate a lot of modern horror movies. Jump-scares and gore and whatnot. That doesn't scare me, it's just as annoying as going to a family dinner. You know the formula, you know how everything is going to go down. And it does. You go back home, surprised that you even expected something different. I watched one of the Paranormal Activity movies -I don't know and honestly don't care which- once and I found myself wishing I was watching the Teletubbies instead. That baby-faced sun watching everything you do, those strange creatures in onesies... Anyway, what is the deal with that movie?! It was boring as hell! NOTHING HAPPENED. I guess that's the way the people who watch security cameras feel about their job. Just watching a bunch of footage where nothing ever happens, except a blanket floating behind a character that doesn't even see it. Wow. That is scary.

I'm sorry. I promise not every post will be about how crappy something is. I mean, I love the Angry Videogame Nerd videos and Nostalgia Critic reviews, but I think that there's too much negativity already on the internet. What I'm trying to do is to show you what I consider good horror. Late 50's and early 60's movies had a knack for making good horror. They relied on good story-telling and a chilling atmosphere rather than special effects and shocking images. When a movie makes me feel nervous and sends chills down my spine without any jump-scares, I think the people who made it should feel proud, for they made a truly terrifying piece of cinema. Movies from the 70's and 80's knew how to combine shocking images with interesting plots and make us tremble in our seats. Take John Carpenter's The Thing, for example. Or John Landis's An American Werewolf in London.

My aim is to share with you things that make you stay up all night with the lights on, watching Office Space to relax a little bit. Not only in movies, but in other media too. I Love reading and horror is naturally one of my favorite genres. Radio can be particularly frightening, since all you have is the sound and your imagination. And of course, real-life anecdotes. I find it fascinating when people tell me anecdotes about stuff they've experienced or heard from their family and friends.

So welcome, and remember... There are those things!


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