we recently watched halloween II, written and directed by rob zombie. it was vividly graphic, disturbing and filled with violent death scenes. rob zombie has a way of creating movies that make you feel like you may have accidentally picked up a snuff film. halloween II was also haunting, in an artful sense with beautiful scene compositions and soundtrack selections. while the critics lambasted the movie, i liked it.
i do not feel that watching and enjoying horror movies makes me depraved. but after watching something as unsettling as a rob zombie film, i can't help but wonder if something is seriously off in my head. lots of research has gone into the reasons why we enjoy experiencing uncomfortable emotions triggered by movies and literature, those same emotions we avoid in "real life". the general consensus is that we get to feel the "rush" without any true danger, leading to an emotional catharsis.
ultimately it's just entertainment, right? enjoying horror movies isn't any different than someone choosing a drama that leaves you crying and heartbroken.
personally, i'd rather be scared than sad. which is why i refuse to watch certain movies (marley and me), and can't wait to see others (the crazies).
anybody else like me, or do you avoid horror movies?