Thursday, April 3, 2014

why horror movies are offensive

I've actually never watched a horror movie in my life. In the past couple days I've actually watched the first two episodes of American Horror Story since everyone has raved about it.

After watching the first two episodes, I felt an opinion developing and felt the need to write a blog post about the genre of horror as a whole. 

Horror movies- or at least American Horror Story- are disgustingly offensive, and NOT for the obvious gory reasons. This is why. 

1) The portrayal of disabled individuals. 

The girl with down syndrome, Addy, is shown at the beginning as a creepy-looking baby in a photo (due to the effects they put on it to make her eyes glow) then constantly sneaks into the house, as if there's obviously something creepy about her. Basically, it portrays her as a "freak" that blends into the background. 

Oh, and OF COURSE the schizophrenic guy with a burned face is the bad guy. Stay away. 

What I hate about this type of portrayal is that they designed the characters to be disabled to add to their creepiness. It's that simple. 

2) They portray murder as something exciting. Murder is not exciting. It is one of the most terrifying things in life. Horror movies make murder the main reason of people's entertainment. It's disgusting. 

3) It dangerously blurs together reality and fantasy into a glorification. "It's not real, it's just a movie." Oh wait, but it is real. People actually get murdered like that. Stuff like that happens and it's not pretty. People who create horror stories take real-life events and twist them into something fantastical for people's entertainment. Once again, disgusting. 

4) The romanticization of mentally ill people. 

Tate, who is psychotic, is not portrayed as a reach psychopath/sociopath. He is portrayed as dark, mysterious, and interesting. 

And of course, he tragically falls in love with the depressed Violet. 

The scene where Tate watches her cut herself to sad, dramatic music is just an EYE ROLL. Or maybe an I WANT TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE. 

In summary, horror movies are offensive because they take horrible real-life things and glorify them into a fantastical and dramatic production for people's entertainment. (Lol that sounded like a restatement of a thesis or something ha ha ha.) 

Alright that's all I had to say. Byeeee. 

xx Signe


  1. I've never watched AHS before but this is one of the reasons I haven't, plus I hate scary movies/shows! Great post :)

  2. This was an awesome post. I'm currently in a film studies course where we analyzed horror movies and you're pretty spot on with these. The idea of horror is to make what's "wrong" or "unusual" in society, the forefront of thought. Sad, but other than in horror movies alot of marginalized groups get little to no representation.

    x leah symonne x

  3. I agree with you about glorification of the mentally ill. But then again so many things do that not just horror stories. There are countless posts on Tumblr and such that promote depression/anxiety because it's seen as "cute" and endearing. I think that's more of a problem than having this in horror films because Tumblr is so much more accessible to younger minds who are easily influenced. While horror movies glorify murder etc there are plenty of films that glorify some unachievable, sad dream. Take twilight, some girl feels she is unattractive and alone then some beautiful, intelligent, talented boy pops up out of the blue and falls madly in love with her. It's the same thing but with more gore. Movies and TV have always promoted things that we cannot do or things that won't happen to us in real life. Immortality is desirable because we can't have it. Acting out violently is glamorised because we can't do it. Whilst I agree some horror films are disgusting and offensive this stuff is everywhere and people need to be more aware of that rather than the stuff in horror.

  4. I couldn't agree more with abigailalicex.

    Firstly, I could say action films are bad and portray certain things as "exciting". They portray violence, shooting, explosions etc. It goes for any type of genre, they all portray bad quality's. Even the romantic ones. It comes down to personal preference and if you don't agree nor like horror films then that's totally fine.

    But I wouldn't go as far as calling it disgusting and making people who watch it feel like they are in the wrong for liking such a thing because that's how you've made me feel. I'm not going to go out and murder the next person I see just because I saw it on a tv show and thought it was exciting.

    I thought the characters in American horror story were well written and played out. The disabled characters didn't just portray themselves as "creepy", they showed that they had real background stories with real emotions/feelings and personalities. The depressed girl even befriends her which shows that not all people are shallow and judge others.

    As for the mental illness topic. I suffer with depression and anxiety and I saw nothing wrong with how they portrayed mental illness in the show. People suffer with these kind of things all over the world. Why shouldn't it be shown? Even the dark sides to it. I think the more awareness to the topic the better.

    Obviously i'm a fan of this type of genre and a big fan of the show so my opinion like yours is obviously a little biased. To be quite honest I don't know how you can form an opinion on something you've only watched two episode's of or on the fact you've said you've never watched a horror movie in your life.

    Anyways, no biggie. I'm not trying to be offensive. Just wanted to put my point across too. Thanks x

  5. What you describe is only one way of seeing it. Obviously you are too narrow-minded to try and see it from other perspectives as well. It's a pity because it's your loss.
    There are many other ways to approach this topic. For example that violence which is shown on TV, prevents certain people from acting violently in real life. Or that the bad people are not necessarily the ones with deformations, but the "normal" people. or simply that there's a monster in everyone of us. You would maybe see this more clearly if youu watched more than the first two episodes. However if these first two episodes already make you form the opinion you stated above, then I can understand why you don't want to keep watching AHS. You are just not the right audience for this show, I think they are aiming at rather open-minded people.