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.