My Love-Hate Relationship with Horror Movies

Thanks to my mother (who loved ANYTHING to do with the occult or supernatural, as completely opposed to my sensible dear dad), I have been born with the ‘Ilovescaryshizz’ genes. No, it is hereditary. Ask anyone.

Thus, horror movies were always my favorite; whether it was The Ring or the classic The Exorcist. I guess the one movie I have seen REPEATEDLY is The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Although there’s only a single scene that’s actually scary in the film, it’s enough to make me sleep with the lights on that night. I’ve made my friends watch it numerous times, and my two best friends who HATE horror movies are still cursing me for it..

So now you know the ‘love’ part of my relationship with horror movies. Where does all the hate come from? As I grew up, I gradually found out I can’t stand horror movies that are about people who are possessed (and surprisingly they’re almost the only kind I like); the face, the voice and the PITCH-BLACK, FULLY DILATED, PIERCING EYES are now extremely undesirable to me…

As of recently, I can barely stand horror movies, unless I have an army of people to watch it with me and someone to sleep with for at least a week.

Hence, I still love horror movies but hate the aftereffects of them. One of my friends, who is also a horror movie junkie, is begging for me to watch the new flick on the block, The Conjuring, which is apparently the MOST horror of them all. A part of me really, really wants to rent it out but I still haven’t mustered up the courage. If I do actually end up watching it, I’ll be sure to share my experience!

Do you like horror movies, or against the very existence of them? And if you like yourself a late night scary flick, which is your favorite horror movie?



8 thoughts on “My Love-Hate Relationship with Horror Movies

  1. Raiha says:

    Hullo Zara, nice to see a fellow Paki here!

    And well, I HATE horror movies. I think that the film-makers who want to make money by inducing fear in their audience are plain sick and the people who get entertained by watching gory bloody demons coming out of helpless young maidens are pretty insane! No offense meant in any way, I do understand your addiction. Watching the occult has that feel to it. You get goose bumps when a door creaks open and a bloody skeletal hand comes out of it inch by inch, gradually transforming into a nightmarish monster. Or when the heroine is running for her life and you’re grabbing the edge of your seat and willing her to run and run and not look back (which she does anyway). The tingles that run up your skin during a suspense scene, when you’re expecting the monster to make an appearance any time soon.

    I haven’t ever seen The Exorcist or The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The ones I’ve seen and enjoyed are The Ring and The Grudge. The latter made me laugh actually, and I still love imitating that rickshaw sound the Grudge makes. And the horror-thriller The Village is one of my all-time favorite films.

    Great post by the way. I hope to read more. And I would suggest you write the About Me page soon, since readers always want to connect to the writer in a more personal way!

    • Zara Jan Durrani says:

      Hi Raiha. Thanks so much for you lovely comment. As I mentioned in this post, I have 2 best friends who absolutely hate horror movies, so I can understand why you would too,

      I agree with your suggestion; I was putting off the ‘About Me’ page because I wanted it to be perfect (I’m a Virgo, so that explains a lot..). However, I decided to jump the gun and simply write about myself in the ‘About Me’ page (no shit, Sherlock).

      Anyway, I am very happy to have found a Paki buddy here in the world of blogging! Hope to keep in contact with you.

      • Raiha says:

        Yeah I have A LOT of experience with Virgos. My sisters are twins and hardcore Virgos! I on the other hand, am a hard-headed goat. Us Capricorns are very stubborn, and Virgos are always all about perfection. So I’m sure you can imagine where that ends up!

        And yes I’m very happy as well. There should be some chatting/inbox thing on here…

      • Raiha says:

        Yes… I’ve recently started giving my blog link to new friends when they ask about me, my likes, my habits. There’s a piece of me in every sentence, it’s how us writers are.

        Keep posting so that I’ll be able to know you too 🙂

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