I used to love horror movies as a child and as a teenager. They were the kinds of movies that I would sneak behind my parents’ backs to watch…at sleepovers, in the den at my grandma’s house, on the Internet.
I would watch terrifying movies and be thrilled. I would feel what my Freshman Rhetoric professor called “the sublime,” as it was interpreted by some English writer whose name escapes me at this moment. The sublime is that feeling of awe-inspiring beauty and horror meshed at the same time.
I didn’t think horror movies were beautiful, but I did think they possessed a kind of exciting quality that made them intriguingly terrifying.
But I watched them. Well, until I got older. Now, I can’t watch horror movies. I don’t have time for nightmares. I don’t have any desire to be afraid. The rush of fear is no longer as attractive as it once seemed.
Now, I just want light hearted, funny, entertaining movies. That’s all. Nothing else.
Do you watch horror movies? What are some of your favorites?