This article kicks off what I hope will be a weekly column highlighting a variety of subjects that I feel are suitable for horror films. My intent is to focus on those very real ideas or events that have been relatively glossed over or overlooked entirely in horror films, all while providing a little dose of education.

"For what seemed ages piled on ages, I lay there, frozen with the most awful fears, not daring to drag away my hand; yet ever thinking that if I could but stir it one single inch, the horrid spell would be broken. I knew not how this consciousness at last glided away from me; but waking in the morning, I shudderingly remembered it all, and for days and weeks and months afterwards I lost myself in confounding attempts to explain the mystery." -Moby Dick

Ever since I began writing about the horror genre I have remained steadfast in my belief that the real world and the many maladies that plague our daily lives have the potential to serve as a greater inspiration for horror films than vampires, zombies, and vampire zombies combined. These types of films, although frightening in their own unique ways, allow the viewer to suspend disbelief for a short while and get lost in a world that has little to no basis in reality. As such, the fear they elicit is short-lived, often ending as the screen fades to black and the credits roll. The terrifying realities of life, however, do not afford us such a luxury.

Films such as The Exorcist, Eden Lake and Session 9, all of which deal with seemingly real fears, are for more apt to leave a lasting impression on the human mind that the latest zombie or vampire film. The Exorcist dealt with religion in a manner that was apropos of the time period; Eden Lake revealed just how dangerous seemingly innocuous children can be; and Session 9, which was inspired by true events, dealt with the fragility of the human mind. These terrifying realities of life that welcome us every morning do little to diminish the paralyzing fears that greet us as we drift off to sleep, blissfully unaware that there is a very real chance that you can wake up completely unable to move.
categories Horror