Horror films are films that are made to elicit fear into the viewers for entertainment purposes. Initially inspired by literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, horror has existed as a film genre for more than a century. The macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. Horror may also overlap with the fantasy, supernatural fiction, and thriller genres.
However, horror films have garnered a toxic fandom and hatedom too.
Why They're Toxic
- Many have forgotten what real horror is and think that horror is only cheap-jump scares and spooky nuns.
- Jump scares aren't real scares. They're merely a startle that doesn't stick with you long after the scare.
- The only types of horror films they like are films with extreme visual effects, slasher films, supernatural films, etc, and think psychological horror or films that lack jump scares aren't scary.
- Because of this, they bash films such as The Babadook and Hereditary for not relying on jump scares and praise crappy films such as The Nun and Pet Semetary for having a ton of jump scares.