PhilCon “Why Horror is Not Dead”


D.E. Christman, Jennifer Williams, Dina Leacock, Sara M. Harvey

Is Horror a Genre unto itself?
Horror is a genre, but it has changed.  Now we have Dark Romance and others. King is shelved under regular ficiton.
If its a dark subject it tends to get tagged under horror.
Genre is very subjective, but ten you have genre bending that make it even more difficult.  Best a publisher can do is to label stuff for what the audiance will pick.
In the 90’s, Horror wasn’t dead, it was called different names.
Movies has a constant appitite for horor.  Subject matter changes (Aliens vs Twilight vs Sliver).
Horror also does better when things are bad economically rather then when thing are good.

Does Horror make children bad/desensatize kids?
No.  Parents need to be parents and TV is not a substitute for parenting, but people are by nature morbidly curious.  Grim’s Tales was horrorific and its been around for a long time.

What are the essential elements of Horror?
A Building Sense of Dread, Terror, Being Afraid for the Character (watching a car accident happen), Feeling Helpless (Watcher in the Woods)

All the classic monsters are making a comeback:
vampires, werewolves, mummies, zombies, etc.  They’re just not showing up in horror movies. 
Even the killer tomato is making a comeback. *rolls eyes*

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