It’s almost Halloween. And as sure as jack-o’-lanterns emerge, leaves and temperatures fall and children daydream about bags of free candy, so Hollywood reliably unleashes another battalion of horror movies every autumn.
You might think that in a year with as much real-life horror as 2020, audiences’ appetites for the theatrical variety might be dulled. But a quick glance at the movies released this month suggests otherwise. Indeed, it suggests that this frightening, blood-drenched and often spiritually dark genre seems as immune to a global plague as phalanx of hungry zombies.
The question is, why? What’s the appeal of these films, especially during scary seasons in real life? Wouldn’t most folks rather watch, well, almost anything else? Are there any positive things we can take away from this spooky genre? Or is it a movie category that’s simply beyond redemption, good for nothing other than being avoided?
We’re batting around those questions on The Plugged In Show podcast this week, “Episode 48: Horror Movies: The Genre That Just Won’t Die.” Below you’ll find links to some of the things we talked about in this episode to, ahem, flesh out your understanding of these movies. And if you haven’t yet carved out half an hour or so to listen to our team’s conversations each week, we’d invite you to glance through almost a year’s worth of our podcasts to find a title that piques you interest.
- Gift of Any Amount Offer: Burning Bush 2.0 by Paul Asay
- Plugged In Reviews (horror genre): https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/?wpv-movie-genre%5B%5D=horror&wpv_view_count=15245
- Plugged In Blog: The Horror of Kids in Horror Movies
- Plugged In Review: Signs
- Plugged In Review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose
- Plugged In Review: I Am Legend
- Plugged In Review: The Sixth Sense