Welcome to the blog, MK Schiller! It’s October and we all love a good scare, but she’s here to remind us of WHY we love a good scare. 😀 Thanks for coming over, Meghan, and sharing with us.
Why scare movies aren’t so scary
I love horror movies, but there are so few really good ones. Do you ever wonder why some, especially the ones with fifteen sequels, are so horrible? Is it because the plot follows such a redundant recipe, you can almost recite the dialogue and who will be the first to go? Is it because the killer himself never dies no matter if you burn him, stab him a million times, or throw him in a lake with a million pounds tied to his back? Is it because the characters are so one-dimensional?
The answer is yes to all of the above, but especially the character part. We generally don’t feel a sympathetic attachment to horny teenagers who continually go to a haunted campground. It’s important to develop strong characters we care about in both books and movies. In turn, it’s also important to create realism in the killer – he or she has to have some complexity. A great example is Hannibal Lecter –a man that was feared and respected. Another example is the movie, Scream. The characters may have seemed somewhat over the top, but they had real personalities and issues. They threw out the rules of the typical horror flick and blatantly made fun of them, which is why it was enjoyable to watch.
What are some of your favorite horror movie characters, either villain or hero?
About MK Schiller
MK Schiller is a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. Her debut novel, The Other C-Word, is a contemporary romance out now from Total-E-Bound. She also has a new book due out October 8th entitled The Do-Over by Loose Id. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. She loves nothing more than relaxing wht a good book and some tasty Italian…the food of course!
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