Firstly I just want to say I am not knocking horror films but I do have a genuine curiosity. I used to watch them religiously as a kid but when I stopped watching TV and made the jump to the internet I never had an interest in watching them. I would only watch them because they were what was on on Friday nights and my interest in horror movies in general waned on the internet.
I also can't watch horror movies in cinemas because I have this really weird condition where I respond to fear with laughter. I got asked to leave a horror film back in 2004 because I kept laughing hysterically and people complained. The film was called the Exorcist the Beginning and I was 17 at the time. I didn't get my ticket refunded because I never paid for a ticket since I worked there... I just dragged my garbage bag of popcorn into harold and kumar and watched that for the millionth time.
This issue I have happens in 'serious' moments of non horror films. I remember once some girl talked me into going to Harry Potter Deathly Hollows on a first date. I never seen a Harry Potter film and hadn't read one since the fifth grade. There was this big dramatic scene where they revealed the main villain called Voldermort and the moment he showed up on screen I just let out the biggest belly laugh ever. The entire theater looked at me and the girl punched me on the arm telling me to cut it out which just made me laugh even harder. I remember gasping out "I can't help it" as I laughed my way out of the theater.
I personally have a very real reason to not watch horror films but then again I have absolutely no desire to watch them. Normally when I'm not laughing I am just completely indifferent. I can understand their appeal from the business perspective... they're cheap to make and have high returns... but I just can't believe that people actually like this shit. How much of the appeal of Horror movies is genuine and how much is just hype built up by movie producers hoping to make a quick buck?
Do you like horror movies? Why?