‘Gore Doesn’t Make The Movie’

There Are More Creative Ways To Scare Someone

The killer stands over his latest victim.  Blood and gore have splattered the screen.  The young man or woman has been slain in the most brutal way you could imagine.  The movie has just started and you know there will be more carnage to come.  Is that all this movie has to offer?  There is more to horror movies that just blood and gore.

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Blood and gore are used as shock tactics.  Seeing all kinds of violence on the big screen or even on your TV screen will shock you.  Blood and gore may shock you, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be scared.  Suspense is the true art of scaring someone.  A true writer or director can scare the audience without resorting to using blood, guts and who knows what else.


I’ve seen many horror and suspense movies over the years.  One that stood out was Seven.  It was a Suspense thriller in which two police detectives track a serial killer inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.  It had graphic violence but also used suspense to tell a great story.  It didn’t rely on gore to drive the plot forward.  Hostel and Hostel II are two examples of movies that used gore to their advantage.  Eli Roth used as much gore as he could to shock the audience into a horror coma.  I was scared by both Hostel movies but Seven stayed with me longer.
One of the few movies to truly scare me….

There’s nothing with enjoying gore.  If you enjoy gore in movies, you’re not a psycho.  Horror movies are a guilty pleasure.  However, watching a horror movie that experiments with both gore and suspense becomes more satisfying.  Horror fans, keep an open mind.  Don’t just settle for gore.  You owe it to yourself to be scared in one more ways than one. Imagine the possibilities.

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  • Evan Baker
    5 November 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I agree very strongly (well, except for the part about horror movies being a guilty pleasure; a great movie is a great movie, regardless of genre). Some of my favorite horror flicks certainly have a heavy gore content, whether they’re using it to create a genuinely disturbing effect (as in a Cronenberg movie, for example) or just for shocking fun (Re-Animator leaps to mind). But just as many – if not more – of my favorites rely instead on suggestion and atmosphere; the original The Haunting leaps to mind, one of the scariest movies ever, in which very little horrifying content is ever actually shown.

    Horror is a genre which takes a rich variety of forms – a much wider variety than most non-fans have any conception of. Its basic remit is to disturb, or to address that which is disturbing, which it can do by being scary (though being scary is certainly not a fundamental requirement of being horrifying), by being disgusting, by being shocking, or by simply raising unsettling notions. It’s a genre that has room for movies like I Walked with Zombie and Invasion of the Body Snatchers to stand side-by-side with movies like Twitch of the Death Nerve and Evil Dead II.