I recently made a thread about the Haunting of Hill house which i have recently just watched and i thought i’d make this thread because i have noticed a big change in the Horror Genre. In the last several years some of the most frightening horror movies/tv have been based on true stories, mostly demonic possession, this is essentially because there are records of such things happening and for the most part never have so many accounts of the supernatural been accepted by so many on it’s own merits. Watching the Haunting of Hill house, a horror based on fiction i see a drastic difference in how the characters act compared to horror based on fact. Years ago we didn’t notice or care for this, the characters in horror movies almost always acted in the most irrational ways such as knowingly approaching danger, splitting up in a haunted house rather than sticking together and just flat out being in denial of supernatural events that would scare any normal person so much they soil themselves.
Take the Conjuring 2 for example. The only factual element however of this movie was the enfield poltergeist and many of the events around it which was one of the most documented in British history. When the characters in the house experience something of supernatural origin they behave as any genuinely scared person would, they run immediately and get out of the House. They later return because there is no available homes by the housing executive so while they are on the waiting list they live there in complete fear. They all sleep together in one room where they feel safer in each others presence. What they don’t do is wonder around this house seeking answers to something that frightens them beyond comprehension. Even though they were a secularized family the experience forces them to believe in this reality. In other words they react in a way most normal people would and they seek help from people that actually comprehend what is happening rather than naturalists who brush it off because they can’t explain it.