For many of us, the Halloween is right around the corner, and I have a habit of trying to get into horror more and more each year during this time.
Honestly, I feel like I watch more psychological thrillers than horror, but I am still not opposed to the entirety of the horror genre. I love my spooky and dark films. I also feel like there a lot of crossover in the psychological horror genre, anyways.
But horror films unfortunately come with the territory of having highly depraved and misogynistic films being able to be made under the horror genre.
Quite recently, I was coming off a video from Youtuber Wendigoon, about the disturbing movie iceberg (Here is the link for the video. Although it does not get into super intense detail for some of the worse movies on the list, it still gets graphic, so NSFW).
I have an extremely bad habit of watching/listening to stuff at work that makes me freaked out for days on end. I have a huge morbid curiosity with things like missing persons cases and internet crimes being committed, so that is kind of where I am coming from LOL.
I think the allure comes from the fact that I want to be woken up at work (not a huge coffee drinker), and hearing this stuff makes my brain go into full wake-up mode. I also am interested in hearing how terrifying our world can be, and how these things even happen (so…just morbid curiosity).
Anyways, the disturbing movie iceberg got me thinking about how male and depraved these movies all were. How they mostly involved women and children being subjected to the worst things, or just showed outright real-life violence in general. I understand that there is a fine line that the horror movie genre walks between these types of topics, but I find it increasingly more difficult to avoid when picking out a horror movie to watch. I will just spend hours looking up reviews on letterboxd and just flat-out give up and watch something I’ve already seen. For the films I have decided to settle on, sometimes it is so unbearable, that I just stop watching them completely. And this is coming from someone who can watch films such as Come and See or Antichrist (those have pushed the envelope though, I admit).
It’s extremely disheartening to know that most horror films go in the way of just having women sexually harassed and killed. And after watching the disturbing movie iceberg video, I feel terrified knowing that there are scores of men just completely and utterly desensitized to this sort of shit. It’ll probably be like this for the foreseeable future, too. Arguably, this just feels like a more acceptable way of accessing ‘gore porn’ or whatever the internet wants to call human depravity these days.
Maybe I am being a bit too naïve in asking, but are there any horror movies you ladies could recommend that are in the horror genre, but avoid a lot of the misogyny, violence against women, etc?
I understand that this kind of stuff is baked into the fabric of pretty much all horror movies depicting violence or murders or whatever, but I have an urge to move past that and find some genuinely appealing and terrifying horror films.
I would even go as far as to say that I would even appreciate a movie where the roles are reversed, just to get that whole perspective. I can only think of a few movies right now that kind of work in this way (Jennifer’s body, Carrie, Midsommar), but I’m open to seeing more of these kinds of flicks!
Please, I am open to any and all suggestions. Let’s work together get ourselves spooked this season!