Oct 7, 2016
In this episode:
October! And you know what that means? That’s right,
geeks...HORROR! You see,Void thinks horror is dumb and boring. Beej
thinks it’s awesome. Is the Beejmeister going to be able to
convince the Voidenator that horror is worth his time?
taught a horror literature class for English majors a few years
back, and he had a wonderful experience with horror in college
because all of his friends loved it. So where he’s coming is
different from where some fans are coming from.
- A lot
of horror hits on cultural and societal fears, far more than
personal. We can trace the entire 20th century’s outlook based on
what horror media was being produced.
- Rarely does horror exist on its i.e. because of
its nature. If the intent is to bring people a primal realization
of a cultural or societal fear so they can deal with it, that’s not
a genre. What you probably think of as “horror” is technically
- Emotional connection to events. To situations.
Not characters so much. The blank-slate the characters tend to be
written that way purposefully, which is why they’re archetypes. But
you do have lots of writers, however, that tend to focus on people
more than the “hook” of whatever horror element they are writing,
which is why Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill, are so successful.
It’s why The Walking Dead is so successful. The Walking Dead, for
instance, is an ensemble survival drama that happens to have
Zombies. Much like Battlestar Galactica is a military drama that
happens to be in space, but we are horrified by the events that
- Different kinds of horror: Physical and
Psychological. Stephen King has 3 criteria: Horror, terror,
use horror as a way to achieve catharsis: We watch this stuff so we
don't have to do it ourselves.
loves slashers and horror comedies. Friday the 13th, Sleepaway
Camp, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Santa’s Slay.
like Duma Key and It by Stephen King. Heart-shaped Box by Joe Hill.
Even Odd Thomas and Phantoms by Dean Koontz are good places to
Secret World is the best horror game out there right now (to Beej,
at least) because it really grabs a lot of the worldwide horror
elements and does them justice. It even grabs Eastern horror and
does them well, which is hard to do in America. Other games are
obvious like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, and Until
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