Oct 7, 2016
In this episode:
- It’s 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
- Beej 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
- 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
- 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 “gothic romance”
- 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 occur.
- Different kinds of horror: Physical
and Psychological. Stephen King has 3 criteria: Horror, terror,
- We use horror as a way to achieve
catharsis: We watch this stuff so we don't have to do it
- Beej loves slashers and horror
comedies. Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, My Bloody Valentine 3D,
- Books 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 start.
- The 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 Dawn.
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