Being fans of the horror genre, we always know the stigma it receives from most, mainly because it is always akin to titles like Friday the 13th and their ilk. But even decades before Jason ever picked up a machete, the horror genre was still the red-headed step child. Even some of our horror heroes didn’t particular care for the word “horror”, often times preferring the word “terror” to be used, since it was meant to scare you, not horrify you. But what is the difference?
In 1957, author and expert on Gothic literature, Devendra Varma explained the difference when he published a book entitled The Gothic Flame. In it, he gives one of the earliest and, in my opinion, the best example of what is the different between those two words, Terror & Horror. In the book, Varma writes:
“The difference between Terror and Horror is the difference between
awful apprehension and sickening realization:
between the smell of death and stumbling against a corpse.”
I’ve used that quote many times while discussing the horror genre with others, from people that are not even fans of these films to other die hard ones that you could see the light go on, much like it did for me when I first read that passage.
For for this month’s mission, you have to find 2 horror films that you have not seen before. One title must have the word TERROR in it, and the second title must have the word HORROR. Pretty straight forward, don’t you think? And you got a little history lesson in the process too!
You will have until August 31st, at 11:59pm to find and watch your two films, and then report back here of what you watched and what you thought about them. Good luck. Just be careful as you’re stumbling around in the dark. You never know what you step on or bump into. Though, not sure which of those words describes stepping on a Lego…