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    Default Do A Certain "Type" of People Like Horror Movies?

    I've liked horror movies since I was a kid, and the only ones that I don't like are the "torture porn" ones with extended scenes of graphic human suffering. However, I do feel a certain release of anger and tension sometimes in watching gory splatter porn, the psychological ones make me think, and I enjoy the cheesy, campy ones because I think they're entertaining and fun.

    Of course some people hate all horror, even relatively mild thrillers. Does anyone think that this has anything to do with type? I suspect that Se most of all (which I have higher Se I think than I'm supposed to for my type) and possibly Ne (?) could influence a prediliction toward horror. On the other hand, for some reason I think that Fe, Si, and maybe even Ni would have the most problem with it and/or dislike it.

    Thoughts? Opinions? Does anyone think this is type related at all? Seems like a question to be asking this close to Halloween...
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    I think different types of horror appeal to different types of people. For example stuff like Alien or Jacob's Ladder is abstract and associated with bodily-invasion, which I think can be easily associated with Si and Ni/Ne. Whereas stuff like Saw or Hostel is probably very Se since the focus is on gratuituous gore.

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    I love me some horror films, but only if they're a little imaginative (or alternatively completely cheesy). So I'll watch stuff like "The Haunting in Connecticut" and think that's a blast, and my Se-user friends will be totally bored and wondering why there aren't more fountains of blood spurting out of necks or whatever.

    The "torture porn" stuff usually just bores me and then grosses me out a lot. Gore isn't inherently scary, and I don't watch a movie to be made nauseous, I want to be made afraid.
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    Well, bodily invasion/alien movies seem more sci-fi to me, which is something that I (perhaps irrationally) associate with TJs.

    I just wonder what part that Ne plays in this, because there was a humor thread illustrating the difference between Ne and Ni humor, and someone gave what I thought was a PERFECT example of Ne humor: Family Guy... which in turn made me think of other random/risque/weird/boundary pushing humor like Frisky Dingo, which is basically like horror comedy.

    I definitely think that Se is associated with horror, not just extreme stuff like Saw and Hostel, but even the more "artistic" sensory-driven old-school exploitation horror cinema.

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    I love horror films and I'm with you on the "torture porn". That isn't scary/terrifying. Threatening it, yes, but showing it is just an exercise in what Stephen King called "the gross out". The lowest form of horror.

    As far as type? I'm not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy View Post
    I love me some horror films, but only if they're a little imaginative (or alternatively completely cheesy). So I'll watch stuff like "The Haunting in Connecticut" and think that's a blast, and my Se-user friends will be totally bored and wondering why there aren't more fountains of blood spurting out of necks or whatever.

    The "torture porn" stuff usually just bores me and then grosses me out a lot. Gore isn't inherently scary, and I don't watch a movie to be made nauseous, I want to be made afraid.
    I like spooky, psychological movies, too. Then again, I know an SP who likes psychological supernatural horror as well - he just also likes torture porn.

    I actually like gore and blood. Blood doesn't make me sick. I watched a lot of slasher flicks as a teen. I sometimes find watching things like that catharctic -I felt that way a little bit about A L'Interieur, and I must admit I LOVED the final scene of Rob Zombie's Halloween.

    I just don't usually like the super-duper-extended human suffering torture scenes. It evokes my pity/compassion response. I'm much more disturbed by the idea of a person being extensively tortured than quickly cutting someone up with obviously fake blood and special effects.
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    I love horror movies! In fact, I'm having a "horror movie night" tonight with an INFJ friend of mine. I'm not much into gore or "torture porn" though, but everything else I really enjoy.

    Quote Originally Posted by poppy View Post
    I love me some horror films, but only if they're a little imaginative (or alternatively completely cheesy). So I'll watch stuff like "The Haunting in Connecticut" and think that's a blast
    I really liked "The Haunting in Connecticut", I even watched it twice!

    I usually watch horror movies for one of two reasons: to be genuinely afraid (which happens usually only with haunted/spirit/ghost/demonic possession-type horror films) or just to be entertained (everything else) I just think horror movies are really fun to watch, especially with a group of people or with a friend.

    Tonight we're watching (at least two of these): Drag Me to Hell, The Descent, The Exorcist, and Halloween.

    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    I like spooky, psychological movies, too.
    Spooky, psychological movies are fun too. I think the scariest ones, for me, are the things that might (even if unlikely) actually happen in real life. So, "monster" movies don't scare me, but I still love watching them for entertainment value.

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    I don't know if this has anything to do with my type, but I absolutely, hate, hate, HATE, horror films of every kind. Being freaked out is NOT my idea of a good time. If that's how you get your kicks, though, then more power to ya... Just don't try to force me to watch, please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    I actually like gore and blood. Blood doesn't make me sick. I watched a lot of slasher flicks as a teen. I sometimes find watching things like that catharctic-I felt that way a little bit about L'Interior, and I must admit I LOVED the final scene of Rob Zombie's Halloween.

    I just don't usually like the super-duper-extended human suffering torture scenes. It evokes my pity/compassion response. I'm much more disturbed by the idea of a person being extensively tortured than quickly cutting someone up with obviously fake blood and special effects.
    That's very F of you I don't find particularly violent scenes that cathartic, nor am I that likely to be emotionally touched by extended torture scenes (there are plenty of things that are likely to evoke an emotional response from me, but none of those are typically found in horror films).

    Quote Originally Posted by AutumnReverie View Post
    I usually watch horror movies for one of two reasons: to be genuinely afraid (which happens usually only with haunted/spirit/ghost/demonic possession-type horror films) or just to be entertained (everything else)

    Tonight we're watching (at least two of these): Drag Me to Hell, The Descent, The Exorcist, and Halloween.
    Those are pretty much the reasons I watch those movies too.
    And I think the desire to be afraid thing, at least for me, has a certain aspect of bravado. For instance, I sat all the way through The Exorcist because neither of my parents had, so I saw it as a challenge (as Mathew Z said, "Everything's a challenge when you've got Te"). Also that movie is easily one of the most disturbing I've ever seen. Can't be beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VagrantFarce View Post
    xSTPs, objective FACT

    I think different types of horror appeal to different types of people. For example stuff like Alien or Jacob's Ladder is abstract and associated with bodily-invasion, which I think can be easily associated with Si and Ni/Ne. Whereas stuff like Saw or Hostel is probably very Se since the focus is on gratuituous gore.
    I hate horror movies and now I outright refuse to see ones along the lines of Saw (I don't like "suspense" horror either but once in a while I can be dragged to see one).

    I just don't like how I feel when I watch them. It doesn't make me happy or make me think, which to me are the two major reasons for watching a movie.

    I don't know if it would be type related. I think the last thread on this topic speculated (rightly or wrongly) that it was a TvsF thing.
    -end of thread-

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