I need to start of by saying that horror, as a genre and in my opinion, has spread so much into other genres that it has almost been absorbed into a shadow of its former self. According to literaryterms.net,
In literature, horror (pronounced hawr-er) is a genre of fiction whose purpose is to create feelings of fear, dread, repulsion, and terror in the audience—in other words, it develops an atmosphere of horror. The term’s definition emphasizes the reaction caused by horror, stemming from the Old French orror, meaning “to shudder or to bristle.”
I will agree with this definition because it pretty much copies from Merriam-Webster, but who in the heck pronounces it that way? Seriously…hawr-er?
Okay, now that we can see that “horror” can actually be found in any genre (especially if you consider it is all in the eye of the beholder), maybe my list won’t be much of a stretch.
What are your favorite horror characters?
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Hannibal Lecter — OMG, I love this character. I must say that I did not like the Silence of the Lambs movie (although I will watch it if its on), but it did introduce me to the character. After watching Hannibal (the movie), I read the books by Thomas Harris. Holy crap what a difference! It was with the book character Hannibal though that I fell in love with. Hollywood should have just stuck with the book ending! I am currently on a Hannibal (tv show) binge but after watching the entire series, will not watch the final episode (seriously…they had to end it that way!)
Jigsaw — I liked the Saw movies for what they were and always looked forward to seeing the next one. The character of Jigsaw is one created out of a sense of justice, but there was still something missing from the series. I am a little behind the times when it comes to movies and I was finally able to watch Jigsaw and it really was the final piece to who the character was. The fact that people can, if they really want to, get out of the trap is what makes Jigsaw an intriguing character.
Dr. Moreau — The Island of Dr. Moreau tells of a genetic scientist who plays God. Eventually, his creations revolt and kill the doctor. There have been several theatrical versions of the H.G. Wells novel, but my favorite was with Marlon Brando. Now, there was a lot of behind the scenes chaos that occurred on the set that made Brando want to be fired, but the studio refused and both sides tortured each other during filming. Personally, I loved the eccentricity of Brando’s Dr. Moreau. It brought the character closer to life than a staunch scientist.
Erik — Erik, a.k.a. The Phantom of the Opera, is generally not viewed as a horror character, but throw in the names Robert Englund and Julian Sands, and you have a horror movie. In Englund’s version, Erik sold his soul to the devil and was disfigured for all eternity. In Sands’ version, Erik is not disfigured at all, but lives in the sewers and is madder than a hatter. Let’s face it though, aside from the comedy reinterpretation, the character commits murder, kidnaps a young woman, and destroys property…yeah, I guess they all have horror elements in them.
Pinhead — What can be said about the leader of the Cenobites? Over the series, we saw his character development and through that began to see the hell that each of the Cenobites were living. Glimpses of his humanity could be seen throughout the series, but it was through his war flashbacks that we really learn who, and what, he was in life. It seems that a large number of cultures have tales of a portal to hell that can be used to summon demons and they all come at a price. That is one door that I hope to never need to knock on.
Part II will be posted tomorrow.