15 Oct 2012
Writing Horror: We Need a Bit of Stupid
But let's give the writers a break. Overall, horror punishes. The villains we're introduced to all have the urge to punish whether it's because of their own belief or revenge for being wronged in the past. And for these teenagers who go wandering into the dark house because they hear a strange noise or see a strange shadow they're paying the price for simple curiosity. The genre is brutal like that. In reality a person could get arrested for trespassing into the abandoned asylum. Horror takes that one step further and decides that a fatal consequence is more fitting. So take out the arrest and throw in a guy with a chainsaw or the ghost of a murdered person.
While it gets on our nerves or makes us cringe and rant, we need some stupid in horror. We need curiosity. There will be consequences, don't worry. You may hate their actions but that villain is ready to punish those silly teens for you. That slasher/ghost/demon is ready to teach them a lesson about invading privacy and making silly decisions.
So sit back, enjoy, and learn some good lessons.