Fearology: Gore Porn

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A killer grips a chainsaw pull lever and yanks back his arm—the steel toothed monster growls while spitting black oiled pollution. Someone is chained upon a wall. Their eyes are wide. Sweat dribbles down their face. The killer lifts the steel toothed monster above his head: Whawhawhaaaaaaaaaa....

The black oily saliva spits over someone’s face as the steel toothed monster chews into their soft quivering neck. Fleshy ribbons spatter upon the killer—his gray tongue slithers along scarred lips. Red stuff explodes out of a gaping wound.

 

Blood Sport

 

Do you shit your pants when someone is eaten alive by a steel toothed monster? Don’t be ashamed. It’s only natural. All that sticky red stuff flying everywhere…yuck! Nobody wants to see that…right? A masked maniac hacking away at a sorority girl’s skull is also oh, so frightening: what did she do to deserve an axe to the face?

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The gore factor has certainly been turned up to 11 these days.

We no longer are scared of goofy masked killers. Kitchen knives are not enough. Axes are not enough. Chainsaws are not enough. Hooks and other torture devices are not enough. People crave blood, and they want to suck the sticky red gore from horror’s baby bottle.

 

Is your vision of horror blinded by blood?

 

Insinuating a gruesome scene is just too damn boring! And it’s lazy. Why show the killer swinging a knife, and then not show what happens when the knife enters their victim? That’s just a death tease! What? Are we supposed to, ummm, like, use our imagination? Ha! Come on. Don’t be silly.

 

The Horror Inside Our Mind

 

Archaic forms of horrific expression did not fixate on blood ‘n guts, yet they still manage to stir uneasy emotions within those who dare set their eyes on such dark forms of art.

How can this be?

Horror needs to have its blood ‘n guts spilling out in order to be qualified as scary, right?

Well, If that’s true, then how come people a hundred years ago wet their bed due to undefined subtle fears? Psycho, a classic slasher film, did not need to show what happened after the knife sliced and diced a soapy woman. Seeing the knife, and hearing the scream, allowed our imagination to fill-in the details with as much blood as we desired—the horror inside our mind is darker than we imagine.

Things are different these days.

My mistake: things are bloody these days.

The Saw movie series is the gore cherry sitting on top of a porn sundae. Think about. All those screams and bodily fluids. Shallow story. Cheap thrills. No one watches a Saw movie for innovative story telling. We just want to see someone eat a mouthful of glass, and then shit the shards…because…ummm…that’s the only way to get the key.

AssKeyWhat’s more scary? Eating glass? Or having a key wedged up your ass? I’ll let you decide, just keep the answer to yourself. Please.

 

Gore porn makes death sexy

 

Think about all the voyeurs who nibbled on greasy buttered popcorn while watching someone explode into a million pieces, as if that’s the way it was supposed to be.

Modern day horror flicks glorify the red stuff inside our veins. The camera doesn’t flinch. If someone or something dies, then we’re going to be shown every damn possible detail. No room for imagination…because where will the severed spine go? Or the intestines? (Shhh! Don’t worry. It’s just sausage links)

 

Desensitize Cannibalize

 

A weird thing happens when an audience becomes desensitized by blood—they begin to forget what it really is: a biologically engineered fluid which carries oxygen throughout a living mammal…and it has no business being on the walls. Or floor. Or stained on someone’s shirt (or machete).

Screw the story! We just want to see someone lick razor blades. That’s all. Buttered popcorn doesn’t taste so good when we have to pay attention to a complex story-line.

 

When does horror stop being scary turn into cheap gore porn flick?

 

Gore

Porn

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19 Comments on Fearology: Gore Porn

  1. Many thanks for this article. I’ve gone off horror films for the most part precisely because of what you’re talking about here. The gore doesn’t bother me, the bore does. Where’s the story? Great post.

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    • I think a distinction should be made between horror and gore porn. They’re different entities. I’m sure some people are scared by graphic material, and to be honest, sometimes I’m caught off guard. But desensitization numbs the experience (in my opinion).

      –FlyTrapMan–

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  2. Great article. Are we led to believe that gore is a bore and porn is over-worn? To get back to real horror, we need psychological fright to experience terror more. Her hee, get downright creepy . . .ya feel me? (Now that’s cringe worthy.)

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  3. Intriguing article. I believe “gorror” as I like to call it has its place in horror. Hell it is practically a sub genre at this point. Still it is lazy to use it just for shock factor. That seems silly considering quite often it is supposed to shock but I prefer it when it is used as part of the story.

    Used more subtly, it is far more effective in my opinion. Still, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good gore for the sake of gore movie every now and then. Some embrace this and do it well. It is when you Hollywood or a lazy director uses it just for easy money it is ruined.

    Personally I’m much more scarred when things are left to my imagination.

    Cheers! ^_^

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    • Ha. I like your term. I never heard of that before. You’re right — gorror does have a place in horror, and it can be unsettling. Cheap thrills and CGI will certainly ruin the moment. That’s why “The Thing” (1982 version) and “Saw” are completely different. But they’re both very graphic. Personally, I prefer way “The Thing” used practical effects (and other weirdness) to create a horrific environment.

      Thanks for reading!

      –FlyTrapMan–

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      • The Thing is a classic! I agree with you. It gets to you due to its practical effects. I enjoy the SAW franchise for what it is, however to me the original SAW will always be the best. I love what James & Leigh did with that film.

        Yeah, I don’t know if gorror is a used term but it made sense to me, and I’ve been using it for a while to describe films all about the gore.

        Cheers! ^_^

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  4. When you write, I like how you cut right to the bone. Precision is your middle name! This article was a joy to read and to ponder.
    I agree with Sin, because I do enjoy cerebral horror. Psycho is one of my favorite movies. Gore though, when done well, can be oh, so satisfying! The first Saw flick didn’t rely on just gratuitous carnage. There was a semblance of a semi-intelligent story. The sequels sucked and reeked of pure slaughter.

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    • There are quite a few Saw movies. I think people just expect the blood, and that’s what they want to see. I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that, and I also agree that the earlier films had more substance to them. Guess what? I never watched Psycho! Haha. I watched American Psycho, though. And I must admit…that version is more disturbing! Haha.

      I like this scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvBAEp3Znn4

      –FlyTrapMan–

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  5. Yes, we’ve had this Psycho conversation. I remember. I didn’t know you watched American Psycho, though. I loved that movie! That was a great scene! I’m not a Huey Lewis fan, and if someone put his music on, I may go crazy, too! Lol. A Christian Bale movie is one I normally make a point to watch. Thanks for the link!

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    • American Psycho is not a movie I would normally watch. I can’t remember exactly why I watched it…but there was a specific reason. Hey! I’m a Huey Lewis Fan! Yup…it’s hip to be square!

      –FlyTrapMan–

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  6. There may well come a day when gore porn no longer excites the jaded masses; what comes net? Reality gore?

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    • Ha…good point! I don’t want to know what will happen when gore porn becomes too boring. I can imagine a reality gore show called Torn to Pieces, and it’s kind of like American Gladiators…except people get…ummm… torn to pieces.

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  7. Yeah. there is so much gore in life and video games it will vecome boring.

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  8. Not sure I actually like this piece but it fascinates. I’ve never been much for seeing actual gore; I’m just puked out. However the reference to it, the inference of what might or has happened does give me nightmares. Hitchcock’s “Psycho” as referenced or Eastwood’s “Play Misty for me” or that abysmal scene in Scott’s “Alien”; all conspired to keep me up for nights after I saw the films and at odd times thereafter. NOW, those are scary without puking.

    The mind itself can be a terrible place to wander and I don’t need blood and guts to raise the hair on my arms or the back of my neck. So maddeningly long sequences with the appropriate score can cause me to hide my eyes (at my age still) or sometimes just waking from what you know was an awful dream but really can’t remember, sends me to late night TV.
    ~~dru~~

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    • I know what you mean — graphic footage can be disturbing. Movies (like Alien) have a different tone and feel than modern day horror flicks. Digital effects certainly play a role in how we perceive what’s happening within the film. I also agree that horror doesn’t need gore in order to be scary. Thanks for reading!

      –FlyTrapMan–

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