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​What Do You Call A Person Who Loves Horror

by Kyla Cruz

Horror films, books, and other media have been around for centuries, and many people find them fascinating.

However, not everyone is interested in this genre. Some people may even have an aversion to it. But for those who love horror, there is a specific term to describe them. These individuals are called "horrorphiles."

The term "horrorphile" comes from the Greek word "philia," which means love or affection. Therefore, someone who is a horrorphile is a person who has a great fondness or love for horror films, books, and other forms of media. These individuals enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes from being scared or horrified.

Horrorphiles are not a new phenomenon. People have been fascinated with horror for centuries. The ancient Greeks told stories of monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural beings. Gothic literature of the 18th and 19th centuries was full of horror, and horror movies have been popular since the early days of cinema.

One reason people love horror is that it allows them to experience fear in a safe environment. Watching a horror movie or reading a scary book is a controlled experience where the individual knows they are not in any real danger. The thrill of being scared, combined with the knowledge that there is no real danger, can be exhilarating.

Another reason people love horror is that it provides an escape from reality. Many horror stories are set in a different time period or in a fictional world, which allows the viewer or reader to immerse themselves in a different reality. This can be a welcome distraction from the stresses and challenges of daily life.

Horrorphiles are not limited to any particular age group, gender, or social background. They can be found in all walks of life. Some people may be drawn to horror because of a traumatic experience they had in the past, while others may simply find it exciting and enjoyable.

If you are a horrorphile, you may want to connect with others who share your love of the genre. There are many online communities and forums dedicated to horror where you can discuss your favorite movies, books, and other media. You can also attend horror conventions and festivals, where you can meet other horrorphiles and participate in activities and events related to the genre.

In conclusion, a horrorphile is a person who loves horror films, books, and other media. These individuals enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes from being scared, and they appreciate the escape from reality that horror provides. If you are a horrorphile, there are many ways to connect with others who share your love of the genre.

Check out some of our recommended horror movies for 2023 so far....

A twisted tale of two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.

Hot Take:

As much as I hate remakes, let's be honest, the 2013 remake did not disappoint. So, I am super excited to see this film! They seem to have the right idea with this one; let's hope they keep the hot streak going.

James and Em Foster are enjoying an all-inclusive beach vacation in the fictional island of La Tolqa, when a fatal accident exposes the resort's perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, reckless violence and surreal horrors.

Hot Take:

I am going to give this one a chance because of, you guessed it, Alexander Skarsgård. Listen, I know what you're thinking, eww that makes no sense! But the truth is, I've hardly been disappointed in any film that either he or his brother Bill have been in, plus, the trailer looks sweet! I think this is why it's so important for actors and actresses to be picky when choosing roles.

Follow Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican's leading exorcist, as he investigates the possession of a child and uncovers a conspiracy the Vatican has tried to keep secret.

Hot Take:

We all know that since the success of movies like The Exorcist in 1973 and The Conjuring franchise, many more within this genre are to come. Do I think this genre is lacking in originality? Sure. But am I going to support it? Perhaps. Let's be honest, even though films like this have been done to death, there's always something new to crave when we watch them. So let's see what this one brings to the table.

Long gone are the days of emerald cities and yellow brick roads. In this dark re-imagining of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale is now an elderly woman, broken by years of paranormal entanglement with a mystical realm.

Hot Take:

After recently seeing Wicked at The Gershwin Theatre in Manhattan and loving it, I couldn't help but do some more research and stumbled upon this trailer. It looks absolutely terrifying. Don't get me wrong, it's reminiscent of The Visit (which I thought was horrible), but I like this new take on the story and look forward to watching it.

The Lamberts 10 years after the last installment, as Dalton begins college.

Hot Take:

Listen, if it's not broken, don't fix it. That's how I feel about this franchise. They've given us solid films back to back and so I won't complain about another one.

Sequel to the 2018 hit film, The Nun.

Hot Take:

Am I looking forward to this film? Not really. I think the first one was a disappointment in comparison to the wonderful work that was done on The Conjuring movies preceding it. I am all for a good backstory and I did like the tie in with the gentleman at the end of the first film. But eh, I guess we will see what's to come.

We don't seem to have a synopsis yet.

Hot Take:

As a fan of the original, I am looking forward to this film. The source material is all there, and literally the only way to mess this up is to fall asleep in the director's chair. The original story (1976) is spooky, compelling, and the pacing was excellent. Will I be seeing this one in theaters? No. I don't have that much faith in the filmmakers, but it will definitely be on my watch list once it hits streaming services.


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