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Thursday October 31, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday October 31, 2013 MYT 12:49:02 PM
by gordon 'gory ghoul' kho
Have a Happy Halloween from Star2!
WHEN senior editor Ann Marie Chandy suggested – well, “instructed” more like it – that the entertainment team do a Halloween issue, I was apprehensive. Are our readers interested in all things scary?
Apparently, the answer is yes. When we sent out a message to the other writers in Star2 to get them to tell us their favourite horror films of all time, the response was overwhelming!
I was a big fan of horror films growing up. I’d watch everything on haunted houses and scarred-faced demons, to slasher flicks and torture porn. Because I had an overactive imagination, I’d be frightened during bedtime – what if Freddy Krueger turned up?
So, I made a pact with myself: no more horror movies when I move into my new place and start living by myself. I’ve managed to keep the promise for five years ... but I had to break it a few months ago in the name of work.
I had to interview horror master James Wan, which meant I had to watch The Conjuring. I had my eyes closed half the time at a special preview in San Francisco for journalists. The group I was with (which included someone who has never watched a horror flick in his life and another who lives in a haunted apartment in Singapore and is prone to “see things”) had a good time at the movie.
This is an indication of why the horror genre is doing brisk business – we just love to be scared silly.
“(Audiences) get so into it in horror movies. They scream, they laugh. It’s like a roller-coaster ride,” said Wan who directed recent horror box office successes Insidious: Chapter 2. It is true what the director said. At campfires, we tell ghost stories and at amusement parks, we make a beeline for the haunted house.
After The Conjuring, I have stopped watching horror movies because I don’t want any sleepless nights. But have I banned everything spooky? Not exactly. I still park at Basement 4 at the office even though I’ve been told that there’s a ghost (in a colourful shirt!) lurking about.
My friend Leonardo, who is an avid fan of horror films, summed it up best: “Every day, our life is filled with comedy, action and drama. You either experience it yourself or you read it in the papers. As for horror, you don’t experience the supernatural on a daily basis. That’s why some of us gravitate towards scary stuff.”
With that, here are our scary treats for you this Halloween.
Moments of terror
Of men and monsters
East or West: Who scares us best?
Homegrown horror hits
Let the hunt begin
Djinns, demons and hantu
Star2's YouTube playlists:
Top 10 horror movie made by Asian filmmakers
Top five scary music videos
Top 10 horror movie themes
Top five monsters/ghouls/freaks you don't EVER want to bump into
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Entertainment, Entertainment, Horror, Halloween, The Conjuring, Nightmare On Elm Street, Freddy Krueger, James Wan
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