WHY Horror? is a feature length documentary following horror fan Tal Zimerman as he looks at the psychology of horror around the world in order to understand why we love to be scared. Horror is a global phenomenon. Millions of people love it, yet horror fans are often misunderstood. Tal Zimerman should know. He's one of them. Tal goes on a journey around the world to understand why people thrive on on blood and guts found in movies, books and video games. He meets with the genre's leading filmmakers, writers, actors and psychologists to discover how horror looks in different cultures, why it's so popular and how it affects our minds. Tal wants to know - WHY Horror?
This "documentary" is more like a home movie with the documentary maker talking to his younger brother, talking to his mother, talking to the whole family at dinner, talking to himself, and talking, talking, talking. We see him dressed as a zombie, getting dressed as a zombie, getting undressed as a zombie ad infinitum. As a horror movie it's pretty good, and could be shown at the man's wedding or funeral. But as a documentary about horror it's pretty horrible. Yes, there are a few good interviews (e.g., John Carpenter) but in large part he misses the essence of horror and its attraction. It's a good topic but deserved a better film.
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