Monday, 26 November 2012

Horror For Children: Why I'm Glad To See It Back

Kids Horror, you either love it or loathe it. Me, I'm glad to see it making a come back and let me tell you why.

Lately I've noticed a boom in animated horror themed films and television shows aimed at children and this always seems to anger some Horror fans. Personally I've never understood it as it was these types of shows and films that got me and many other people interested in monsters and Horror in the first place.

As a child I found monsters and anything out of the normal fascinating. Like many kids I watched a-lot of TV and loved shows such as "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?", "AAAHH!! Real Monsters", "The Munster's", "Trap Door". Even cartoon versions of "Addams Family" & "Beetlejuice".

I also enjoyed films such as "Ghostbusters", "Critters", "House", "The Gate", "The Monster Squad", "Gremlins", "Poltergeist", "Arachnophobia", "Tremors" etc. Although it wasn't all on screen entertainment, I also enjoyed books such as "Goosebumps" and more.

All this led me to Horror films such as the Universal Monsters, Hammer Horror, 80's slashers, 90's thrillers. Even to the writings of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Jack Ketchum, Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and more.

Now I'm not saying it's all good, I do despise the bastardisation of our beloved Horror characters. Yes I'm talking about "Monster High", maybe it's because it's not aimed at my age group but I just can't stand it. Hey, we all draw the line somewhere.

So try not to turn your nose up at this soft, watered down, child safety version of Horror, try to embrace it. Especially if you have children of your own, remember we all have to start somewhere.......

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