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Is it wrong to enjoy gore in a movie?

Asked by Joker94 (8180points) April 2nd, 2011

Now, before I begin, I don’t consider myself a gorehound. I don’t go in for torture scenes in horror movies or anything like that, but some ridiculous, over-the-top unrealistic gore is fun to me.

Is there anything wrong with enjoying somebody get splattered? I just find it so…satisfying!

Does anybody else feel this way?

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TexasDude's avatar

Lots of people enjoy that stuff. That’s why a huge part of the horror movie market niche is ultra-gory stuff. Those movies wouldn’t exist if there wasn’t a market for them.

I’m sure that some will wax poetic about the Freudian implications of liking that sort of thing, but personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, unless you suddenly find yourself wanting to actually live out the stuff you see in movies. Which I doubt many people really do.

12Oaks's avatar

Personally, I though that An Inconvenience Truth was a bunch of nonsense and dind’t enjoy his acting in the least. But I’m not that much into sci-fi, so that may be it. Still, I prefer a believable story with actors with more personality than a simple calculus textbook. The only real torture in that movie was subjected to an audience of high school kids forced to watch this nonsense while their science teacher took what is equal to a paid day off.

Berserker's avatar

Hell yeah man, I love gore. Fictional violence rocks, especially in horror movies. Nothing wrong with that at all, and it is satisfying. Incidentally, I’m a complete wuss when it comes to real life footage of people getting killed or tortured. (you can find a lot of that on the net) What freaks me out is the sounds people make, rather than what I see, (although that sucks too) so that’s where I, personally, figured out that rooting for the antagonist or the zombies in a horror flick and seeing people getting ripped or stabbed to shreds doesn’t make you crazy, or a sadist or whatever. Movie gore is usually too retarded and unrealistic to match reality nearly enough. (also most movies completely disregard what it might look like for real, or what people sound like when they die, for that matter)
Some may argue about the intent or the thoughts that goes on in your head if you happen to love seeing people get fucked up, but really it’s no different than worshiping Darth Vader or something. Horror movies are supposed to be fun, with stupid gore and cheesy thrills and scares, and sometimes brainfuck. They’re not meant to traumatize people. I’d enlist in a war if I wanted that. I wouldn’t worry about it much.
You’re talking about gallons of blood gushing out and innards blowing sky high. I assume we’re leaving out movies that attempt to be more serious or realistic. Even that’s alright though, especially when they’re completely failed b movies haha.
Anyways. To enjoy gore is absolutely not unheard of, and whether one thinks it good or bad, it has become standard in the movie industry. And it’s harmless and doesn’t make you crazy or abnormal or anything. As @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard mentions, someone who may genuinely seek to act this out for real needs help. But actually, in many of the cases where something like this may have occurred, if the movie had gore, that element was the last thing in the person’s mind when it came to motivation and influence, at least according to most documentaries I’ve seen. Most people know it’s exaggerated, and in lots of cases, that’s why gore fans love it.

Joker94's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I feel the same way. Acting out this stuff would be bad, very very bad.

@Symbeline I know what you mean about not being able to watch actual footage of this stuff. My friend told me about this video called “2 Russians 1 Hammer” wherein a man was beaten to death by two assailants. Just hearing about the details made me sick, and I never watched it. But I’m fine with watching a normal movie where someone gets mutilated on screen.

Berserker's avatar

@Joker94 Yeah I saw that. Fucking disgusting, avoid it.
If you want kick ass non real gore though, you totally have to check out either Braindead or Inside. Poetry for the eyes, man. :)

FluffyChicken's avatar

it satisfies the carnivore in me, as long as it’s not TOO gross.

TexasDude's avatar

Yeah, I’ve seen some fucked up shit in real life and in videos before, and my brain has always been able to tell the difference. The shit in movies is fun, whereas the real stuff ain’t. It’s when you confuse the two that problems arise, but otherwise, I say drink up and enjoy the fictional carnage.

Joker94's avatar

@Symbeline I’m adding those to my list…not the 2 Russians thing, though..

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I’m honestly surprised some of that shit gets out there…who the hell is sick enough to record that stuff?

Berserker's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Haha fuck yeah, preach on, man. :)

Joker94's avatar

“Drink up and enjoy the fictional carnage” is officially going to be written on my tombstone

TexasDude's avatar

@Joker94, be my guest! Also, a lot of that shit gets recorded on accident or by people that just happen to have a camera going at the time.

@Symbeline, can I get an amen, sistah?

Bellatrix's avatar

You and millions of others love gore in films. I think people just get off on the shock element. Can’t say they do much for me but as long as you aren’t thinking of re-enacting any of the scenes… enjoy.

augustlan's avatar

I can’t tolerate the real stuff but I do enjoy fictional gore, and I think I’m fairly sane.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

No. I love real and fictional gore. I can’t stand torture/rape scenes, however.
Listen, if you need a gory movie fix, I’m your man
ETA: In fact, I don’t think there isn’t enough gore in movies these days. We need people like Argento, Peter Jackson (before he sold out), and Mario Bava (Fulci is fine, I guess). Oh, and by the way, I’m the same person who fucking loves “The Seventh Seal”, so I’m not just some stupid “gorehound”. Not talking to you OP, but I’m addressing this to any elitist prick who wants to look down on me.

Berserker's avatar

@Michael_Huntington Agreed. Seems to me that a lot of modern horror doesn’t have that much gore. At least, not too much modern American horror. If you’re ever looking for a gore fix, France is pretty psycho about it. Inside I already mentioned, there’s also Martyrs and Frontières. Incidentally, I could use suggestions from you. :)
Then again, when I look at old traditional horror stuff from the eighties, they really aren’t that gory either. Good gore can be hard to find…so when are we next watching something on YouTube lol? ^^

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Ah yes, I forgot about that lol. I wish youtube would have Ebola Syndrome or The Untold Story, because those are really awesome movies, but it has The Story of Ricky (although it’s not horror, it has a ton of gore).

Joker94's avatar

@Michael_Huntington Oh, I’m no gorehound or elitist, heh. I just like a good splatter. Could you recommend and Japanese horror flicks? :D

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I was watching “Naked Blood” with @Seek_Kolinahr. I didn’t watch the whole thing, but it was pretty good. I saw it from (I suggest that you either watch it from netflix or torrent it. I don’t really trust that site) I haven’t seen any movies from “Guinea Pig” series, but I’ve heard that it’s some pretty sick shit (Fun fact, Charlie Sheen thought it was real after watching one movie and contacted the FBI). Ichii the Killer is a good gory non-horror movie.

Joker94's avatar

@Michael_Huntington I don’t know if I could handle Ichi. I tried reading the comic, and there was a lot of sadistic stuff involving sex, dead bodies, and sex with dead bodies in there…

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