Live Poll: Least Favorite Type of Horror Film?

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Horror movies cover such a diverse range of topics that even the most die-hard fans may avoid certain categories within the genre at all costs. Which category or type of horror film is your LEAST favorite?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls029734415/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/ZQlgf5q6gT4/

And I get the issue that some categories are more specific than others (e.g. Comedy-Horror is an option, but there are horror-comedies that fit under other options like werewolf, zombie, etc)....but I'm not sure if that matters for the purpose of this poll or what the best way would be to change it. Let me know if I'm missing anything.
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I'm trying to think of which particular theme is most likely to bore me. It's probably vampires, werewolves, slashers or torture, on account of being frequently both hyped and overly cliché in the past few decades. I don't know.
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I'm definitely more concerned about being bored than being frightened or disgusted, since horror is supposed potentially invoke negative emotions maybe apart from anger and malaise (on account of the protagonist's fate being not fair in an extreme capacity).
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Hmm I see where you're coming from for 3/4 of the categories, but I don't even know if there have been enough movies ever made about werewolves for cliches to have actually materialized in the subgenre.. it's a pretty under-used category. & do you not think ghost movies and exorcism movies have become cliched as well?
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I should've omitted werewolves, groovyvic. I thought about doing so, but they are often treated too similar to vampires or otherwise have to share the screen with vampires. Indeed frequency of movies about werewolves is not high enough for the theme to actually "get old" in the same ways as others just yet.
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Countdown-teeny-slasher-movies where you know from beginning one after the other dies by making dumb decisions  and the hero/heroine wins at the end.
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Blood-driven gore-movies without any other content. If I really want to see that in an adequate way, I gotta go to the slaughterhouse - watching beefmaking from cattle. Or really disgusting movies like 'The Human Centipede' or 'Rothenburg'. Running that movies, I leave the room.
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A fundamental possibility is to take inspirations from my first released poll.
Your idea looks like a reverse poll suggestion to mine, which is ok. Poll:

https://www.imdb.com/poll/eE9KHKCgSAg/

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Thanks :D I saw your post when I was searching to see if this one had already been done and already took some inspo without consent muhahaha
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What is muhahaha? I don't know that word. So let creativity grow. ;)
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it is an evil laugh :) muhahaha
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Would be nice to set it into astorisks for knowing that's a noise: *muhahaha*
But why that laughter as answere? Be free to take inspiration. ;)
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Probably Torture, because I imagine that apart from the handful of interesting examples there is not much you can do with that. But I don't know.

Do you think Gothic, Giallo and Mondo apply as further options?
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I feel like I'm passing on a little of the knowledge I picked up from an old pal of mine who is a big horror expert. That guy even had a DVD of Orozco the Embalmer, a movie that would be infamous weren't it so obscure, and which was never officially released as far as I know.

What types of horror are you most interested in?
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i LOVE horror-comedy, by far my fave and I don't care whether it's a vampire horror-comedy, a zombie horror-comedy, or an anything horror-comedy.  The fact that I know something isn't real precludes the possibility of me actually being scared so I just like to have fun.  I also love psychological horror if done right, as in movies where the person could be a pretty chill dude/dudette but life circumstances or bad parenting turned them into a homicidal maniac (W/e Happened to Baby Jane, Psycho, Maniac, etc).  Body horror and sci-fi horror are also the bomb.com, and I secretly love cannibal movies don't tell anyone
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Horror is actually a good basis for comedy, because things that are frightening can turn grotesque within a second. Have you seen Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)? The lead actors were also present at the convention I mentioned.
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YES I LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT MOVIE, 10/10. I also left out the category that I most consistently love whether comedy is present or not- the catchall category for non-exorcism demonic movies- The Devil, Demons, and Hell (Hellraiser, Fulci's The Beyond, The Omen, etc). What type of horror do you like?
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Oh, that's hard to say. There's something interesting about each genre but in most cases I only know the outstanding examples. Due to censorship in my country it was hard to access many horror movies until recently. But luckily that's changing right now. Btw I love The Beyond.
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Cannibals, Zombies, and Me! Oh My!
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Either cannibal or torture. Even though there are good movies within those horror sub-genres they are my least favourite. I think the first two Saw movies are good, but when those types of movies solely focus on the torture that's when I believe they just become an exercise in sadistic pornography (e.g. Serbian Film, Human Centipede). Whereas cannibal movies, again just not the most pleasant viewing experience (with the exception of zombie movies). I haven't seen Cannibal Holocaust and I don't really intend to, but The Silence of the Lambs is good. It all depends on the story justifying the subject matter.
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Wow, seems we were lucky that day. Poor girl...
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By the way, it's long ago by now, but to imply that people who don't like horror movies are thin-skinned was a bit judgmental of me. I recall at least some users here who prove the opposite.
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I've watched like 10 hours of Bruce Campbell footage on youtube and he insults 95% of the people who ask him questions, even 10 year old children. It's so funny when it's not you, but I would never ask him anything unless I casually ran into him on the street, you were EXTREMELY lucky
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Lol, your video took me to a commercial with Bruce Campbell:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af1OxkFOK18

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ugh i love him so hot. best Old Spice commercial ever, makes no sense but makes all the sense at the same time
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Surprised no one has chosen ghosts/spirits as their least favourite... yawn yawn yawn. Poltergeist is the only bearable film I've seen in that category. And if the Evil Dead films didn't technically fit under demonic possession that would be my second choice, the exorcism/demonic possession genre is pretty overdone and repetitive other than The Exorcist
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Not a lot of ghost stories are horror stories, and in either case, the lack of "rules" concerning ghosts' capabilities and frailties sometimes keeps the matters interesting.
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Sometimes, but the lack of rules is also frustrating, like the movie "Mirrors" (might fall under 'spirits', can't remember but works for my example either way)... the mirrors could attack any time Kiefer Sutherland's reflection is showing, but yet they don't because the film-makers just choose the most convenient time that works with the story or that would make a good jump scare for them to actually attack, it's kinda cheap to me. Same goes with ghost movies, they COULD attack at any time but the filmmakers just make it happen whenever they think it would be the coolest. IDK i don't like that whole concept, to me it's equivalent to if Michael Myers (Halloween) was in the room the whole movie but just kinda sat around eating chips half the time then randomly got up and murdered someone then sat back down and watched a few episodes of Friends, then went back to killing. The ghosts could kill everyone off right away but they just chill half the time!!!! I don't get the appeal
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Urban Legends always bored me, there is nothing good movie came from that theme.

Werewolves and vampires also a little bit too much now.


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Ohhh I've seen 3/4 of that movie but didn't realize it was an urban legend
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Ok, so what about 'Silent Hill' (2006). That city really exists on another name and without the horror of the movie. But it is the inspiration for the movie. That town is near the east-coast of america. And it has a slightly burning coal-mine. You can look on it at Google Maps. It's the lost city Centralia in Pennsylvania.
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I love that movie (one of my first horror films :') and the first I ever bought)...but are any of the horrific aspects of the town purported to actually be true? I think part of the scary aspect of silent hill has to actually be a myth that's been circulating for it to be considered an urban legend.
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But the definition of Urban Legend is a scary story that some people believe to be real. The town exists, but the events in Silent Hill are completely made up and as far as I remember, there is no urban legend mentioned in the plot of that movie either.
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The urban legend is, that real people died of these poison gases. So there is a warning to enter the town. There were about 2500 people living there in 1981. 2010 there lived only 10 people according to German wikipedia. I guess the most people left it because it's got no future there. But I think it might slightly hit the criteria for urban legends since computer programmers made a story on it and a game of it. Then the movie followed.
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Witch movies are usually pretty lame
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Thinner, film adaptation of a novel of the same title, is something of a witch movie.
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Oh yeah I guess Thinner is a witch film, it's decent but nothing more in my opinion. The issue for me is that I get immediately bored in any movie where people dress and talk like they are in the 1800s, regardless of the genre.. and a lot of witch movies use that time-frame/style which is why I don't bother watching half of them.. and even though most that I've watched don't follow that formula they were still only mildly bearable.
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I haven't given Snow White: A Tale of Terror a try. Is it any good?
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I found Snow White: A Tale of Terror to be satisfactory.
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Agree!
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FYC: 
Death Films (example: Faces of Death), a distinctive subgenre of mondo which lazily collects archive footage of real death and combines them with reenactment. Cynical, lazy, often badly-made. 
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Well, lawful executions are not murder.
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Didn't say they were
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Apparently not, but for clarification, this means that footage of an execution is not snuff.
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Wow, my suggestion sparked quite a discussion. 

"Death films" are usually marketed as snuff but most of the segments are a mix of known death stock footage and real accidents mixed with sloppy fake reenactments. 

Snuff movies which are filmed specifically with intent are rare but, unfortunately, exist. A few cases were traced to Russia and South Africa and there was also a Soviet serial killer Anatoly Slivko who was an entusiastic 8 mm filmmaker. Judges in some amateur film contest were not aware that some of his movies they gave awards to actually had real homicides or endangerment  in them more often then not.  
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Well, the content of the various conversations in this thread if put together into the story might be more horrifying than the content of a vast majority of horror movies. We've brought up democidal police states and serial murderers of children, in addition to the supernatural frights and dreamscape afflictions.
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thank you...thank u very much
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