I’d like to ask you a favor, if I may, regarding the Oscars and the snubbing of using the word “horror.”
We have two horror films up for Best Picture- that’s unprecedented! Between ‘Get Out’ and ‘The Shape of Water,’ horror has 17 Oscar nominations. Yet, the hype machine is already calling ‘Get Out’ a “social justice thriller” and ‘The Shape of Water’ is a “romantic fantasy.”
Horror is valued for the money it makes. But when horror is on the verge of prestige, the artists and the keepers of culture distance themselves from the name.
Horror becomes a ‘psychological thriller’ or a ‘social satire,’ or ‘Gothic western.’ Artists distance themselves from the source of their poetry. This does nothing but reinforce the horror bias.
This bias says that if horror creates true poetry and art, it’s no longer horror; it must be something else. If every exceptional film that tries to expand the perceived boundaries gets “re-labeled”, horror isn’t allowed to become art.
I sent a tweet storm to Guillermo del Toro (realGDT) praising him and asking him to mention horror, #sayhorror at the Oscars, give the genre one second of legitimacy. It’s time to stop allowing Hollywood to appropriate horror and still stigmatize it.
I did what Guillermo did to John Carpenter a few years back. He sent 13 tweets that created a story that praised JC. I did the same for GDT.
I made a hashtag, #sayhorror. If you can, could you use #sayhorror? on any tweets you make? This will make NO DIFFERENCE, but I like to make Hollywood uncomfortable. And,as they said in ‘Animal House,’ “this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part! ” And I’m just the guy to do it!
If you get glee in being an annoyance to those that think they hold the keys to art and entertainment, join in on any social media you use!
Here’s a link to my Tweetstorm: https://twitter.com/hellbenthorror/status/956603095177314304