Horror Genre: Impact on Life

I have answered the questions about my favourite genres by adding something with the word “horror”. If you have been reading my blog, you might already know that I was always attracted to the genre of horror. It is also the genre which had the most impact on my life. Here are the results of the horror influence on my life, and it is why I need to watch more and more horror movies to keep recharging the impact!

I was very much not immune to fear during my childhood and the early days of reading horror. But that was only for a very short time period, as things changed, and horror was not really about bringing fear anymore. It was not about being scared. The whole thing became the reflection of entertainment. It changed my love for fairy-tales into a world of dark fantasy, and my life became different; unlike being the same as that of other kids.

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Horror helped me to understand another important thing in life, which can be considered as the biggest impact that it has made on me. It made me realize that horror is just part of life. This dark side which forms an inevitable factor in human society, has to be embraced to accept that horror is real, and after that horror movies have been the path to knowing more of the truth in my case. Ghosts are real in one form or the other, and so is horror – I realized that with my relationship with horror genre.

Another realization came with the horror impact in the form of the thoughts about the presence of evil. I came to the acceptance that evil is part of our lives, and only by an extra dose of goodness that this evil can be kept away from our lives. The inherent evil in humans will come out at one moment or the other, and it is by understanding the nature of horror which has been created by evil or occuring naturally, can we be equipped enough to fight the battles.

There are horror movies which have told us that quick death is only an escape from pain and misery, as the world has too much of horror for a common person. Pain and suffering are just parts of the horror which are unleashed on us. The basic nature of the world itself is horror, as we look at those wars, terrorism and natural calamities. Easy death is rather a lucky thing, and considering the nature of the world around, death or the closeness to it can come in the form of horror and suffering.

Horror’s impact has also made me believe that ghosts are rather better. Humans are worse, and if we are to be killed, it is is better to have it done by the hands of some ghosts which are just tormented souls looking for revenge most of the time. Ghosts are not known to attack others of their own kind too, but it is not the case of humans. They have more evil inside, which is boosted by the materialistic world, and this means more horror from humans than the ghosts.

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I also provide you with some time to think about it. There are many genres from which you can choose your favourite. But is there a genre which is as close to life than horror? Can any other genre make that kind of an impact on life staying close to reality? I have found these genres like romance and science fiction as two big lies, both of these never really happening to the common man. But horror is everywhere – you will see something belonging to this genre everywhere, because it is that close to human nature; it is why you feel the impact better with horror.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies, The Cabin in the Woods and Your’e Next.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

TeNy

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The Curse of Pimples

There are not many more physically disturbing things than having skin problems. Among them, the problem with pimples is that they become part of the face. The bigger problem is when they get irritating and we end up scratching. I have had my dose of pimples in the past, and even as it has disappeared now, there are times when some of those manage to come up and give some trouble. I have had skin problems, and skin abscesses has been also part of life. So, I know how bad it can be.

The loss of confidence: Pimples surely cause the loss of confidence. It is not something as complicated as the plot of Interstellar and you don’t need an alien creature to come through some wormhole to tell you that. The effect of pimple on confidence is something that can be guessed with ease. Wherever you go, whether for a seminar or presentation, and also for an important interview, the pimples are things that can hold you back, sometimes without even you knowing it.

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The effect on looks: Even as I am not that much of a believer in good looks, pimples are surely something that affects how we face the world because we know that there is something bad on our faces after coming across any mirror or recently taken photo. I have usually worried less about it, but it is easy to feel that people surely consider looks as a very significant thing, and they can certainly go to a certain amount of distress concerning this. No wonder the advertisement work more on this factor.

Continuous irritation: Some of them cause continuous irritation. There is that never-ending procedure there which goes on and on. It is more like some terrible Bollywood movies like Besharam, Dhoom 3, Chennai Express and Krrish 3 which irritates and irritates, never really letting us leave from the circle of that feeling. We want to keep scratching, but we have to control ourselves. Sometimes, there is more than just one, and it is more like a huge Barbarian army coming with all their tribes.

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The presence of pain: Pimples might be considered something of lesser pain compared to the abscess, but there are times when too contribute to the world of pain in a terrible manner. Sometimes, our nails do the trick and makes it worse. There can be the Lord of Pain, and pimples aren’t close to them, but with the combination that includes irritation, these minions of pain tries to do their best. There can also be acne, as you might be aware of it. The advanced condition can certainly be terrible.

Pimples are not considered as something nice, and you can see that some of the dark sorcerers and the evil witches have some advanced stages of pimples or some kind of similar growths on their face. They are actually overdone, but one can’t simply deny the bad effects on the same, on health. After all, the good skin itself is a sign of good health and it is something that everyone strives to have. On the end of the day, we have to agree that health is wealth.

This blog post is in relation with the contest organized by Garnier Pure Active Neem (Garnier Skin Naturals) in association with indiblogger related to the problems related to pimples that common people face in their daily life. Thanks to Garnier India and Indiblogger for the wonderful opportunity. Please check these websites for further details: http://bit.ly/GPABlogLinkIndiBloggerActivity and http://bit.ly/GarnierPureActiveNeemWebsite

For a direct visit, check: http://www.garnier.in/face-care/beauty/garnier/pure-active/neem-face-wash and http://www.nopimplesnomarks.com/. The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of Garnier India at http://www.facebook.com/GarnierIndia.

TeNy

This is Dogville

Dogville gives you an order, and that order is to talk about it which can’t be avoided. The effect of knowing about its mere existence is that you have to feel and talk about it. Dogville is that cute town in the middle of nowhere, where people are supposed to be simple and good. It is that place where civilization has less effect and therefore it should be beyond the evils of modernity. But William Golding’s Lord of the Flies has already taught us about the danger of the same, but this one has some distant contact with people and therefore that problem is not directly visible.

Dogville is a 2003 movie which has Nicole Kidman as the central character of Grace who runs away from gangsters and is provided asylum in Dogville. They do demand things in return, and even as it begins as some physical labour, things get worse and she is turned into a slave. It is not a bloody violent movie, but is still disturbing in many ways, and it strikes a poisonous arrow right at the heart of the innate goodness which is supposed to exist in all human beings. Once we are poisoned with that arrow, it will grow in us, not like an idea in the mind, but like a stake in the heart. I will share just four areas of that infestation.

Grace (Nicole Kidman) among the apples, a shot which stays in the minds of the viewers.

Grace (Nicole Kidman) among the apples, a shot which stays in the minds of the viewers.

1. Inherent evil in man: The innate goodness in man is replaced by the inherent evil which goes back to centuries while leaving a mark on the way as time flies. This evil can spring out of anywhere, whenever the situation is appropriate. As the Overlord (game character) would say, “evil always finds a way”. This tendency to sin which stems from the idea of original sin is something from which humans can never really escape. It is easy for humans to fall into the abyss of temptation, and it has even happened to saints. The same can be said about the townfolks’ treatment of Grace.

2. Contempt for outsiders: Here, Grace was not one of them and therefore an outsider who was to be treated differently. They can’t show that directly, but there is always the fear of the unknown, and it develops into hatred up-to an extent. These people will never be accepted into the group, but are often considered as an appendage who can be thrown out or even abused. The beginning should be from denying some basic human rights. We can see that certain people in some religions and castes do talk in the same way and only caring for their own people. Such people are just another version of these inhabitants of the town.

3. Biblical connection: The name of our heroine Grace, which can be seen as “the grace of God” is rather the person sent to that world to help them as they give refuge to her, as she does prove herself more than just useful in their daily life. But she would be tortured and abused just because she was not one of them, and there were enough reasons created by random thoughts just to mistreat her. In the end, she will be called back, but she will be willing to offer them another chance, but not for long as another Sodom and Gomorrah awaited.

4. Democracy’s limits: The town depends on votes, and this might be the best form of government. But if their supposed leader could choose by himself, wouldn’t it have been better for Grace? Everyone is so much powered by their own selfishness, and instead of thinking for the common good or about the damsel in distress, they choose wrong. The evil people can always outnumber the good and devastate the purpose of democracy. The people who are lesser in number will never get their rights, even if their demands are justified.

The outsider in chains, as the society turns more and more against the other.

The outsider in chains, as the society turns more and more against the other.

Dogville can be your religion, caste, creed or community. It can be your land, and when you mistreat someone in your world for being an outsider, you are only strengthening that presence of inherent evil. It is okay to fear and take precautions as we know the story of “the camel and the arab” and there will some people ready to do the same to us, but that won’t give the right to hate. There are two things I am sure about; I have never loved a performance from Nicole Kidman like this, and there is no movie that has kept me thinking like Dogville. But be warned that this is not a movie for entertainment.

TeNy.