Am I broken?
Taking even a cursory glance around my room, you'll notice that the walls are adorned with horror movie posters featuring some absolutely gruesome themes and imagery. My shelves are littered with paraphernalia - all intended to shock and offend. Right next them, miniatures, trinkets, and toys of various horror movie monsters, murderers, and psychopaths. It's all out, in plain sight, proudly displayed like one would a collection of trophies. And when it's time for something to watch? I'm instantly drawn to the nastiest thing in my collection; the scarier the better, the bloodier the better. Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and most of the Halloween films? Hilarious.
So, am I broken? Well, If you met me in person, I'd come across as a grounded, polite, somewhat bashful individual. I'm a father of three young boys (each of whom have their viewing habits heavily monitored), I'm married to a very normal - very understanding - woman, I hold down a full-time job (outside the writing I do for Thirteenth Floor), cannot stand violence of any kind in real life, and despite my resident status as a North American, I absolutely cannot stand guns. Further, and adding to the walking contradiction that is me, I'm also a practicing christian (there are more of us within the horror community than you think), and depending on where you stand regarding faith, religion, and theism, that bit of information may either surprise you, or reinforce what you already think of me. Regardless, in any event the truth of the matter is, I'm actually kind of...boring.
So then, what's the draw? Why am I so fascinated by the macabre? So entertained by the things that go bump in the night? Is it escape from the mundane? The morbid subconscious desire to be closer to death, without actually being closer to death? Perhaps, as horror fans, we treat the genre like a personal litmus test? Questions like these are exactly the kind which fuel discussion in Heidi Moore's gruesomely introspective documentary, More Blood! A video-gathering for horror fans and industry professionals coming from all walks of life, each providing their own deeply personal and highly unique perspective on the subjects at hand.
The format for the documentary is one of cycles. An initial question is put forth, and each of the participants deliver what they feel is the best, most honest answer possible. After all viewpoints are exhausted, the next question is brought to the table and it starts again. It's simple, but works well enough, allowing Heidi to accomplish her goal with minimum downtime or fluff. Of course, what would a horror documentary about blood, guts and gore be, without some actual blood, guts and gore to drive those points home. Thankfully, More Blood! delivers on that front, intercutting and overlaying much of the discussion with various clips spliced from some of the genre's nastiest films. Given the diversity of the personalities involved (including yours truly), the films chosen for this purpose really run the gamut. You've got everything from Irreversible to Dead Alive, Cannibal Holocaust, and everything in between - plenty to satisfy even the most ardent of gore-hounds. Word of warning though, More Blood! takes no caution when it comes to in-film spoilers, so tread on with that bit of understanding.
Ultimately, your enjoyment of the documentary will hinge on how much you're willing to engage or participate in the discussion, through self reflection of course. Most horror fans wear their love for the genre on their sleeve; they aren't ashamed of who they are, even if they're made to feel as though they should be. This forces the questions put forth by Moore's documentary to come to the forefront however, and allows for a healthy bit of introspection. The way I see it is - regardless of the answers given - as long as the individual is able to distinguish between fantasy and reality (death and dismemberment are much less fun in real life), there shouldn't be a problem with any of the conclusions reached. More Blood! isn’t about calling into question the character of the individual horror fan, but rather an attempt at understanding our celebration of the genre, and all it’s sticky qualities.
Give it a watch for yourselves today, sickos...