As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be in a horror movie – or at least watch one. I prefer consuming my horror intravenously from a safe distance: through the screen or on paper, on a trip abroad, or even indoors (horror products, of course). The good news is that there is enough horror world for everyone… if you only know where to look for it.
The Nightmare That Began It All
My name is Lior Farag. When I was around 11-12 years old, my older sister – which is three years older than me – invited friends to see one of the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies on the late movie channel. I sat enthusiastically in the room with the good fellas until my mother discovered me. “Are you awake? Go to sleep!”, she demanded firmly. “In your dream!”, I told her, paraphrasing the movie. But I listened. I left the room and tried to listen to the film through the keyhole, but it was a bit silly because I didn’t hear or see anything. So I decided to grow up a bit and return to the horror world later, when I’m older.
A few days later, I saw a random horror movie on TV. He was quite a failure – one of the sequels of the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” if I remember correctly – but he did enough to whet my appetite. Horror movies accompanied me throughout adolescence, somewhere in the late 90s and early 2000s. Once upon a time, to see a movie we had to hope it was on TV (usually late at night) or rent it from the video store. Spending Friday nights with my friends, I was exposed to a bunch of horror movies in this way, starting with classics like “The Exorcist” or “The Shining”, And the movies that came out around the same time, like “I know what you did last summer”, “The Sixth Sense” or “The Others”.
The years went by, and horror movies became much more available. Multi-channel television came into the picture, the number of cinemas increased, and…umm … There were other ways to watch movies faster. So since then, I’ve seen dozens, hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of films, because today in the age of the Internet, multi-channel TV, Netflix and all that jazz, the supply is simply endless.
The Academy Of Horror
At some point, I decided to try to learn a little about the world of horror. It didn’t happen in high school: since I had glasses, I decided to follow my older brother and study computer science. It wasn’t the best idea, because I quickly realized I was more attracted to words and theoretical subjects than to numbers, formulas, and algorithms. Later on, it was clear to me that film and media studies interested me the most – because we don’t have an academic degree in horror studies yet. So after my military service, in which I served as a photographer and video editor, I enrolled in a combined B.A in communication and cinema. Immediately after that, I completed an M.A. in communications, combined with journalism studies.
I was happy for every point of entry into the world of horror during my studies. There were several (not enough) of them: starting from an excellent course on horror films given by a movie critic, through a fascinating analysis of “Psycho” or “The Shining” in the course on psychoanalysis in cinema, to some magazine articles I wrote about the “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in preparation for the release of another film in the series or a seminar I prepared on tension and pleasure in torture porn films, which tries to understand why the hell people watch these films and what exactly is the connection Between having sex and dismembering a corpse. I enjoyed reading dozens of articles analyzing horror films and disappointed reading some theories that doubt my sanity.
Horror.. Horror Everywhere
Towards the end of my B.A., I started to turn writing from a hobby to a profession. I opened a content services business and wrote on almost every topic in the world, in all writing styles.
However, I quickly realized that the world of horror far exceeds the limits of the small or big screen. When I wrote a lot about tourism and leisure – another topic that is close to my heart – I discovered that there scary attractions all over the world, including abandoned places, museums, tours following ghosts or horror stories, scary escape rooms, and other surprises, some of which I got to visit. When I was editing a home and kitchen design magazine, or writing a gadget review section in another magazine, I came across a whole world of products inspired by characters and horror movies that could grace every corner of the house. And when I watched soccer games in my free time, I discovered for years that being a fan of Liverpool is a bit like a horror movie (until Klopp came and stopped our nightmares).
To some extent my life has become more of a romantic comedy than a horror movie: I got married (to a doctor, not a vampire), bought a house (not so big, but at least not haunted), started a family of two lovely girls (love to draw, but not demons and ghosts) And I even got to see a Liverpool winning the Premier League. But the horror is always there, accompanying me when I’m looking for escapism or just to spend a few hours of joy when everyone is asleep.
So I decided to try to gather for you the whole world of horror – about the films, products, tourist sites, and other aspects of it – on this site because I realized that I am not alone. There are countless horror fans all over the world, at least I hope so, that want to know to best movies, places, attractions, and horror products.
So have fun visiting Horror World – the scariest website in the world.
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