horror genre spiders

This website covers some horror genre niches. Scary topics and creepy items are staples that occupy the horror fan’s mind. Alarmingly, there are too many horror niches that a hardcore fan of the genre gets lost easily.

On Shock Depot you’ll find curated horror things presented in a highly focused, orderly manner…

Access detailed information on old and new shock content. Make an informed choice when deciding how to spend your horror leisure moments.

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It’s undeniable that video streamers must be high up there, with rosewater-flavored sliced bread.

Video streaming services have taken over and horror fans shouldn’t overlook them. In my experience, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu are the three most talked about. Still, for shock fans, most of the video streaming services need special attention, beginning with Shudder.

Old-fashioned things like radio, television and print magazines have a very different model of consumption to the web and its modality of having the world at one’s fingertips. I think video streamers show this with the ginormous and ever-evolving choice of movies and tv shows they offer.

Shock movies belonging to the horror genre are added to Netflix and all the other streamers on a constant basis. It may be junk, it may be diamonds, but the healthy flow is there.

Interface shortcomings may take from the brilliant idea of VoD. Not if you have a resource like this site on hand that will give you the bare facts of horrors you think you should watch. Even more, if it’s categorized with germaneness and aggregated in ways that it will be of most use to you.

Because we want it, to personalize our own connection between our scary fun and our leisure time.

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Horror lifestyle is not just searching for movie lists and watching each one of them in a quest to become a walking encyclopedia.

If you’re obsessed with shock you learned how to appreciate every second and feeling that takes you to the shock zone.

Some enthusiasts go as far as theming their houses, by means of furniture, art, and similar items, with interior designs, informed by horror genre sensibilities.

There are also those that may not give much importance to theming but take pride in being collectors and being recognized as such, showing others their collections.

These kinds of living with horror, and loving other close-related styles, branch out into a lot of different departments that make a spooky daily life possible.

Example of Horror Lifestyle

Horror Genre Comic Books

If you have any prejudices against American horror comic books, lay those ignorant feelings off now, because you don’t know what you’re missing.

American horror comic books dominate the global market for spooky comics. They always did and still do. From their controversial beginnings in the 1950s they have come a long way, and have evolved into the wonderful graphic novel form.

Those who are enthusiasts of horror genre comics know that even if the graphic novel sounds like a buzzword of this and the previous generations, they actually existed when EC comics began publishing horror genre comics.

Some of the lines that EC had were definitely of the graphic novel form, but back then in the nineteen-fifties, they called the format picto-fiction.

horror genre EC Picto-Fiction
Terror Illustrated #1 (1955) p.23 | EC Comics

Nevertheless, audiences didn’t seem to appreciate picto-fiction too much back then. Sixty-plus years later, things are much different, and growing in a graphic novel environment made me accept the old ones.

I guess that the baby boomers and the generation before them rejected graphic novels because in a world where the TV was new, to go through an EC graphic novel was too many words for too few visuals.

They could keep loving regular comics, but graphic novels might have been too much to read when the novelty was audiovisual.

Metaversal Horrors

Horror fandom has a heavy presence in Second Life, the life simulator. Virtual worlds in general have a great potential for horror fans.

They allow for the recreation of all things shock, and even to improve on the real thing with the malleability advantages that a simulation has over the real thing.

Let me give an example. In a Second Life ghost train, I’ve seen the wet dream of the ghost train fan realized.

A ghost train that had stations in which you could go down and explore a horror setting, and later return to the car and continue the journey.

There are also walk-in dark rides, like fun houses, and even regions that are horror-themed, but that don’t pretend to be the simulated counterpart of a real-life horror amusement.

The lifestyle topic probably is one of the most fragmentary topics for a fan of shock, but such is life.

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george romero horror icon

There are classic horror movies and then there are adorable classic B movies. In this section, you will find many subgenres of horror grouped under the cult classic label. I hope my interpretation of the cult classic category will be well received.

There are many definitions of what constitutes a cult classic. I decided to use the catchphrase as a means to group movies and TV shows that I personally think to deserve the status. This, while not trespassing the limits of what the general consensus of horror fans decided a horror cult movie is.

But think of it, the naked truth of genres, categories, and pigeonholing things is that they are just organizational tools that help us make the best of the time we have to study, work or rest.

What to say of leisure? If you didn’t notice it by now, the more the stuff, the more need to focus. In my experience, while you give time and think about how are you going to pass your leisure time things turn out at least decently.

Contrarily, almost every time I didn’t plan out my leisure time, like just going to a VoD site and searching for a movie, with the search function or in my queue, I lost time or ended up watching movies that made me fall asleep.

The problems I described in the previous two paragraphs are endemic in the horror cult classic crowd, a crowd to which I belong.

Scary movie lists on the web can take you to a point deep into this genre, but so much deep only. I noted many lists are similar and seem to follow a pattern of commercial success or audience approval that feeds on each other.

This is a good starting point, but sooner or later you run out of shock movies and TV series to watch.

The Search for Kitsch

horror genre: the search for kitsch
Tonya Crowe as Marylee Williams in Dark Night of The Scarecrow (1981)

I’m yet to see lists with the movies that I found by other means than the web. Or that I found by chance on the web but while organically looking for stuff on sites like YouTube. Not in a structured list on a website.

When you desire to watch things that are removed from the mainstream you need to do considerable fieldwork.

Relying only on our power for coining search phrases gets old very fast. When that happens you realize that there are no absolutes. Every source of information we resort to is just a one-sided take on reality and a kind of filter.

When I didn’t plan my b movies watching I lost many nights of annoyance. Sometimes the movies were so rudimentary, that I felt I was an idiot to watch them. Other times I had bad surprises when the shock went too far and the movie stopped being a pleasurable ride to become something revolting that should have been left unwatched.

If you developed such a particular taste for movies that real the cult classics of shock delight you, you’re bound to find odd things, and sometimes you might get a very different feeling from some b movies.

It may happen that you thought you were going to like, maybe even more than like, love, a b movie, and when you watched it you didn’t enjoy it.

This happened to me, for instance, a day I strayed, albeit not too far, from horror and shock and watched Corman’s “Wild Angels”.

I’m not going to deny that for me it was eye-candy and, at the aesthetic level, a great movie to watch during the summer. But I couldn’t care less for the story and characters, and that’s a sign I didn’t like it 100%.

Still, I went to that movie because not one but several persons were proactive in sharing the fact that an obscure movie like that will always have some positive points to justify rescuing it from oblivion to pass it on to others.

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In this section, you’ll find serialized horror things that have a built-in story and fine art. You might find all kinds of serialized lifestyle content, but this section is only for items that include the narrative dimension.

Horror Movie and TV Series

There are many sagas of horror movies that have become well-rounded, self-contained universes.

One may argue that there’s no point in focusing on shock series from a curating perspective. That one can benefit more from going directly to a VoD site and see for oneself, instead of having to research, curate, or seek advice from someone who already watched the series and can give a, hopefully spoiler-free, opinion. Yet, I think it’s not a wise move.

I tried that approach, and I’m stuck with a lot of series that I started. I liked them all, and every time I want to relax and watch one, it’s a very tough choice to pick one. I still don’t know what’s at play when this happens to me.

It may be that I’m reluctant to invest a lot of time on a show, to find by the end of the first season that it wasn’t that good. In fact, I almost never binge on TV series. I refuse to throw away my time mindlessly.

Before you say anything, I’m not trying to insinuate I’m better or more intelligent because I don’t binge on TV or Netflix shock series.

I fear becoming a couch potato. That is because I can swallow the horror series I watch episode after episode like water. I actually love to go on a series binge so much that I can’t control it.

For some persons, the way to deal with something one can’t control, the best solution, is to cut the thing out completely. To control my tendencies to binge, I approach horror TV series in a more old-fashioned way. I just watch one series only one day of the week and never more than two or three episodes during a single sitting.

Horror Art Series

It’s common for curators to curate horror. Much more so now, that the web provides tools to do it in integrated, social, and far-reaching ways.

So far, I have found some good collections.

There are traditionally curated ones, like Kirk Hammet’s “Classic Monsters” and ongoing “It’s Alive”.

We can call virtual collections to articles that aren’t a collection that’s physically on exhibition. To some content in sites that show a set of extremely creepy paintings, like this one.

Other types are retail websites with a flexible search system that lets you generate your own gallery to watch, and possibly buy, their frightful materials for sale, like for example Macabre Gallery

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© Bholenath Valsan 2021 — Horror Genre