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I'm not sure when I became a fan of horror films. As a child, I was scared by the mere sight of the T-1000 liquid terminator reconstructing itself. And yet I remember the late 80s-early 90s being a particularly interesting period for films in my home country. Bootleg videotapes had hit the black market and horror films in particular made good business. Freddy Krueger, Jason, the Warlock, and others were all purchasable for one or two bucks. Trashy action b-movies were also the rage - Schwarzennegger, Stallone, Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris and even Michael Dudikoff of "American Ninja" fame became my family's favorite pastime. I don't know why I'm a fan of the horror picture today. Maybe it is because I've learned to view films with a detached perspective - I find that the best way critique movies and separate the good from the bad is to distance yourself from the "viewer" self, and not allow your judgement of a film be based on your emotional response. I find that all too often people hate horror films, because they can be repulsive and disgusting, because they are scary, because they trigger emotions that people don't wish to experience. Yet that completely blinds them to the true skill and craft that is put into many films, horror or otherwise.
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