I don’t even remember where I got this impression, but I’ve heard, somewhere, people concluding that horror films are… against sex, or against young women choosing to have sex… a conclusion I can understand how they reach, given how “Character does X –> Character suffers an undesirable fate” can be interpreted as an expression of narrative disapproval. And, in the horror genre (and even the cop show genre), a het couple getting into some sexytimes is often followed by some kind of grisly encounter, like getting axed or finding a dead body.
And, well, that does look like narrative disapproval, I guess. But I never took it that way.
What solidified my original perspective on this for me was watching The Six Sense for the first time.
At the beginning of the movie, you’re presented a husband and wife spending time together. I’d never seen this before, so I had only a limited idea of where things where headed from here — all I really knew was that there were going to be ghosts at some point.
I remember watching Husband and Wife starting to get flirty and playful with each other — don’t remember what my exact thoughts were, but I wasn’t invested. They might’ve started kissing or something. And then they started heading upstairs together, toward the bedroom, and I remember tensing up and getting worried how far this was going to go–
–and then something “scary” happened, and I relaxed.
And I… don’t think the writers had that kind of reaction in mind.
I don’t watch many horror movies, though… What’s your experience? How have you seen the horror genre (or any similar genre, like thriller or detective serial) handle the topic of sexuality? How did you react, and how do you think you were expected to react?