I've always been fascinated but totally baffled by the kind of people find the horror genre to somehow counteract their anxiety. Despite going through a very devoted goth phase in high school (and college... I'm still a bit goth at heart, to be honest), I just never quite understood the allure of watching horny teens getting slashed to bits. Being raised in a religious home that condemned anything "darkly supernatural" also limited my exposure, and although I've since rebelled against all the other things my Christian household labeled taboo, for whatever reason, I just never got around to checking out the horror stuff.
Until October of 2020! It was spooky season and the world was on fire, so I figured now was as good a time as any to invest a new hyper fixation. (You can listen to the podcast I made about it here.) My new special interest taught me a valuable lesson: horror is folklore. And now, every October, I make a point of watching as many horror movies as I can. I'm still making my way through the never-ending list of classics, but I make a concerted effort to check out the new ones too - the more niche, the better.