Horror fans are used to people making snap judgments about their character. How many of us have been asked why we enjoy brutal and gory movies, and whether this correlates to real life violence or sadism. There’s been panic in the media over ‘video nasties’ and ‘torture porn’ and whether those who enjoy them are stable, reasonable human beings.
So when UberFacts put out a ‘fact of the day’ stating that “”People who prefer gory horror films typically have low empathy, high sensation seeking, and – among males – a strong bond with the killer.”
Naturally, the horror community is a diverse group of people from all over the world – and they weren’t happy as being labeled as attention seeking and having low empathy. So horror fans took to Twitter to dispel some of these myths, and introduce themselves as perfectly healthy, happy, functioning people. Jonathan Barkan of Dread Central replied to Uberfacts “”Time and time again, horror fans are uncharacteristically mislabeled, sneered at, and seen as dangerous. The truth is that you’re all some of the most generous, friendly, and beautiful people out there. So let’s show the world who we are and proudly say #ImAHorrorFan!”
Time and time again, horror fans are uncharacteristically mislabeled, sneered at, and seen as dangerous. The truth is that you’re all some of the most generous, friendly, and beautiful people out there. So let’s show the world who we are and proudly say #ImAHorrorFan! pic.twitter.com/4FAx3oxX6O
— Jonathan Barkan (@JonathanBarkan) December 18, 2018
Since then, fans from around the world have been sharing their stories and love for horror.
I am a graphic designer. I’m pregnant & married & I have 3 of the most spoiled pets. I listen to bubblegum pop music, donate my time and money to charity and love Disney movies. I also happen to watch & talk horror movies with my bff for our podcast. #ImAHorrorFan pic.twitter.com/3lGna5xvBJ
— Bee Bass (@beenotbea) December 18, 2018
Not only am I a horror fan, I work every day slinging horror tees at Fright Rags. I’ve read Stephen King since I was 8. I’m a horror artist. And I’m one of the nicest ppl you could meet! #ImAHorrorFan pic.twitter.com/zF90TtwgBv
— NecroMomicon (@JesDKArt) December 18, 2018
Yes, #ImAHorrorFan and horror writer. I think it should be noted that in horror we usually identify with the victims, who use violence as a last resort to defend themselves when they can’t flee any further. Those using violence to reach their goals are usually the bad guys. pic.twitter.com/QPVCeQeDyh
— Tom C. Winter (@TomCWinter) December 19, 2018
I’m a mother. I raised an amazing hardworking young man who also loves horror. I teach. I love making all children feel safe. I’m a gamer. I read and I love writing, though I haven’t made time for it in far too long. Horror movies are just a small part of who I am. #ImAHorrorFan pic.twitter.com/Wazq3PKDyQ
— Stacey (@xStaceyLabelle) December 18, 2018
I know no other genre that is so open to fresh thoughts and original ideas, and no other genre with as much devotion and enthusiasm among its fans. That’s why I‘ve just spent all my money to produce a horror film, and that’s why #ImAHorrorFan! pic.twitter.com/Scdg5BbkSO
— DeathcemberFilm (@DeathcemberFilm) December 19, 2018
I grew up watching horror movies, it’s my favorite genre. During Halloween I religiously attend horror attractions.
— ҼӀӀҼ (@akaellebelle) December 18, 2018
Why do we have to keep justifying that we’re not lunatics because we love horror? I don’t see anyone defending their love of chick flicks, and I personally feel there’s a whole lot wrong with that. Cut it the fuck out and leave people alone. #ImAHorrorFan
— Kim McDonald (@dixiefairy) December 18, 2018
I’m The Homicidal Homemaker and #ImAHorrorFan. I’m so proud to be a part of such a wonderful, accepting & supportive community that has allowed me to carve out a way to express myself throughout the years through my one-of-a-kind #horror themed cooking show & food blog. 🔪🔪🔪 pic.twitter.com/WnjY8poz25
— The Homicidal Homemaker (@HomicidalKaci) December 18, 2018
— David Weiner (@TikiAmbassador) December 18, 2018
— Gayly Dreadful (@GaylyDreadful) December 18, 2018
— David Weiner (@TikiAmbassador) December 19, 2018
Horror is the most beautiful of genres.The amount of work people put into creating the FX is amazing. Horror is my inspiration to create. It’s a genre that can make me feel every emotion. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and of course, I’ve felt terror in horror films #ImAHorrorFan pic.twitter.com/QLOKjMf8fD
— Tales From The Stitch (@thestitchkeeper) December 20, 2018
I didn’t realize it until several years after I became hooked on horror movies and novels, but the genre helped me process a seriously messed up childhood through fiction. It’s also given me my core group of friends and a passion to pursue in my writing. #ImAHorrorFan pic.twitter.com/MFvfWhpkyX
— Matt Wedge (@MovieNerdMatt) December 19, 2018
#imahorrorfan And a #youtuber
I’ve made some amazing friends both online and irl(@TiaMMc miss u boo 👻) through this love!
Love it so much I’ve started to permanently show so on my body 😉 pic.twitter.com/Vn4M1F9M7F
— 👻 ElFi(elli) Ⓥ 👻 (@CarnageCandyy) December 19, 2018
My youngest son who’s 4 years old, has a love for Horror.
His favorite is Jason, Chucky, and most of all, Michael Myers.
— Horror Show Mickey (@HorrorShowComix) December 19, 2018
You couldn’t be any farther from the truth. #ImAHorrorFan because it helped me face my fears. And because of that, my daughter and I are safe from the real monster that was my ex-husband. https://t.co/GhKVJ8qtE3
— Krampushaus Lugosi 🎅🏻😈 (@bellas_undead) December 19, 2018
#ImAHorrorFan because horror, more so than any other genre, is about badass women destroying evil – and if there’s any time in our history where we need more of that, it’s now pic.twitter.com/LXoGL4C6ns
— Nate Ruegger (@NateRuegger) December 19, 2018
#ImAHorrorFan because it was a nice place to curl up and hide in when I was an unhappy, awkward teenager, and it’s helped me to meet a lot of interesting weirdos who aren’t embarrassed about being interesting weirdos. pic.twitter.com/bEAtNQA8Ns
— Beloved Internet Personality Gena Radcliffe (@porcelain72) December 18, 2018
#ImAHorrorFan I work Monday through Friday helping people treat their illnesses. Behind the scenes, but I still help. I have 2 cats and have never not had a pet. I still laugh at videos of birds yelling and kids failing at being coordinated. I’m friendly, if not a bit awkward. pic.twitter.com/ld3Y9jWUR0
— Liz (Freddy Krueger is my therapist) (@Wine_and_Sass_) December 18, 2018
— Drew Michelle (@horrormaniac_) December 18, 2018
I do a weekly improv show based on murder and suspense. I write for video games with horror/sci-fi themes. I have been accused of looking like a serial killer in two different job interviews. #ImaHorrorFan pic.twitter.com/ikcbHbMcYM
— C.J. Tuor-Merryttroyd (@Cjtuor) December 18, 2018
— Nick Younker (@NYounker) December 19, 2018