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Do you like watching horror movies? If you do, which country's horror movie do you like the most? Personally, I don’t like watching horror movies very much, and I don’t dare to watch horror movies because I am often too scared to sleep after watching them. The most famous horror movies are American horror movies and Japanese horror movies. Actually, there are also many Chinese horror films. Is there anything special about these Chinese horror films? What is horror like in Chinese people’s minds? Through horror films, we can understand some of China's culture better. Therefore, let's talk about Chinese horror today.
What's special about Chinese horror? American horror movies generally have monsters, which are very bloody and often startle you all of a sudden. There are usually ghosts in Japanese horror movies, and they usually attack people for no reason. There are generally no monsters or ghosts in Chinese horror movies, but there are often some very old and traditional things, such as a bride in traditional red clothes, strange red lanterns, Chinese coffins, and so on. Let's take another example. When we think about "the closet in the middle of the night", if there is a monster lying on the top of the closet and suddenly rushing down to bite people, this is "American horror"; if the closet looks normal, but when the person falls asleep its door quietly opened, this is "Japanese horror"; if the cabinet looks a little strange after turning off the light, or even it looks like there is a person standing there, but when the light is turned on, it is normal again. This is "Chinese horror". All in all, "Chinese horror" should be a weird feeling, that is, it seems normal, but when you think about it carefully, you feel abnormal, and people don't know what will happen next.
Because China has thousands of years of history, there are many strange customs in Chinese traditional culture. For example, in some mountainous areas in China, there is a profession called "corpse carrier". When someone died out of their hometown, these corpse carriers would take their bodies back to their hometown. According to legend, corpse carriers could control the corpses and make them line up and move forward. Since these corpse carriers only started walking at night and there were few people who could see them clearly. Could they actually control corpses? This is still a mystery.
The most frightening thing in Chinese horror is the feeling of depression. In Chinese horror movies, the stories usually take place in remote villages or mountainous areas, because such places are generally very traditional and have many weird superstitions, such as: if a young man and young woman in the village die, their family members will give them a wedding so that they can get married in another world. One cannot rebel against these ancient rules, because everyone thinks they are right. Therefore, it comes with a sense of depression. This is why Chinese horror is so scary.
If you think you are really brave and want to watch a Chinese horror movie, then you can watch a horror movie called "Zhongxie/ The Possessed ". This is a horror movie set in the remote Chinese countryside. If you watched it, remember to go to the MaoMi Chinese website and share your feelings with us!