#87 What is Chinese horror like? 什么是中式恐怖?

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你们喜欢看恐怖片吗?如果你喜欢的话,你最喜欢看哪一个国家的恐怖片呢?就我个人来说,我不太喜欢看恐怖片,我也不太敢看恐怖片,因为看了以后我经常会被吓得睡不着。恐怖片里比较出名的,应该是美国的恐怖片还有日本的恐怖片。也有很多中文恐怖片,那么,这些中国的恐怖片有什么特别的地方吗?中国人认为的恐怖是怎么样的呢?通过恐怖片,我们可以更好地了解中国的一些文化。那么,今天,我们就一起来聊一聊,中式恐怖吧。

中式恐怖有什么特别的地方呢?美国的恐怖片里一般有怪物,非常血腥,常常突然就吓你一跳。日本的恐怖片里一般会有鬼,他们一般攻击人也没有原因。中国的恐怖片里一般没有怪物也没有鬼,但是常常有一些很古老的很传统的东西,比如,穿着传统红色衣服的新娘,奇怪的红色的灯笼,中国的棺材,等等。我们再举一个例子。比如说,当我们说“深夜里的衣柜”,如果有一个怪物趴在衣柜的顶部,突然冲下来咬人,这就是“美式恐怖”;如果柜子看起来很正常,但是当人睡着以后它的门悄悄打开了,这就是“日式恐怖”;如果关灯后柜子看起来有点奇怪,甚至像有一个人站在那儿,但是打开灯以后就正常了,这就是“中式恐怖”。总而言之,“中式恐怖”应该是一种诡异的感觉,也就是看起来好像正常,但是仔细想想又觉得不正常,人们也不知道之后会发生什么。

因为中国有几千年的历史,中国传统的文化里也有很多诡异的习俗。比如,在中国的一些山区里,有一种叫“赶尸人”的职业。当有人在外地去世以后,这些赶尸人要带着他的尸体回去他的家乡。在传说里,赶尸人能控制尸体,让他们排着队往前走。因为这些赶尸人只有在夜晚走路,几乎没有人能看清楚他们。所以,事实上他们真的能控制尸体吗?这个问题到现在也还不太清楚。

中式恐怖里最让人害怕的,还有一种压抑的感觉。中国的恐怖片里,故事一般都发生在偏远的村子或者山区,因为这样的地方的一般非常传统,也有很多诡异的迷信,比如:如果村子里有一个年轻男人和年轻女人去世了,他们的家人会给他们办婚礼,让他们能在另一个世界结婚。人们不可以反抗这些古老的规则,因为所有人都认为这些规则是对的。于是,这也有了一种压抑的感觉。这也是中式恐怖让人害怕的原因。

如果你觉得自己真的很勇敢,也很想看一部中国恐怖片,那么你可以看看一部叫《中邪》的恐怖片。这就是一个发生在偏远的中国农村里的恐怖故事。如果你看完了,记得到MaoMi Chinese的网站上,和大家分享一下你的感受哦!

Hello everyone! Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese!

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!

2 thoughts on “#87 What is Chinese horror like? 什么是中式恐怖?”

  1. Thank you for preparing this amazing learning material. You make learning Mandarin, this beautiful and complex language, easier 🙂

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