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October 23, 2013 9:39 AM
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Project of the Day: Why are We so Fascinated by Horror?

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Why Horror?"

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Follow horror supefan Tal Zimerman as he looks at the psychology of horror around the world in order to understand why we love to be scared!

Elevator Pitch:

Why are we fascinated by horror? Why do some of us love to scream and get scared out of our mind ... and the rest of us cringe and recoil? It’s time to get our hands bloody and find out. In WHY HORROR?, a new feature-length documentary set to premiere in October 2014, horror journalist Tal Zimerman brings his years of passion and expertise to the big screen. Through extensive interviews and examinations of other cultures, the media, science, and the psychology of horror worldwide, Tal’s purpose is simple: to understand why we love to be scared.

Production Team:

Tal Zimerman, Monster-in-chief, Documentary Subject
Rob Lindsay, Director/Producer
Nicolas Kleiman, Director/Editor

About the Production:

WHY HORROR? is tackling the world of horror from the fan's perspective. Tal Zimerman -- a comedian and horror junkie -- created this documentary to dig deeper into the phenomenon. He has landed some impressive names (John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Eli Roth, Elvis Mitchell, and Steve Niles, among them), all of whom have embraced this project. This little movie is set to go global thanks to the support from the horror community and beyond, and we hope you'll agree that this is an ideal project to showcase in these weeks leading up to Hallowe'en.

Current Status:


In production.

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Film Website
Kickstarter Page


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18 Comments

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Emma Bergstrome | October 28, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    I would love to see WHY HORROR? because I think it would be interesting to gain some sort of understanding as to why I both love and hate watching horror films. I like that they're going to look at it culturally and scientifically.

  • Michael Coady | October 27, 2013 1:46 PMReply

    Great subject! Sounds like you have done a lot of work already ... much success in bringing this to horror fans!

  • Alexandra Frohlinger | October 27, 2013 12:01 PMReply

    This looks like a really fascinating documentary about psychology and human nature!

  • Alexandra Frohlinger | October 27, 2013 12:01 PMReply

    This looks like a really fascinating documentary about psychology and human nature!

  • Alexandra Frohlinger | October 27, 2013 12:01 PMReply

    This looks like a really fascinating documentary about psychology and human nature!