"Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations; they’re antithetical to the poetry of fear. In a horror story, the victim keeps asking “why?” But there can be no explanation, and there shouldn’t be one. The unanswered mystery is what stays with us the longest, and it’s what we’ll remember in the end."
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Director - Don Coscarelli
"Just think of a time when you’ve been in a high place, such as overlooking the Grand Canyon. You look at the edge and imagine yourself going over. You know you’re not going to do that to yourself, but nonetheless it can send a shiver up your spine. So it’s possible that merely entertaining a thought can put you in an emotional state like fear. Then, when we turn back to the problem of fiction, the solution seems open to us. What the filmmaker or novelist does is present to us propositional content that we entertain in our minds non-assertively. That gets us to the point where we can say unblushingly that we fear the fictions, even though we know that what the fiction alleges to exist does not and cannot harm us."
— Noël Carroll (on horror fiction and fear)
“You can keep singing if that makes you feel better.”
Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
Hellbound: Hellraiser II, 1988.