My mate is put off my horror films. Not all horror films though. She does not mind the ones that have fantastic monsters. Examples of this would be Hellraiser, werewolf, or vampires movies. She really really does not like slasher movies (Halloween), zombie movies (Dawn of the Dead) or evil beings twisting reality (Hill House). The thread here is that she does not like to see the possible reality twisted into a horrific reality. The ability to suspend disbelief in these show's "realities" is not possible. The movies are "too real" even though their premises are fantastic. The things off two bubbles, like vampire inhabited realities, are OK. Just don't get too close to rl.
I, on the other hand, don't watch doctor shows or even near-doctor shows (Nip Tuck). I don't like to see needles or hear people talk about operations. I have a discomfort with movies that are overally emotional, with the actors doing lots of shouting and crying. I remember the Mel Gibson movie in which he would yell over and over again, "GIVE ME BACK MY SON". Ack. I was put off by Chris Something (Mind Freak) on TV because of the commmercials beinng "over the top". I don't mind the horror films, which means I have to (sadly) see them by myself. I think I am more interested in the evil that people are capable of. I once did a paper on the nature of good and evil. I'll post it on my blog soon. I watched vampire movies as a study of the 'evil' side.
I believe that our media, films and TV, are mirrors for our culture's 'myths'. Our reactions to these myths tells us something about ourselves. My mate and I both reacted from a place of fear/discomfort when the realities presented were a twisted version that was too close to our own realities. My mate has a medical background, so the blood-n-guts bothers her much less than they bother me. I have an interest in the dark side of things, so the slasher/zombie/evil beings bother me less. A common cause with different source material to work with.
Here is my question to my readers. Does what scares you fall into this theory? Is there another explanation why certain things in the media frighten you? Your comments are appreciated!