For myself it’s a bit more than just that. I wrote an article that explains a bit about why I enjoy the genre so much, but I’ll give you a few reasons here before it goes up:
- Horror fiction/movies can be used as commentary for particular issues.
- It is diverse; where there is a will there is a way for someone to take the mundane and turn it upside down.
- It can be really fun (horror comedies)!
Another thing I might add is this: if you’re watching an action movie where someone is getting their brains blown out how is that any different than horror? Murder is murder, no matter how shiny or gritty you make it, and despite the reasons for the characters committing it. There is definitely a blurring between genres that happens in entertainment (books, movies, etcetera).