I recently had a friend ask of me, “Do you like anything that isn’t Horror?” As I had just a few moments before been discussing with him how much I had dug CAPTAIN MARVEL, I asked him if he had been paying attention. “But CAPTAIN MARVEL has a monster in it,” he countered. “It does?” I asked. “The cat!” he replied. “The Flerken!” Which was correct, once I stopped and thought about it. Goose the Flerken does indeed qualify as a monster, although CAPTAIN MARVEL is not a “Monster movie.” Or I thought as much. My friend disagreed.
He also opined that the latest super smash from Marvel Studios is a Sci-Fi film, which is also true. It has as much Sci-Fi in it as does STAR WARS or even STAR TREK. Yet I wouldn’t have thought of it as a “space” movie. All this reminds me of just how porous the barriers between genres can be. Is ALIEN a Sci-Fi flick or a Horror movie? It is both, obviously. And not just a Horror movie but a Monster movie. CAPTAIN MARVEL has a monster and is set in space, but would it qualify as a Monster movie? I don’t think so. But what are the criteria? Does the Monster have to appear in a starring role? And what makes a movie a Horror movie? Is it the amount of blood involved? No, as there are plenty of Horror flicks without a single drop of blood shed. Is it the primary impetus of the film? If the overall point of the movie is to scare viewers, it’s a Horror movie, isn’t it? But that would disqualify such films as SHAWN OF THE DEAD, which is most assuredly a Horror movie but its primary impetus is to make its audience laugh rather than scream.
Let’s give Goose the Flerken his own movie, and make it a Horror movie, and then we’ll have all the bases covered.