Midnight Mass star Rahul Kohli says he hates horror movies
Midnight Mass star Rahul Kohli says he hates horror movies, saying the genre ruined him as a kid.
Midnight Mass Star Rahul Kohli can’t stand horror movies. The actor, who stars in the new Netflix limited series, got his breakout role playing Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti in iZombie. Aired on The CW from 2015 to 2019, iZombie centers around a doctor-turned-zombie who helps solve murders by eating victims’ brains and briefly accessing their memories and personalities.
Kohli would follow his run on iZombie by collaborating with Mike Flanagan on two horror series. First, in October 2020, he played Owen Sharma in The Haunting of Bly’s Mansion. More recently in Flanagan’s Midnight Mass, which arrived on Netflix on September 24, Kohli stars as Sheriff Hassan. As a Muslim, the Sheriff finds himself at odds with the predominantly Christian population of Crockett Island. Yet despite his filmography, Kohli admits he’s not a horror fan.
Talk with Men’s health, Kohli brought up the fact that he hates horror movies. The actor explains that, as a child, he had seen the flagship films Jaws and The Exorcist and that they both stayed with him in a negative way. The actor goes on to say that he initially avoided watching The Haunting of Hill House. But, after getting the role of Owen in Manor of Bly, he had to watch it. You can read Kohli’s quote below.
“I hate horror. I can’t stand horror! I wasn’t a horror fan. I burned my fingers as a kid. I was a very scared kid, scared of everything, afraid of my own shadow […] when a horror is celebrated it means to me to stay away from it. This means he’s doing what he’s supposed to do, so don’t watch him! I avoided Hill House the entire time. And then I booked Bly Manor, so I did my research on Mike, which meant having to watch this. And it was fucking terrifying.
Kohli is in good company, as much as performers deeply marked by their horror work. Some of the best-known horror movies including The Exorcist, included actors who admitted to being scared at times during filming. In this sense, horror is similar to other genres. The best dramatic performances tend to draw on genuine emotions and, sometimes, real experiences. Likewise, the best on-screen couples tend to have great off-camera chemistry. It stands to reason that great horror, in a certain sense, depends on adherence to fear at some level. And, according to the sounds, Kohli was also moved by The Haunting of Hill House as it was by two of the classics of the genre.
Even though there will be a lot of disagreements about fear Midnight Mass in fact, it is interesting to note the roles that Kohli played despite his aversion to horror. iZombie presented a well-worn genre trope as a sort of young adult drama tinged with comedy. The Haunting of Bly’s Mansion and Midnight Mass, meanwhile, plunge into love and religious fanaticism through the package of a scary story. Maybe it helps to gain the advantage. But, either way, it’s safe to say that Kohli isn’t fully heating up to horror anytime soon.
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Source: Men’s health
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