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Horror Stories by Stevenson and Greene - Horror Stories by Stevenson and Greene Horror stories are an excellent traditional genre. This genre has been around for almost as long as stories have been told. In this generation there is not much that can really scare us, but what does actually make a good horror story. Horror stories need to have a good and intimidating storyline, it needs to play on people's fears, it also needs to give its audience a real thrill and send chills down their spines. The horror story may be based on phobias, superstitions, murder or science fiction....   [tags: Horror Stories Stevenson Greene Essays] 2671 words
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How WW Jacobs Creates a Sense of Horror in The Monkey’s Paw - Jacobs creates a sense of horror in ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by using a variety of literary techniques. As ‘The Monkey's Paw’ was written in 1902, Jacobs makes the story scary in ways that are very different to modern horror films and books. We can tell that the story was written in the early twentieth century as it contains many details that would have been common in Victorian literature. One of the most obvious features from ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ that tells us that the story was written over a century ago, is the old-fashioned language that Jacobs uses....   [tags: Horror Story, Literary Techniques] 2820 words
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New Classics of the Horror Film Genre - Dracula. Frankenstein. Godzilla. These monsters no longer strike fear into the hearts of viewers as they once did. Formerly the villains of the classic "monster movie," these relics, who now represent all that is archaic in horror film history. The monster movie of the past makes way for the thriller or slasher movie of the present, while the monster villain gives its role to the deranged, psychotic serial killer. Friday the 13th series, Nightmare on Elm Street, Copycat and Seven have become the new classics in the genre of the horror film....   [tags: Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing]
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Community and the Rocky Horror Picture Show - Community and the Rocky Horror Picture Show Sex, adultery, rock and roll, and belonging. These are just some of the things that draw teens into The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday and Saturday night. Most teens are drawn in by a family connection and there are still others who are simply drawn in by the curiosity brought up by the name of the show alone. I was drawn in because of family and friend ties to the show. Many teens who go find themselves in a place where they feel that they belong....   [tags: Rocky Horror Descriptive Essays] 919 words
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Why We Crave Horror Movies by Stephen King - Stephen King wrote a very brief essay titled "Why we Crave Horror Movies", in which he explained some of the reasons that people choose to go to horror movies to be entertained. In his essay, King goes on to explain that we as a people need horror movies as a sort of release; to feed the darker elements within all of us without having to sacrifice our humanity (also, civility). King does this by comparing people based on their levels of sanity whereas some societal "eccentricities" are completely acceptable, while some will get you thrown right into the loony bin....   [tags: Why We Crave Horror Movies] 930 words
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Analysis of Why We Crave Horror Movies by Stephen King - Not only is Stephen King’s essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies”, a biased sample, but it also appeals to population and emotion. To further explain why we crave horror movies, King argues that “we are all mentally ill” (345). He expresses that we all make an independent decision to buy a movie ticket and sit in a theatre. King goes on the to explain our mental insanity through examples, such as, “sick jokes” (347). According to King, these “sick jokes” prove our insanity and our need to release that insanity through watching horror films....   [tags: Why We Crave Horror Movies 2014]
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Misogyny in Horror - The horror/fantasy genre is a misogynistic place. For centuries women have been oppressed by men's ideas of what a woman should be like: domestic, obedient, married, and lower on the totem pole. Women are trapped within their surroundings. In “The Haunting of Hill House” Eleanor can't bear to be out of the house. There is an innate fear of women, which helps create these horrific stories. While there are very few stories that empower women, Gilman's “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a story that does. Gilman even says herself that this story was meant “to save people from being driven crazy.” This story is made even more of an example, because it is strongly based on Ms....   [tags: Women's Rights ]
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Powers of Horror - Julia Kristeva’s concept of the abject as notes in her essay Powers of Horror focuses on that which ‘does not respect borders, positions, rules. The in-between, the ambiguous, the composite’, with a distinct focus on that the abject refers to the human reaction to a threatened breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of the distinction between subject and object or between self and other . William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch and Angela Carter’s collection of re-worked fairy tales in The Bloody Chamber, both exude the notion of the abject forcing the reader to question their own reaction ....   [tags: Literary analysis, Julia Kristeva] 2269 words
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Horror Movies - “Natural Born Killers,” “ Psycho,” “ Friday the 13th ,” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” are all horror films. In these films there is always some crazy person or monster-like character that goes around and slaughters innocent people. And usually, but not all the time the killer is killed at the end of the movie. The media publishes or broadcasts stories that say that horror films influence people to imitate these wrongful acts of violence. I believe that these movies do not influence people to imitate these murderous crimes onto innocent people....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Rashomon The Horror - RASHOMON The Horror A horror more terrible then fires - wars - epidemics - or bandits, this overwhelming horror is the weak character of man, the distrust and selfishness feeding each characters continual suspicion of his fellow man, always expecting the worst of them. The priest describes this horrific human trait and the world it creates with but a few lines; “It’s horrible. If men do not tell the truth, do not trust one another, then the earth becomes hell indeed.” This lack of honesty toward man is shown throughout each characters stories, each unable to talk about themselves without embellishing, and constantly creating lies to make them feel that they are better people then they really are....   [tags: essays research papers] 427 words
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The Horror Genre - The Horror Genre The Horror Genre has been very popular ever since Etienne Robertson, the pioneer of film horror, made the first film. The film 'Phantasmagoria' was more of a theatre shadow play. It was made during the French revolution. Since then, thousands of Horror films have been made. Many developments have been used in newer films such as special effects and 3-D animation. A genre is formed when a type of film has certain elements that become essential to that type of film....   [tags: Papers] 601 words
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The Horror Genre - The Horror Genre The horror genre is a topic that can be written or filmed about. In this essay, I will be concentrating on films, and how the horror genre is included in them. The main ingredients in a horror film are music, sound effects, lighting, camera trickery & special effects and most importantly a clever, catchy, scary script. But to make horror what it is, a director will include many other things that create suspense and the eerie atmosphere of the scene, or simply make us cringe....   [tags: Papers] 1295 words
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The Horror of Alcoholism - The Horror of Alcoholism Alcoholism is a baffling and powerful disease. It affects all people from all walks of life. It has been medically proven and recognized by most of society as a disease. However, for some people who either have not been affected or just do not have any knowledge of the disease, it is considered more as a weakness of character. Alcoholism has many effects, on the alcoholic them self, towards their family and friends, and on their health, on their spouse and children, mentally and physically, but the good thing is there is help out there for all of these people....   [tags: Alcohol Drinking Alcoholic Essays]
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The Evolution of Horror Films - ... The horror industry has no bounds when it comes to rationality. Writers strive to develop the unthinkable, the disturbing, and the impossible. One of the most famous recurring monsters in horror movies is the zombie, which was also introduced in the 1930’s. Zombies are creatures that have been brought back to life after death. They are mindless decaying corpses who feast upon the living, which is such a grotesque and unique idea, that it leaves viewers disturbed as well as intrigued. (Horror Films) White Zombie (1932), Revolt of the Zombies (1936), and Ouanga (1936); are some of the earliest zombie films ever made....   [tags: terror, fear, anxiety, panic, audience, industry]
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Gender in the Modern Horror Film - Horror movies have been part of mainstream cinema since the early 1930s when films such as Dracula and Frankenstein were created. As the horror genre evolved, so did the stories in the films. Friday the 13th (Marcus Nipsel, 2009) is a very good example of this evolution. Even though it is a remake, Friday the 13th changed the way horror movies were seen by the audience. The ideas and theory behind this slasher sub-genre of horror films can be summed up in a book. Carol Clover, an American professor of film studies, wrote a book in 1992 entitled Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film in which she described the horror film genre....   [tags: Film Review] 880 words
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The Horror of "The Fall of the House of Usher" - The Horror of "The Fall of the House of Usher" What is a horror. What does it mean to be terrified. The definition of a horror fiction is "fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader." Since the 1960s, any work of fiction with a morbid, gruesome, surreal, or exceptionally suspenseful or frightening theme has come to be called "horror" (Wikipedia) . "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a great example of a story on the basic level of a gothic horror, in which the element of fear is evoked in its highest form....   [tags: Fall House Usher] 1420 words
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Is Jaws a Horror Movie? - Is Jaws a Horror Movie. First, I will intend to take you on a brief journey through the horror genre and the conventions that have been associated. Second I will show you how these conventions are used in the film Jaws. Let’s take a closer look at the history of the horror genre. To get started we are going to start with the first era or as it’s called the silent era. This era was based on monsters such as Frankenstein (1910), Dracula (1912) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). The horror was all about the make up and the clever use of lighting, to add thrills....   [tags: Film Review] 1511 words
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Horror Movie Trauma - Horror movies today are a part of our culture, and different cultures around the world. This genre of movie may be a hit or miss with people, but it sure does have some devoted fans. People crave adrenaline; and scary movies can be very satisfying. The only problem is, some argue that seeing so many terrifying images can harm your psychological state and your health. In some cases this is true, but in many other cases people tend to handle fear quite well and learn to overcome it. Neuroscientists have long been doing research on how fear and strongly emotional experiences tend to make a longer impression on one's memory....   [tags: Film]
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The Holocaust: A Horror of War - During World War II, one of the greatest horrors of war was happening. The mass genocide of not only the Jewish people but also Russian prisoners of war, Gypsies, Polish and Ukrainians people (Wistrich, 2003, Pg. 3-4, a). The horror also included the German people themselves. Ones that were handicapped, mentally ill, homosexuals, some religious people, members of labor unions, and political rivals where all part of the Holocaust (Berenbaum, 2011, a). On March twentieth nineteen hundred and thirty-three Hitler opened up the first concentration camp near Dachau Germany (Landau, 1998, Pg....   [tags: World War II]
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Poe: The King of Horror - “Why is a Raven like a writing desk?” Because Poe wrote on both of them of course. Poe is a rather fanatical character who likes to enhance his stories with things that will shock normal people. Well known as the King of Horror he weaves interesting tales that would make any normal person cringe, but he wasn’t a normal person anything but, but really. He wove experienced tales that came from the murderers mind, penned them on paper, and then published them for the whole world to read. This method is the reason why “The Tale Tell Heart is so worth reading it draws the reader in by weaving a magnificent tale through people’s interpretations, Poe’s symbols, and the theme....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Sanction of the Victim and the Horror of Negation - What does the story of Atlas Shrugged have to say about the relative powers of good and evil and the conditions under which one is victorious over the other. The Sanction of the Victim and the Horror of Negation “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This oft-repeated paraphrase of a less-palatable line of Edmund Burke’s has made its way into the modern public vernacular as a call to vigilance against the eternal creep of evil. Yet the question remained: “What is the nature of this evil?” and “What action do good men take in order to prevent it?” In her 1957 Magnum Opus, Atlas Shrugged, the American novelist Ayn Rand put forward the next step in that line of thinking; “The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.” (Rand 1066)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Elements of Fantasy and Horror - The elements of fantasy and horror blend together perfectly to create an unforgettable series of events. An example of dark fantasy is Something Wicked This Way Comes, the novel by Ray Bradbury that tells the story of two young boys, Jim and Will, who discover the secret of a mysterious traveling carnival. The magical carnival has many temptations, including a frightening mirror maze and a carousel that changes one’s age. However, its allure only causes one to fall into the clutches of the ringmaster, Mr....   [tags: Literary Analysis, This Way Comes, Bradbury] 1589 words
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Gothic Horror Story - The rain was deafening. I peered around through the rain, desperately searching for some shelter, I was drowning out here. The trouble was, I wasn’t in the best part of town, and in fact it was more than a little dodgy. I know this is my home turf but even I had to be careful. At least I seemed to be the only one out here on such an awful night. The rain was so powerfully loud I couldn’t hear should anyone try and creep up on me. I also couldn’t see very far with the rain so heavy and of course there were no street lights, they’d been broken long ago....   [tags: Creative Writing Examples] 789 words
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and the Dark Shadow Within - The horror genre is synonymous with images of terror, violence and human carnage; the mere mention of horror movies evokes physical and psychological torture. As remarked by noted author Stephen King “the mythic horror movie…has a dirty job to do. It deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us. It is morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized.” (King, 786). At manageable intervals, we choose to live these horrific events vicariously through the characters in horror movies and books as a means of safely experiencing the “what if”....   [tags: Horror Films]
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The Develoment of the Horror Genre - The term Gothic is significant for the understanding of the origins and development of the horror genre. Both of these genres differ, whilst Gothic literature is the text that explores the frightening extremes in mankind, horror focuses more on the unknown. The Gothic horror genre has changed over time and retains importance because it is the antecedent of the horror genre. Factors such as the definition of the word Gothic, the archetypes of the genre, and its social and historical contexts, have altered considerably as time progressed....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Horror The Supernatural Genre - Horror The Supernatural Genre Horror is an ancient genre, it roots lodged in ancient myth and folklore. Since then the genre has evolved, even sometimes doing without elements of the supernatural on which the original horror stories where founded. Despite the emergence of natural horror, horror which incorporates elements of the supernatural still remains superior. While horror can be successful using only natural circumstances, horror that utilizes elements of the supernatural evokes a more effective response from the reader....   [tags: essays papers] 969 words
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Pure Horror in Heart of Darkness - Pure Horror in Heart of Darkness       In Heart of Darkness it is the white invaders for instance, who are,         almost without exception, embodiments of blindness, selfishness, and         cruelty; and even in the cognitive domain, where such positive         phrases as "to enlighten," for instance, are conventionally opposed         to negative ones such as "to be in the dark," the traditional       expectations are reversed.  In Kurtz's painting, as we have seen,         "the effect of the torch light on the face was sinister" (Watt 332)....   [tags: Heart Darkness essays]
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Discuss the Appeal of Horror Movies - The horror industry has been virtually dominating Asian cinema over the past few years, overshadowing any other genre in consistency of production and consequent box-office reaping. Countries like Japan, South Korea and Thailand have tapped on this market, fuelling their local film industries and clearly profiting from the appeal that horror movies have over audiences globally. Yet, even as we look beyond the economic profitability of this genre, we will discover far more reasons why this genre of films has remained thrillingly popular....   [tags: Film] 829 words
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Horror Movies: An Art Form? - Ever since the advent of celluloid films, horror movies have always held a fascination for viewers. Just why do people pay good money to be scared out of their wits. Apart from its entertainment value, the horror movie satisfies certain primordial needs in man. Through the horror movies, one is able to come to grips with one's personal demons, fear of death and other irrational phobias and in the process achieve a catharsis. Far from being morbid, such movies actually affirm life for the movie-goer, for he is able to emerge from the dark into the light, both literally and figuratively, having explored the world beyond our normal perception as well as the deep recesses of the human soul and say, "It's good to be alive." Horror movies force us to confront our many fears and phobias, chief among them, our fear of the dark....   [tags: Film] 450 words
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Gender Depiction in Horror Films - Gender Depiction in Horror Films There has been a large variety of horror films produced throughout the last fifty years. People are always going to be frightened and scared by different types of horror films. But, what type of horror film scares more people, and were men or women more frightened by these horror films. Each one of the horror films had its own agenda to frighten its audience using several different methods of horror. Some of these methods were more so directed at the female audience than the male audience....   [tags: Movies Film Analysis Gender Sex Essays Papers]
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An Exploration of Gothic Horror Stories - An Exploration of Gothic Horror Stories Gothic horror is a type of romantic, horror fiction based on irrational fear that predominated in 18th century England. The term 'gothic' originated from the architectural style of the middle ages, but came to describe the dark, terrifying tales that achieved such popularity. Gothic horror can be determined by many things which exist in all gothic horror stories, for example eerie settings such as gothic monasteries, bleak comfortless castles, grave yards and cobwebbed rooms lit by guttering candles....   [tags: Papers] 1827 words
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Alternate History Of Amityville Horror - The Amityville Horror, written by Jay Anson was without doubt a great piece of American literature. It has inspired many to write bestselling books, and others to create many excellent movies. Perhaps the most surprising thing about The Amityville Horror is its staying power. There are many possible explanations as to why The Amityville Horror was so popular during the 1970’s and it is no surprise that it is still in print today. The most shocking part of this books history is that it was based on a true story....   [tags: Jay Anson] 1202 words
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Looking at Gothic Horror - Looking at Gothic Horror The horror genre remains very popular with cinema audiences even nowadays because the special effects today make creatures look even more terrifyingly realistic and it also means that you can film stunts or scenes like somebody turning into a werewolf for example, much more easy to film and much more effective. An example of a modern horror film that consists of very effective special effects is 'Underworld' that makes use of computer generation to make some impressive transformation scenes....   [tags: Papers] 1931 words
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Theme of Horror in the Sleepy Hollow - Theme of Horror in the Sleepy Hollow The film Sleepy Hollow is a fantasy/gothic horror film; the rating 15 tells us it probably has some gore in it. As we watch the film, some parts could also be described as thriller. The director Tim Burton is known for his love of Hammer horror films and before starting work on this film he encouraged his team to watch Hammer horror films like "Black Sunday" and "The Fearless Vampire Killers", as this was the effect he wanted to put across in Sleepy Hollow....   [tags: Papers] 2182 words
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Parody of a Typical Horror Film - Parody of a Typical Horror Film The idea for my production has come from unit 2 film and broadcast fiction. I will be working within a group of four and we plan to produce a parody of the typical horror film. We will also be combining the fake world of horror films with the nearly real world of docu-soaps to make the film more interesting. This is going to be attempted by setting our horror within a docu-soap. We will be using an omniscient narrative meaning the audience will know more than what the characters do....   [tags: Papers] 944 words
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The Shining as an Exceptional Horror Movie - The Shining as an Exceptional Horror Movie Stanley Kubrick a.k.a. "The Master Filmmaker," was born on July 26, 1928 in the Bronx, New York City. By age 13 he had developed passions for jazz, drumming, chess and photography. In 1951 at 23 years of age, Kubrick used his savings to finance his first film, a 16-minute documentary short about boxer Walter Cartier. On March 7th, 1999, Stanley Kubrick died in his sleep of a heart attack. He was 70 years old. The Shining is a typical example of the horror genre because it works by arousing irrational fear....   [tags: Papers] 1046 words
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I Love Horror - I Love Horror This is no fantasy. This is no fallacious delusion of a sick, twisted mind. This is the honest-to-God truth. I love horror novels. Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe are my idols. Perhaps having these two, demented madmen as my personal mentors sounds sick, but I tend to think as they do. Most of my writings are short stories of horror (usually about the length of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Masque of the Red Death"). My friends often ask me four questions: "Why do you not publish some of your work?" and "Where do you get your ideas from?" and "What is it like writing this horror stuff?" and "Why do you like writing horror stories?" First, I do not publish my work because it's mine....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays] 815 words
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Gothic Horror Stories - Unlike The Red Room and The Monkey’s Paw, the setting of “The Telltale Heart is not significant to building up suspense; however there are a few elements that do. How is tension and suspense built up and maintained in at least two Gothic horror stories. The genre of Gothic Horror was developed during 19th and early 20th century and had a popular appeal to the new middle class people who sought entertainment. Gothic Horror has common characteristics of suspense, fear and would often include a rational, scientifically minded character who fails to heed warnings....   [tags: English Literature] 2234 words
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Horror and Suspense in Bierce's Work - Horror and Suspense in Bierce's Work A novel is divided into different chapters and usually has different plots to focus on. In a novel there are lots of characters and the time scale is constantly changing throughout. Because there is more than one theme and there are different messages coming across of combined themes, makes the novel denser and more complicated to understand and to take in all the description. Ambrose Bierce wrote a lot of short stories and some we have studied and analysed....   [tags: Ambrose Bierce Short Stories Writers Essays] 1630 words
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Stephen King is the King Of Horror - The King of Horror Films The Write Brigade Stephen King Research Paper Outline 1. Introduction a. Short biography b. Thesis Statement: Stephen King uses many different elements in order to scare his readers. The elements include supernatural elements, real life scenarios, and fear of the unknown. 2. How substance abuse and a childhood accident affected King’s creativity a. Heavy drinking b. Harder drugs c. Intervention and Sobriety d. Watching one of his friends getting hit by a train 3....   [tags: Literature] 1267 words
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Psycho as a Horror Film - Psycho as a Horror Film 'Psycho' could be described as either a horror or a thriller. To be a horror, films should be scary, gruesome and generally be about what you see, like violence and a lot of bloodshed. Thrillers are mainly more about what you think, because they mainly make you think about the plot and who the killer is and their motive. There is more suspense to make you think about the storyline in depth aswell as watching it. One of the reasons that this film made the top ten films of all time is because of the way suspense is built....   [tags: Papers] 768 words
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Stephen King: The Master of Horror - Stephen King: The Master of Horror "The most haunted of houses is the human mind." -Patrick McGrath When you read that quote, what does it make you think. Well, it makes me think of one thing. It makes me think of all of the terrifying stories I’ve read by the master of the macabre himself, Stephen Edwin King. His mind has conjured up countless novels and short stories to do none other than to scare you out of your mind. His style and vivid detail meticulously planted in every work he does is the reason for such reactions to his horrific books....   [tags: Papers] 1700 words
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The Horror of The Tell-Tale Heart - The Horror of The Tell-Tale Heart   Writers can use many tricks to make a story seem more interesting to the reader. From the words they pick to the setting to the time of the day... the possibilities are endless. In the story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe, the use of light and darkness, the description of the mans eye and the time frame make the story more scary than anything else. Poe also uses suspense at the end to make the readers heart beat faster. The speaker starts the story out by explaining that he doe not hate the old man that he is about to kill....   [tags: Tell-Tale Heart Essays] 955 words
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Rocky Horror Picture Show - It was a cool, crisp November evening, while five teenagers were hustling and bustling around my house excitedly getting ready for their very first showing of the live version of their all time favorite movie. They knew it would be the best night of their lives. The night of my 15th birthday party, my friends and I all piled into my parents car around 11:00 PM and headed off down the road to the Heights Theater. The movie we are about to see is an all time classic. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the best cult film of all time....   [tags: essays research papers] 888 words
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Frankenstein is perceived as a horror story. - Frankenstein is perceived as a horror story. When we analyse the monster, however, the story becomes much more complex. Discuss this statement with close reference to Shelley’s presentation of the monster in the novel. Frankenstein is a novel with great hidden depths and a whole new outlook on life itself. Frankenstein was written in 1818 by Mary Shelley. The novel was a deep insight to a number of things, this including the gothic period. In her 1831 introduction to the novel, Shelley declared her desire to ‘curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart’ This was the first of many signals to the reader that Frankenstein should be placed in the genre of the gothic Frankenstein was written with a great ‘scare factor’ from Gothicism which is part of the Romantic Movement....   [tags: English Literature] 2073 words
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show - The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Rocky Horror Picture Show, an instant cult classic from the 70's. Documenting a "Sweet Transvestite's" longing for the perfect lover, with no strings attached. Genetic Engineering along with lighting, a dark castle, and a few unorthodox love scenes made a few laugh, a few cry, and left many disgusted. Yet just how many sweet transvestites could there be in the world; certainly Aldous Huxley's Brave New World's idealized social and sexual interaction could have influenced this Transelvanian utopia, however odd it may seem....   [tags: Papers] 1655 words
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Horror and Tragedy in The Congo - Introduction This is a tale of horror and tragedy in the Congo, beginning with the brutal and exploitative regime of King Leopold II of Belgium, and culminating with the downfall of one of Africa’s most influential figures, Patrice Lumumba. The Congo is but one example of the greater phenomenon of European occupation of Africa. The legacy of this period gives rise to persistent problems in the Congo and throughout Africa. Understanding the roots and causes of this event, as focused through the lense of the Congo, is the subject of this paper....   [tags: History of the Congo]
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The Horror of Dystopia Revealed by Neuromancer - The Horror of Dystopia Revealed by Neuromancer When William Gibson's futuristic novel Neuromancer  was first published, it seemed farfetched that technology could reach the level of sophistication he described. Science fiction movies have since repeated and expanded upon this theme, portraying corporate anxieties and paranoid fears of people to be controlled by aliens, man-made machines and artificial intelligence. Neuromancer takes us into the subculture of cyberpunk, a dystopia of an amoral society ruled by abstract powers....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays]
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Opening to a Horror Story - Opening to a Horror Story They told him the house was haunted. They told him the house was strange. Five families had moved in, and never made it out. Alive anyway. He had already survived two days with his family. His second night in his new home, what could possibly happen. A whispered name. The boy stirs in his sleep. A pale, vaporous moon lights the room. Shadows are deep. He twists his head, turning towards the window so that his face becomes a soft mask, unblemished, colourless....   [tags: Papers] 1068 words
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Social Critique versus Sadism in Horror Films - ... When Rosemary asks for help she is seen as psychotic and returned to the unreliable hands of her husband and doctor. The exaggeration of these social concerns through supernaturalism demands audiences to pay attention to the issues stemming from patriarchy and allows men to better understand the fear which women feel in both dependent relationships and larger patriarchal institutions. Many, upon seeing The Shining, mistakenly believe that Wendy’s relative success in escaping her abusive husband for a step forward for the portaryal of women in horror....   [tags: Social Issues, Gender]
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J-Horror: An Expression of Change in Japanese Culture and Tradition - Horror movies have become a staple in the movie industry. In theaters worldwide, but primarily Hollywood, the women of horror are often portrayed as the damsel in distress, usually lacking independence and often victimized. This portrayal of women in horror is not internationally acknowledged. Japanese horror (aka J-Horror) has gone to great lengths to make the wrath of the female feared amongst all audiences. As a country known for its “slow progressing cultural movements” (McRoy 54), Japan has used film as away to express the changes in traditional and cultural practices....   [tags: Film, Gender Studies, Japan]
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Techniques Used in Producing the Stunning Horror Movie "Scream" - Until 1996, American horror films had become disgustingly sad, desperately looking for a kick-start, yawn-filled predictability was the best we could expect. Then finally, we were able to leap out of our seats and gawp at Scream. It’s witty, clever, dangerous and fresh. With that giving hope to the horror movie genre, it was adhered by an amazing sequel. Who can forget the amazing one time prequel to the stunning trilogy of scream. Back in 1996 it came to haunt us… The brilliant director as we know of, Wes Craven; the maker of ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’; the horror movie maestro; the punch-back ultimate thriller; the complete package to your nightmare, came forward with the horrendous starter to what became as the invention of slasher genre film, not forgetting that it was a major box office success....   [tags: movies] 904 words
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Friday the 13th: Jason Voorhees, a Horror Icon - ... Voorhees kills all of them except one girl, who managed to escape multiple situations. The girl had to result in beheading the psychopath with a machete. My overall end thought after watching this movie was that movie production really has improved since 1980. Improvements other than just technical improvements, like newer cameras and lenses, but directing and acting are much better also. In the 1980 version of Friday the 13th, Mrs. Voorhees only had to swing a knife competently killing any one of the innocent, with a rehearsed yelp, a surprised facial expression, and a little ketchup or red food coloring....   [tags: mental disability, revenge, vengeance] 1044 words
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Contrasting American and European Horror Movies - Contrasting American and European Horror Movies A common complaint about many film critics is that they tend to fall over themselves in praising anything with subtitles, regardless of quality. For most critics it seems there is a simple equation in analyzing foreign pictures: subtitles=great moviemaking that is not exploitative. When the borderline hardcore French film Romance (1999) was released critics were effusive with their lauding of a film that deals (arguably) with sex in a realistic manner....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 891 words
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Horror Versus Terror in Gothic Literature - Horror Versus Terror in Gothic Literature   Gothic literature can be described as literature that is used to terrify people by portraying situations that border between reality and unreality. The purpose of Gothic literature is to terrify people, not to horrify them. The definition of horror and terror is often misunderstood, many people think they have the same meaning. Devendra Varma, in the Gothic Flame described the difference between these words as "an awful apprehension and sickening realization." A situation that is horrifying is usually described very distinctly....   [tags: Gothic Literature] 1406 words
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Horror of Horrors - Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner each portray a globe-trotting journey that takes a turn for the metaphysical. Often grotesque, but always eye-opening, the imagery and abstraction present in these works serves to emphasize their spiritual nature. While this nature is not be ignored, equally perceptive techniques present moral ambiguity, social commentary on the role of women, the actions of a sinful soul in a place with no law, and, ultimately, redemption. Kurtz and the Ancient Mariner present sin and ambiguous morality in a lawless place....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Conrad, Heart of Darkness] 1075 words
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Belongs To The Horror Genre - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Belongs To The Horror Genre In 1816, Lord Byron wished that Mary Shelley, Mary Goodwin, Byron himself, Claire Clairmont and a doctor named John Polimodi, all should write a ghost story for enjoyment. This proposition was acceded to "One stormy summer night on Lake Geneva". 'Frankenstein', one of the works that had emerged from it, has become a part of our lives. It's a myth that seems to become more and more powerful each generation. It's truly a novel that has exceeded the text of the 'Horror Genre'....   [tags: Papers] 2175 words
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Is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein typical of the horror genre? - Is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein typical of the horror genre. To answer the question above, I firstly need to be clear about the term 'genre.' Genre is a particular style in art or literature, some examples of genres are: romantic, Romance, science-fiction and Gothic. Each genre has its own personal features, for example the romance genre deals with love, it normally has exotic settings and it deals with emotional issues. I am going to try and categorise the book and then try to decide whether or not it is just a horror story, or if it is more than that....   [tags: English Literature] 1917 words
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