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The King of Horror: Stephen King - Stephen King is one of the greatest American authors who was greatly influenced by history and it is clearly shown in his work. Throughout the 20th century there have been many world events that have influenced American culture today; many of these controversies in which America has been involved include: Russia’s Red Scare, The Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Historical Background Russia’s Red Scare was a period in history where every American was afraid of communist Russia. After World War II the U.S....   [tags: american authors, horror]
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People and Horror Movies - Lots of people today enjoy watching horror movies and shows that scare them. While they are scary, people still find them interesting and it hooks them onto that show or that genre of movie. That is what makes people still watch them, these shows and movies make people feel strongly about what is going on in the program. People love to feel engaged into whatever they’re watching. People also have the ability to access and watch what they want to wherever they want to. This ability makes us more versatile and we can enjoy our scary and exiting needs anywhere....   [tags: horror, excitement, entertainment] 614 words
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Stephen King and Horror Films - ... These categories are the basic building blocks used in today's horror media today. This topic here will cover the general types of horror we see often in video games which are the “Psychological horror” and “Survival horror”. First let’s start with psychological horror. Originally stemming from the traditional Japanese horror film genre, it focuses on the use of a disturbing atmosphere and narrative in order to create fear. Whilst differing from the other two horror types, psychological horror works more on a mental level....   [tags: japanese horror films, pyschologicla, survival]
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Horror Films: Things That Go Bump in the Night - ... All fears will eventually be overcome but it will only happen once the individual has enough strength to destroy the anchor that has been holding them down. Last month I finished a phenomenal series by Rick Yancey called The Monstrumologist, which focused on the grotesque urban myths that Yancey beautifully, gave life to in his stories. Although his stories are meant to focus around the creatures in this new realm of society, he also addressed fear quite a bit. One quote specifically caused me to ponder the concept of fear....   [tags: horror genre, the monstrumologist, fear]
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Why do People Crave Horror Films - “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” a quote that sums up humanity’s unchanged love for horror movies. Over the years, as millions of people have watched horror movies the graphics, special effects, and sounds have changed for the better. While scenes have intensified yet remained the same someone gets stabbed, butchered or killed violently. It’s hard to imagine how anyone in their right mind could choose to see such violent acts. Which is the reason why Stephen Kings say’s “I think we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better- and maybe not all that much better after all” (405)....   [tags: horror movies, stephen king, insanity]
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Compare and Contrast the Ways in Which Two Films Use Horror Genre Conventions - This essay critically analyses and discusses the semantic and syntactic areas of what defines a horror genre in films. Followed by a case study of an animated film which supports and demonstrates theses horror film conventions. Then another case study which challenges and questions its position in the chosen genre. To decide whether it does hold elements of the horror conventions in both semantic and syntactic point of view, or possibly sway towards a different category of film. Before discussing the forms and functions of what defines a horror film....   [tags: Horror Genre Films]
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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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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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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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This Is The Horror Show - Do horror films mirror our society’s fears and social problems. Horror movies gives audiences a jolt of fear as the most frightening scene takes place on screen, but is that scene of horror connected to the horrors of our everyday life. The problems we fear everyday are coming alive on the big screen. Creators of these films are cleverly disguise our society’s fears and anxieties into their films. Throughout the years of film history movie monsters have mirrored our social problems and fears; as our society changes through the years so do the monsters on the big screen....   [tags: fear, social problems, godzila]
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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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The Role of Horror in the Gothic Writing - English literature in the Romantic period can be characterised as emphasising on free and natural utterance of authors’ feelings as the reaction toward the world. Romantic authors stress on the influence of feelings over rationality and mind over body—they admire the potential power of human’s mind to engage in the external world emotionally, reflect on it and envisage a spiritual and idealistic one through imagination. In Gothic writing, an important genre in Romantic literature, authors try to evoke readers’ fear and anxiety, cultivate their sensibility and explore human’s mind through presenting horrible myths and supernatural....   [tags: Romanticism, Gothic Writing]
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The Appeal of the Horror Genre - ... Norman Bates, the central character in the film, was an awkward, gently-spoken young man reluctantly running the declining family motel and caring for his abusive, invalid mother. This was far from a monster the audience were used to seeing on screen. As the film progresses the audience are asked to see it from his point of view and Hitchcock toys with their sympathies in a way mainstream horrors hadn't done before. Psycho is credited with launching the "slasher” movie and re-inventing the genre, giving birth to the modern horror and moving the location of scary castles to everyday locations and changing the killer from monsters to humans....   [tags: suspense, theater, violence] 846 words
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Types of Horror Associated with Media - Rough Draft Essay Topic: What are the types of horrors associated with media. As the main topic suggests, what are the types of horrors associated with media. First off, you might want to think about what your definition of fear is, what unsettles you, and what rubs you the wrong way. Well according to Stephen King, this can be broken down into three types; which is the gross-out, horror, and terror. The gross-out in this case is what it is. It’s things we as humans find disgusting, morbid, or diseased....   [tags: Silent Hill, Video Games] 986 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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Horror Movies Are All the same - Horror movies generally are all the same. They all have been based off of something that has already happened or a previous movie. Society has paid to be entertained by these gruesome stories that we all truly fear. Before movies, people would purchase books of similar traumatic events to read in their spare time for amusement. It has been said by the Filmmakers IQ's horror film lesson (2012), that writers such as Bram Stoker created graphic novels that would grab the audience's attention for years to come....   [tags: German Expressionism, Film Patterns]
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The Evolution of Horror Films - A girl runs frantically through the woods trying to escape an axe wielding villain. The defenseless victim suddenly trips and collapses to the ground. The villain laughs wickedly as he lifts the axe above his head. The girl releases a final scream as the weapon quickly ends her life, causing the audience to go silent as they watch the villain drag away the lifeless body. Death, blood, guts, suspense, screaming, and terror are all just a few things to expect when watching a modern day horror film....   [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 Exorcist Defines the Horror Genre - ... It wasn’t until The Exorcist was released in 1973 that movie goers were hit with believable special effects that would have been thought impossible a mere half decade before. As a result of these revolutionary special effects, The Exorcist was regarded as “the scariest movies ever made” for much of the late 20th century. Compared to modern day special effects, The Exorcist’s rotating head, levitation, and beds that seem to be tap dancing, the special effect seem a bit silly and tame. With careful attention, however, any critic cannot help but regard it as a titan in the industry of special effects and even film making as a whole....   [tags: cinematography, film analysis]
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The Horror of The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - Once upon a time there was a little village. In this village three hundred people happily farmed and played and went about their business. The children went to school while the men cut wood or farmed, and the women cooked and cleaned. Every summer in June each of villagers took part in the traditional lottery drawing and one villager was picked for the prize – a stoning. In 1948, Shirley Jackson published this short story known as “The Lottery,” in The New York Times. The story’s plot shocked readers all over America as they learned of the horror happening in such a quaint town....   [tags: The Lottery Essays]
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Women Directors of Horror Films - Women love gore too. Since the beginning of time people have always been intrigued by storytelling especially ones that scare them. Stephen King the master of horror once said people love watching horror films simply because it keeps their sanity. “It may be that horror movies provide psychic relief on this level because this invitation to lapse into simplicity, irrationality and even outright madness is extended so rarely” (King). When people see a slasher film it gives them a chance to kill off “Annoying Bob” from the office in their heads....   [tags: cinematography and gore]
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The Horror of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - Winning vast amounts of money can make anyone slaphappy, but unfortunately this type of wager won’t be discussed in Shirley Jacksons “The Lottery.” Jackson catches the reader’s attention by describing a typical day by using words such as “blossoming, clear and sunny skies” to attract the reader into believing a calm and hopeful setting which eventually turns dark. In this short story Jackson tells a tale of a sinister and malevolent town in America that conforms to the treacherous acts of murder in order to keep their annual harvest tradition alive....   [tags: The Lottery Essays, Literary Analysis, Review]
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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 lin...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Horror Films in Popular Culture - ... Norman Bates is the unassuming antagonist, caring for his mother (Derry 164). Psycho was different in that “traditionally, acts of horror took place in old dark houses with lots of shadows; although psycho presents a dark house, the most horrible act takes place in the whiteness of a shower stall” (Derry 164). This movie made horror not specific to dark, cliché spooks, but the modern world. Other movies followed the example: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. (1962), Strait-Jacket (1964), Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964), and Pretty Poison (1968) (Derry 164)....   [tags: Fear, Movies, Scary] 849 words
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The Art of Horror Films - ... The film also took credit for being one of the first to example story board and having a twist ending. Once the film had been created it lead people to explore the posibilities of the art of horror. Following the creation of The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari was the making of The Golem. This film continued to be remade over the years. It started with a man by the name of Paul Wegener. He was fascinated by the legend of the Golem. The story spoke of a giant clay monster that saved Pragues Jewish citizens for an emperor that believed they were ritually killing children....   [tags: movie genres] 1210 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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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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The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson - ... When Kathy is checking on her children, as a mother, she takes notice and remembers the sleeping position of all three of her children. So when all three of them are lying on their stomach, Kathy says, “That was the first time I could ever remember the children sleeping in that position – particularly all three on their stomachs at the same time” (49). Details make up one’s memory. In the story, Father Mancuso remembers his urge to call the Lutzes (56) because he “kept envisioning a room he believed to be on the second floor of the house....   [tags: memories, story analysis]
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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 True Amittyville Horror Story - ... In the course of the interview Ronnie admits to being an alcoholic, stating that he began drinking scotch at the age of 15. We also learn that about 5 to 6 months prior to the murders he was drinking up to a fifth os scotch a day. While at the same time being using drugs such as heroin and LSD. All these being symptoms commonly found in people with personality disorders. On several occasions throughout his life Ronnie showed several signs of reckless regard for the safety of self or others. One day while on a hunting trip with some friends, during one of his outbursts Ronnie grabbed a shotgun and pointed in one of their faces....   [tags: murder, antisocial, shotgun]
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The Horror of AIDS Virus - The Horror of AIDS Virus AIDS is a communicable disease that has the ability to damage the immune system. A communicable disease is a type of disease that can spread from a person to a person. The immune system is a structure that conducts several processes to prevent from getting a disease. “The origins of HIV date back to the late nineteenth or early twentieth century in west-central Africa. AIDS and its cause, HIV, were first identified and recognized in the early 1980s” (What Is AIDS... 1). AIDS is the final stage of the HIV infection....   [tags: communicable disease, immune system] 1578 words
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Ambiguity of Horror Movies - Contagious diseases, the blood sucking undead, villainous mutants, deadly parasites, body snatchers; Horror movies are all filled with common fears held by its audience and the public overall. These fears presented in horror movies are induced by actual events occurring at some point in history. In the past we don’t directly see Count Dracula, Frankenstein and Jason Voorhees attacking society but, reading between the lines, the villains in horror movies are present in the antagonists in real life....   [tags: contagious diseases, blood, fears]
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History of Horror Films - Nosferatu is a widely inspirational horror, originally made in 1922 it can be interpreted as a stepping stone for cinema not only horror. The story is based loosely on a Dracula theme and in its day it was truly terrifying. As horrors have adapted this production no longer has the same effect in evoking terror within an audience however it has created an outline of which other successful horrors have followed on from. It uses the key element of fantasy characters, ghouls and ghosts aren’t real yet they appear frequently in horrors....   [tags: Nosferatu, dracula, film analysis]
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Horror Film: The Conjuring - The Conjuring is a “real” Hollywood horror film based on possession of the human kind by demonic figures. There's a dog that ends up doing the usual thing dogs do in horror films (they act scared and bark constantly or end up dying unknowingly). There's a doll that end up doing what dolls usually do in horror films (taunt the human body). There's some doors banging, some ghost hunters with motion detectors and UV lights, eerie TV static, and some creepy ghosts who appear out of the blue when you expect to least expect them, and to top it off they add creepy music and the spooky makeup that all ghosts wear so you can identify them or recognize them....   [tags: hollywood, demonic figures] 658 words
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Stephen King: The Horror - There was a period in America’s history known as the Modern Era. In this age, the book industry was revolutionized, with new ways to write. One author went beyond the nom is Stephen King. He is a different kind of novelist, who desires to shake one down to their very soul. King once said, “I don’t want to just mess with your head; I want to mess with your life.” (1King) A brief look into his life and history as well as a few works will show evidence that he wants to incapacitate the reader from normal daily life....   [tags: Bibliography]
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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 Landscape of Horror: Exploration of Genre and Setting - The Landscape of Horror: Exploration of Genre and Setting Setting is an integral feature of literature, but the hierarchy of narrative mechanics varies depending upon genre. In tragedy the conflict could rank as the greatest element based on the conflict’s ability to incite emotion in the reader. In horror fiction the setting is greatly fundamental because outside forces (i.e. elements, landscape and the unknown) incite fear in the characters and readers which in turn accelerates the plot; Also the setting plays a hand in molding the atmosphere, tone and theme of a piece....   [tags: literary elements, litrerature]
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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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Suspense Is Crucial in Horror and Thriller Films - ... This is done through the use of the colour red presented through a coat and lipstick that two female characters wear. The character who seems to be the mother of a family was originally viewed wearing a cream coloured coat, but as the scene changes, she has changed to a black dress. This also symbolizes her fate within the movie. Secondly, a round about is used where a child character is laying. As she is not spinning it herself, it suggests that she is not in control of her actions which could later reveal many characteristics she has....   [tags: basic ingredients in cinematography]
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Stephen King: Not Just an Author of Horror - Stephen King is best known for his graphic horror stories, whether they be novels or short stories. Many say that he is not one of the greatest authors of all time even though he has a fan base spanning from three generations and has written over fifty books. Although he is best known for his novels, he also has many bestselling short stories and numerous movies. King does not necessarily have to use gore and horror to get people to buy his works. His short stories in “Everything’s Eventual” is a good example of this....   [tags: short stories, novels]
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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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Modern Horror Autor: Stephen King - ... We all are able to conceal that madness in our mind better than mental health patients. This is not true, and not a strong convincing because if we all have mental problems, how our society is going to be, for example, when people talk to themselves excessively, people are scared of everything around them, laugh or cry all day long without controlling. These mean they do not act normal or do not think as same as others do. According some dictionaries, I’ve read mentally ill or mental disorders definition, is generally an illness of person’s acts and thinks that hurt themselves or hurt others....   [tags: fiction, fantasy, mentally ill] 967 words
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Father of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe - Notably, he was a thrilling poet, and a writer of dark narratives, this is Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s life was overrun with tragedy. Just like many of his famous works, Poe's entire countenance suggests a hard life that meets a mysterious end. Aspiring writers and literature majors study Poe to get a better understanding of this particular genre. Many teachers refer to Poe, while teaching poetry. Many famous poets now refer back to Poe as an inspiration for their love of the poetry.The work of Poe is a clear indication of his mastery of language,along with his preoccupation of the dark side of human nature....   [tags: detective story, horrific writing style]
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Short Horror Stories by Stephen King - Terror as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “a very strong feeling of fear” (Terror, 2014, para. 2). Likewise Merriam-Webster dictionary defines horror as, “the quality of something that causes feelings of fear, dread, and shock: the horrible or shocking quality or character of something” (Horror, 2014, para. 2). Without question, Stephen King is a master at designing short stories and novels, which instill sheer horror in the reader. In the fictional worlds Mr. King creates, terror and horror lurk everywhere....   [tags: terror, literature, supernatural]
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Gianluca Di Muzio and Stephen King on Horror Films - Movies are a favorite past time recreation among individuals. The following two authors Gianluca Di Muzio (2006) and Stephen King (2007) present opposing views towards the horror genre and its impact on society. Di Muzio article on “the immorality of horror films” and King’s article on “why we crave horror movies” are great examples on ways the horror genre affects society. Di Muzio (2006) presents the negative messages placed in horrific cinema, whereas King’s (2007) communication is about the positives....   [tags: Movies, Genre, Point of View]
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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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