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Analysis Of Horror Movies

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A phenomenon is a notable attitude or behavior among people; for example, the controversy of the likeability towards the genre of horror. Some people love it and some people hate it but yet it’s very popular. Why is that? According to Sigmund Freud, personality is formed through conflicts among three fundamental structures of the human mind: the id, ego, and superego. This "structural theory" of personality places great importance on how conflicts among the parts of the mind shape behavior and personality. Freud also believes that these personalities, attitudes, and behaviors are generated from one’s repressed feelings. So how does that pertain to the likeability of horror films? Due to one’s attitude and behavior before, during, and after…show more content…
Horror films are so popular due to the fact that it sparks curiosity, it allows one to release repressed feelings, it allows one to face their fears, and because it allows one to feel better about their own life.
In many cases people are drawn to horror films because it relieves one’s repressed feelings caused from childhood trauma. A quote from the Intro to The Beauty was: “I fell in love with horror because what the best horror does, is make us look at the most frightening aspects of ourselves”. Although horror films are essentially fictional, it also has a real world effect. The happenings in a horror film are often real world situations which creates a sense of connection between the characters in the film and those of the audience. Stephen King once wrote: “Horror movies often work better when we have a stake in the game. The more we care about the characters, the more human they are to us, the more appealing they are to us and the more effective the horror tends to be”. The connection that the audience has with the characters in the film whether it be
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As humans we often want to satisfy our curiosity whether the outcome is good or bad. We love to be shocked because it gives us a sense of adrenaline. So when we watch horror films, we have the opportunity to face our fears. However, since we are aware that these films are completely fictional we don’t have to face anything in reality. It then becomes a sense of mind over matter. Moreover, during a horror film our fight or flight responses are active and entertained until the end of the movie. Similar to how our body acts during a rollercoaster, we are thrilled and on edge at every drop, flip, and turn until the end when we know it’s all over. Most people enjoy the sense of feeling scared while being safe. Which could lead to explain why watching horror and chaos happen in someone else's life help us to feel relieved of our own problems we face in our own lives. Which is also called excitation transfer process, where According to Glenn Sparks, one reason as to why horror films are so appealing is how you feel after watching the movie. Glenn Sparks found out through research that when people watch frightening films, their heart rate, blood pressure and respiration increases. He also claims that after the film is over, this physiological arousal lingers. That means that any positive emotions you experience are intensified. Instead of focusing on the fright you felt during the film, you recall
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