“Give the audience pleasure, the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” This unusual statement made by Alfred Hitchcock, accurately represents a major theme in his style of film. Hitchcock, otherwise known as the master of suspense, incorporates multiple factors into his works, which have now become known as Hitchcockian elements. For example, Rear Window, a story which takes an average, small town, condensed neighborhood, and places a murder scene in the middle of it all demonstrates the Hitchcockian idea that “no place is safe”. The film takes place in L.B. Jefferies’ apartment, where Mr. Jefferies, an injured photographer fears he has witnessed a murder and spies on his neighborhood to put the pieces together.
Stephen King sets up the perfect horror scene in room 217 by buliding off of Hitchcock and hos own previous work, Salem's Lot. King uses Hitchcock's definition of great horror to set for the scene in romm 217. He also uses background from his old work, Salems Lot. Alfred Hitchcock's idea of horror involves human suspense and teh realistic aspect of scary situations. Hitchcocks masterful directing leads the audience to be the frist to understand what is going on.
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.
Fear is the product of our thoughts, it is temporary, but numerous individuals fail to realize the reality. The movie has the ability to attract audiences of different backgrounds to come together and partake in a visual entertainment of killing spree, keeping one in terror and on the edge of their seats at all times. Moreover, the antago... ... middle of paper ... ...re as it brings back memories from our childhood. King simply claims that horror movies have a “dirty job to do,” the adrenalin rush of the screams and unexpected outcomes. (King, 2007, p. 457) Kings (2007) answer to Di Muzio (2006) on whether it is morally permissible to indulge in gruesome forms of entertainment would be that the perception lies solely to the beholder and their judgment towards the genre.
Proving people’s odd decisions, he states, “When we pay our four or five bucks and seat ourselves at tenth-row center in a theatre showing a horror movie, we are daring the nightmare.” When explaining our mental health, he informs how we release our madness through bloody horror films. Horror movies bring out the worst in us and for all the right reasons. King’s big idea suggests that by watching our mad, deranged role models slaughter one another, is actually keep us in line mentally. It allows us to stay sane and untroubled. Watching others do the dirty work gives us a sense of relief.
I think that extremely scary movies are gateways for creating a shy mind as well as one that is oppressed in a cycle of proving bravery. For an example, watching a movie about vampires or psycho murderers, usually sparks... ... middle of paper ... ... certain shot or not definitely prevents boredom. Watching a film from the same angle and same shot, gives any movie whether a simple plot, a two dimensional and diverse perspective. A good example is the Matrix Trilogy, the simple plot of machine vs. human definitely seems a lot more interesting with the different angle shots which make the action scenes amazing. In addition, small plot twists or mysterious scenes are very important in every film whatever the genre is.
For instance the claim that is not to be agreed with in King’s essay is the one where he declares “The fun comes from seeing others menaced - sometimes killed” (2). King has the mindset that the reason we find horror movies entertaining is because of the torture the characters go through. This opinion of his is completely unacceptable because even though we all have our bad side, the satisfaction isn’t from seeing the people playing the roles die; but from the movie as a whole that is filled with feelings of suspense, curiosity, fear, excitement and so many more
This is the perfect example of a director's vision uncompromisingly realized. To be fair, I have to say that "Dancer in the dark" is one of those films that people either deeply admire and love or hate and find ridiculous. If you belong to the latter category, nothing I write will make you rethink your opinion, due to the picture's polarizing and radical contents and direction. But if you feel the way I do, it's more than just a film. It's an experience.
On October 21, 1994, three college aged students (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams) go to the Black Hills Forest of Maryland, to make a documentary video of the local legend, the Blair Witch. They were never seen again. One year after their disappearance their video footage is found. The video footage is about the documentary of the Blair Witch. The footage contained interviews of the local town folk.
Hitchcock was known as being the ‘master of suspense’ and in Psycho decided to make the horror villain human rather than monster. 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-inventin... ... middle of paper ... ...s attraction but soon she begins to show him that in fact she can replace his wife (in the scene where she is becoming friendly with his wife in front of him) and a mother to his child (in the scene where she takes his daughter out for the day without her parents’ consent).