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. Di Muzio (2006) emphasizes dark themes, plot and ways society’s consumption to gore can lead to a sadistic lifestyle in one of his studies and critiques on the horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre, whereas views conveyed by King (2007) towards the genre are simply recreational and meant for adrenalin addicts.
They enjoyed the movie a great deal less than when he was protective and brave (Filmmaker IQ). Another popular theory was first recorded by Aristotle- and while he wasn’t exposed to horror film, he thought that people enjoyed frightening plays and stories because it gave them an outlet to expunge negative emotions. But recent studies have shown that horror films make viewers more angry and hostile (Filmmaker IQ).
Horror is not a highly respected genre in the film industry. Even other not so famous genres like romantic comedies or westerns have numerous films that break the barriers of their respective fandoms and targeted audiences, and have been accepted as good art or cult classics, in fact. There have been certain horror films that do find support among film critics and interpreters of pop culture, however, as a whole horror films are seen as cheesy, goofy entertainment. They thrill audiences with violence and cheap laughs, and it is easy to write them off as jokes. However, there is a benefit to being overlooked, which is that as culture itself gravitates toward different concerns, the expression of those concerns changes within film and other forms of popular culture.
Why is this so? People are addicted to the synthetic feeling of being terrified. Modern day horror films are very different from the first horror films which date back to the late nineteenth century, but the goal of shocking the audience is still the same. Over the course of its existence, the horror industry has had to innovate new ways to keep its viewers on the edge of their seats. Horror films are frightening films created solely to ignite anxiety and panic within the viewers.
Conclusion Overall, this movie Cat O’ Nine Tails was not a very entertaining movie. The story was an interesting one to follow but the props and directing were subpar. The acting, however, was excellent and was the saving grace of this movie. I would not recommend this movie to anyone who is a regular moviegoer or who is a fan of Dario Argento because his directing is so bad. As a horror fan, this movie was an OK one.
This lack of character development does make the characters seem more cartoon like. To make it seem like he was co-operating with the censors Hitchcock would add in scenes that w... ... middle of paper ... ... are now a lot less strict it was disappointing at times as I'm used to the movies of today were there is a lot more Sex, Nudity, & Violence. At the first scene for an audience today you'd expect to seem Marion & Sam having sex or Marion topless. In the shower scene you'd expect to see Marion nude and the knife going into her and blood everywhere and her guts clearly visible like in films such as scream and the film would be in colour. This would make the film more visual but that wouldn't necessarily be better as it would leave a lot less to your imagination.
Film analyst Ken Hanke theorizes that many critics simply praise so-called highbrow horror films because the acclaim comes from "people with little or no knowledge of the genre...What seemed so fresh and creative to them was largely a reshuffling of a very old bag of tricks." While Hanke's thesis is logical, I think the real reason these pictures get such acclaim is (you guessed it) their aesthetic distance. Both The Silence of the Lambs and Seven are considered to be more psychological in nature, as they present killers whose motivations are explainable. The unexplainable is infinitely more terrifying than the explainable so in elucidating the motivations to their gruesome behavior the audience is given an easy out. Believing that evil has a root cause, the audience does not have to accept the shocking hypothesis that evil can simply exist without rhyme or reason.
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Now, there are many upon many romance movies but how do we distinguish them from one another? Is it the sex scenes, the lovey dovey affections we see between the characters? We cannot know for sure. Horror movies are downright the best (just kidding, people prefer other types rather than horror), yet again, how do we distinguish these movies from others? Blood and gore?
The Horror Movie in Late Modern Society’ that labelling films such as these as postmodern may be an overreach. He argues that the hybridity of the genre as seen in horror-comedies such as ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ and ‘Scream’ are nothing ‘new’ and that comedy has always played a prevalent role in the horror genre. He goes on to state that, “much of the comic fun to be had (in contemporary horror-comedies) derives from the excess of gory detail. The other aspect, in this case more a development characteristic of the 1990s than the 1980s, is the tendency to reflexively generate humour by openly appealing to a knowing audience’s familiarity with the genre conventions.” This view suggests that Tudor views the emergence of a more comedic element to horror movies as more of an evolutionary step in horror, than a deliberately postmodern outlook. He cements this as his view as he uses the example of ‘Scream’ and the films made in its wake (such as ‘Scary Movie’ (2000)), Tudor claims “It is films such as these that have so often attracted the designation ‘postmodern’, if only superficially, because of their studied self-consciousness and their use of pastiche.” (Tudor, p.107) Tudor’s view is that films such as these bear only surface-level post-modernism that the term is used too liberally and the films would be better suited towards the term parody than a post-modernism.