The Genre of Horror Why are individuals drawn to things that scare them? Perhaps the adrenaline rush or even the sense of fearing the “unknown.” A good horror movie is usually full of suspense, where one is on the edge of their seat worried about what is going to happen next. Not all horror movies have to contain blood and gore, but they all have the same goal which is to be scary. Sometimes, the result of fear from the movie can cause the audience to dread leaving or may relieve them when it is over. Even though people realize that they are watching a movie, their brain reacts by believing that they are in the situation happening on the screen, which causes dismay and fright.
According to King, these “sick jokes” prove our insanity and our need to release that insanity through watching horror films. Although King does offer valid points and relative evidence that support his arguments, the points only pertain to a certain portion of the population. What about the people who don’t crave horror movies, or the ones who do not fit into the, we, of Why We Crave Horror Movies? There are many individuals who would object to the insanity of watching a movie that could possibly keep them from sleeping at night. Such individuals may be quite disturbed reading this essay, wondering how they got dragged into this stereotype of these human beings.
Whereas in our daily lives no such stimulation exists. This is why people have a fascination with horror movies. People crave horror movies because they put the fears, our irrationality, and the deep seeded emotions people have on the spotlight and gives people the ability to release
This is why when watching a scary movie at the theatre, the moments that pop-out at you scare you the most, because you have no control over it. However, the moments that scare you when ... ... middle of paper ... ...around and stands as a guideline of morality. If you do something wrong, he will get you. Hollywood knows that this fear of not being able to control something is a fear that lives in the hearts of most of us. Hollywood will continue to make horror films that feed off of this fear and people will go back for more, because they enjoy it.
Whether a male or female is considered to be the bravest out of the relationship, terrifying movies will eventually conquer destruction in the human mind and system without realizing it. After watching a scary film, a person may develop mental trauma, behavioral changes, and insomnia which in fact is not healthy for a person to live by. That is to say, scary movies have multiple effects upon people which will ruin their life’s completely no telling what they would be capable of doing. Mental trauma generally develops on a person after viewing disturbing images such as: dead bodies, protruding bones, and massive bruises (Effects). People who see disturbing images may become stressed and develop a variety of health issues that have ultimately been discovered by psychiatric professionals.
This can be very harmful for children’s mental health. Watching really scary movies and cartoons, and even playing scary games, has many lasting side effects on children. When we watch those horror movies with kids, unknowingly we might hurt their feelings. To be more precise, it can easily affect their nervous systems. Unexpected loud scenes in horror movies may scare children easily.
There are two types of people in this world, those who watch in awe as a man on the big screen slashes the teenage girl’s throat, and those who quiver and hide behind their seat in fear. Stephen King states in essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” that no matter the type of person, everyone feels the need to watch horror movies. According to King, the reasons why people watch horror movies can range from simply thinking that the movies are fun, to expressing feelings that people cannot express in real life. While many people may argue that the horror genre is not for everyone, King makes compelling claims that everyone needs a way to let out negative emotions that comes with the human condition. To begin with, most people go to horror movies in order to feel better about themselves.
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
Though both genres will frighten the audience, it will happen in two different ways. Whether the horror thrills or the thriller horrifies, a scare is always incorporated. Horror movies attempt to make the audience experience fear, dread, disgust or terror. The plots often involve the supernatural and fantasy world giving the audience the reassurance that what is being seen is not truly existing. Horror movie plots are often than not, predictable.
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.