Horror Film Analysis

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The horror film as a genre is distinctly defined by its recurring elements such as ghosts and bloody violence and by its attitudes toward those elements. One popular example of a recurring element is monsters in horror films that act as material to differentiate horror films from other genres. For example, what appears to distinguish the horror story from fairy tales is the attitude of characters in the story to the monsters they chance upon. In fairy tales, monsters are part of the everyday furniture of the universe. Beasts, basilisks, and dragons are bothersome and fearful creatures in the world of myths, but they are not unnatural: they can be accommodated by the order of nature that produced them such as one of the beloved fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast, that describes the love between a monster and a young woman. However in the works of horror, “humans regard the monsters that they encounter as abnormal, as disturbances of the natural order”. (Nature of Horror, Carroll, 52). Monsters go against the norms of property of positive human characters in the story; and subsequently, in examples of horror, it would appear that the monster is an extraordinary character in our ordinary world, whereas in fairy tales and the like, the monster is an ordinary character in an extraordinary world. According to Freud, "we adapt our judgment to the imaginary reality imposed on us by the writer." (Freud, ) This concept applies to works of film, as well. In the animistic worlds depicted in fantasy cinema, there is nothing uncanny or otherwise horrifying about the reconfirmation of infantile beliefs in the omnipotence of thought and the prompt fulfillment of wishes; according to Freud, this is because most of us are well aware of the fact th... ... middle of paper ... ...ow, but now what does this all mean? Where are we? […] No one can make us leave this house.” The Others deals with the coexistence of “otherized” identities. Thus, the conflict is resolved by overturning the role between the offender and victim of horror. People regarded to be included within the identified world confront the fear of objectobject of fear, newly recognizing it in ‘the other’s’ point of view. Similarly, while we are watching horror films we constantly confront with our own otherness, those fragile states deeply buried by psychotic defense. In this process, the horror film acts as a guide to help us face uncomfortable feelings and truths about ourselves. The film The Others is not only about a ghosts struggling to maintain their territory, but is about the way the experience of others exist in bodily ways and at the ‘heart of the very sense of ‘self’.
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