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.
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.
In most countries, horror movies are beloved and popular genre for certain group of people who are eager to have different types of feeling and emotion. It usually delivers wired, freaky, uncanny, fearful and uncomfortable feeling to its audiences. There have been thousands ways of expressing fearful emotion to the horror film lovers, however, most horror film have something in common that provokes fearful emotion by using particular context, such as gender discrimination and trauma of wars. Without understanding such a context, foreign horror films are understandable to other nations audiences, which means that the process of feeling threatened and fearful does not need to rely heavily on certain cultural or historical information. In this
“Horror dares to say that everything is not okay. The control was never ours to being…something other, rather than something else, is at work…The function of horror is incredibly simple. It reminds us that we are not alone” (Yeats). Horror films are abundant and the idea of being scared keeps bringing people back to the movies only to go through that unpleasant journey again but with a new plot and characters. What makes these movies scary?
Horror movies throughout history reflect society; its fears, events and over all state. It’s no coincidence that after some devastating event in history happens, a strain of horror movies emerge in its path: “The fright genre has traditionally flourished in straitened times. Weimar Germany, the Great Depression and the 1970s oil crisis all coincided, not so coincidentally, with new waves of innovative, inventive nightmare visions that hold up a mirror to their eras just as much as the po-faced social-realist dramas of the day” (Billson). Horror movies thrive off the current events because it’s channeling the fears society. In the article “We’re All Dirty Harry Now”, Riegler says that “violent movie genres fed on political and social turmoil” (18), using societies fears to their advantage.
Death, blood, guts, suspense, screaming, and terror are all just a few things to expect when watching a modern day horror film. What is horror? Horror can be defined as an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. (Wilson) The description of horror is not very pleasant, but for some reason horror films are extremely popular. Why is this so?
(1962), Strait-Jacket (1964), Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964), and Pretty Poison (1968) (Derry 164). These horror films have many similarities such as a lesser fear of fatality replaced with fear of anxiety, violence as a social normality, and a very present fear of corporal disfigurement (Derry 163). The weapons are invariably man made claw-like extensions such as knives, hatchets, or axes (Derry 164). The core terror in these movies is that “everyone is potentially insane… thus making an... ... middle of paper ... ...film may come from emotional manipulation. Many theories are available to explain this.
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.
The violence is so foreseeable, that I often know when the bad guys will appear, who will die and in what order. The arrangements of killer pictures are familiar, but nonetheless disconcerting. At night, after watching a horror film from, I switch on an extra light to help ease my discomfort, at times I've even resorted to sleeping with my mother and putting on a happy cartoon. THESIS STATEMENT: There are a number of theories as to why people like to watch scary movies. PREVIEW MAIN POINTS: today I will discuss, some of the reasons we are interest, the chemicals in our bodies that are set off when we watch them and ways to be less afraid when watching these horrifying movies.
[…] 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.