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.
A successful horror story has the ability to scare the reader and keep them in anticipation through parts of the story. It also should be able to keep the reader captivated and reading to the end. A good horror story combines tension. Suspense, atmosphere, the unexpected and fear effectively to have an impact on the reader. A good horror story also contains a good structure, an effective setting, the use of fear and vocabulary, these are what make successful horror stories and make the horror genre so popular.
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.
The audience foreknowledge in the Six... ... middle of paper ... ...ow, The Haunting), some films do in a very abstract way represent real life issues e.g. Scream. Serial Killers do exist and so the Scream Trilogy is not altogether that far away from real life. These types of films give you an extra scare, as they could have happened. Another popular genre of film is comedy and so when the two genres are crossed the films created are usually very well received.
What Makes a Good Scary Story? People love to be scared. They like to read and see scary stories. But their views on what they deem freighting changes from person to person. One may say clowns are the things of nightmares, while another argues that zombie are worst.
Horror stories by W.W. Jacobs and Edgar Allan Poe write horror stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat due to their amazing use of suspense, thrill, and imagination. The authors W.W. Jacobs and Edgar Allan Poe have become renown for their horror stories. This is due to their creativity and imagination and in the way they captivate you with their writing. In both horror stories "The-Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, they both use the cause and effect relationship to create suspense and interest in the reader, without this essential aspect of these two stories, the reader would quickly lose interest in these two writers literature. In the horror story "The Monkey's Paw", W.W. Jacobs,
The reason that the themes in Poe’s story are scary is that they are and will continue to be relevant to its readers. Poe is able to convey fear on two different levels in his most popular short story. By using dark diction and eerie imagery, he creates an overly dramatic horror story, but by adding deeper psychological themes, he creates a timeless work that is relevant to any reader.
Many times people relate a good horror story to a nameless amount of speculations, but actually their poor assumptions demonstrate only how little we know about the matter. Horror is controversial in itself because while some intend to logically explain the aspects that create an effective horror story, others prefer to justify our interest stating that we are naturally terror-loving creatures. In my opinion, I believe an effective horror story must be as highly suspenseful, fear-driven, and mysterious as it can be. First of all, keeping the suspense is as essential to the horror genre as the air for breathing. One good example of suspenseful story is The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.
However, many people take pleasure in the thrills and suspense of horror. In the genre of horror, the quality of work is dependent on whether a book/film succeeds in scaring people since fear is an emotional response. Readers and viewers of the genre horror experience fear from an author's ability to provoke emotional responses through the element of fear of the unknown, placing the reader in the character's perspective and engaging the audience's curiosity. Authors can provoke fear using the element of the fear of the unknown. The unknown is the most fundamental fear as it includes all other fears.
Though inconclusive, many people believe that the main reason horror is so popular is because people actually like being scared. Mark Olsen, of the L.A. Times, believes the reason it is so fun to be scared is because in real life, it isn’t fun (Olsen). Horror provides a safe place where the viewer can explore the dark side of imagination and human psyche. Because the movie ends, even if the ending is not happy, the audience can return to his or her reality unharmed (Olsen). Gina... ... middle of paper ... ...ly).