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.
The Bride of Frankenstein A horror film is a film dominated by elements of horror. This film genre underestimates a number of sub-genres and repeated themes, such as slashed themes, vampire. Horror films are designed to frighten and panic that cause dread and alarm within our hearts, and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying and shocking endings at the same time entertaining us with excitement and therapeutic experience. Most horror films are designed to show the dark side of life, the forbidden and strange events that take place within the society and our lives. Moreover they deal with our most primal nature and its fears: our nightmares.
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.
Throughout cinema, there has always been space in our hearts for the gore and intrigue that come from horror films. Though they come with different plots, there remains “the monster”, the character that brings along disgust, horror, suspense, and even sympathy. In Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), our monster is Norman Bates, the boy next door. This was one of the first times in American cinema that the killer was brought home, paving the way for the future of horror movies. According to Robin Wood in “An Introduction to the America Horror Film” (183-208), Bates follows the formula of the Monster being a human psychotic.
Even when writers layer the genre with academic thoughts on psychology, theology and the world in which we live in, horror remains the primary outlet to examine the notions of dread, uncertainly, mysterious and the abject. Psycho (Hitchcock 1960), with its shocking bursts of violence and provocative sexual explicitness, tested the strict censorship boundaries of the day as well as audiences' nerve. This filmed changed the way the horror genre was seen. Prior to 1960 the genre was dominated by monsters and mythical creatures with Hammer productions dominating the market with Frankenstein and Dracula films. Hitchcock was known as being the ‘master of suspense’ and in Psycho decided to make the horror villain human rather than monster.
Such individuals may be quite disturbed reading this essay, wondering how they got dragged into this stereotype of these human beings. King states, “The potential lyncher is in all of us” (346). Is it really though? The mention of everyone having that same personality trait embedded somewhere in their personality makes one question their identity. King is appealing to emotion here, failing to realize that there are many people who would rather be somewhere else, rather than in a huge, dark room watching a movie they will be scared to walk out of, because of the things that they‘ve just witnessed.
The very idea that such an evil and frightening creature could exist shocked and aroused the curiosity of many people at this time. Society in the last century was extremely corrupt and immoral, the novel ‘Frankenstein’ reflects this, in which an innocent creature is shunned by society because of it’s abnormal and somewhat shocking appearance. Nowadays, people are still enticed by fear, they have a curiosity for the supernatural, evil and frightening. Although modern day society is supposedly politically correct, we are still an immoral society and many of us would treat a creature like Frankenstein’s creation or a vampire like Dracula like a monster. In this way, the novels still have social significance.
We are culturally conditioned by society in what we find scary. In both the 1931 and 1957 films, the directors of both are aware of the ‘shock factor’ that the images of an explicitly deformed monster can crudely evoke from the graphic, modern audience. This is rather than the more complex issues, vaguely hinted at in the book and which provide a long-lasting unease. In reference to the novel, a central part of Shelley’s thesis is that the monster’s eventual life of violence and revenge is the purely a sociological product of his nurture (or lack of) and without doubt, this is scariest aspect of Frankenstein; the ability of a ‘noble’ yet prejudiced society to convert the monster into a being so horrific.
Nosferatu is a widely inspirational horror, originally made in 1922 it can be interpreted as a stepping stone for cinema not only horror. The story is based loosely on a Dracula theme and in its day it was truly terrifying. As horrors have adapted this production no longer has the same effect in evoking terror within an audience however it has created an outline of which other successful horrors have followed on from. It uses the key element of fantasy characters, ghouls and ghosts aren’t real yet they appear frequently in horrors. The idea of the abhuman is truly terrifying and is a very popular element included in various films, it allows writers to be limitless with abilities of their characters and most writers go to extremes making characters horrific through their appearance aswel as strength and speed etc.
The film used many techniques that make a film become part of the horror genre. Such as, Music, language, weather, violence, Et cetera These are the many techniques used to make horror film. 'Frankenstein' is one of the many novels,... ... middle of paper ... ...e thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phontosin stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy half motion.' You can see how Mary Shelley has used her imagination to come up with this fantastic piece of work.