Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and the Dark Shadow Within

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The horror genre is synonymous with images of terror, violence and human carnage; the mere mention of horror movies evokes physical and psychological torture. As remarked by noted author Stephen King “the mythic horror movie…has a dirty job to do. It deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us. It is morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized.” (King, 786). At manageable intervals, we choose to live these horrific events vicariously through the characters in horror movies and books as a means of safely experiencing the “what if”. The horror genre allows us to explore our fears, be it spiders, vampires, loss of our identity, or death of a loved, under the most fantastic and horrible circumstances conceivable. King also points out that by watching horror movies we “may allow our emotions a free rein . . . or no rein at all.” (King, 784). According to psychiatrist James Schaller, by vicariously “experiencing contrived fears, a person develops a sense of competence over similar types of fears.” (Schaller). Horror films allow the viewer the opportunity to safely examine their fears safely and to the depth and extent they wish to do so. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 provides the opportunity for the viewer to consider a diverse range of fears, with a little humor thrown in for balance, from the safety of a darkened room, a comfortable seat and in less than 120 minutes. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung suggested all humanity is innately programmed with a set of primordial images as a collective unconscious. These primordial images, which he called archetypes, are buried deep in the subconscious until a triggering event brings them to the forefront. Artists, writers, musicians and p... ... middle of paper ... ...Angela. “The Company of Wolves.” Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum 801 – 7. Fordham, Frieda. An Introduction to Jung's Psychology. London: Penguin Books, 1966. King, Stephen. “Why We Crave Horror Movies.” Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum 784 - 6. Solomon, Stanley. “The Nightmare World.” Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum 793 – 800. Troyka, Lynn Quitman. Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc., 2002 Schaller, James “Why Do People Like Horror Movies?”, The Jacksonville Observer, October 24, 2009 , accessed June 27, 2010, www.jaxobserver.com. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part 2. Director Tobe Hooper. Perf. Dennis Hopper. Cannon Films, 1986. Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. 7th ed. Ed. Laurence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen. New York: Longman, 2003.

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