What makes these movies scary? Why are people attracted to horror films? Why are some older horror films remade and some are not? When these movies are remade, why are some successful and others are not? During the 70’s and 80’s, the horror genre was thriving in the movie industry.
But if that’s the only case, no one would like watching them. Instead many people crave horror movies, they don’t only... ... middle of paper ... ...rive people to watch horror movies. Works Cited Psychological Effects Of Horror Films. (November 2, 2012). Retrieved December 10, 2013, from http://diminishthestigma.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/psychological-effects-of-horror-films/ Hicks, J.
These directors created an intense, fabricated reality to which its audience can escape and relate to. These directors were immortalized by their fil... ... middle of paper ... ...realistic. These symptoms affect a large amount of the population, and create a serious problem. Horror movies are supposed to make its audience’s palms sweat and heart beat fast; however, the intention is not for its audience to experience chest pains. In truth, it shows the affect horror movies have on its audience.
According to King, these “sick jokes” prove our insanity and our need to release that insanity through watching horror films. Although King does offer valid points and relative evidence that support his arguments, the points only pertain to a certain portion of the population. What about the people who don’t crave horror movies, or the ones who do not fit into the, we, of Why We Crave Horror Movies? There are many individuals who would object to the insanity of watching a movie that could possibly keep them from sleeping at night. Such individuals may be quite disturbed reading this essay, wondering how they got dragged into this stereotype of these human beings.
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?
The 1950’s and 60’s focused on sci-fi, B movies and Hammer horror, often known as the ‘Atomic Phase.’ Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Alien at the Arctic Circle and The Thing (1951) are good examples. Horror then switched to witchcraft and zombie films such as Night Of The Living Dead (1968) and Day Of The Dead (1985). Conventions changed, we now had more suspense, people being trapped and spiritual terror. Towards the end of the era we also saw an increase in the amount of violence and gore but this was nothing compared to what came next. Finally, horror became ‘Slasher.’ The 1970’s became obsessed with realistic news stories and characters and films became more stylize and followed similar storyline conventions.
Learning about why humans react the way they do to horror films based on the theories of well-known psychologists and horror writers can teach humans a lot about themselves. Stephen King, a well known horror writer, has dedicated his life to the study of horror and human psychology. King is the person that came up with the “beast within” theory. His theory states that everyone is insane, but some people are better than others at hiding it (784). The people that don’t hide it well end up in a psych ward, while others that can hide their dark sides’ remain in society, which is indeed a scary thought in itself (784).
The Genre of Horror Why are individuals drawn to things that scare them? Perhaps the adrenaline rush or even the sense of fearing the “unknown.” A good horror movie is usually full of suspense, where one is on the edge of their seat worried about what is going to happen next. Not all horror movies have to contain blood and gore, but they all have the same goal which is to be scary. Sometimes, the result of fear from the movie can cause the audience to dread leaving or may relieve them when it is over. Even though people realize that they are watching a movie, their brain reacts by believing that they are in the situation happening on the screen, which causes dismay and fright.
This can be very harmful for children’s mental health. Watching really scary movies and cartoons, and even playing scary games, has many lasting side effects on children. When we watch those horror movies with kids, unknowingly we might hurt their feelings. To be more precise, it can easily affect their nervous systems. Unexpected loud scenes in horror movies may scare children easily.
Scary movies may not be the most favorite by the people, but once they have captured a good scary movie, scary movies will become addicting. Knowing that addictions may come very unhealthy towards a person, living with a lifestyle of just sitting back watching television all day may get pretty serious and very overrated. Once obtaining in an addiction, it is really difficult to snap out of the addiction as it progresses in the human body. With this sign of awareness, behavioral changes will then appear to result on a person once again. Violence does not always have to be the salvation to many things, but in an addicted person’s mind, violence is the only solution to everything.