Stephen King, a very well-known writer and director, has a passionate voice when it comes to anything dealing with horror. In “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” King calls us out for knowing that we love the adrenaline rush and how we are so captivated by horror movies. He explains how we watch horror movies for the level of fun. King proposes that we go to defy ourselves; to see how far it can push us and that is what makes the experience so interesting. We lock our inner psycho from reality and feed it with the demonic, bloody violence found in horror movies.
This is why when watching a scary movie at the theatre, the moments that pop-out at you scare you the most, because you have no control over it. However, the moments that scare you when ... ... middle of paper ... ...around and stands as a guideline of morality. If you do something wrong, he will get you. Hollywood knows that this fear of not being able to control something is a fear that lives in the hearts of most of us. Hollywood will continue to make horror films that feed off of this fear and people will go back for more, because they enjoy it.
Some try it for the first time and are hooked, while others retch in disgust and leave the scene before it gets to crazy. So for whatever someone may watch a horror film, experiencing horror within safe confines is an important part of every culture. Horror films help us understand what really terrifies us and make bold statements about the world we live in. Because horror films are not real, we can enjoy them. In all reality, the chances of seeing a murderous clown waving at you or a large man with a chainsaw and “leather” face is most likely, slim to none.
The horror genre has many lessons to teach us as an audience although being the genre most connected with that of ridiculousness. It is regularly associated with the reaction it seeks from its audience; both emotional and physical. In cinema success is measured by terrifying chills, bloody deaths and the volume of the audiences scream. The appeal of horror narrative in literature, film and theatre lies in the pleasures it associates with fear, suspense and terror; no matter what it is trying to convey to the audience. 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.
By doing this, it automatically makes that reader think into the possibilities of all humans’ sanity, or lack thereof. “Why We Crave Horror Movies” includes valuable evidence that backs up its argument that “We are all mentally ill”. However, its argument would not be subject to opposition if it were specifically directed towards horror film viewers. King’s failure to specify his audience, falsely accuses some of his readers. While his argument of human insanity is justifiable, his argument generalizes, appeals to emotions, appeals to populations, and his are opinions are biased because Stephen King, himself, enjoys horror movies.
In the short story “Why We Crave Horror Movies” Stephen King accurately states, “ the horror movie is innately conservative, even reactionary.” What this is saying is no matter how bloody or how intense the movie gets, people could always enjoy a little horror in their day. Some movies have those scenes where some person gets injured then killed and that really gets the blood pumping in the viewers and for some people, that essential normality that cures the craziness. To continue, King makes another good point in the short story, “Why We Crave Horror“ and correctly claims, “we may be removed from the beauty of a Robert Redford or a Diana Ross, we are still light years away from true ugliness.” This quote from King’s story states that no matter what happens to people it could always be solved with a quick thrill from a horror movie and that humans do this to have fun with normality. Despite the fact that people seem that it's normal to watch someone get butchered or decapitated but, people can also have some fun and excitement for the
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.
Which is the reason why Stephen Kings say’s “I think we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better- and maybe not all that much better after all” (405). That sentence provides us with his twisted example of “Why we crave Horror Movies” claiming it’s mainly a matter of our mental state. King includes examples of reasons people continue to go, he says it’s to have fun, to dare the nightmare, and to re-establish our sense of normalcy. Kings arguments within this essay are strong enough to prove his thesis making this a well written essay. He easily convinces normal people that they are mentally ill, with his use of analogy’s, comparisons, and logos.
There are two types of people in this world, those who watch in awe as a man on the big screen slashes the teenage girl’s throat, and those who quiver and hide behind their seat in fear. Stephen King states in essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” that no matter the type of person, everyone feels the need to watch horror movies. According to King, the reasons why people watch horror movies can range from simply thinking that the movies are fun, to expressing feelings that people cannot express in real life. While many people may argue that the horror genre is not for everyone, King makes compelling claims that everyone needs a way to let out negative emotions that comes with the human condition. To begin with, most people go to horror movies in order to feel better about themselves.
The article Why We Crave Horror Movies by Stephen King distinguishes why we truly do crave horror movies. Stephen King goes into depth on the many reasons on why we, as humans, find horror movies intriguing and how we all have some sort of insanity within us. He does this by using different rhetorical techniques and appealing to the audience through ways such as experience, emotion and logic. Apart from that he also relates a numerous amount of aspects on why we crave horror movies to our lives. Throughout this essay I will be evaluating the authors arguments and points on why society finds horror movies so desirable and captivating.