13 May 2015
The Monsters Within
Stewart Cohan, a nine year old boy from Chicago died of fright while watching the opening scene of "The Creeping Unknown" and yet monster films still manage to create a multibillion dollar film industry where watchers risk a similar deadly fate. So what makes these films click? According to Stephen King in "Why We Crave Horror Movies," he argues that we fuel the monster frenzy because "we are all insane," and by watching "re-establish our feelings of essential normality" (King # ). When the Japanese was bomb by the United States in 1945, they created Godzilla, a monster that embodied their fears and anxieties in the physical form. Monsters gradually change overtime and Godzilla also reflected our values, our culture, and our deepest fears cause by the recent events like the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2006 Indonesian Earthquake, 2009 California Wild Fires, 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and Japan 's 2011 Earthquake. Godzilla has now transcended the new millennium as a deadly force of the environment, representing our generations renewed fear towards the terrifying forces of nature , of the unknown, and of ourselves.
A generation 's monster emblematically embodies its most acute anxieties. They ascribe meaning to these giants giving them characteristics that is consequent from the generations hidden fears about the world. Originating just ten years after the United State 's bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Godzilla has successfully captured the latent tensions that plague the minds of millions of people during the times of World War because it embodied with it an image that was still fresh inside their mind, the destructive nature of the atom...
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...vation. Though conflicting, we need Robot monster, Xenomorph aliens, and MUTO to scare and control ourselves to avoid these things from escalating beyond our reach. Ironically at the end, iconic monsters such as Godzilla are actually the hero 's tasked to save humanity from our flawed selves.
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Melesio, Lauren. "Hurricanes with Feminine Names seen as Less Scary." Modern Healthcare.com, 7 June 2014. Web. 13 May 2015.
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