Why are we as a society so fascinated with horror? There is evidence found throughout the history of every culture around the world depicting evil and terror in various forms. Chilling stories of ghosts, demons, and the waking dead have been retold around campfires. There have been numerous tales of strange creatures, shape shifters, and various monsters that have been passed down from generation to generation. It seems to be an insatiable urge that is shared by all human beings, as if it is part of our nature. So what is it about delving into the dark side that has caused centuries of human beings to continually harrow up the soul? In search of answers, I sought the insight of the multiple bestselling author and “master of horror” himself, Stephen King, with his article entitled “Why we crave horror movies”, and the article “Dead man still walking”, written by graduate student and zombie researcher Kyle Bishop.
According to King’s theory, people are born with a psychological balance of what we are taught as “good” and “bad” behavior. He writes that “The potential lyncher is in almost all of us… and every now and then, he has to be let loose to scream and roll around in the grass” (p. 262). This article illustrates how people are rewarded for good behavior, which all0ws our light side to be unrestrained and free, while it is the dark side that is continually suppressed and neglected. Therefore, it becomes a necessity to have an outlet for our misbehavior be allowed to roam unleashed as well.
King goes on to say that, “anti-civilization emotions don’t go away and they demand periodic exercise” (p. 262). His theory explains that it is fundamental to feed our dark side in order to maintain a psychological balance. His idea is based on the
premise that if we allow the “dark” side to let loose and have free rein from time to time, the urge to act it out will be quenched. King quoted, “It was McCartney and Lennon who...
The Horror in Movies
Life is full of common and expected but yet, very frightening situations, events, or circumstances such as natural disasters, wild animal attacks, been aggravated by violent individuals, strange and chronicle illness or situations that threaten the safety or people’s life. There are also other events that rarely occur in people’s lives but are even more frightening because there are mysterious and dark beings involved. Humans know very little about these entities and the factors that generate such events. Rare events such s these have been studied and investigated for hundreds of years and passed on from generation to generation but regardless of the vast research on the topics, its events, and the many publications of them through the ages, there is still very little known about them making the theme and its occurrences more mysterious and horrifying than the common and expected dangerous situations normally happen in people’s lives. Events that have involved the subject of the spiritual realm and the demons and evil spirits in it, always has placed several feelings of horror and fear in the hearts and souls of many people over centuries. Another concept that has been around for a similar period of time is the subject of extraterrestrial beings which is also a topic that is considered to be mysterious and unexplainable. The mystery and unexplainable facts of these concepts and its events have been the...
...them is a series of goose bumps and cold chills down their backs and major negative effects on the brain.
I. What causes people to watch horrormovies?
A. People watch horrormovies to fulfill a need for excitement.
B. People tend to live through the movie and forget their duty-bound lives.
C. People are attracted to the known and the predictability in movies.
II. What are the effects of horror films on people?
A. One person’s thrill and interest is another’s demise.
B. Research has shown that the brain can perceive such movies negatively.
Shrieking screams, bloody scenes, and suspenseful music are all the main ingredients for a scream filled tormenting movie referred to as a horror movie or a scary flick. Horror films are movies that are purposefully created to provide a feeling of fright, unease and panic among the people viewing them. The audience members cannot get enough of watching them for the excitement, the memories of a simpler life and the attraction to the known, even though the effect of watching them is a series of goose bumps and cold chills down their backs and major negative effects on the brain.
One might think why horror films are so popular and why so many of us pay money to be scared and feel horrified? Well, audience members flock to watch...
...Why Horror Films Rule the World?
More and more horror seekers are willing to line up to buy tickets for a scary movie and sit in the front of the screen to watch with blood and terror, all to enjoy the intense experience of being afraid. Scary films provide a terrifying experience of fear in many moviegoers; however, not everyone is willing to take time to enjoy the feeling of being scared and such, instead viewers reject horrormovies because they do not want to spend money to feel afraid, threatened, and uncomfortable. On the other hand, many moviegoers are so attracted to watch those horrible scenes, which provide a channel for them to face their inner emotions without telling anyone else. The increasing popularity of scary films raises an interesting question: if fear is a natural survival response to a dangerous, threatening, or painful situation, why will a lot of moviegoers desire to seek out that feeling? The answer is obvious. Even though horrormovies reveal something disgusting and terrible, the appeal of being afraid is one way for viewers, especially young audiences, to achieve spiritual fulfilment.
Watching horrormovies leaves moviegoers feeling a rush of excitement when they explore their fears, like the experience of riding a roller coaster. Allegra Ringo, in her article “Why Do Some Brains Enjoy Fear?” describes how the excitement of...
...Effects Of Watching HorrorMovies
It is a proven fact that people love to be scared by horrormovies. Some of the most horrified faces are portrayed in the best horror films of Hollywood, which are much liked by people. They simply love to watch the repulsive aliens and the blood dripping down the horrifying face. Watching such scary flicks, just for entertainment, is quiet acceptable, provided you do not empathize the suations depicted in what you have watched. This is a sign of caution, as you will never know when you start developing fear for almost everything around you. There are plenty of cases in which the violent scenes in horrormovies had an impact on the physical and psychological stability of people. It generates fear, anxiety, sleeplessness, phobia and mental trauma while frequent viewing also helps people to desensitize with anxiety and fear. Check out the effects of watching horrormovies in the following lines that are mentioned below.
A visible effect of horrormovies on both children and adults is anxiety. It is characterized as a long-term effect on children, which may even linger into their adulthood.
An immediate psychological effect of scary movies on the minds of people is lack of sleep. The person may be unable to sleep through the night for few days, even...
...We have all experienced those feelings we get when we sit down to watch a horror movie. We feel that little adrenaline rush when we see a character in a movie trying to escape a knife-wielding-psycho that is endlessly chasing them and we feel that jump out of your skin feeling when the evil guy suddenly pops into the scene from out of nowhere. Then the movie ends, you sigh a breath of relief that it’s over and there is nothing to be scared of. But did you know that there are a few movies out there that were based on real life events?
The 1988 popular and cult classic movie Child’s Play is about a single mother that gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday. They later find out that the doll is possessed with the soul of Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer, who takes his soul and buries it into the seemingly good guy doll Chucky. Charles Lee Ray then tries to put his soul into the boy’s body in order to become human again.
The writer for Child’s Play, Don Mancini, was inspired by the story of Robert the Doll. Robert the doll is a toy once owned by a Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto. The doll was given to Robert in 1904 by a Jamaican nurse who was skilled in black magic and voodoo. She was said to have been displeased with her role in the Otto family so she placed a curse on the doll. The family reported that Robert would have conversations with Eugene when he was a child and would often scream for help while he slept, his parents...
...The article "Why We Crave HorrorMovies" by Stephen King examines the popular trend of attending horror films and he explains several explanations for this craving behavior. King claims that attending these gory films is not just a trend; he believes that it is a necessity. As a result, King claims that we need/crave horrormovies for various basic reasons. First, he suggest we need to view these horror films to fulfill our basic need for entertainment and excitement. Also, we need to view these horror films to satisfy a certain psychological requirement. King states that we need to subject ourselves to such irrationality periodically in order to exercise our dark side and release certain evil fantasies, so we do not act on them. Besides that, he indicates that we go to "re-establish our feelings of essential normality". With great subject description, sufficient example and fact support, and dramatic writing King's article appears to present it's self to be accurate. At the same time, some of this article tends to overstate and amplify the facts.
The opening statement, alone, sets this tone. Kings begins the essay with the statement " I think that we are all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it better". This statement is merely one man's opinion of the state of our society, of course, it is a simply a very broad generalization in which the...
...“HorrorMovies have a dirty job”
Some people daydream and have deep dark secrets. There may be a time when you dream about getting even with someone or something. Horrormovies do have a “dirty job to do”. The more thrilling and exciting the more it grabs your attention. I believe horrormovies are to play off natural fearsome. King likes to dare your nightmares. Most of Mr. King’smovies come from childhood fear or things he has experienced himself. And other things are just his imagination. Steven King’s movies are an element of fantasy and supernatural. His fantasy work can relate to all of us.
The unknown is scary-But knowing maybe scarier going down in a dark noisy basement the thick fog you can’t see but you must keep going. I guess because we all have a dark side hidden in all of us. Some people have more than others. If we didn’t have a little dark side, then we wouldn’t be interested in movies that show tons of blood, and dead people. People watch scary movies because they are interested in seeing lots of blood and dead people. Your curiosity comes out.
People crave the thrill that they receive from the experience of extreme nervousness, disgust, panic and fear; horror films cause these emotions and reactions. For instance, these movies can have you on the edge of your seat, and then...
“The mythic horror movie, like the sick joke, has a dirty job to do,” writes Stephen King in his article “Why We Crave HorrorMovies.” That dirty job is to connect with the vile aspects of ourselves that society would prefer to eliminate. Once connected to a movie or a sick joke, those vile aspects have a safe outlet for release. King names these aspects anticivilization_ emotions._ He says they “don’t go away, and they demand periodic exercise.” By viewing violent deaths, detachment of body parts, and monsters ambushing the innocent, King says we do society the favor of not doing those things to other people. Our bad sides can “be let loose to scream and roll around on the grass” in our imaginations, without any real people getting hurt. But is that true? Does catharsis really work?
The possibility of purging dangerous emotions vicariously is a familiar defense for showing a lot of violence on television and video games marketed to children. In doing a Google search of the Web for “catharsis theory,” I found that popular belief and scientific results do not agree with each other. Popular belief in the theory is widespread, while scientific studies weigh in heavily against it.
In favor of catharsis, Freud and Aristotle line up on Stephen King’s side of the debate. Freud believed that the subconscious holds our dangerous, antisocial emotions. Since most people do not regularly commit violent acts, he reasoned...