Why we still crave in horror movie when we are scare?
In Stephen King’s Article it mention three main points.
The first one is showing our courage, that we are not afraid in horror movie. It doesn’t mean that we don’t scream. In contrast, we scream when the roller coaster twists through a complete 360. Horror movie just like roller coaster, if it can’t make us scream only means the movie is not excited enough.
The second one is to ensure that we are normal. To confirm that although we are not as beauty as a star but we are still better than the character in the horror movie
However, these two reasons are not the main reason why we crave horror movie. At the beginning of the article, he said “I think that we’re all mentally ill” The test has already proven this statement at least people in this classroom are all crazy. He believes that we are mentally ill and crazy but only in different level/degree. Our insanity leads us only talk to ourselves when we are under stress or squinch our faces into horrible grimaces when we believe no one is watching.
As we are all insane, we have to practice our anticivilization emotion from time to time. What is anticivilization emotion? For example the excitement and hyper emotion when seeing others are killed or being menaced. However, in this civilized society, when we seeing someone was killed us should show our sympathy. Our teacher teaches us we should have love, loyalty, kindness etc. when we practice this emotion we applaud.
For example, if we give a kiss to our sister, the adult will praise us. In contrast if we put her finger in the door hinge, scold would comes follow.
Although we keep the anticivilization emotion from getting out, it demands a periodic exercise. Therefore we choose to watch horror movie, we can let loose to scream. We don’t need to care for the civilized emotion. We can laugh when we see someone was killed, because we know that it is only a movie, and all people in this theater...
The Insanity Within
Why do we cravehorror movies? Stephen king was asked this same question in an interview that was published in a Playboy magazine in 1981. King replied “we are all mentally ill” (1) and “to show we can”(3). King expressed his views on both sides stating that we all are guilty of acting mentally ill, and that we all simply enjoy watching horrifying movies. Both of these statements are true, but not necessarily accurate. King did not take in consideration human error or opinion, which creates flaws within his statements. I can agree and disagree with King on both accounts, but the pure and simple enjoyment is why we cravehorror films.
Are we all insane? This is where I have a disagreement. Yes, almost everyone does something strange while they think no one is watching, as King stated, or abnormal phobias that are deemed weird to others. I do not believe either of these should have the power to label us as demented. Another flaw in his insane theory is the two degrees of insanity that he mentions are the extremes of both. Being compared to Jack the Ripper or the Cleveland Torso Murderer is like saying that we have a murderous nature. King also states that talking to oneself under stress is a form of hysteria. I have yet to meet a person that does not talk to himself under stress. Talking aloud simply helps organize...
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Logical Fallacies in “Why We CraveHorror Movies”
By Stephan King
Last, night I was alone by myself, with no one to talk to or cook dinner for. I was alone and bored at the same time. Well, I decided to watch ahorror film on Netflix. I try not to go to sleep during a movie but this time I did. In the essay “Why We CraveHorror Movies” author Stephen King tells us about why we love violence, being horrified, terrified, scared and anxious. He believes that we love horror movies so much that we can be mentally ill. He also explains why we think about evil things but never do them and that watching a horror film satisfies our urge to kill. When reading the essay, two logical fallacies stood out to me. Two logical fallacies that King used in his essay are loose or hasty generalization and slippery slope. Logical fallacies are very common in writing styles to convince or trick the causal reader. You can find examples of logical fallacies in advertisements, newspapers, books and essays. King use loose or hasty generalization and slippery slope in his essay in order to convince...
...In the essay, "Why We CraveHorror Movies" by Stephen King the author tries to prove that the modern day horrormovie is are relief of violence, are fix of adrenaline and fun, and also something that can dare the nightmare. In a lot of ways these things can be related to real life situations. My relief of violence is playing video games, and my fix of fun and adrenaline is when I play football, and something that dares my nightmare is when I challenge my brother.
In the essay, "Why We CraveHorror Movies", Steven King explains that the modern day horrormovie is our relief for violence it is what feeds the gator. He uses horror movies because of there violent nature. We all need to be able to step outside life's boundaries and certain horror movies can do this for us. It can let us see things that in normal everyday life cannot be possible. In the essay Steven say's, "We are told we may allow our emotions a free rein."(444) Trying to hint that a good horrormovie can do this for us. But horror films are not the only thing that can feed the gator. For me it is when I turn on that video game and I can break all the rules of life. I know I can do whatever I want and still have the security of just turning the game off and going back to real life. Playing video games...
...Feeding Our Gators: A Response to Stephen King’s Why We CraveHorror Movies
Stephen King writes very accurately on how we, the public, desire the need “to put away our more civilized and adult penchant for analysis and to become children again” by watching a horror-themed movie. In the article Why We CraveHorror Movies, written by Stephen King and published by Playboy Press in Chicago, Illinois in 1981, King suggests that horror fiction meets an important and critical human need that endeavour the dark impulses and socially unacceptable desires that are present in everyone. Being a graduate of the University of Maine where he studied English and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree, King can easily be called an Educated Man. He has held many job positions before becoming a mystery writer including a knitting mill worker, janitor and a high school English teacher where he taught at Hampden Academy. Stephen King received The National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
King is one of the most successful American writers of horror stories, and many of his books have been made into blockbuster movies such as LIST MOVIES HERE. The audience Stephen wishes to direct his attention to are the people who aren’t afraid of being afraid. King yearns for his audience to be fulfilled by the...
...Roller Coaster of Horror
As we analyze Stephen King’s essay “Why We CraveHorror Movies,” we come across his essential reasons as to what gives us the ambition and motivation to insist watching horror movies. In a way Stephen King is correct; one way or another we all are mentally ill to a point. No one is perfect, and we all do strange things. Some people are perfectionists when it comes to how they do things; some have a habit of talking to themselves, and others just do strange things like pet peeves without even realizing it. We see horror movies for the same reasons we ride roller coasters: for the adrenaline rush, the escape of reality, and the ability to show our fears to the people around us. Watching horror movies helps us control the anti-social instincts we all have. We watch horror movies to give us a sense of adventure, take us away from reality, and to have a reason for our feelings to be easily expressed within each other.
It is part of our human nature to constantly seek adventure. In some ways being scared can be someone’s adventure. We crave the thrill and anticipation of what is to happen next. Horror movies are similar to riding a roller coaster. We dare ourselves to ride roller coasters and watch movies that we know will freak us out, but after have the urge to do it all over again. One would think that if...
...Analyzing “Why We CraveHorror movies”
The purpose of this article is to explain why we as people are so in to horror movies. The intended audience is anyone who loves horror movies. Why We CraveHorror Movies he attempts to explain the reasons we go in to dark movie theaters and endure the horror of a scary movie. His main conclusion is that we are all a little deranged as he states, “If we are all insane, then sanity becomes a matter of degree.”
In King’s essay, it seems he generally assumes that people like horror movies, which is most definitely not the case. I, for one, do not like horror movies and don’t understand why someone would see a movie that creates a plot out of some horrific scenes from your worst nightmares. But I think King is focusing on those people who do like scary movies for this particular essay. One of his reasoning that we go is “to re-establish our feelings of essential normality,” in that no matter how ugly or out of place we feel in this world, it’s nothing compared to the monsters and crazy killers in a horrormovie. This reasoning seems to cater to people trying to define themselves in this world.
King states that one of the reasons we go to see...
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An Excuse for Horror:
Stephen King’s “Why We CraveHorror Movies”
The first Stephen King novel I read, Christine, was chilling,
weird, creepy, and strange. But I loved it. The second, Carrie, was
even less normal, and I was enthralled by it, too. How could thesehorror stories of a possessed, homicidal car and a supernatural,
misunderstood, vengefully murderous teen be a story for anyone other
than pre-pubescent boys?
That is exactly what Stephen King sets out to explain through
humor and metaphor—in a startlingly ironic way—in his essay, “Why We
Stephen King approaches the subject of why people want to read
such freaky absurdity from the angle of horror movies. From this
position, he jumps right into his thesis: “When we pay our four or
five bucks and seat ourselves at tenth-row center in a theater showing
a horrormovie, we are daring the nightmare.” In other words, Mr. King
says that horror movies are humankind’s method for touching on the
baser side of its collective soul.
He illustrates this point most effectively with the gruesome metaphor,
which seems to become central to his...
...In Stephen Kings essay "Why We CraveHorror Movies" he claims that we are all mentally ill. According to King, people’s quirks are proof of this. The antidote to our mental illness, king says, is that we watch horror movies to "re-establish our feelings of essential normality". King also says that we watch them to satisfy the bad in us. We all do crazy things in our lives. Once in awhile we all want to thrash out on someone, to prove a point, or just to hurt them for the sake of hurting them. We do not do this instead we watch horror movies, ride roller coasters and let our frustrations out through our imagination, rather than physical action.
In King’s “...horror movies” he explains that “if we are all insane” then in reality, this is what makes us normal. We can tell that one is what we call abnormal or crazy by the degree of insanity they contain. This being said, ones degree of insanity can vary from a person talking to themselves while in a stressful situation, to having the urge to “carve up women like Jack The Ripper”, this is the way we can determine if one needs to be institutionalized or not. Or if one is within the realm of normal or so insane that they are harmful.
Stephen King claims that "we are all mentally ill". He is right, everyone in the world is mentally ill in one way or another. No one is perfect; as King points out we all do odd things. Some people tend to talk to...