In Stephen Kings essay called “Why We Crave Horror Movies” Kind displays his opinion and thoughts on why it is believed for people to love and crave the thrill of watching a horror movie. The writing says horror movies may take away ones secret, twisted, psychedelic thoughts and help sooth their rage. Maybe some just enjoy the adrenaline rush of the fear on screen. Lastly some might enjoy horror movies to regain ones confidence in the normality of the world today. “It may be that horror movies provide psychic relief” (230) says King. This could sadly be true for some people now days. It is not hard to build up raging anger and want to dispose of it in violent acts, so how else can one get rid of anger without purging violent sins? The answer is simple, by watching someone else do it for them. However; this is not the goal a horror film is trying to particularly portray. Entertainment is available in many forms and growing every year with new technology on the rise. Horror movies are one of the oldest ways of getting satisfactory entertainment, not to be used as therapy. King also compares watching a horror film to the rush one gets while riding a roller coaster. This is true, watching a horror film has much more to it than blood and guts for the insane eyes in the world. It is a mind boggling, edge of the seat sitting mystery. Like a roller coaster, one never knows what is coming next. The drops, twists, and turns making stomachs drop and heads spin. The same effect is being displayed through a horror film. As viewers of a horror film one knows what is going on behind scenes and gets sneak peeks. It is hard to not yell at the TV screen “Turn around!” Adrenaline is a addicting feeling one can experience. The point behind horror films are to provide intense entertainment, the same intentions a roller coaster has when it is being built. Lastly, King portrays the popularity of horror films in a scary, sadly realistic way. The world is not simple anymore. Bad things happen every day, Murder rates go up every year, and kids get kidnapped every day. Wouldn’t it be nice to think the world wasn’t
Repetition becomes an engine of horror when the viewer allows the constant replay of old fears to creep into their minds. Commonly found in the Horror Film Genre repetition has been used to create a trap for its victims as well as the audience. Creating the allusion of escape, repetition builds up a cyclic feeling of safety and then cuts out the sliver of hope with the return of the monster or whatever is terrorizing the cast. In Francis Ford Coppola’s film Dracula the repetition of shadows and…
continue to remake Horror films with reference to Nightmare on Elm Street 2010?
This essay links to my coursework because I have produced two print articles for Media Magazine and Heat magazine. This relates to the key issues around Horror in my essay because I have produced a review for a newly released Horror film written by a break through female writer Lena Dunham and an interview with writer.
In this essay I will be exploring the key issues around Horror as a genre and how horror has engaged…
Horror Film Genre and Nightmare on Elm Street
Genre is easily defined as, “A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter” according to dictionary.com. To look more specifically at horror film you need to analyze a film to find a few key elements such as, isolation, desolation, lost cause, and redemption. There are many more aspects that make a film a horror film but I feel as if these are some…
the long lasting and terribly damaging effects of horror films. Citing sleeplessness, trembling, and fevers as some of the resulting symptoms, it appears ridiculous to think that audiences are making conscious decisions to go and see these films.
Theories are vast when it comes to why we watch horror films. Karina Wilson over at Horror Film History asks:
Do we derive basic thrills from triggering the rush of adrenalin which fear brings, or do horror stories serve a wider moral purpose, reinforcing…
fairytale films with our parents- we did so purely for the entertainment and parents, hoping to instill good morals in us. We may not have thought of this at the time but those fairy tales reflected the time they were made in- they “offer insights into the moral traditions of different cultures.” (Harries, 3) But as we eventually grow older, we find different interests and are introduced to different types of films such as action, drama, romance, and horror. Like fairytales, these genres of films also…
torture chamber for my helpless soul. One night in particular, my dream was subjugated by the sinister side of my imagination.
My nightly routine consists mostly of reading some type of science fiction novel or watching a horror film. I had just settled down to watch the horror film Insidious for the night, after reading part of my favorite novel Blood Song. I have watched Insidious previously, so I knew I wasn’t going to stay awake. Regardless of my prediction, I continued to watch my movie with heavy…
The ineffectual parents
* Subjective camera
* The phone
* Wes craven
* Robert Englund
* New line cinema
* Scream quotes
* Franchise / sequels
The difference in most genres can be that subtle changes between the films and the genre. For example, the knife should be different – machete, chainsaw, kitchen knife. If they were all hunting knives, it would be boring.
Feminism relates to the social and civil rights moment concerning equality between the genders and…
Language of Lit Film. Mods 9-10 September 26, 2014 Psycho Paper Throughout the film Psycho, we learn the themes of different characters and how it affects them. The film is an Alfred Hitchcock movie produced in the mid 1960s. Ever since this movie was made, Hitchcock was mistakenly labeled as a horror film director. It is much layered and complex that multiple viewings are necessary to capture all of its subtlety. In the film, Alfred Hitchcocks nightmarish, disturbing themes of oedipal murder,…
airports are attacked by tornadoes and the economy is melting
and radiation is leaking and honey bees are dying, obviously the zombies are only
waiting for the globe to warm a little more.
One advantage of zombie movies and indeed, all monster and horror
movies, is that they provide a port of entry for new filmmakers. The genre itself is
the star. I don't like to say this about David Arquette, who is a jolly nice guy, but I
doubt many people went to "Scre4m" to see him; they wanted to see the…
Analysis- Final Draft
14 July 2013
Horror movies have always been a part of popular culture from early monster movies like Dracula and Frankenstein to the more modern serial killer thrillers like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Horror enthusiasts flock to theaters worldwide for a nail biting, seat clenching horrifying experience. And with the development of special effect over time the horror genre has become more grisly and grotesque compared to its earlier…