I will be explaining the setting and motifs of horror films, clarifying what are horror movies and how do they affect us. Stanley Solomon, Stephen King and Tim Dirks each wrote their own essays on horror films and how these films always have a the same type of setting and motifs. These 3 authors have totally different perspectives about horror movies, but on the other hand they also have similarities. Dirks describe the setting by giving the example of, “spooky old mansion, fog-shrouded and dark locals” (650). Basically the setting of the horror movie is always in an obscure area where most of the times the story will be happening in an isolated place (house, mansion or even village).This is where a group of people reunite themselves for a little party and since this group is separated from the urban city it is easy for the killer or monster to trap each individual without any neighbor doubting on what is actually happening.
It is a tale in which such elements as ghostly visitations and supernatural intervention are used to further the plot and the chilling, suspenseful atmosphere. These stories are used everywhere, from folktales to religious works, and modern horror. One of the first ghost stories were those of Charles Dickens. Just the name Dickens is enough to give images of snowy Christmas and haunting spirits. Dickens had always loved a good ghost story himself, particularly at Christmas time, (Lane, 1956): „Christmas, as Dickens saw it, was a time for ghost stories, and he applied himself like a good journeyman to their manufacture“.
The Masque of the Red Death Symbolism The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe is a Gothic Fiction about a man, Prince Prospero, who tries to escape a terrible plague that is spreading around the town he lives in. By locking himself and his closest friends in his castellated abbey, Prince Prospero made a desperate attempt at avoiding the epidemic. The Prince and his friends who are hiding in the abbey think that they are safe from the Red Death, but they are actually sadly mistaken. This story is an allegory because it has a hidden meaning or moral represented by a series of symbols. In this short story, the moral or meaning is that wealth and power offer no refuge from death and that death is unavoidable.
Shakespeare’s contemporaries believed in the supernatural very strongly and a majority of them were frightened of it, including the king of that time, King James I of England. In Shakespeare's time, many people were superstitious; they believed that that their lives were strongly influenced, if not dictated by fate. They also thought that the world was full of supernatural creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and many other such beings. Shakespeare incorporated these aspects of belief in his play Macbeth. The witches, although accurately predicting what would occur, i.e., Macbeth would be king, they did not specify how their prophecies would be realized.
For that reason, Poe tells a story in which the disturbing act of father-son incest is reenacted without being uncovered to his audience became his only outlet. There are a lot of passages in this story that would tell you more than what you are actual reading. This story makes you read between the lines, interpreting what Poe is trying to tell you by making you look at this story from the young man (narrator) point of view, making you search for more and intrigues you to try to crack what is really going on. Before Poe starts on this rampage of subtext and implicit meaning, he starts the short story’s first sentence with (True! –nervous—very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?)
In “My Creature from the Black Lagoon” King discusses his thoughts on horror films and challenges the reader to change their initial perception of the term “horror movie.” Most Americans think of a movie with lots of blood and monsters when they think about horror movies. However, King argues that a movie does not have to be about monsters, or even adult oriented, to be scary. King writes, “There are adults today, who, when questioned, will tell you that the most frightening thing they saw at the movies as children was Bambi’s father shot by the hunter, or Bambi and his mother running before the forest fire” (p.585). Any movie can technically be a horror movie if the viewer has terrifying feelings because of it, even Disney movies. King’s essay “My Creature from the Black Lagoon” is, overall, easy to
(Foster 16) Although in many cases evil does have to do with sex such as rape, I don’t believe it has everything to do with sex. During the Victorian era when all of these vampire stories were emerging in literature, Foster writes that since they couldn’t directly write about sex and sexuality, they found ways of transforming those taboo subjects and issues into other forms. (Foster 17) This may be true however he goes on to say that even today people write about vampires, ghosts, and werewolves to symbolize something that will imply something sexual. Since I was an avid reader of Twilight, I will have to defend my beloved novel and say it wasn’t all just about sex. There was evil in it but it wasn’t about some creepy old guy that wanted to take a young girl’s virginity.
In search of the missing piece of weaponry, Chas’ teacher, Mr Stan Liddell, who doubles his nights as a captain in the Garmouth Home Guard, eagerly attempts to find the ‘taker’. Chas, however, with his cunning plans, manages to direct the blame towards Boddser Brown, with an essay on war souvenirs. ‘Chas McGill’ a boy to like, but not to trust. Chas shows, in points of the book, that he holds a strong relationship between himself and his Nana and Granda. An example of this is when his grandparents’ house gets hit, the book says that Chas ‘feels his stomach
After a few rounds of drinks Major Morris began to speak of his 21 years of war when Mr. White questioned Major Morris of the monkey’s paw that he had spoke of previously. The major quickly tried to end the conversation, but Mr. White’s question had gotten the attention of his wife and son, they insisted he told them what it was about. Major Morris spoke of a mummified monkey’s paw that was magic. Major Morris told them the paw had a spell cast upon it by a holy man called a fakir whom did so to prove that fate ruled people’s lives. The spell allowed that three different men have three wishes each from it.
Supernatural Being The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde, is a parody of nineteenth century gothic literature. This short story centers about the Otis family that lives in Canterville Chase and a ghost named Sir Simon who haunts the place. Although details throughout the story are references to the scary atmosphere of traditional gothic literature, the story posses no sense of eeriness at all. Instead, Wilde creates reader empathy for Sir Simon and sets him apart from horrifying gothic ghosts through physical description, slapstick humor, and emotional appeals of Sir Simon’s ability to reason. A physically horrifying ghost is an essential component of gothic literature.