Why Do People Love Horror Movies? For years people have been scared senseless by horror movies, yet we continue to watch them. Horror movies are extremely popular throughout society today. But what is it about a good scary movie that makes us decide to go to the movies and see the new “Friday the 13th” movie and not “When Harry Met Sally?” Maybe it’s the rather eventful way a horror movie portrays the night life, or the feeling you get in your chest when you clearly know someone is about to die, or even the raw sex appeal a horror movie depicts to both men and women. The night life portrayed in a horror movie is definitely more lively than that of the life many of us live every day.
Drag Me to Hell is a horror movie that came out in 2009. Though at first glance it seems like a typical gory horror movie with an up-front plot, it is actually atypical. This film has a whole other story going on between the lines. The writers of this film use fictional elements like demons and curses that resonate with everyone to evoke horror in their audience and portray the very real, nonfictional horror of eating disorders. This is a genius way to artistically express a feeling and a state of mind that most people are aware of but don’t have enough understanding to be able to empathize with.
There are many elements that people expect to see in such films. These things may include a surprise ending, different camera angles, and of course, violence. After watching such movies, a person may begin to feel a chill down their spine or goose bumps on their arms. Yet, time and time again, audiences spend money to watch these movies, paying little regard to the effects the film can cause. After watching a horror movie, people can feel anxiety, suffer from paranoia, experience sleeplessness, and establish phobias throughout their life.
In his essay “Why we crave horror movies”, Stephen King said even though horror movies are scary and send irritating vibes to the audience, they are still craved. Mr. King mentioned three reasons why people crave horror movies, to prove they are not afraid, to exhibit emotions and just to experience the concept of violence. Most people get scared, annoyed or uncomfortable and frightened while watching horror movies, but they still want to watch them because they are enjoyable and thrilling. People watch scary movies because they are somehow considered a way of experiencing fear in a controlled set, which turns into an enjoyable experience once over since it’s not a real threat. Some horror movies fans see the enjoyment of scary movies similar to riding roller coasters, a thrilling ride.
Reading further into Mr. King’s essay, I was intrigued by the notion that a horror movie might actually have a role to play in civilized society. As Mr. King puts it, “like a sick joke, [the mythic horror movie] has a dirty job to do.” It allows us to fantasize, lets our basic instincts free and “appeals to all that is worst
In the original film (Hitchcock) the old dark and colorless film, the creep music provide the viewers an idea that something wicked is about to happen. Therefore again both directors did provide enough action to carry over to each scene. In the remake the casting was truly wrong; For instance the infamous character Norman Bates, the psychopathic motel owner was played by fast talking, macho man Vince Vaughn. In the remake the Norman appears to be more of a sexual predator, whom would actually please himself as he watch Marion through a peephole in the shower scene; which gives the audience a different point of view about this film and van sant character Norman. However in the original version Anthony Perkins plays Norman Bates, who truly fit the character with calmer attitude, and good boy looks as Norman.
Anyone who was positive in the movie they tried to hurt or they killed them off. Young minorities are faced with theses images everyday from music videos on down to television shows and I feel that it was an awful depiction of black culture. I do feel that the movie is detrimental and can taint a young urban minorities mind; it could lead young men and women to idolize criminal lifestyle. When Goldie refers to himself as a “hero” I could almost imagine what is going on in a young teenager’s mind. Their probably thinking the movie was great or they want to sell drugs, be a player or pimp just like him without seeing the truth.
Fear For many, most vivid memories are conceived from times of fear. Our brains etch the memories into our brains from the adrenaline it gives us, which is called flashbulb memory. Fear makes people uncomfortable, especially since there are so many things to be afraid of. The fears of spiders, heights, failure, disease, getting injured, and that’s just to name a few. Peoples first reaction to anything is to go back to their comfort place, when someone watches a scary movie, their comfort zone would be closing their eyes.
Fury to Vengeance The 1936 movie Fury was a movie about mob mentality and the power of ignorance. People in the movie wanted to believe something so badly that they would ignore plain evidence to make it true. This creates a deadly mistake on the citizen’s part and has an effect on everyone in the story. Everyone has their own way in dealing with different emotions. Some people turn every emotion in to anger as a means of coping and others just act as if they are not affected by anything.
When people go to see a horror movie or read a horror novel, they expect to see, or read about, possibly an infinite amount of gruesome and disgusting creatures. What people most of the time do not realize is that the creature in the story is usually caused by human error and carelessness. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor, the titular character, creates a creature in which he abandons almost immediately and shows no respect for him; which causes the creature to commit chaos in Victor’s life. The problem in this story is not the hate the creature causes, but in the evil of Victor’s selfish mind inability to see the havoc he can prevent. The first fault that causes Victor’s action is his tenacious view on life and how it works.