While I believe that Stephen King’s “Why We Crave Horror Movies” is a very enjoyable article, I do not agree that horror movies help us keep sane. In fact I think that prolonged looking at violence probably makes us more vulnerable and prone to violence. Or possibly just ignore the violence of others. In this essay, Stephen King explains his opinions on why he thinks that we crave horror movies. He starts out in the essay as little things as to what he thinks and as the essay goes on he broadens his explanations.
In the excerpt, “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” written by Stephen King, he argues that that we all have a little bit of insanity in all of us, and we all express it in different ways, from the chills to the guilty pleasure. It’s like we are attracted to horror movies, but we never really knew it. So, King uses a variety of rhetorical strategies to support the allure of horror movies. He uses these strategies to describe what horror movies make us feel like and it’s impressive.
Frightening motion pictures help the audience live different lives in the comfort of their own homes. In the story, Why We Crave Horror Movies, by Stephen King, the issue involves how thriller films appeases oneself. Whereas, the article, Horror Movies Take Escapism to the Next Level Meditation to Destress Allows the Mind a Break, by Amber Appleby, relates to why humans relish suspenseful movies. Thus, both the story and the article indicate similar yet different ideas regarding how horror movies affect us. In the story, Why We Crave Horror Movies, Stephen King apprises the audience that potential lynchers reside within them.
At this point of the story, clearly Rainsford is not okay with murder. He immediately thinks General Zaroff is joking when he says he murders humans. Later in the story he does not think of it as a joke however, he likes doing it also. Therefore his view of murdering and being violent changes throughout the
In Stephen King’s essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” he explains the reasons why we desire horror films. He starts by stating that everyone is mentally ill inside, and that all of us have a way of concealing it. King explains why people who watch horror movies prove that they can’t be frightened. He conveys his reasoning “to show that we can, that we are not afraid, that we can ride this roller coaster.” The author then re-establishes to everyone people are normal from the actual terrifying image they see in the movies. Furthermore, King states that “the fun comes from seeing others menaced-sometimes killed.” He believes that watching people die urges adults to be more civilized and less aggressive.
Why we crave horror movies by Stephen King. King states how everyone is mentally ill in there own way and we crave the tempted desire to be scared. When approaching a roller coaster we look for the best one. The one with the most turns and the biggest drops we also do this when choosing a scary movie, we daire the nightmare to be scared. As humans we always try and seek for the violent, hence why people like watching Football and UFC for the thrill of the roller coaster ride with the ups, downs, and the unknown of what will happen next.
Stephen King’s “Why We Crave Horror Movies” discusses factors that persuade people to watch horror films to help their mental state. He first explains that people watch movies to show that they are brave and can witness unpleasant scenes. He compares this sense of bravery to the sense of riding a roller coaster, they may get scared at first but they continue on doing it. Secondly, he talks about how watching horror films restores the sense of normality, which is trying to find your place in society. An example, he presents is although people aren’t as pretty or successful as actors and actress, they aren’t as ugly or evil as monsters and villains played in horror films.The example shows how people fit into society just like everyone else.
While the claim is that junk food and cause people to act in a way that they can’t control, such as two murders, the actual argument in court argued that the consumption of Twinkies was simply a display of the claimed depression of the accused; the argument was not that the Twinkies made him do it, but rather that they indicated a mental shift; the underlying cause for his actions which led to him being eventually charged with a lesser crime (snopes.com). With that said, I kind of find the Twinkie Defense to be credible; showing the shift from mentally stable to unstable (in this case, depression) is certainly a plausible cause for reduced charges. In the same way that many other mental illnesses can be used to justify actions, depression absolutely does have a negative effect on the mind. While food choices cannot always be attributed to depression, being able to highlight a distinct shift in eating habits more than likely does indicate some sort of internal
However, Hitchcock played with the high key lighting in a different way to border his characters flaws and expose them, which is a fear that we all have and can relate; having our darkest desires held up to the light for the world to see. In a sense Hitchcock is saying with her death and his insanity, here it is and look at it. This gives way to the themes of the movie lack of privacy. When Norman bates was in the interrogation room, Hitchcock used a wide shot to place the character in the middle of the frame to highlight the lonely and insanity of the
To me it’s poorly written because he killed a man, but because his guilt took him over he couldn’t handle all the pressure and turned himself. Like, if you’re going to kill someone for a dumb reason at least have a smarter way of covering it up. I understand how people say it’s just a story and that it’s is very entertaining, but if you think about it the story that is entertaining you is a story of insanity and death and I don’t find that very entertaining. In the story the Tell Tale Heart a man or caregiver kills an old man because of his eye. He tells the readers that the eye makes his “blood run cold” and because of that he had to kill him.
horror movies can become an addictive habit, especially those of the great Stephen King. From his first novel Carrie (1974) to his most recent collection of short stories, Everything’s Eventual: Five Dark Tales (2002), King’s perspective on all things scary still strikes terror in his readers. In 1982, Playboy featured King’s article, “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” in which he explains why he feels people are drawn to horror films. King’s use of humorous tone helps him convey his opinion in a casual manner; whereas, his use of figurative analogies and examples give him the support and credibility needed to present his opinion in an educated and influential way. According to Stephen King, horror movies can serve a valuable purpose.