This essay will foccus on the monsters as creatures that portray the fears of a society. This is why it is important to understand what is a monster and what are its uses in literature. In “Monster Theory (Seven Theses)”, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, the author, gives us some of the basic aspects of monsters as theses. Monsters are born as an embodiment of a certain cultural moment and “the monster 's body quite literally incorporates fear, desire, anxiety, fantasy[...] giving them life and an
Stan Maria The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Proto-Indie Phenomenon In his article, The American Nightmare – Horror in the 70s, Robin Wood tries to take the American horror movie and put it in a suggestive context, both historically and socially, exemplifying trough movies that made history by their violence, gore and the shock they created to the mental matrix of the society living in that age. He believes that trying to define those ages as the Golden Age of the American horror film is a brave thing to do, using comparisons for each of their characteristics: more gruesome, more violent, more disgusting, and perhaps more confused. He also believes that the core of the movie itself – the disturbance – is a crucial thing shared exhaustively
For instance, the very first sentence of Hollinger’s essay starts off with this quote, “As Stephen Neale suggests, an intimate relationship seems to exist among the filmic presentation of the horror monster, the castration anxiety it evokes, and the cinematic representation of the female form.” (Hollinger pg. 243 of the Monsters book), in which she uses to intrigue the reader and to give the reader an idea about the work. Hollinger tells the reader that Neale thinks that the usual origin of a monster in a film is due to a relationship that went wrong and also claims that men are more vulnerable to certain anxieties. The placement of her reference to Neale’s essay allows the reader to conduct an idea of what the essay is going to be about and makes the reader think about what is more threatening between feminine monsters or masculine monsters. I think it was creative of her to reference a well-known philosopher and that she was able to use it to have the reader thinking about movies they’ve watched and figure out whether they’ve actually seen any movie at all with a feminine monster and if they did, then they’d compare them to the masculine monster causing the reader to think even more!
Horror films have the capacity to be utilized as vehicles to discuss or address issues of social change and societal transformation. This essay is concerned with the function of the nuclear family in horror films. The question that is the focus of this essay is: how does the horror film use the family to address social issues? Therefore, this essay theorizes that horror films utilize the nuclear family to demonstrate the impact and effect that societal change can have on individuals within the family. In horror films, the father plays a key role in the disintegration of the family, he is driven by the possessing, alienating and isolating force of his environment to destroy his family.
In the book author use word “simple and obvious” for horror movie.Horror movie will not give you instant scream or shock as roller coaster but it makes you scared mood in few hours or few days. Also when we watching horror movie we got feeling that someone is watching me or feels like someone is next to me. The author write “when we exhibit these emotions, society showers us with positive reinforcement, we learn this even before we get of diapers”. It shows we always know the feeling before things happen.Horror movie always have sick joke or dirty job or something that impress people, this help people to watch their movie because you cannot get those feeling when you stay normal in real life. People always want something special in life, that’s why they travel around the world and try to find something that other people don’t have.
Jack and the hunters used their “war paint” to scare or intimidate Ralph’s group as well. When the hunters did raid Ralph’s camp, they were depicted as “demoniac figures” (Golding 140) which exudes a chilling undertone. This scared the littluns as well, so they “fled screaming” (Golding 140). Both the diction of this passage and the reaction of the littluns demonstrate the sometimes frightening nature of masks. Overall, along with other movies or books, the use of paint in Jack’s tribe and the reaction it evoked brings forth the idea of masks being used in an intimidating
Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcocks powerful and complex psychological thriller, horror film “Psycho” (1960) was classes as the first sub genre of horror, the slasher. The film ushered in the era of slashes with graphic content of blood-letting and shocking killings of the time. Although this was Hitchcock’s first horror film, he was labelled as a horror film director ever since. The film contains disturbing themes of corruptibility, confused identities, voyeurism, human vulnerabilities and victimisation. These themes symbolise the effects of money, oedipal murder and the dark histories.
The people who make horror movies really know how to get to the root of our fears and course that makes sense because scaring the wits out of us is their bread and butter. Whether they’re playing on our insecurities about own lives or bringing our darkest nightmares to life, we can’t get enough of horror movies. The truth is that we love the feeling of being afraid, it’s thrilling and gets our blood pumping, but we also want to feel that way in a safe environment i.e half hiding under the blanket in our bed at home. Now we all have our favorites when it comes to horror movies, some of us enjoy supernatural or religious themed stories while others like slasher or gore flicks, but I think we can all agree that when child actors appear in horror movies it makes them even more terrifying. Maybe it’s because we associate children with innocence so seeing one possessed by the demons or climbing out of tv screens really grabs our attention.
The main point of the article “Why We Crave Horror Movies” by Stephen King, is that many people enjoy reading and watching horror stories for many different reasons. One main reason King gives is that people just want to overcome their fears, show that they are brave. Others go just to have fun. But not the happy, playful type of fun rather fun that is dark,full of death and suspense. Many people enjoy this type of fun while others, like me, do not.
Dark, foreboding alleyways, creepy villains, and sinister music are all things one would expect to find in a Tim Burton film. But do you know why? Every aspect of his films are carefully thought out to give off a specific effect. One example of this is how Burton uses camera angles and lightings to create an ominous and lonely mood in his films, because he wants his audience to connect with the strange, or “different” characters. Burton uses a variety of different camera angles in his films to get his point across.