The Influence Of Horror Movies

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The movie industry is a main factor of each society in the new world; no country around the globe lacks movie theatres, TV channels specialized in broadcasting movies, or, naturally, the Internet where you can access any movie in the history of cinema. Various studies have been done on the emotional and behavioral effects movies from all genres can cause to their audiences who differ in age, interests, social stance and other significant variations. However a specific genre has predominantly gained most of the attention in researches and it is that kind of movies that show unpleasant events and how they attract a large base of audiences. Keisner (2008) discusses a specific subgenre which is called slasher, a category of horror cinema typically…show more content…
In addition to that, movies widen the horizon of our perception of reality, which is why it is essential to fully comprehend the message communicated. Horror movies with their gory, bloody scenes are usually bashed for their corny dialogue and flat characters by the critics. But slasher movies producers rely on the psychological fact that people are more capable of deciphering meanings from images than words, hence presenting a more effective message that reaches the audiences more clearly, which in return ignites a sense of thirst into the audience for more graphic, realistic scenes; a deep-rooted factor of the audience 's attraction to slasher movies is their ability to frighten, to move, to arouse the viewers; these movies offer an immediate thrill. Horror movies ignite both bodily and emotional reactions from the audience as if they were a part of the movie before any cognitive processing of the received message on the screen. Some viewers become unable to differentiate between their reality and the falsity of the movie; the frequent exposure to slasher movies can make the movie 's created reality alter the viewer 's actual reality and this is more likely to happen among children who have not formed a steady, logical perception of the world, hence this results in them developing manners in accordance…show more content…
Although fear and disgust are considered to be painful and negative feelings, most fans of horror movies argue that these are the factors contributing the most to their enjoyment of the genre; this is called "the paradox of horror". Despite the fact that pain is a feeling that we as humans naturally loathe, when put in specific contexts, we tend to be attracted to it. "Hedonic ambivalence" is the name of the phenomenon of finding pleasure in something one perceives as painful. There are two types of ambivalence, weak ambivalence and strong ambivalence; weak ambivalence refers to the enjoyment experienced of something that includes painful portions while strong ambivalence refers to the enjoyment that is essentially based on the painful portions. Weak ambivalence is not hard to grasp as for example you can enjoy a fast and energetic action movie even though it might cause you a headache. But it is different with strong ambivalence, as when you enjoy any food filled with spices or take a ride on a terrifying roller coaster while screaming madly, the enjoyment is boosted by the fact that you experience pain. There is a similarity between how masochists experience pain as they welcome the feeling mainly because they enjoy the thought of pain infliction on them and the previously mentioned example. And it is the same with horror; sometimes when taking a painful feeling and putting it in a certain context, it becomes welcomed. We might not enjoy the spices if we are not
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