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Why is horror as a genre so popular in film As an admitted horror flick fanatic I’d consider a great horror movie a true piece of art and even at the worst of times a bad horror movie can still be pretty entertaining. Therefore I believe it’s important to understand the factors that play a role in the makeup of horror films to give us masochists that sense of unease, creak in our necks from constantly looking over our shoulders as well as one more psychological scar that’ll keep us coming back for more.Throughout the long history of cinema and the countless number people who have watched horror films, the visuals as well as the the sound-effects have improved immensely.  While the scenes have become more shocking and gruesome, the overall themes have stayed the same “macabre” the disturbing feeling because concern with or causing a fear of death. One would assume seeing somebody violently torn apart and dismembered by a deranged killer or a monster would invoke a feeling of disgust that would turn us away from souch scenes, however quite the opposite is the case we voluntarily subject ourselves to that horror on screen.       “I think we’re all mentally ill, those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better and maybe not all that much better after all”. That  statement by Stephen King gives us a glimpse of why we seek out horror films as a genre. Believing it to be merely  a thing of our mental state, King continues to say that people go to horror movies, “to have fun, to dare the nightmare, and to re-establish our sense of normalcy”.To begin with, some people would say they enjoy a horror movie that gets them scared out of their wits. They go see these movies once a month on average, for fun, each time choosing a newer sequel like “Final Destination” or “The evil Dead”. King says “When we pay our four or five bucks and seat ourselves at tenth-row center in a theater showing a horror movie we are daring the nightmare” (405). As a writer of best-selling horror novels, King uses his practical wisdom, to incorporate his knowledge of “horror” movies into his essay. With his use of the phrase “dare the nightmare” he is implying horror movies create nightmares for many people. This is a great way to show the depth of fear and intensity of the films he is referring to. His use of inductive reasoning helps identify that humans watch these movies with the understanding that consequences may follow in form of nightmares. He challenges his reader’s logic with the word “dare”, which means to have the courage to do something. King knows it takes courage to go see this type of violence and horror unfold. Like with the fear of heights, most humans have this fear. It takes courage for someone who’s afraid of heights to climb the Statue of liberty to check out the view. King implies that humans put themselves through this “nightmare” to satisfy their pathos, it gives them a sense of normalcy. Fear is something we are all programed to experience. King points out people with a “hysterical fear of snakes, the dark, the tight place, the long drop” (405). With use of these examples he better illustrates his definition of what fear means to him, which is someone with a mental illness. Therefore, it’s safe to say most people are attracted to the thrills, violence, and fear of horror movies. Some people find it fascinating to watch the possible things that could aspire between two human beings. King say’s “The potential lyncher is in almost all of us (excluding saints, past and present; but then, most saints have been crazy in their own ways), and every now and then, he has to be let loose to scream and roll around in the grass” (406). This statement allows the reader to visualize how “horror” movies provide humanity with something it has taken pleasure in for years. Humans have inflicted pain on others throughout history for meaningless reasons. It has been the center of attention for humans as far back as the romans, who gathered to watch the gladiator fights and animal fights in the coliseum. Back then if you were convicted of a crime you were publically beheaded which satisfied the audiences need for “horror”. During slavery some were publically hung for criminal activity. King carefully organized his argument to effectively reflect this “lynching” topic focusing our attention on how our pathos can cause us to turn against one another as humans have done throughout history. He reminds his readers of how they need to “let loose, scream and roll around in the grass” (406). Focusing us on our emotions with these words, bringing us back to how when we watch these movies how we “put away our more civilized and adult penchant” (406 King). He is leading the reader to the realization that sane people don’t decide to watch horror movies, pointing out emotions as the culprit to which attracts people to see such horror. These movies provide humans with the opportunity to fulfill one of their deepest, darkest inner most feelings, a clearing of all evil thoughts all at once, while remaining at a safe distance from true horror. This need for emotional clearing often stems from, parents teaching children at a young age to suppress their emotions. Saying things like don’t cry, teaches children that their feelings are not important. King say’s “Our emotions and our fears form their own body, and we recognize that body demands its own exercise to maintain proper muscle tone” (406). That metaphor informs readers that human emotions are valuable, respectable and maintainable. He uses this sentence to propose his main idea that in order to exercise emotions you must let them out. He say’s “emotions don’t go away” (407). Some people spend years suppressing unwanted emotions, which can ultimately cause them to erupt with irrational outbursts. Some people skip the emotional tantrum going straight to harming someone, something, or themselves. The suppressing of such pathos as anger, which is a common emotion, can have very damaging effects. If you don’t know how to deal with anger in the right place, in the correct way it could cause you a lot of problems in life.Which leads some to think, “Horror” films are the cause of many of America’s problems with its youth, suggesting such horrific films are attributed to the mass murders in recent news coverage’s. For instance the batman movie theater shootings, where some guy just opened fire on innocent people. In reality the people mourning these tragedies are making these accusations about horror films just looking to blame someone or something for the tragedy they have experienced. When the fact is without horror movies people would look elsewhere for ways to release their emotions turning more often to these hate crimes instead of away. Stephen King mentions a “sick” joke a 10 year old told him, that I’d rather not repeat, it’s about “unloading a truckload of dead babies” (407). That jokes horrific nature goes well with the horror scheme of the essay even though it’s distasteful it satisfies his point, “The mythic horror movie, like the sick joke, has a dirty job to do” (407). Allowing his audience to see the need for horror movies. This concept of providing a simple horror movie to fulfil a “dirty job” is a good way to introduce his bad joke about “babies” providing his audience with some urban humor, to satisfy his readers need for comedy. Kings audience is mostly comprised of middle aged men who would rather look at the photography in a Playboy magazine, were this article was published, than spend time actually reading an article about “Why We Crave Horror Movies” (404). His ability to keep his readers interested is important to him. In giving his readers what they want, he has built strong ethos for himself. His use of decorum throughout his essay, has allowed him to accuse humans of having a mental illness, while making that illness sound as if it were normal making this a well written essay.According to Kings Essay we all suffer from this treatable insanity. All we need to do to cure it is watch a horror movie. He say’s ” I think we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little-better and maybe not all that much better after all” (405). The impression his words give, to imagine everyone as mentally ill, triggers emotion in people it is an attention grabber. His use of word play in that sentence is very well thought out, it makes the reader use critical thinking skills to grasp his concept. The people who thought they were just wasting their time with these movies can now look at it as therapy. With all the available movie theaters out there, it’s so easy for those who have a desire for horror, dopamine and impending doom to get their fix. After reading his essay I have gained a better understanding of “Why We Crave Horror Movies”. Now I realize the importance of horror movies for everyone, even if it means accepting that I am mentally ill.To say the least, this essay should give most people a better understanding of why Stephen King believes all of us are mentally ill. I have provided a clear evaluation of his essay in an organized way using the appropriate standards of evaluation. In understanding why humans “Crave Horror Movies” even when some people get nightmares after watching them we find the importance of our emotions and fears. We find those emotions and fears form a body of their own which needs to be maintained properly in order to remain healthy. We see how emotions can be controlled though viewing horror movies. Stephen King’s “Why We Crave Horror Movies” is a well written essay with convincing analogies, comparisons, and urban humor. With the use of logos, ethos and pathos in unison he easily wins his argument persuading his audience to believe his thesis, convincing normal people they are mentally ill. Kings argument convinces his readers not only that mental illness lies within us all, but that without horror movies we wouldn’t have a way to fix our mental state. If sanity is being normal, and insanity is madness, then how is it that being normal is watching insanity repeatedly? WORKS CITEDStephen King “Why We Crave Horror Movies” this article was published in Playboy Magazine (1981)Internet Source; A quote by Albert Einstein

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