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Why We Crave Horror Movies…

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1. I believe the thesis behind this article is that we all have our guilty pleasures in life and exploring them isn’t always bad. For king, his guilty pleasure is watching a horror film and he describes how this makes him truly feel. With words such as liberating and freeing, one could understand just how much it means to King. King describes the reason we watch horror movies is because there is something freeing about it that makes it fun. King goes on to say that, “our emotions and our fears form their own body, and we recognize that it demands its own exercise to maintain proper muscle tone.” People are applauded for when they show positive emotions towards one another and “exercise” that emotion. In this way people maintain the status quo of civilization. As a result of watching horror films, like a sick joke its job is to deliberately appeal to the worst in everyone. We all need outlets and ways that we can tap into our inner self, whether it’s a nasty joke or a gruesome movie. What could potentially happen if we don’t watch horror films is that our nastiest fantasies and morbidly unchained instincts would be let free. The way it is perceived by king is that it would be inevitable that without watching horror movies we would not be nice and because no matter how old you get, that evil is lying dormant inside of you.

2. I believe the thesis of King’s “Why We Crave Horror Movies” is stated when he says “it deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us”. Meaning, deep down we crave that fear and thrill that you get when watching a horror movie.

Page 132 of the text states that you should begin with a grabber or lead. King does exactly that when saying “I think that we’re all mentally ill”. That statement catches a reader’s attention and has them thinking “why?” which is exactly what the text wants you to do.

Page 134 talks about describing the event or phenomenon and says when you are describing your subject you should use sensory details to illustrate what you are talking about. King does a fantastic job at this throughout the article. A good example of this is the comparison between horror movies and roller coasters “some of the reasons are simple and obvious. To show that we can, that we are not afraid, that we can ride this roller coaster.” When King compares horror movies to roller coasters, I personally start to think about the thrilling feeling you get while riding a coaster.

Page 137 talks about restating your main point and looking to the future. King wraps it all up by explaining that horror movies serve a purpose. “The mythic horror movie, like the sick joke, has a dirty job to do. It deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us. It is morbidly unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized… and it all happens, fittingly enough, in the dark.”

3. Thesis: Humanity craves the horror genre of movies not only for a sense of normality in our own lives, nor the pride one gets from making it through, but also for a peculiar form enjoyment.

Casual Analyses 7.3

1. King opens his essay with a harsh statement not many people like to hear: “I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us out of the asylum only hide it a little better.” (page 504). While King later states that he believes we are at different levels of this insanity, this introduction follows the idea of opening a casual essay with a strong grabber or lead.

2. While it as not as explicitly stated as the books example provides, King identifies his purpose on page 505, stating “When we pay four or five bucks to seat ourselves tenth-row center in a theater showing a horror movie, we are daring the nightmare. Why?” Kings transition from the intro to his main topic is incredibly discrete. However, this short, three line paragraph introduces what the rest of the paper is about: Why we watch horror movies to begin with.

3. Finally, King offers some historical context and background information to help us understand the fun we find in horror movies. On page 505, he quotes one critique who “has suggested that if pro football has become the voyeurs version of combat, then the horror film has become the modern version of a public lynching.” For anyone who has taken a history class, the public lynching is a topic that comes up often, along with public executions, and other such shows of gore and the macabre to the public. He continues this on 506, explaining how these showings of horror are like an outlet for our emotions; How one “has to be let loose to roll and scream in the grass for a bit.” (Page 506). These deeper explanations give context for how the fun of horror movies are nothing new, just a new form of expression.

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