Sunday, October 31, 2010

"You eat like a bird."

Nicole McBride
English 111
31 October 2010

Stephen King's "Why We Crave Horror Movies" discusses a possible explanation on why we, humans, pay to watch horror movies. King first suggests that we go watch horror movies to show that we can and are not afraid to. He then suggests we go watch horror movies to "re-establish our feelings of essential normality." Next, King goes into a controversial subject when stating that one goes to watch horror movies for fun, however society does not deem what people do in horror movies morally correct so how is it good to watch that? King says that everyone has the potential to be psycho, but it is only a matter of how one controls and maintains that emotion. King then discusses the confusing conflict of when positive reinforcement is given when one demonstrates love, friendship, and loyalty, but when one demonstrates angry or crazy only negative reinforcement is returned because those are considered uncivilized emotions. King explains how when someone tells a sick joke, an intense reaction usually follows. He eludes to in order to have a great horror movie, an intense reaction is needed like the joke. In the end, King says we watch horror movies to appeal to the "bad" we have in all of us.

I agree with Stephen King's reason of why we watch horror movies. In the end of his article, King says that his nastiest fantasies are realized when watching a horror movie because its like "lifting a trap door in the civilized fore brain and throwing a basket of raw meat to the hungry alligators swimming around in that subterranean river beneath." I totally agree with that. People go watch horror movies to ease the little crazy they have begging to get out of them. I think people like to watch Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho for that very reason. Psycho is filled with murder and mystery and those who have the desire for murder or mystery should just watch the movie to settle that craving they have inside.

1 comment:

  1. Your summarization was short, sweet, and simple. You discussed all the important ideas from Stephen King's article, excellent post Nicole. I agree with you on horror movies easing the craziness inside all of us.