Monday, November 1, 2010

Insanity Test

In the article by Stephen King, “Why We Crave Horror Movies”, briefly discusses in depth of why horror movies thrill and pleasure many people. King believes that we are all mentally ill and we hide it much better than those inside asylums. His examples were the fact that we are all known to talk to ourselves from stress, often make horrible grimaces when we think we are alone, and have hysterical fear of snakes or the dark. We pay money to watch a horror movie because we are daring the nightmare, proving to ourselves that we are not afraid, to re-establish our feeling of essential normality, and to basically have fun. King states, “The fun comes from seeing others menaced-sometimes killed.” A horror film intends to urge us to put away our civilized and adult penchant to become children again. A horror movie provides a psychic relief, invites us to lapse into simplicity, and allows our madness to extend. King states, “Our emotions and our fears form their own body, and we recognize that it demands its own exercise to maintain proper muscle tone.” The accepted emotions are love, friendship, loyalty, and kindness; with these emotions we get showered with positive reinforcement. The non accepted emotions do not go away and constantly demand exercise. Things related to horror appeals to the worst of us, it is morbidity unchained, our base instincts are let free, our nastiest fantasies are realized, and all this happens in the dark. To control these anticivilized feelings, we must feed it occasionally to prevent it from escaping.

Everything Stephen King had to say about the affect of horror movies on people is genius. I too also think that we are a little insane. In Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Psycho, Norman Bates says, “She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?” I think this statement holds total truth; we know the morals of right and wrong, but we still do troublesome things because each and every one of us are fully capable of committing horrible acts like Norman Bates. I think most people are just good at controlling or hiding their madness. Norman Bates hid his madness in the form of his dead mother, and after she killed, Norman cleaned the crimes up just like a good son would do believing he had absolutely nothing to do with it. If we do not feed our madness every now and then it will escape and as a result we will commit something we would not normally do, just like Marion Crane; she lived a pleasant good life, but desired love and stole $40,000 to be with her significant other. Horror movies are a twisted pleasure, we may not fully realized it or admit it, but watching horror movies calms and pleases the madness to keep us sane.

why do we have an erger for horror Movie

why do we like to have an arguer for horror movie that makes us feel like are hearts wants to jump out. There is some thing in are brains that triggers a cemicla at goes thought are body that makes us want to jump out of are chair. There are other feeling that we get but they are with other movies, for example. romantic movie make u sad or want to squish your partner. Comedy make u laugh a lot. For every subject of the you get some kind of feeling ,but with horror movie you really get a feeling that can last you a life time.
I crave for horror movies because i love that feeling that my heart will jump out. Its the suspense whats going to happens and what does happened.The thing i learned about myself is that i do not watch them at night because i end up dreaming about the horror.


More Case Study Links

Here's a few more links that should prove useful for our Case Study about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The first is Steve Persall's response to a well-written critique of his review. Both the e-mail written to Persall and his response are here. It's a perfect example of the reviewer's role in critiquing film.

Next is the short video we watched in class about the term "gamer" and the negative connotations it implies of the Discourse Community it denigrates. Since most of the reviews in our Case Study apply this stereotype to the assumed audience of the film, it makes for good evidence.

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Horror!

Why do we crave horror movies? Stephen king tells us why we do in his article “Why We Crave Horror Movies.” He begins saying that we are all mentally ill and that it’s just a matter of hiding it better than the people in the asylums. So why do we crave the horror? We are “daring the nightmare” says Stephen. We go to those movies to show we are not scared, and to have fun. We want horror movies so we can come to terms with our own sick fantasies and have a sort of psychic relief because it is rare in our lives to experience real madness. Our sanity varies between murderer and nose picking guy who doesn’t fit in, but there is a potential evil existing in all of us. The emotions we have demand certain things to keep them going and horror movies help us help our emotions. If we feed our emotions and inner cravings with horror movies we can keep them from bursting out and feeding that underlying desire for true horror.

I absolutely have that craving and desire for horror movies. Like Stephen said, I need to feed my emotions and horror movies definitely give me my fix for my sick and twisted mind. I really like and agree with him in that we are all insane and it’s just a matter of hiding better than others because I know I’m just a tad insane myself. People can release that insanity by watching and expressing that insanity through horror movies. I love horror movies because they show the most insane scenarios that I could never see in real life, and that’s what makes them awesome. They’re what I could never get enough of and I will always crave the horror!

In the movie Psycho, a woman in love skips town with a bundle of cash she has stolen from her boss to meet up with her boyfriend, or at least that’s what she intended to do. Stopping at the Bate’s Motel for a night, the woman, Marion can’t run from this “psycho”. Norman Bates runs this motel and lives with his ill mother who gets a little too jealous of the women Norman likes. So after jealousy strikes and Marion is killed, her loved ones do anything they can to find out what happened and where Marion is. Finally getting to the motel, her sister and her boyfriend discover what’s really going on with the Bates.

Well, I thought this was a pretty good horror flick. It settled some of my horror cravings for the day, but not all of them! The suspense was definitely there, I didn’t know what was coming out of the corners next. Mother was my favorite character and I loved when Norman runs into the cellar dressed up like Mother with a knife because it’s just so crazy and unexpected. He’s a pretty nice guy, but when Mothers comes out I wouldn’t want to be around because she’s the real psycho. The music for the killing scenes are awesome and for all the other scenes. That music will be stuck inn my head for days. Suspense, suspense, suspense!


Stephen King starts off with his thought of all mankind being mentally disordered to some extent. People go watch horror movie to prove themselves as brave and daring. Young people like it more than the elderly. Indeed, the sick craving of horror movies lives beneath our skin and just does not manifest in daily life. Sometimes we find it interesting to watch someone getting killed and the satisfaction that we get breaks all the restriction of morals and ethics, bringing us back to the animal inside. The feelings and thoughts being kept inside each one of us need to be let loose sometimes. While some of the feelings are deemed civilized, some are not. The civilized deeds and feelings are celebrated meanwhile the others are spited against. Yet the latter manages to exist under different forms such as sick jokes. Yet, these sick jokes keep the real sickness from getting out and harm other people.

Everybody is weird in a certain way, yes. Yet, I disagree with Stephen King when he deems nose picking as insanity. Nose picking is an act of cleaning dirt out of the system which is perfectly normal and sane. If nose picking would be considered abnormal, the author may include bathing as well. Personally, I find his attempt of covering up his weak argument with abstract comparisons and language not very convincing. Moreover, the sick joke he mentions is more likely to be deemed lame rather than funny. It is not only an inappropriate joke but also an annoyance to those who have to listen to or read about it.

"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.