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Why We Crave Horror Movies

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Juush Newvak

on 3 December 2015

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Transcript of Why We Crave Horror Movies

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947
He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, with a B.A. in English

American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.

Stephen king popular for horror books

Notable works Carrie, The Shining, The Stand,Misery, It, The Dark Tower,Under the Dome, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank

Notable awards Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Hugo Award, Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award, National Medal of Arts

In this essay, Stephen King shows the reason why we crave horror movies is because we are all mentally ill.
Main ideas
- To challenge ourselves
- To entertain
- To have fun
- There is also a deeper, psychologically-based reason: they allow for expression of the basic "bad" human emotions, which most find is essential to our mental health.
"Because this is a very peculiar sort of fun indeed. The fun comes from seeing others menaced-sometimes killed." (line 15, page 552)
Why We Crave Horror Movies
"To show that we can, that we are not afraid, that we can ride this roller coaster." (line 1, page 552)
"It deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us. It is morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, out nastiest fantasies realized...and it all happens, fittingly enough, in the dark." (line 28, page 553)
"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." (line 8, page
He expresses this doubt by explaining how people feel when they ride roller coaster which is also horrible attractions such as horror movies.
According to his opinion, watching horror movies provides us being able to relax.
Only the situation when we watch horror movies, our emotion can be released.
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