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FEAR IN MOVIES

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Mark Hodges

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Transcript of FEAR IN MOVIES

FEAR IN MOVIES
COMPARE WATCHING
SCARY MOVIES TO...
Hedonism and Horror
THE EXPERIMENT
Watch 5 scary movies
Track fear levels
Interpret results
PSYCHO
FEAR SCORE: 13.48
Final Thought
"In each appearance, American horrors spoke to the culture in ways uniquely relevant to that moment in time and in ways that could not have been predicted. These monsters, the ones that captured our collective imagination, came to confront us with our own fears, and in so doing, provided a useful space in which to reflect on these fears and our relationships to them."
THE QUESTIONS
Mark Hodges • Bailey Toulmin
THE ORIGINAL
"Hitchcock brought his monster even closer than the alien menace of
The Thing
, literally housing Norman Bates on a familiar American highway, he violated the perceived promise of safety and left his audience shocked and hysterical"
SCARIEST PART OF THE MOVIE
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
FEAR SCORE: 26.82
WHY SO SCARY?
"Slasher" film - surprises
Used "gross out" elements
Vaguely based in truth
Believable

SCARIEST PART OF THE MOVIE
THE SHINING
FEAR SCORE: 24.90
WHY SO SCARY?
Insanity component vs reality
Isolation/helplessness
Use of time shifting
Complexity of characters
SCARIEST PART OF THE MOVIE
BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
FEAR SCORE: 41.04
WHY SO SCARY?
Pervasive and persistent
Became immersed in the emotional state of the characters
Believable despite the supernatural tone of the movie
SCARIEST PART OF THE MOVIE
THE CONJURING
FEAR SCORE: 98.62
WHY WERE WE TERRIFIED THE WHOLE TIME?
Setting & rejecting expectations
Based on true story
Refined "old school" tricks
SCARIEST PART OF THE MOVIE
(1960)
(1974)
(1980)
(1999)
(2013)
"First, the film challenged preconceptions about the line between horror fantasy and reality.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
was widely believed to be based on actual events, and exploits this belief in different ways"
Have "scary" movies become scarier over time?
Why do people watch "scary" movies?
What types of people watch them?
What makes a "scary" movie actually scary?
Hedonism
: An individual's tendency to pursue pleasure and avoid pain.

"People may be willing to endure the fear and unpleasant experiences in order to enjoy the positive feelings brought on by relief. In fact, it is conceivable that people who can fully anticipate relief may even prefer heightened levels of negative arousal."
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