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WHY WE CRAVE HORROR MOVIES?
Transcript of WHY WE CRAVE HORROR MOVIES?
His Dad Donald KIng, left when he was a toddler, said he was going to get a pack of smokes and never came back.
Stephen and David, his older brother, were raised by his mother Nellie Ruth King
As a 4 year old he witnessed his friend ran over by a freight train.
5th and 6th grade he went to a one-room schoolhouse with four other children-the kids who inspired the characters in Stand by Me. King said "There's a lot of stuff in `The Body' that's just simply history that's been tarted up a little bit."
Early and Young Adult Years
Do anyone know what a mimeograph machine is?
Hint: Stephen King's brother used it to publish Dave's Rag.
Low cost printing press that works by forcing ink through a stencil onto paper.
King and Novelist wife divide their time in Florida and Maine.
Married Tabitha Spruce on January 7, 1971.
They had three children: 1970 daughter Naomi Rachel and two more sons, Joesph in 1972 and Owen 1977.
King would make the kids read books and record them for his long drives.
In the 1980s King admits he spent most of it so intoxicated and on drugs that he don't remember writing some of his books.
His family got help for him in 1987 and he been sober since.
He began writing for fun while in elementary school, contributing articles to Dave's Rag, the newspaper his brother published.
1966 Graduated from Lisbon Falls High School
Wrote first short shorty in college, appeared in Starling Mystrey Stories
A member of the Student Senate
1970 Graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.A. in English.
Was qualified to teach at a high school level.
He wrote a weekly column for his school's newspaper.
Took on a job doing laundry and wrote short stories until late 1971, where he started teaching at Hampden Academy.
In 1982, Stepehen King wrote a very brief essay titled "Why we crave Horror Movies?" in which he explained some of the reasons that people choose to go to horror movies to be entertained. King goes on to explain that we as people need horror movies as a sort of release; to feed the darker elements with in all of us without having to sacrifice our humanity.
In contrast, people go to watch horror movies to reassure themselves that that they are normal. Another reason, is that people go to horror movies to prove they can sit through it and are not affraid to watch such types of movies. His final reason is that people enjoy seeing others in danger.
In this essay the title "Why We Crave Horror Movies" is significant because;
The use of the word "Crave" is implying that we need or have a strong desire for Horror movies
It tells us which side the author is on just by looking at the title.
The title acts as an attention grabber because its short, straight to the point sounds casual, and not formal.
Has information about himself
Uses a lot of literary devices.
Amplification- Adds more information onto a sentence
(Used it to expand on what he meant on the different levels of sanity.
Mood- Sets a tone for the essay
(Used it to create humor while explaining his point.)
Symbol- Using an object for more than its literal meaning.
(At the ending of the essay he uses the alligators to represent us, the mentally ill people.)
Mythic "Fairy-tale" horror film (pg.257), the author mentions it then begins to talk about how we react to it.
Jack the Ripper and the Cleveland Torso Murderer (pg 257), He makes a joke at the end about them being amateur-night surgeons, and not getting caught.
Couplets of Hallmark cards and in the verse of Leonard Nimoy. (pg.258) He says that love, friendship, loyalty, and kindness has been immortalized in that poem, you might have to reasearch more about the poem to understand.
"What's the difference between
a truckload of bowling balls &
a truckload of dead babies?"
-"You can't unload a truckload
of bowling balls with a pitchfork."
The tone King uses is cynical and humorous.
List of things King Alludes
The thesis in the essay is stated, and straight forward. The intended audience is practically everyone, in the thesis statement he says the reason we all crave horror movies is because we are all mentally ill.(Pg.256)
I think he said that because its such a bold statement, and we would want to keep on reading to find out why he thinks that.
The author is using a Persuasive method of writing.
The author of the essay has his point of view and is giving reasons as to why we should agree with his views.
Asylums -Sort of like a Mental Hospital ("those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better")
Reactionary- Opposes political or social progress
Anarchistic- Oppressive towards the government
Revolutionary- Brings upon a complete change from the Norm.
What or Who do you think the alligators in Stephen Kings concluding sentence represents?
Do you think having a habit or having a fear makes you a mentally-ill person?
Why We Crave Horror Movies?
By: Stephen King
Presentation By: Misty Obernolte
King's home just looks creepy, like it came from a horror movie.
King also plays and sings in a band called Rock Bottom Remainders
King of Thrills & Chills
1973 King sold first novel Carrie.
1975 Salem's Lot.
1976 The Shining.
Also, King had published several books under the name Richard Bachman
In Kings universe somehow his stories are connected to another one of his other stories.
Many of his novels have been made into movies.
His books have sold over 350 million copies.
Later Years & Work
One of Kings favorite adaptations
King continued to produce fascinating works. He has worked in television, writing for The Dead Zone series (based on his own novel) and for Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital series, amongst other projects. King has remained one of the most popular writers with his later work. In 2011, he published 11/22/63, a novel involving time travel as part of an effort to stop the assassination of President John F Kennedy King also wrote the novel Joyland (2013), a pulp-fiction style thriller that takes readers on a journey to uncovering who's behind an unsolved murder. He also surprised audiences by releasing Doctor Sleep, a sequel to his popular sophomore novel The Shining, in 2013. The novel became No. 1 on the New York Times best seller list in October 2013.
Steven King has long been known as one of the greatest authors of all time. He has been labeled "the King of Horror" and won many awards including the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, 6 Bram Stoker awards, 6 Horror Guild awards, 5 Locus Awards, 3 World Fantasy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004), the 1996 O. Henry award, a Hugo Award in 1982 for the non-fiction Danse Macabre. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 by the Horror Writers' Association and, controversially, a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in 2003...
What is your favorite horror movie of all time? Give brief out line of the movie and what happened in it and why?
In reaction to seeing a horror movie, do you feel an effect would be more or less violence?
You are home alone on Halloween and hear a loud noise and the power goes out. What do you do?
The Concluding sentence in this essay is very clever and effective.
The conclusion the author wrote was "as lifting a trap door in the civilized fore brain and throwing a basket of raw meet to the hungry alligators swimming around in that subterranean river beneath."
The alligator is the hungry part of us that lives through reading and hearing bad things happen to other people