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"Violence in horror movies, increase violence in society"

Critical Approaches [Debate Task]
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Liam Collins

on 14 January 2014

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"Violence in horror movies, increase violence in society"
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No, they don't cause any violence in any form. They can bring good to us. If horror movies were so affective and dangerous and to blame, every horror fan would be out there on a murderous spree. But they're not, it takes a sick minded individual for that to happen.
"Don't you blame the movies! Movies don't create psychos! Movies make psychos more creative!"


-The killer in Scream (1996)
There has been a lot of violence and murder in the world as long as there has been life. Therefore before horror movies were invented. If the crime numbers have increased during the modern age, blame the society and world as it's growing constantly.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that watching a large amount of horror films isn't potential to be harmful for a person's psyche, or watching a violent film at a very young age (8 & below) of course it may be. Common sense should tell parents/guardians not to watch anything they want.
Most horror fans, including myself; have watched many types of films throughout the teenage years, and something even earlier, have remained completely sane, typical and compassionate. Therefore remaining mentally stable, staying a group of people who have no intention of murder or hurting anyone. The worst that horror films can do usually are the occasional nightmare. Nowadays we know that most of what we see and experience through film is not true, it's not logical and is extremely wrong. Of course it is seen as entertainment, but more that than inspiration.
For example, the killer in the first scream movie has psychological issues within his real life, which triggered him to become a psychopathic killer. We must understand that it's not what we see that makes us crazy, it's what happens to us, it's what/how we've been brought up. I won't watch Chucky and instantly want to go on a murderous rampage on children.
An interest of inflecting upon others does not just come from visual viewing options, people need to understand that it could have just as easily been something else that got into someones head, For example; a fictional book; where your imagination is allowed to run completely free and interpret it however you please. Most of the time it doesn't even need to be fiction, it can be reading up on real murder cases, reflecting on previous stories or even reading the local newspaper.
I 100% believe that a mentally healthy and stable person who has a wonderful relationship with his/her parents can just watch a violent horror movie and the next day plan on copying exactly what the watched. Most of these cases where films are blamed for the causes of murder, lie a deeper meaning of why it occurred, yes; it could have very well added to the anger, as I mentioned earlier in a quote, it inspires psychos to make them more creative, it does not create them.
Horror films can also be taken as an innocent form of entertainment for people who enjoy being scared while remaining safe in a theater or their home. This has nothing to do with seeing it in a glorified light, as those people probably don't think it's cool...otherwise they wouldn't be afraid.
Many supernatural horror films have educational elements to it, such as "Nightmare on Elm Street" Ultimately, how to get rid of boogieman, reformed into overcoming a fear that may get you in trouble.
"Society is an open ended partnership between generations. The dead and unborn are as much members of society as the living"
The blame of murder should be on the one who committed the crime. According to Proverbs 21:10, the soul of the wicked desires evil. If we surround ourselves with evil, our minds will begin to embrace and accept it. All men are responsible for their own actions no matter the circumstances, but parents can and should equip their children with the proper tools for discerning movie content, such as those they can find through MovieGuide or Ted Baehr. Our job is not only to avoid movies that glorify gore and violence but to train ourselves and others in a biblical view of violence.
We see unspeakable acts taking place around us 24/7, so we must blame someone or something. There must be reason, there is an explanation for everything. A child watching a violent movie with little parental guidance in this circumstance, they are prone to accept to what is happening within the movie, they don't know the difference between good or bad, what's right or wrong, they know what they see, barely from what they've experienced, especially if the movie has relatable aspects in it, for example; Chucky. Where numerous children are involved in family situations.
If you don't know the difference between fantasy and reality, no amount of watching the care care bears will keep you in line.
A wide majority of movies nowadays have a twisted sense of entertainment, and people indulge themselves in it, in different ways. It adds to the violence that society already has, not only amping up current offenders but creating new ones. As a child growing up around the outburst of horror and violent films, I have noticed the frequent change in peoples behavior growing up. Many children in the playground will reenact what they see in a film and bring it into reality. This of course doesn't mean that they would actually do this act, but what would stop them if they already know how to do it?
Movie violence these days is louder, bloodier and more anatomically precise than ever before, when the "bad guy" would be killed, we would see a puff of smoke and a few drops of fake blood. Now; the sights, sounds and special effects often steer us more than the real thing. It emphasizes the horror aspect and enhances the fear factor. Now the question is not based on fear, it's based on transmitting those vibes you get from watching a horror and violent film and thinking " hmm, I wonder what would happen if I were to do that".
Violence has always been a part of movie making, but until recently, really violent movies were only seen by the fringe of mass culture. Violence has now gone mainstream. Bloody films are being watched by more than just punk rockers. Children especially confront an increasingly violent world with few limits. As concerned parents and citizens we must do what we can to reduce the level of violence in our society through the wise use of discernment and public policy. We need to set limits both in our homes and in the community.
University of Illinois psychologist Leonard Eron studied children at age 8 and then at eighteen. He found that television habits established at the age of eight, influenced aggressive behavior through childhood and adolescent years. The more violent the programs preferred by boys in the third grade, the more aggressive their behavior, both at that time and ten years later. He therefore concluded that "the effect of violence in media is cumulative"
"To a regular audience member, this is grotesque and wrong. However, after watching a violent horror movie over and over again, it becomes almost normal. It is still wrong, but it's not as shocking"
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