Culture in Horror Films

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Culture in Horror Films
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The Atomic Bomb, Mutations, and Aliens in Horror Films

Horror films prey upon the mass’s deepest darkest and most vulnerable fears. Horror films can be broken down into an array of subgenres that prey upon different fears of society. From 1945 onward an explosion of mutations, aliens, and monsters have dominated aspects of horror culture that prey upon peoples fears of nuclear power and its consequences. The fear of nuclear power is the fear of the unknown and how mass destruction through radiation can potentially lead to the end of the world. Atomic Bombs, the Cold War, and Radiation all cause wide spread hysteria of nuclear power throughout the world, thereby causing popularity of the sub-horror-genre of aliens and mutations. The public's fear came from the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II and its increased production during the Cold War. Because of this the horror genre began to transform itself by merging with the science fiction genre to produce movies that centered around the mutations caused by atomic bomb radiation.

1945 changed the world forever. Not only did 1945 mark the end of the Second World War. But it was also the first time that nuclear weaponry had been used in warfare. "The gadget" was the code name given to the first bomb tested at White Sands in July 1945 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4641861.stm). At the time no one understood the total effects of nuclear power because no bomb had ever been that powerful or had the potential to cause such destruction. Soon after, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place, causing Japan to surrender and end World War II. These bombings not only showed the awesome power of nuclear fission, but left no doubt in anyone's mind about the horrors of radiation poisoning ( http://www.essortment.com/monsters-horror-movies-atomic-bomb-65515.html). The initial death count in Hiroshima, set at 42,000–93,000, was based solely on the disposal...
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