I totally agree with King in that we are all a little twisted, just some more than others. Our minds are very complex, and we may never really know why we enjoy seeing people getting hurt or killed in a movie, but for some reason we do, and we pay to see it. There are four types of people that watch horror movies: The ones who watch every single that comes out, and collects them all; The ones who go because they are tough, and want to seem cool because they weren't scared, or disgusted; and the girls who get drug along to watch them with there boyfriend, and lastly, the small group who never watch them.
Horror movies are a great release when you have had a hard day at work or school, and you want to see people in a far off land that have it worse than you, or just cuttle with a loved one. Comparing horror movies to a public lynching is a very good comparison in my opinion. I always wondered why in old movies of public lynchings that all of the towns people, women children, and of-course, men, where all out watching what was going on. The same thing is happening today, but it is going on inside, in the dark, and we are paying to see it.
Now there are many different kinds of horror movies: zombie, sci-fi, extra-terrestrial, and comedy. You could probably break them up even further, proving that there are many different audiences, with many different degrees of "sanity". There are also people that never go to these movies, and I think that the degree of horror movie that you can stand to watch depends on your life experiences. Maybe someone has really lost someone in the same manor that the person in the movie did, and they relate much more than everyone else, so it affects them more. At the same time, there are people that have had to deal with a lot of things throughout there lives and have lived a tougher life, so they are unaffected by some of the more extreme scenes of violence.
I also like how King compared horror movies...