Why We Crave Horror Movies

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Stephen king discusses his opinions on horror movies and society in his essay “why we crave horror movies”. King simply states three reasons why we would choose to watch these types of movies. The first being that we watch them to show that we can, to prove that we are not afraid. We also go to reestablish our feelings of essential normality. The feeling we are all just normal people living in a normal society compared to those found in horror movies. The last reason King says we go see horror movies is just to have fun, but he asks what kind of fun is it to watch others menaced or killed. King believes that we all must be mentally ill and that we all have the potential to be a serial killer or whatever horrible thing you can imagine, but watching these horror movies more or less feeds these “negative emotions” not wanted by society. In feeding the negative emotions it subdues them, so we won’t have to let them out. I believe King’s ideas, however interesting they might be, are just another type of fiction written by a horror writer. I would have to disagree that all of society is mentally ill and that we all have to watch these horrible things so we don’t do them ourselves. To me it seems that King is just trying to scare us into thinking that society is a bunch of creepers like he scares us with his other types of literature. If anything I believe horror movies would give some people ideas to do these horrible things. Much like how you hear about video games causing violence with children in the media. If we think about this how King proposes, the more kids play these violent video games the less violent they become because they are getting all the violence out of their system while playing the games. But what I see it doing is showing kids a new way to express themselves, with violence. Sure, we all might think to ourselves sometimes how crazy it would be to do these things found in horror movies, but I think it is crazy to need to watch these horror movies to...
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