A Horror Movie Essay
Many things come to mind when people allow themselves to think about horror movies. Most may experience the feeling of butterflies in their stomach for fear or just pure excitement, but where does that fear or excitement come from? One might say that it is the anti-social instincts of horror that we all have hidden and festering deep down inside. A great horror author Stephen King once said,” that watching a horror movie helps us control the anti-social instincts we all have inside”.
Some people might say that we are all a little crazy and anti-social in our own way and that some of us just hide it better. Many will argue that the impression and memories of that first horror film will always influence the way the one deals with horror but does not always make one’s anti-social inner monster want to surface. In most horror movies, some of us may agree and some of us may disagree that in some way that a horror movie has left a permanent indent in a single individual’s life.
For instance, let us look at the 1984 version of Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street”; this is the very first nightmare that occurred on a now well-known street. Although this movie is one of the greatest horror movies ever produced, a classic that will always haunt children and adults for many years to come. This movie keeps the person watching twitching with fear and on the edge of their seat. Most people that have watched this movie would say that this film is one that will make a person, sleep with the lights on, keep the closet door closed, and the windows locked.
Although this movie is a great example of a film that will make you want to keep the lights on when you go to bed, it is also a great example of a film that will make the watcher always remember the plot of the story. “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, known by many as a great classical horror movie that describes its star actor Robert Englund, also known as Freddy Krueger as a child murder with the spirit of “the bastard son of 1000 maniacs”.
In this film, Freddy Krueger is like any other parent that lives in the quite little neighborhood on Elm Street until the other parents figure out that Krueger is the one who has been abducting local children and killing them with different forms of torture. The other parents take matters into their own hands and burn Krueger alive, in a vow to the dark side Krueger gives up his soul and becomes a figment of our dreams that has a demon living inside of him. He claims his revenge on the descendents of those who murdered him in their sleep while they are dreaming, when they are most vulnerable.
What makes this movie so scary and unforgettable for most people is not because of the bloody scenes or the fact that there is demon, with knives for fingers, and a scared face that kills teens in their sleep; it is because Wes Craven made this movie to seem as real as possible. The parts about this movie that make it seem so real is that Krueger would kill his victims by making their worst fears come to life in their dreams. For instance, his victims lie sleeping, their minds slip into what seems to be a seemingly illogical happening (terrifying hallucinations) that we experience in our dreams that make perfect sense at the time.
In today’s modern science that is also known as Sleep Paralysis. Sleep Paralysis is a frightening form of paralysis that occurs when a person suddenly finds himself or herself unable to move for a few minutes, most often upon falling asleep. Sleep Paralysis can be referred to as errors of the neural transmission in the brain during REM sleep. So in other words his victims would feel as if what was happing at that time was real but in fact they were sleeping and there was no way to wake them up until it was too late.
Although this film does make a good example of a movie that will keep someone on the edge of their seat, sleep with the lights on, and never forget the horrible child murder that we all know as Freddy Krueger. It is also a good example of a movie that after watching can give you the option to say whether your anti-social appetite has been satisfied. This movie’s plot is about a man who had an anti-social craving for murdering children, and because he gave into his appetite, he was transformed into what people would consider a demon.
Therefore, that would lead people to believe that the statement that Mr. King sticks by “that watching a horror movie helps us control the anti-social instincts we all have inside” is in fact very true. It is said that great authors such as Stephen King does a person’s dirty work by creating horror films and books to help stop the craving of the instincts that the human race does so hard to try and hide. On the other hand, horror movies do not always satisfy that craving that all of us have deep down inside.