Film and Horror Movies Essay
A lot of people enjoy the life with thrill and excitement. However, the opportunity for enjoying something truly thrilling is not a lot. Horror movies or series may be the most convenient and easy way to experience the horror. Many of my friends love watching horror movies. One of them told me that Horror is the most typical art in the 20th century. A good horror movie brought viewer an unusual psychological experience. It filled with indescribable fear and surprises. Actually I don’t really understand them.
I hate watching any horror movies because I am scared and couldn’t sleep well in the following couple weeks. For this week’s topic, I have no choice so I searched some articles online try to see why horror movie are so popular and why people love it so much. I found an article online, Why Our Brains Love Horror Movies, which describes many reasons people love horror movies. The major reasons people want to see horror movies, because they crave the scare.
It’s the way to get very excited. Fear of horror movies gives viewer an aesthetic experience.
It’s not only fear but also pleasure. More precisely, it is an obsession. Then discusses the reasons why the major audiences are teens and twenties. Young audiences are in a period of rapid development of physical and psychological. Horror movies’ stimulation is the way they transform their excess hormones. For older adults, they don’t like young audients to seek this kind of horror experience, because it could increase the hearts race. After reading the article, I feel I can be categorized to old people. I don’t like the process of terror.
And I never go to the cinema to watch any horror movie. However, many people except me like to immerse in the several hours of watching a horror movie and meanwhile enjoy this kind of grip. Here is Hume’s idea in this week’s reading, “Hume’s idea is that once a tragic, unsettling event is housed in an aesthetic context, with a momentum of its own, the predominant feeling response, in terms of pleasure and interest, attaches to the presentation as a function of the overall, narrative structure. ” (Carroll,277).
For these horror movies fans, the most joyous moment of watching horror movies is the most frightening moment. I think any kind of emotional outlet along with physical and psychological pleasure. Watching horror movie is a way of expressing the emotion. In the article, it states that “for most horror consumers, and judging by their construction, for most horror fictions, the co-existentialist hypothesis seems most accurate. It maintains that the pleasures derived from art-horror are a function of fascination, which fascination compensates for the negative emotions engendered by the fiction. (Carroll,291). The second one I found is Why do we watch scary movies? —Horror fulms attract us, but moviegoers should recognize limits. It mentions several reasons why people like horror movies, just like the first article. It mentions a lot about emotional release. “In our hedonistic Amercian culture of avoiding pain and seeking out pleasure, it seems counter-intuitivr to seek out something that triggers such strong negative emotions. ” (Evans). Although people love it so much but there are some potential negative effects.
I really like this article, because it mentions these negative effects which I totally agree with. First, it can effectively scare people and last for a long time. Some terrible moment will store in your memory and when you see similar situation in reality you are still freaked out and frightened. This is not health for both physical and psychological part. Children should be careful and know the limits before watching a horror movie, because children are susceptible and the horrible moments in the movie can affect their psychological reaction.
Back to reality, they cannot easily figure out the fake and reality. Thus, be careful and think if you are ready before watching it. Why people like to watch horror movies? I think there are two main reasons. One is the horror movie can bring strong irritant without any real risk. Secondly it can release emotion and get pleasure. However, we still need consider the real situation and know the limit before watching it. Especially for children and someone like me, watching these horror movies can bring negative effects. Bibliography Omar husein nor Abukar ahmed sh. mohamed