Commentary on Stephen King´s Essay About Why People Watch Horror Films

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Unfortunately, we could all be mental cases just waiting to wake up. As Stephen King says it best “I think that we’re all mentally I’ll; those of us outside the asylums only hide it better” He makes a remarkable argument testing the metal state of every true horror movie fan. He points to craziness as if it were normal, as if without these movies people couldn’t unleash a sleeping demon that lies inside us all. He mentions how adolescents show signs of insanity with use of jokes, proving that without “horror movies” people would have no place to free emotions that are kept concealed. Our society makes young people hide their emotions by reinforcing good behavior and punishing those with bad behavior keeping them from having an outlet to vent their frustrations. He believes we go see others menaced- sometimes killed to satisfy an inner twisted psychic, to allow our pathos to escape us, without these films we could be at risk of becoming another “funny farm crazy” or “Jack the ripper “but to what degree is another matter. To begin with, the comparison to modern day horror movies and public lynching Mr. King makes a strong argument. We are all just out to see someone’s head on the chopping block. Until reading this article it never crossed my mind that we could all have mental issues. It never occurred to me that people outside of asylums were just better at hiding their psych. This makes an interesting argument if we carefully consider what King is implying, it’s a scary
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