Horror is a genre that is often overlooked due to a plethora of reasons. Readers tend to think of vampires or werewolves, but it is much more in depth. Horror is a genre that if dissected properly, can help the reader understand the correspondence to society. The Horror genre has been around since the 1890’s, when Georges Méliès was credited for creating the first horror film, emphasizing the idea that horror films have a cavernous meaning. In Georges Méliès famous short film, Le Manoir du Diable, the main character confronts Satan and has nowhere to run. This represents conflict within oneself, coinciding with the idea of a deeper meaning being prevalent throughout Shirley Jackson's work. In the novel, The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley
In the documentary, Jeffrey Dahmer: Serial Killer Documentary, the audience is able to see some footage of Dahmer’s childhood. But the documentary only showed to “happy”, “normal” times of Dahmer’s childhood, they did not show the more darker/gruesome things that he did. Although, it shows the testimony of Dahmer’s father, Lionel Dahmer, as he recalls the events that happened during Dahmer’s childhood. Throughout the interview with Dahmer is able to explain the events that could have led to Dahmer turning out the way that he did, through the fights between his parents and his parents having not enough time for Dahmer could have led to Dahmer being socially awkward and having strange fascinations. If Dahmer’s
Despite all the differences in ¨Miriam¨ and The Twilight Zone episode ¨Nothing in the Dark,¨ there are various similarities in the films. Since they are both Southern Gothic, they were fairly alike in the writing style and characters.
The murder that occurred in the Villisca Ax Murder house has become a very popular tourist attraction located in Villisca, Iowa. The reason it’s so popular is that a family and two of the families friends all killed one night with an ax. (Villisca Iowa).
Every haunted house usually has a sad or treacherous past. Lemp Mansion is no exception. Declared as one of the nine most haunted places in America, the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis has its own history of suicides and untimely deaths. The members of the family had wealth and power yet it seemed almost like a curse was on the family, causing misery and grief over the years.
In its infant stages, Halloween was simply a concept - and that concept was about a babysitter who is stalked by the boogeyman. John Carpenter made the comment “We are all afraid of the same things… so that makes a movie that deals in our fears, universal.” Irwin Yablans (executive producer to Halloween) came up with the title for the film and set the stage for the babysitter, the boogeyman, and the darkest holiday of the year. John Carpenter (director / co-writer / music composer) and Debra Hill (script supervisor) went to Moustapha Akkad and requested the funds to create this film. Moustapha had not previously entered into the horror genre prior to this venture. When John pitched the idea to him, he was intrigued and pulled in with the mention of the “babysitter” so he agreed to finance
The first stranglings took place on took place on January 15th, 1974. Joseph Otero and his wife, Julie Otero were strangled in there living room. There daughter Josephine and housekeeper were found strangled in a bedroom and there son Joseph Otero was found strangled in the basement . The BTK strangler took the blame for it. He sent pictures and things he stole from the Otero family. Police knew it was him because know pictures were taken at the crime scene and the only person who would of had pictures was the murdered. On April 4th, 1974 Kathryn Bright who was 21 years old was stabbed to death in her home, police later concluded that it was a BTK victim. On March 17th, 1977, Shirley Vian was found strangled, and tied up in the basement of her home. On December 8th, 1977 Nancy Fox ,25, was found tied up and strangled in her home. The killer's voice is captured on tape when he calls the police to report the crime. On April 28th, 1979, Rader waits in the basement of a 63 year old ladies home. She decided to stay the night with a friend and Rader leaves. The next day he wrote her a letter telling her about how he was waiting for her. On September 16th, 1986 the final victim Vickie Wegerle was strangled in her home.
“There is only one way in which one can endure man’s inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one’s own life, to exemplify man’s humanity to man” -Alan Paton. Neither of the characters in Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, and Night by Elie Wiesel, had a choice about the inhumanity they faced. One was cursed with a fatal disease and the other was put in a death camp. Even though both of the main characters, Morrie and Elie, experienced copious amounts of inhumanity, they both found it in them to be humane. Both Tuesdays with Morrie and Night deal with cases of inhumanity and get through it by being humane to others.
Dexter is a television series about a man named Dexter Morgan who works for the Miami Metro police as a blood analyst. Harry Morgan adopted Dexter when he was three after finding him at a crime scene covered in his mother’s blood. Dexter’s father killed his mother with a chain saw while Dexter was in her hands; when Dexter hit his preteens he started to kill animals because he had an urge to kill. Harry noticed that animals were disappearing, confronted Dexter about it, and Dexter admitted to it; Harry helped Dexter with his urges by picking out Dexter’s targets. Harry picked out murderers that got away with their crimes and Harry taught Dexter how to kill them without leaving any evidence. Dexter now has to kill constantly to feed his dark
When the cops went into the crime seen they saw splattered blood everywhere on the walls in her parents room. Most people say Courtneys room was the most horrifying because she died suffering. After five years nobody lived in house 166 because they say it was haunted with Courtney and her killer
I chose the television series American Horror Stories to do my analysis on breaking the norm in television. I chose this series because it breaks all of the norms due to its graphic content. The show is geared for a more mature audience and is rated TV-MA. Programs rated MA are unsuitable for children under seventeen.
It would have been very easy for “Nothing in the Dark” to be deemed a bad episode. This 1962 episode of the science-fiction anthology series the Twilight Zone takes place on a limited set with low lighting, few characters, and minimal soundtrack. Luckily, no such term can be seriously applied here. The concept of the episode is a simple one: an elderly woman, one Ms. Wanda Dunn, has taken to locking herself away from the world in her condemned apartment in order to avoid Death himself, until a young police officer lies wounded on her doorstep. With this plot firmly in mind, the set serves as an unspoken, yet continual reminder of what our protagonist has forfeited in exchange for a few more moments of safety. Isolation is the driving force
Does this scenario sound familiar to you? Then you’ve probably seen or heard of “Psycho”, Alfred Hitchcock’s chef-d'oeuvre. The master of suspense 1960 film and Robert Bloch’s book of the same name became the inspiration for the new A&E television series “Bates Motel,” a contemporary prequel to Hitchcock’s movie that debuted March of last year. The series depicts Norman Bates and the story behind the shower killer’s bizarre personality, his murders, and his sick relationship with his mom, which explains the aftermath we see in Psycho.