Stephen King Why We Crave Horror Movies Analysis

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Many young adults grow up watching horror movies. Either they are surrounded by friends or family that enjoy the thrill of the subject matter or they find it interesting themselves. According to two authors these movies can have both positive and negative effects on those who frequently enjoy them. According to Stephen King’s essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies” those who seek out scary movies are simply doing so to gain a release from the real world. In opposition, Bernie DeGroat author of the essay “Scary Movies Can Have Lasting Effects on Children and Teens” presents study findings that horror and violent films may be detrimental to the development of a young person. Stephen King’s essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies” provides a more…show more content…
“The mythic horror movie, like the sick joke, has a dirty job to do. It deliberately appeals to al that is worst in us” (King 398). Stephen King illustrates that scary movies are there for the sole purpose of people releasing the inner demons, and in a safe way finding an adrenaline rush. Without these horror movies many people would have a difficult time finding new ways to release stress and to escape the realities of the world surrounding them. Bernie DeGroat in his essay, “Scary movies Can Have Lasting Effects on Children and Teens” has an entirely different opinion that that of Stephen King. In Bernie DeGroat’s essay, horror movies tend to do more harm than good. DeGroat is adamant that horror films are the cause behind many long-lasting negative psychological effects. “One in four college students in a recent study said they experience lingering effects of a frightful movie or TV experience from childhood. These effects range from inability to sleep to avoidance of situations portrayed in those movies” (DeGroat). In DeGroat’s essay the trauma the characters often feel in horrific situations that horror movies display can often cause physiological effects on those who watch it. This being a very different opinion than Stephen King who considers scary movies to be cathartic in many ways. “According to Harrison and Cantor, the younger the study’s participants were when they viewed a scary movie and TV program the longer-lasting the effects” (DeGroat). DeGroat
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