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Stephen King Why We Crave Horror Movies Analysis

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Good and evil, almost everything can be categorized as one or the other. Although is it fair to label a person after one situation? A “kind” or “nice,” a person can go from looking harmless and innocent too vicious and hateful. If it is villainous to do something, is it not also villainous to watch it for entertainment? In Stephen King’s essay “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” he states that we are all as much of a psychopath as the people we put in asylums. The human condition has a corrupt core, even if some people conceal it in a dark place and fight their urges with horror movies. While many may believe the horror genre is childish, King’s ideas are accurate because the human condition feeds off of terror. King argues the genre has an important role because while watching a horror movie people show their true emotions. King uses the words “daring the nightmare” to explain the experiences people put themselves through when they pay to be frightened (King 1). The truth is most of them go to see the most brutal way’s producers can come up with to harm someone. As the king of horror himself puts it, “It urges us to put away our more civilized and adult penchant for analysis and to become children again… We are told we may allow our emotions a free rein… or no rein at all” (King 2). It’s fun to let loose and feel crazy sometimes, feel no one is watching. Still, people are watching, so what keeps them from putting everyone into an asylum?
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