** (Side Note) This weekend, I plan to watch Peele's Get Out, which actually got a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. **
I absolutely adore horror movies, and even when I'm sure I can predict the ending, I find myself jumping at every corner.
As I read our section on Stephen King's Why We Crave Horror, I began to look more into his original article. I found that he first talked about our love for horror as a rollercoaster ride. But within further reading he starts talk about how horror films appeals to our insanity or mental illnesses.
The reading discusses that horror deliberately appeals to the worst in us. For myself, I tend to walk away from the gore-side of horror, but I do find myself getting attached to a person feeling trapped in a situation (I'm not quite sure what that says about me)
Looking at other reason's of why we love horror, I found that Dr. Glenn Walter’s Journal of Media Psychology talks about how the tension, relevance and unrealism are what attracts us to horror.
Now I thought back to a movie series like The Purge. A silly film series that is based on a future dystopia America where every year there is a 12-hour period during which all crime, including murder, is legal.
I think the third movie of the film series did well because of the connection it had to the most recent election. The two main characters seemed inspired by our two presidential candidates: the male candidate with his lunatic ideas and the blonde with a target on her back. I felt in this a real reflection to Walter's thought of relevance.
Personally, though some of it might reflect back to our psychological desires or pressures, I believe it’s a distraction from our everyday lives. It’s also a way to get our adrenaline pumping without putting ourselves in danger or exercising, like a roller coaster or bungee-jumping might.Questions:
What horror film have you connected back to your life?
Do you think we have a psychological connection to horror films?