Gouldsbrough 1 Liam Gouldsbrough 10/28/18 Adam Michaud WR 121-BO2 Insane Each year, the month of October has served as a traditional platform in scaring the shit out of people. In celebration of the Halloween spirit, it is customary to dress up in spooky costumes; going house to house expecting free candy with the saying, “trick or treat.” Whilst the children are off getting high on sugar filled sweets, us adults are cooped up at home watching the most frightening, gut wrenching horror movies we can find. In order to commemorate such a tradition, it has become a societal standard to embrace the fear that is created through watching horror movies. But what does it say about the people that watch horror movies when context isn’t provided? In Stephen King’s essay, “ Why We Crave Horror Movies, ” he states how people have anticivilization emotions. These emotions make us love horror movies because they demand periodic exercise. The excitement we get from watching horror movies is influenced through fear, panic, and mental sickness. The focus of King’s essay is not only to talk about our sick love for horror movies, but to make it known that people live their everyday lives indulging in minor mental and physical acts of insanity. People need horror in order to feed their basic instincts for violence. King made this clear when he said, “It is morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized...and it all happens, fittingly enough, in the dark.” Horror movies make us see things that
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