Final Revision.docx - Aguila 1 Leslie Aguila Professor Quinn English 106A 20 February 2016 Horror Films Horror films are filled with all types of scares

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Aguila 1 Leslie Aguila Professor Quinn English 106A 20 February 2016 Horror Films Horror films are filled with all types of scares, pop-up scares, psychological scares, gothic, supernatural, and gore; all producing anxiety in viewers. Looking at the positive approach, the anxiety produced while watching horror films fills your body with the adrenaline rush becoming a pleasurable anxiety viewers enjoy : A slasher film promises an extremely powerful emotional experience, a thrill ride where the spectator is carried from a sense of dread and anxious anticipation to outright fear...by the killer to a feeling of revulsion at the sight of butcher’s knives, blood gushing out of open wounds, and dismembered bodies . (Di Muzio 281) Horror films keep on your toes, the more fear we experience, the more anxious people who watch horror films become. Anxiety isn’t always a bad feeling, especially when feeling anxious; the feeling of adrenaline rush also arises from it. The anxiety is felt from the horror of the film when the viewer is scared. As the film commences, the viewer may feel their body start to tense up, heart beat racing, or even sweaty palms, all signs of anxiousness. The reason viewers feel this anxiety is due to the film doing its job in scaring the viewers. The horror film takes all the scary things most viewers have in common and add it into the horror film taking into account what the plot is, which becomes popular and many viewers enjoy watching because of the adrenaline rush they experience. The
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Aguila 2 adrenaline rush is addicting, it’s what’s felt when riding roller coasters to watching horror films, “...anxiety is based upon an increase of excitation which on the one hand produces...relief through the act of discharge” (Urbano 898). After the horror film is over the feeling of anxiety and adrenaline is over, and it converts into a sense of relief at the end. Horror film fanatics are addicted to this feeling of adrenaline, which explains why they keep wanting and coming back for more. Sometimes viewers feel the relief after the anxiety, other times, viewers just feel the traumatic anxiety. What makes a horror film a great movie is when the film actually scares viewers and is well done. Something beyond the fear, that “something” is appreciation. Aesthetics is an artistic way of production of anxiety. What differentiates a cheap, cheesy, throwaway film from a great quality well done film is the acting, camera work, screen play, and sound/music. A film like The Exorcist (1973), which received about 9 Oscar nominations and won Best Screen Play and Best Sound, not many horror films win Oscar’s these days ( MoviesOnline). Later , as more horror films developed, a certain iconic scene became a horror movie trope : The panning or tracking medium close-up of the heroine slowly moving through a some dark hallway. She usually occupies one side of the frame, and the moment she looks toward the center of the screen and turns her shoulders to the edge of the
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