Paper 4 Horror - Osuba 1 Rafael Osuba Mr. Patel English...

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Osuba 1 Rafael Osuba Mr. Patel English 1102 May 4 th 2010 The Horror of Today’s Horror Films Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, Psycho, and The Shinning what do all these movies have in common is horror of the 30s to the 60s. Horror movies have thrilled the American public and the rest of the world as well. The suspense and terror is what kept the audience coming back to see the movies. But now in today’s eyes of horror movies the audience doesn’t want suspense and terror, they would rather have blood and gore as the main component. This is what is wrong with today’s audience I want the movie industry to go back to the original concepts of suspense and terror rather than blood and gore; this could be proven by showing what gives a movie its horror, why people come back to see horror movies, giving some background information, and show how technology has taken away the thriller of horror movies. What better way to start off than with the history of horror films and the horror genre. Back over 100 years ago people used their imaginations to show ghosts in shapes of shadows and to linked in spirit with the unknown so that it would provoke fear of the improbable. From the website filmsite.org the author says that “Watching a horror film gives an opening into that scary world, into an outlet for the essence of fear itself, without actually being in
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Osuba 2 danger.” This basically says that horror films are supposed to open the audience’s mind to a scary world with the sense of fear without danger. This website also said that when a horror film is done correctly then the movie doesn’t have to have the horrifying special effects to make people cringe in fear. The movie can haunt people’s dreams and terrorize others of the unknown from inside their own mind. “The earliest horror films were Gothic in style - meaning that they were usually set in spooky old mansions, castles, or fog-shrouded, dark and shadowy locales” (Filmsite.org 1). In other words back in the day when horror films were just starting out the scenery was in
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2010 for the course ENGL 1102-039 taught by Professor Patel during the Spring '10 term at UNC Charlotte.

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