Your experiences of the horror genre

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Your experiences of the horror genre

  1. 1. Your Experiences of the Horror Genre: The Horror Film and the Audience a) Who do you think the target audience for the Horror film is? b) Do you watch horror films? If not , why, not? c) What is you favourite horror film and why? d) Do you watch horror films at home or at the cinema? Alone or with friends? Does this change your experience of them? e) Has anyone expressed concern about you watching horror films? What were the reasons for this? What is the Appeal of the Horror Genre? While other genres such as the Thriller or Gangster film may have scenes that create suspense and even revulsion for the audience, the horror genre is different in that the aim of the film is to frighten the spectator/audience – to make them feel anxious and fearful – not emotions we usually associate with pleasure! So what is the attraction of the horror genre, why does the audience enjoy being scared and are disappointed if they are not? The Three Main Ideas/Theories The Play Theory: Audiences enjoy the adrenaline rush, the roller coaster ride, secure in the knowledge that there is no danger- it’s only a film! Fantasies of Power: This reading suggests that we enjoy the power of the monster and are attracted by the monsters violation of social conventions – he/it breaks the rules! The Psychoanalytical account: That horror films allow us to fulfil our repressed desires (often sexual and violent.) Horror films allow us to express these desires then repress them again - often with the death of the monster. This idea is particular evident in gothic horror films where the relationship between the female victim and Dracula is seen to represent female sexual desire. Psychoanalysis: developed by Sigmund Freud , was the attempt to understand human behaviour in terms of the conflict between our conscious and unconscious desires. Repression: A defence mechanism in how we protect ourselves from harmful but attractive ideas (often sexual.)

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