Steven King says that horror movies serve as a valuable social purpose and in this essay; I do indeed think that he has proved his point. Many people say that they hate horror movies, but if that’s true then why do all of us go out and watch them? Steven King says, “When we pay our four or five bucks and seat ourselves at tenth-row center in a theater showing a horror movie, we are daring the nightmare.” Everyone likes the thrill that horror movies give us whether they want to admit it or not. If no one liked horror movies, then would directors still be making them? First, when talking about why we see horror movies, Steven King says, “Why? Some of the reasons are simple and obvious.
To show that we can, that we are not afraid, that we can ride this roller coaster.” Although many people whine and complain that horror movies scare them too bad and that they’ll have nightmares, nine times out of ten, those people are sitting through that very scary movie. People claim that they don’t like to be scared, but yet they are usually the ones who are first in line to see the newest horror movie. Some people do see horror movies just to prove to themselves that maybe it’s not that bad, or maybe it won’t be that scary. Next, I feel like some of the strengths in this essay are when Steven King gives examples of how we react to horror movies and why we see them.
Steven King says, “The fun comes from seeing others menaced – sometimes killed.” No one wants to admit that they enjoy the gore and violence of horror movies, but secretly, we all do. We don’t want to admit that because then we feel as though a sadistic side to us that we never knew was there becomes awakened. In his essay, Steven King says, “If we are all insane, then sanity becomes a matter of degree.” I feel like this is an excellent way to basically say that everyone has something that makes them “tick”. No one likes to admit that certain things just set them off and make them lose control, but we all have that problem.
Those people who know what sets them off often need help to manage it or if it’s something small, they can manage it themselves. Lastly, I feel that horror movies serve as a valuable social purpose because no one really has the guts and courage to go alone. I work at a movie theater and I have seen grown men go and see a scary movie together. I also know that some people aren’t bothered by horror movies and invite other people just to see them squirm. Everyone likes a good horror movie because as human beings, we like the thrill it gives us. Horror movies give us a thrill of not knowing what is going to happen next.
The best horror movies though, are the ones that are based on a true story; those really make people squirm in their seats. In conclusion, I do feel like horror movies serve a valuable social service. Horror movies give us an excuse to have our friends tag along and watch them get the thrill of a lifetime. As stated before, many people enjoy horror movies they just don’t want to let their sadistic, twisted side show. Whether we’re watching the movie simply for the thrill of being scared, or because we’ve gone insane and need to see someone be hacked up with a chainsaw, everyone watches horror movies.
Horror movies give everyone something to bond over whether we like to admit it or not. If no one liked horror movies then there wouldn’t be a new one coming out almost every month. In a strange way, horror movies bring a sense of normality to everyone.