In Why We Crave Horror Movies, Stephen King argues that we all have animalistic cravings to indulge in our darkest side. By watching these movies we are able to experience this buried devious aspect of our psyche. We can let go of the conditioning of our childhood, everything that was learned about morals and ethics. For the two hours or so we succumb to the rush, escape our realities and allow the hideous part of imagination to shock us. This shock we experience keeps our view of the world in tact, we get to walk out back into the light and leave the insanity in the theatre. For Stephen King it's a natural healthy outlet that allows him to continue his everyday life with a blissful Beatles perspective.
The animal in us craves violence and wants to be pushed to the limit, it is what has driven wars and drunken bar fights. I’m not a fan of the classic scary movies with a lot of gore and blood. I enjoy the psychosomatic ones that make you rethink what humanity means. It’s not exactly an easy thing to admit because it says something about my sanity or lack thereof. But not only does Stephen King suck you in with his details he also creates a venue of acceptance in admitting these truths. After we recognize and reflect on how our emotions and impulses affect us, they become easier to control and can lead to positive growth. However with the explosive sales on S&M products after 50 Shades of Grey was popularized, shouldn’t we question when acceptance becomes exploitation?
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