Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How Horror Films Help with our Phobias

In the article “The Paradox of Horror: Fear as a Positive Emotion”, Katerina Bantinaki claims that we like watching horror films because we get scared in a controlled environment, nothing bad is actually going to happen to us. Our encounter with horror films is not a risk taking activity but it generates the same emotions such as sky diving might. According to Bantinaki “Fear and disgust, are generally regarded as intrinsically unpleasant, and being such, as emotions that we avoid experiencing in real life, along with the situations that elicit them” (383). Here she is claiming that in real life we try to avoid uncivilized emotions as Stephen King would say, because it’s what we are told by society to do. She believes that to some degree this (horror films) might benefit us, because horror films help us control our bodily responses, our thoughts, and behavioral expressions. Bantinaki believes that through horror movies we are given a chance to get confront or learn to cope with our fears in a safe environment, horror films can even help test the “limits of our endurance to frightening stimuli” (390). On the reverse she argues that watching horror films might create more fears and phobias in us or strengthen old ones. Quoted in the article “The Paradox of Horror: Fear as a Positive Emotion” Smuts claims “What we desire from [painful] art is to have experiences on the cheap, [that is] experiences of strong emotional reactions” (Bantinaki 390). Bantinaki claim that for horror films to accomplish what smuts’ is claiming they (horror films) need to go deep into our psyche and touch our most primal of fears.
This article fits into my essay because in my essay I argue why people like to be immersed into horror T.V. shows I argue that people want to be immersed into these horror movies or T.V. shows, because of the suspense and adrenaline rush they get while watching them, and because they want to imagine themselves in their favorite characters shoes.  
One the quotes I plan to use in the 3 essay is, in “The Paradox of Horror: Fear as a Positive Emotion” Smuts claims that “What we desire from [painful] art is to have experiences on the cheap, [that is] experiences of strong emotional reactions” (Bantinaki 390). Because this quotes relates to what Stephen king was saying in “Why we Crave Horror Movies” he claims we crave horror movies because they give us an adrenaline rush, they portray our ugliest most vicious of desires and fears.


BANTINAKI, KATERINA. "The Paradox Of Horror: Fear As A Positive Emotion." Journal Of Aesthetics & Art Criticism 70.4 (2012): 383-392. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 July 2014.
vampire from the horror series Supernatural. 

1 comment:

  1. Nice work, Homi! Now you just need a naysayer and another critical source from outside the class!

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