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LinkedIn As Halloween approaches, there is no better time to scare yourself silly with a horror movie. Where to find your victims? The place I just described is one of the most visually memorable and uniquely disturbing scenes from new television series The Purge, created by the USA Network and Amazon Prime. Evil Dead and The Strain. Horror also dominates the big screen with releases like Mother! Who exactly is watching these? Some would argue horror fans are deranged, blood-thirsty sickos.
Statistically, they are incredibly normal. Our collective interest in the macabre can be traced all the way back to the theories of Aristotle, who argued that art is how we cleanse or purge emotions. While Aristotle never had the pleasure of viewing Texas Chainsaw Massacre let alone the Saw franchise , he applied this catharsis theory to the genre of tragedy, a precursor to horror. This theme is explored to the extreme in The Purge film franchise and now, TV series where catharsis is achieved through one night of lawlessness each year, during which violent acts are often perpetrated in creative, flamboyant fashion.
Carl Jung embraced a similar theory when trying to reconcile his own inclinations toward dark subject matter. He posited that all humans have inherited archetypes buried in their psyche. While we usually try to keep these hidden from others, we can find release through watching horror films. I felt there was a deep cleansing allowing for imperfection through the figure of a monster. Monsters are the patron saints of imperfection. Instinctually, we need to know what went wrong. A broader explanation for our seemingly paradoxical love of gore fests is that they are a medium through which society can address its collective anxieties.
All of these films are similar in that they star monsters worthy of our sympathy; they are victims of circumstances beyond their control, much like those disenfranchised by their financial plight at the time.
These films reflected fears of invasions and attacks from above and, in films like Body Snatchers, communists embedding themselves in the U. The American Dream, for some, turned into the American Nightmare. The s and s, although imperfect, generally represented a rebound from the traumas of the Vietnam War and tumultuous politics of the preceding decades.
Which brings us to the current horror craze. Several trends are apparent. Another trend is the changing role of women in horror. Similarly, systemic racism was presented as horror in critically-acclaimed Get Out. We fear toxins and are coming to grips with how our choices affect both the greater planet and our own bodies. It allows us to be more human, not less. It can even help us assess the most contemporary risks to our existence.
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