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Why People May or May Not Like Horror Films

By: Celeste Whelan

Assignment 2 Week 2

South University Online

Stephen King stated that he thinks we are all "mentally ill" and what he does in his work basically fulfills our dark side. Although I would have to disagree that everyone has this sort of dark side, I do think that there are different reason why people may or may not like these types of films or books.

The first horror movie that I ever watched was the original Friday the 13th movie. I had snuck into my brothers room and it was on his TV. He had stepped out or was doing something around the house. I was probably around 7 years of age. I remember it was around Halloween time. I remember being scared and closing my eyes and also checking the door to make sure no one was coming up the stairs, because I knew I wasn't suppose to watch it, but I couldn't help myself I wanted to see what was going to happen! I don't think I watched the whole movie but I remember that I couldn't stop watching it even thought it scared me a little bit. This all started my love for horror movies. I loved the thrill and the adrenaline of it all and not knowing what was going to come next.

I am a thrill seeker, I am curious, and I love the thrill of being scared, but not in real life if that makes sense. I believe these are the reasons that I love horror films so much. I don't think that I have a deep dark side that enjoys the blood and gory parts of a horror film, I like more of the thrill of getting jumped and seeing what is going to come next. I actually hate violence, I don't like fighting and I hate to see people getting hurt. So you may ask why on earth would this woman like horror films? I wonder too! But I love them.

Then there are people that can't even be in the same house when someone is watching a horror movie. These types of people have no interest in the "scare", and may have a harder time differentiating the difference between real and fake. Their memory may hold onto the scenes and replay in their mind and cause nightmares. There may be several different reasons as to why a person may not like to watch these types of films. Which brings me back Kings view that everyone has some sort of "mental illness", it just depends on the degree as to how severe it is. Some people down right do not like these types of films, so my question to him would be do these types of people classify into your broad assumption?

I do believe that there are some people obviously in this world that have sick and twisted minds and fantasize about some of the things that go on in some



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