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Have Horror films moved from their gory days to simple thrillers?

Analyse the history of horror films from their origin to present day. Focus on important gory films such as Carrie, Saw, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Discuss how horror films have gotten away from their once blood filled shots to now multiple pop up scares. Also discuss the incorporation of social media in horror films that are seen today.

  • What about older horror films like Hitchcock? Is this topic looking to examine a general history of the Horror genre? What other trends can be seen? – Kevin 4 years ago
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  • I have actually come across a lot of contemporary gore films. The trouble is, I think, that gory films have the tendency to be B-listed and now, since filmmaking is so accessible, the over saturation of the film industry has drowned them out. The simple point is that thrillers are more broadly marketable and so they get the bigger budgets and far more attention. – mkparker 4 years ago
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  • I personally have to agree with this statement. I have seen very many many horror films, and classic films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Saw are just so original. Even though they released years ago, they are still popular and relevant in the horror genre. I have noticed the different tactics that producers and cinematographers use to scare now versus in older movies. Re-makes of movies are not always successful. – Marina 4 years ago
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  • I actually think the incorporation of social media in today's horror films is a good topic on its own. Or the writer could take a look at the role of communication technology in horror films in general. (Consider, for example, the telephone in films like "Scream" and "When a Stranger Calls," or the camera in films like "Insidious" and "Shutter.") – OBri 4 years ago
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Horror films as entertainment

What causes people to enjoy watching horror films? Naturally, fear is an emotion meant to keep us away from danger. When it comes to horror movies many people choose to run straight towards fear and the skittish feeling it leaves its viewers with. Why are some people more affected by horror movies than others? In a culture where viewers anxiously await the newest release of horror movies, where did this culture begin and why?

  • I'm pretty sure this has already been addressed in studies and other research, at least in the general sense. However, it's always an interesting topic! To differentiate it from what's already out there, maybe the article could focus on a particular horror sub-genre or style. It could also be interesting to focus on the horror of particular countries or time periods (either individually or a comparison of two or more). And I've read that psychologically speaking, horror actually has several interesting commonalities with comedy, so that may also be worth exploring. – OBri 4 years ago
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  • Check out Stephen King's article "Why People Crave Horror Movies". It's a short but insightful piece which reaches into the heart of man to discover the darker side of fun. King teaches the reader about their "anticivilization emotions". Should help with your question. – DKWeber 4 years ago
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  • It would be interesting to bring violence into this, even if it's just a bullet point of the argument. What are we so fascinated with blood and gore? – daniellegreen624 4 years ago
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  • Fascinating topic. I have always been interested in exploring this in more depth. I to have read Stephen King's article and have assigned it my courses. He makes many insightful points about the psychological desires of the human mind and its need for excitement mixed with fear. – egomez79 4 years ago
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