Synthesis Essay: Why We Crave Horror Movies

805 Words 4 Pages
Easha Naik
Prof. Fuoti
COM – 121
25 October 2017
Synthesis Essay More than anything else our imagination makes the monsters scarier. We fear them because we have always seen or read that the monsters are outside our ability to control, they must remain mostly unseen, they are terrifying in appearance, and they even transform us into prey. I do not believe that they generally should be terrifying. We want to introduce monsters to kids as cartoon-like creatures that are not needed to be feared. They are of our vision and therefore can take on whatever characteristics our vision chooses. Monsters are not always ugly. In real life, we have monsters strolling among us. Certainly, wicked people are sometimes called monsters. Many times, they can
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For example, Frankenstein - the poor fellow was created from dead person parts, stitched together, given a bad image and had flaws all over. His brain was revived from being dead. Even a person can be a monster. Every individual has a monster inside them and is going to have a different cause to let it out. Any ugly-looking deep sea creature could by general definition be classified as a monster. They can be terrifying and would have the capacity to give little children bad dreams. Whether they different characteristics or not, but they the one thing they have in common is the ability to scare people. “Why We Crave Horror Movies” by Stephen King and “Monsters and the Moral Imagination” by Stephen T. Asma show different examples of the need for monsters. Although King’s and Asma’s essay both describe the necessity of monsters in American Culture, the difference lies in the way audience members and the participants of American culture perceive monsters image. This bears exploration because of the portrayal of monsters and their role of representing fears and finding the monster inside of us …show more content…
Toro and Hogan said, “Vampires find their niche at an accelerated rate now in the past one would see, for decades, the same variety of fiend, repeated in multiple story lines” (Toro and Hogan 37). As vampires have evolved over time, they have become sexual, mysterious creatures who have developed personalities fans like or dislike. Vampires also represent eternal life in a beautiful way. “ Godzilla is a film less about a giant dinosaur running amuck and more about the psychological recovery of a people trying to rebuild their cities, their culture, and their lives threatened by radioactive fallout” (Brothers 52) . Zombies have not evolved over time, meaning they remain unintelligent and lack developed personalities, making it difficult for fans to relate to them. Fans observe zombies as dead creatures wandering around the earth to feed on brains, causing them to be repulsed by the idea of eternal life. The comparison of these two topics expresses that vampires and zombies can either be attractive or repulsive to popular culture. Ultimately, the main comparison between the two is both monsters experience eternal life. Vampires represent the attraction to eternal life as they have evolved into beautiful creatures that horror fans desire to be. On the other hand, zombies represent the harsh reality of eternal life by their blank stares, lack of

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