The Horror Genre In Frankenstein

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In the opening scene of the 1931 film production of Frankenstein, the host on-screen introduces and warns us of the horrifying tale about to take place. “I think it will thrill you, it may even shock you, it might even horrify you...Well, we’ve warned you” (Whale). Originally introduced in the late 1800s, the horror genre does not arrive upon the American film industry until the early 1930s when pioneer films like Dracula and Frankenstein were first released. Over the years, the popularity of the horror genre has grown and it has become one of the major genres enjoyed by people today. But while the horror genre has become a popular favorite, ideas associated with the genre have also introduced some controversy. Horror films possess an unearthly …show more content…
Horror films often have monsters or criminals who are involved in grim situations where victims are murdered, abused, or wronged. Seeing how these crimes are unlike what is considered the proper formula to a well-structured society; they completely compromise the strong bonds that a community tries to build. Because as a society, we strive to achieve what we think is best for our existence as a community; we try to gain a stable lifestyle, provide security for our families, and live by our shared morals. Yet somehow, we still find ourselves voluntarily settling down in the cozy embrace of a theater seat and enjoying what contradicts our society’s ideals. As Scott F. Woodcock, a philosophy professor at the University of Victoria, states, “…in other words, horror films appear to be problematic if their viewers subvert the healthy functioning of their moral capacities just for fun by divesting themselves of vital moral training for nothing more than a morbid interest in horrific violence as a source of entertainment” (Woodcock, 4). I believe the appeal of horror films sits at the borderline between our labeled “good” and “evil” morals. Horror films contain a plethora of ideas that allow people to explore themselves. Horror proposes more than it presents in its usual monster and criminal filled storyline. Within horror, it is possible to find …show more content…
In these situations, the films are able to invoke feelings of empathy or sympathy. This capacity for feeling for others is something that must be nurtured when we are young. For example, parents, “…routinely ask children how they would feel if they were placed in someone else’s position, and they develop a heightened capacity for empathy” (Woodcock, 3). Children at young ages are brimming with innocence and naiveté, unwilling or unsure of the very concepts of empathy and sympathy; but, when they are met with situations such as bullying or involving emotions, the idea of being wronged allows them to recognize the power of being empathetic. For example, it is often found that when children are bullied, the bullies are either too young or too inexperienced to understand how bullying is harmful. From a young age, we see that children usually act upon those emotions and it is our duty as a society to correct it so that it is possible to live together in peace. Similar to the characters portrayed in the horror films, our society is a melting pot of people, which can contain people with ideals on opposite sides of the spectrum. Horror films, in a way, act as the very role model that serve to help people understand the importance of feelings and morals that are important to our progress as a

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