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The Truly Mental May Be Sleeping In Your Bed

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Unfortunately, we could all be mental cases just waiting to wake up. As Stephen King says it best “I think that we’re all mentally I’ll; those of us outside the asylums only hide it better” He makes a remarkable argument testing the metal state of every true horror movie fan. He points to craziness as if it were normal, as if without these movies people couldn’t unleash a sleeping demon that lies inside us all. He mentions how adolescents show signs of insanity with use of jokes, proving that without “horror movies” people would have no place to free emotions that are kept concealed. Our society makes young people hide their emotions by reinforcing good behavior and punishing those with ...view middle of the document...

It could be only a matter of time before one of these creeps decides to act out some horror story of their own.
However, he says people go to horror films to prove "that we are not afraid", "to establish our feelings of essential normality", "to have fun", and to vent our insane side. Without these horror movies we wouldn’t have a place to go, to take out our emotions and fears. This is true if there were no horror films the asylums would be full of those whose choices were limited. They could fight the demons within or they could let them out. It’s hard to fight when you no longer have an outlet to plug into and release those emotions. It is as King says a place to let loose, roll, scream whatever it takes to get it out. Some of us need this release more often than others, after all King says our “emotions don’t go away they demand periodic exercise” it becomes a drug that you become dependent on. The fix to all of those deep dark thoughts streaming though you brain. The horror film heightens the release of dopamine in the brain triggering it to put out more and more until and unless you see more twisted things you are not happy.
Therefore, we see in Kings Thesis: "When we pay our four or five bucks and seat ourselves at tenth-row center in a theater showing a horror movie, we are daring the nightmare." I completely agree that we dare the nightmare, when we head to the theater for the newest horror film. We think to ourselves we are doing this because we can. We are not afraid, we are adults we don’t get scared. Then we set there in the dark, watching, waiting for something to happen. We think we can compose our thoughts, our actions while hiding our pathos. Then that moment of sheer terror shows up on the big screen, some of those who are afraid jump, some...

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