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Horror movies first made an appearance in the late 1890s, when French filmmaker Georges Méliés worked on a horror project, known in English as The Cave of the Unholy One. Since then horror movies have capitalised around the world, with gory horrors like Scream and Halloween and psychological horrors like The Others and The Shining each grossing between $100,000,000 and $300,000,000 between the 1970s and 2015.
The thrill and excitement of horror movies are among some of the most popular reasons as to why people watch horror movies. When asked about their favourite movies, names such as the above as well as Paranormal Activity, Saw and I Spit on Your Grave were seen as popular choices.
Allegedly, horror movies have contributed to violence in society for many years. The murder of James Bulger in Merseyside in 1993 was perhaps one of the more prominent murders in the UK and perfectly highlighted the atrocities of horror movies as the murder was committed after Jon Venables and Robert Thompson watched Child’s Play 3.
The debate of psychological versus gory horrors has always been rife. Psychological horrors aim to cause discomfort, exposing people’s emotions and vulnerabilities. Whereas, gory horrors can often be seen as comedic, like Scream and aim to focus on graphic depictions of blood and guts through the use of special effects. In my podcast I aim to explore this further by asking my peers their thoughts on horror movies and what their position is on the physiological versus gory debate, as well as how far horror movies have contributed to violence in society.
Produced by: Jade Kidd
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