Horror, in general, is a genre of fiction that is intended to frighten, scare, or disgust its viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror. Having said this, why do some people enjoy the sight of the scary? One of the most popular theories is what people are referring to as "the beast within". Malcolm Turvey, director of Film and Media studies program pitched in on the matter. He says "It argues that an unconscious, repressed part of every human is actually savage". "That the veneer of civility is very thin, and beneath that is essentially a monster". “According to this idea, although we consciously disapprove of what the monster is doing. "Deep down, a part of us enjoys seeing the murder and mayhem the monster unleashes—because if we could, we would do that.”
Then, there is the other side of the argument, those who don't really enjoy horror movies that much. Some find themselves rooting for the protagonist to defeat the monster. There is also a sense of discovery by watching horror movies. The dread of finding out that what we see in front of us is actually something that we didn't know we feared. No matter which side of the fence you're on, horror is a fascinating genre to explore. If you're for a good scare, the past decade has seen some good horror films. Check out our list of some of the best horror movies of the decade.
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