The paradox of horror

If they feel pleasure in response to death of a loved we would conclude they must not be experiencing grief as grief a negative emotion As it has no practical consequences for the audience ii.

They typically produce fear and disgust in the audience c. How can spectators of tragedy enjoy sorrow, terror, and anxiety when such feelings essentially involve feelings of pain 4. Paradox of enjoyment of negative emotions e. Gaut nevertheless wants a conceptual, non-contingent connection between negative emotions and negative feelings unpleasantess a.

The fear and disgust aimed at fiction are muted in comparison to fear and disgust if same events were real life e. Horror attracts because people can enjoy being scared and disgusted a. One can enjoy disgusting stories disgust movies I started watching horror movies when I was very young around ten years old, me and a friend watched I Know What You Did Last Summer round her house — the bit where the policeman gets killed haunted me for ages afterwards!

So atypical people in atypical situations can enjoy negative emotions, even though there is a conceptual connection between the emotion and unpleasantness in that typically they go together.

The Horror Paradox – Why watch horror films?

Emotions are not phenomenologically characterized by feelings they do not necessarily feel a certain way Irascible people sometimes seek out situations there they can get angry and they enjoy this feeling of anger c.

If what was pleasurable was the dissipation of the emotion as a result of experience the emotion during the horror fiction, we would only enjoy the end of the movie instead of enjoying the movie throughout as those who like horror do Now, who can say that this is a bad thing?

Horror films are least attractive if one is in an uneasy or fearful mood ii. But how can watching grotesque creatures maiming innocent people be considered enjoyable? People can be unable to control horror emotions and like them: I guess that the most important and obvious reason for this would be that people like to be scared.

So people do seem to be enjoying experiencing negative emotions 7. Does Gaut think people who enjoy horror are in the majority or minority?

How does his theory require a specific answer to this question? To be angry with someone is to evaluate her actions as wrong To formulaic to engender much curiosity: Mountaineer and roller coaster rider take pleasure in being scared i. How is the enjoyment of negative emotions possible?

To fear is evaluate something as threatening ii. The same thing that produces fear and disgust weird monsters also produces fascination and curiosity in their story which is pleasant i.1 day ago · The paradox of this film is that it tries to be both serious and comical, considering two prior gripping and serious films, yet still entertains.

Is it horror or is it sci-fi?

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At face value, Fate is a bad fit for the horror genre. It’s right there in the opener of Fate Core: “ works best with any premise where the characters are proactive, capable people leading dramatic lives.” Horror does its dark work by placing characters in deadly, inescapable circumstances beyond their control.

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This question has been thrown at me by a number of people, and I felt that nothing succeeded in capturing the essence of why horror films are so popular.

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