Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Horror Movies: We Want to Feel Something

"The horror-film genre is multiplying like one of its own monsters, showing six-fold growth over the past decade—turning what used to be a Hollywood curiosity into a mainstream product. Why do Americans pay to watch images as revolting as the cinematic imagination can discover?

Many things might explain the vast new market for uncanny evil. If you do not believe in God, you will believe in anything, to misquote
G.K. Chesterton; and, one might add, if you do not feel God's presence, you will become desperate to feel anything at all. Terror and horror create at least some kind of feeling. After pornography has jaded the capacity to feel pleasure, what remains is the capacity to feel fear and pain."

David P. Goldman, associate editor for First Things magazine

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