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Although Carroll himself admits that horror film audiences are attracted primarily by the narrative elements of the films they consume and not by the slimy distasteful monster that in fact is the defining feature of the genre he still emphasizes that a film must depict the behavior of at least one monster to provoke horror Besides the monster must be perceived by audiences in the film to be monstrous or abnormal ie to be supernatural First of all I am going to discuss about Carrolls account of the monster and its role in horror films In Carrolls point of view to provoke fear one must be threatening to provoke a sense of disgust one must be impure As horror is made up of fear and disgust one must be both threatening and impure to provoke horror Therefore only a monster can do so To the point of being impure Carroll elaborate in this way Being an impure figure a monster has to be interstitial contradictory incomplete or formless An interstitial monster is the monster that conflates categories that are held to separate such as insideoutside livingdead insecthuman fleshmachine etc typical example for an interstitial monster is a werewolf It is sometimes human and sometimes animals but never exactly a human or an animal What is incomplete and formless are usually indicated by flesh meat blood dirt etc in a horror film All these features are used to generate a sense of disgust among audience in the theatre Is a monster the only one to be threatening and impure Definitely not Among many typical horror films we can find other horror themes that can generate fear and disgust successfully For instants insects and wild animals are common topic for horror film The horror from spiders rats shark and boa are the memory that people can never forget Disease and virus are usually related to disgusting or formless figures in movies These two things are even
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