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In the article that was required reading called Stephen Kings Why we Crave Horror Movies the author gives us the audience a little overview of his many accomplishments in the film and writing world In doing this he is letting us know that whatever his argument is in this persuasive article he has some sort of background in this field and that he knows a little bit more than the average person since it is his career Throughout the article he stses his argument about how he feels about society today and how they view horror films In the first line of text he bluntly refers to us as being mentally ill and goes on to say those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better-and mabey not all that much better after all He goes on further to let us the audience know the reasoning why he feels this way and how he came to this odd and some what insulting conclusion about our society He also refers our uncontrollable urge to participate in this act of enjoying to watch horror films as a sick way of having fun Ah but this is where the ground starts to slope away isnt it Because this is a very peculiar sort of fun indeed The fun comes from seeing others menaced--sometimes killed One critic has suggested that if pro football has become the voyeurs version of combat then the horror film has become the modern version of public lynching In saying this King is letting his audience know how extreme this whole subject has gone in the matters of the madness that we all supposedly have locked inside of us He uses expressive words like menaced and public lynching to over exaggerate the whole topic and mabey get a little bit of a rise out of the whole idea that society is actually that cruel andor vulgar behavior Although it
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