Saturday, March 19, 2011
Horror that makes us afraid or cautious of horror films/ghost stories
In the film Kwaidan, I noticed a message of warning in the final story "In a Cup of Tea". At the end of the story, the author of a book as well as the narrator in the other short stories finds himself trapped in water as the ghost in the story had been. I took this to be a result of the author meddling in the business of spirits. I believe that the author could be considered meddling simply because he was retelling the ghost stories. Many films or stories examine some taboo, whether it be speaking about ghosts, demons, or some other entity. The story or film in turn, makes that taboo appear real to the audience and, I know at least in my case, adds a different dimension of fear to the viewing or reading experience. I have sometimes found myself wondering if the fate of the characters of the story or film will become my own, if only for a few seconds. This type of psychological mind game, as well as most psychological horror, is some of the most horrific, because it occurs in the minds of the audience, and may be as real to the audience as any other thought. I know this is what many of my friends found most horrifying about the film The Ring. I am curious to find out if anyone else agrees that this type of scare tactic is unsettling?