In the essay “Why we crave horror movies” Stephen King argues the reason why we crave watching horror movies, examining the obvious and hidden. King believes we are all mentally ill by saying that we’ve all known people who have a certain kind of characteristic that can be found a little crazy. Why do we watch horror movies then? King starts with the first cause, which is: to show that we are not scared. He compares it to the thrill of a roller coaster; People ride roller coasters to prove that they have the courage to sit through it, just like horror movies. The second reason we go to watch horror movies is to reassure ourselves that we are normal.
His last reason is that we go to have fun. We enjoy seeing others get hurt, or killed. It makes us become children again and just see things in pure black and whites. King writes that we all have insanity in all of us, so insanity is measured on how much we show it, or how bad it is according to civilization. King explains that horror movies are the way for people to feed their inside lions. Meaning we watch movies to satisfy the “potential lyncher” inside of us.
King thinks that by getting rid of that frustration we can go on and live our lives in an accepted way for society. Horror movies like sick jokes intentionally captivate us to all that is worst in us. King ends by saying that as long as you keep the alligators fed, it will keep our craziness in, and our love out. I agree with Stephen King reasons of why we crave horror movies; I believe we are all a little mentally ill, that we watch horror movies to prove that we are not afraid, and that we have fun by seeing others in danger.