Horror/Macabre film: Psychologically, is it having an effect on our moral attitude?
Hello, I am looking for opinions regarding my dissertation on the subject of horror and macabre film. I aim to research macabre and fear provoking cinema at its most infamous, outrageous and thought provoking, in order to find an fair answer to the question: ‘Horror/Macabre films- With the key ingredients deemed necessary for today’s commercial success to satisfy its audience, psychologically, is it having an effect on our moral attitude?’ I will delve into the history, marketing and psychology within this to reach my conclusion and was hoping that you may be able to lend an opinion. If you are interested in my topic and would be willing to share with me something that may help my investigation I would be most grateful to hear from you!
I personally am a huge fan of the genre, adoring the weird and wonderful and the feeling of fear. However I am unsure what makes me and so many others enjoy this. I ask myself: If evidence suggests audiences have become desensitized to violence, sex and fear, which begs the question, how far will film makers go to install shock into their perspective viewers and why? Have we created a norm for macabre to include comedy, allowing us to accept the morbid to be humorous? The more realistic imagery is shown to us, is this killing our imagination? Are modern days morals being exploited or is this art/freedom of speech? What is the raison d’ętre that demands a filmmaker to take it to the next level. and where will it end?
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