NONFIC: THE PARADOX OF FEAR
Harlequinade earns his Staff Writer spurs with a second piece, this time on the nature of horror as an emotional experience. Welcome aboard Hq! Your director's chair is in the post. The original image for this piece is 'Shock Shock Horror Horror' by Jeremy Brooks.
There seems to be a certain anomaly in the way we speak about horror films. We might say that a film was brutally violent and horrific and scared us so much that we couldn’t sleep, and that it was great. It is strange to say that we enjoy horror films, not despite of, but because of their power to terrify and disgust, when such emotions are considered necessarily negative and therefore unenjoyable. This problem is preceded by another: why do we feel these emotions at all? Surely what we know to be fiction, and therefore false, can not arouse genuine emotions, whether positive or negative, in us at all?