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Past Masters of Horror and Dark Fantasy

July 9th, 2021
Category: Uncategorized

Scholars, critics, and even psychologists have long touted the therapeutic benefits of vicarious horror. See, for example Why Do We Like Watching Scary Films? (from Psychology Today) or my previous post Horror Films are Good for You. And of course, there were the ancient Greeks, who some 7,000 years ago recognized the importance of purging intense emotion through the process of catharsis.

Why watch a play in which a murderous, incestuous king gouges out his own eyes? Because it allows us to experience the unspeakable and walk away unscathed.

That may be one of the reasons Steven Soderbergh’s film Contagion became the second most-watched film in the Warner Bros. catalogue during the early days of Covid. Watching the film gave viewers a chance to face the monster … [more at The 21st Century Scop].

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