Appending to the view of Geoffrey Gorer who in his essay “ The Pornography of Death” said, “ While natural death became more and more smothered in prudery, violent death has played an ever-growing part in the fantasies offered to mass audiences… ” Goldberg states that “ it is not new, only larger and bolder. Images began to fill in, to substitute, to heighten the terror and often, at the same time, to calm the nerves by their sheer improbability, over a century before Gorer wrote. ” (Goldberg 51). This interest in horror imagery, which had been present over a long period, is now more intensive and powerful, attracting a large number of viewers of horror movies.
All of these factors enhance the significance of this analysis of the appeal of violent imagery in horror film and images of death. Now, to see a related view that supports the increasing interest in the violent images in horror movies, let us analyze the essay “ When the Woman Looks” by Linda Williams. In this essay, the author clearly states how the image or icon of a woman is viewed and enjoyed by the man-dominated society.
The appeal of horror and violent imagery in movies is different on the people and the article in its very opening sentence illustrates this dissimilar appeal on the basis of gender difference. Accordingly, as the article demonstrates, “ Whenever the movie screen holds a particularly effective image of terror, little boys and grown men make it a point of horror to look, while little girls and grown women cover their eyes or hide behind the shoulders of their dates. ” (Williams 15). The diverse reasons for the varied appeal in the case of women (or “ for this refusal of the woman to look” at the movie screen with horror images) include reasons such as “ she is often asked to bear witness to her own powerlessness in the face of rape, mutilation, and murder.
Another excellent reason… is the fact that women are given so little to identify with on the screen. ”
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