Impact of Horror Films on Children and the Society

Television is one of the major causes for the same. Television has become an integral part of an individual’s entertainment in the modern world. People from all age groups spend a major part of their free time watching the television. So it follows naturally that they are influenced by what they watch on the television. Nowadays, concern regarding the impact of movies, video games, and the Internet has become a regular feature of the debate regarding social issues. In recent years, there has been a shift in the nature of the movies and video games produced towards more horror and violence. The issue of violence and horror in cinemas runs parallel to the advent of television for recreational purposes. People, especially young children, when following horror programs on television and watch movies portraying violence and gory, the question arises what influence do these programs have on the minds of the children and the society on the whole.Edward James Muggeridge is the Father of the motion picture. He was the creator of the first movie. The original purpose of television and movies is to provide entertainment. Over time, different genres of movies have surfaced, catering to the choices and preferences of all types of people in the society. One of the genres that have emerged is the horror film. The popularity of horror movies is depictive of the fact that people enjoy this genre and often prefer it over the romantic or classical genres. Some of the horror films stay number one on the charts for many weeks at a time. Examples of famous horror Hollywood movies include The Shining, The Silence of the Lambs, Exorcist, Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Wait until Dark, and Drag me to Hell. The success of these movies has led to the production of even more horror movies (Rickitt 11). The very names of the films are suggestive of the sheer horror and violence that they contain.