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Stephen King's Article, "Why We Crave Horror Movies"

Norman Bates and Freddie Kruger will always be much more evil and much more reviled by civilized society than the moviegoer watching them over a tub of popcorn. As King says, "If we are all insane, then sanity becomes a matter of degree" (2).

King presents his arguments in a breezy, chatty style, making some of his points by exaggerating his comments; for instance, he describes "the civilized forebrain" as having a trap door filled with "hungry alligators swimming around in that subterranean river beneath" (3). His style paints colorful pictures that include sweeping generalizations which are not always completely true. He observes that horror movies more


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