Carrol (2003) believes that the ‘monster’ in horror films are meant to create a relationship between the characters on screen and the audience viewing the film; causing the audience to essentially become connected to the emotional responses of the characters, feeling what they are feeling n response to the ‘monster’ causing similar reactions to the ‘monster’ but not the same reaction. for example the audience could feel nausia, become repulsed, frightened; but not be displaying the same behaivour of the character who may be screaming hysterically and running away. the audience is aware of the fact that the situation in the film is fiction and it is real for the characters on screen. we feel reactions to the characters situation that they are not themselves able to feel in their present state for example when we feel suspensful and on the edge of our seats while the hero of the film is in a fight for their life; the hero is not feeling the emotions of the audience, they would be in a suspenseful situation having feelings of fear, courage, etc. therefore Carrol states that we have a reaction to the situation but not the exact same as the characters.
” If Aristotle is right about catharsis, for example, the emotional state of the audience does not double that of King Oedipus at the end of the play of the same name. Nor are we jealous, when Othello is. Also, when a comic character takes a pratfall, he hardly feels joyous, though we do. And though we feel suspense when the hero rushes to save the heroine tied to the railroad tracks he cannot afford to indulge such an emotion.” (Carrol, 2003).
whenever we hear the word monster, many archetypes come to mind. the most famous of which being the Romanian Vampire king, Count Dracula. My research has shown that Bram Stoker based his Dracula on a real life Count in history; a man who had a real taste for human blood. Vlad the impaler who was born in the region of Romania now known as Transylvania in 1431 A.D. there was a legend about Vlad III that was spread around years after his death that he invited a group of people to a feast at his home and then had them impaled and then dined on his dinner with their bodies scattered around him. Stephen King writes about how he used parts of his favorite scenes in Bram Skoker’s Dracula to write parts of his books.