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Thereis a general assumption that horror stories keep losing their aura offear due to the predictive nature that directors use to showcasetheir talent. Regardless, the modern day BCC student still findsthese movies interesting and much more attractive than the generalpredisposition. The public outcry regarding these stories is that,they need to be more focused on suspense creation and shoulddemonstrate the scary nature of a standard horror movie just like inThe Tell-Tale Heart. On the other hand, Bristol Community Collegeboasts of over 8476 student population by fall of 2016. Although thisis a drop of the one indicated in the previous years, the girlsoutnumber the male ones. As per the BCC fact sheet of 2016, malestudent headcount was at 3,200 while the other gender comprised of5,276 students respectively (BCC, “Factsheet Fall 2016”). Sincewomen` brains are structured to make them imagine issues, it iscommon knowledge to believe that they get scared more easily thanmen. In this regard, a modern day BCC student will be more scared ina horror movie such as the Yellow Wallpaper and Tell-Tale Heart,because of the imaginative nature of their brains and how they cananticipate suspense and also because of the double figure of womenpopulation in the institution.

Resourcefulor imaginative students within BCC tend to be much more scared thanthose who lack the attribute. Going by the Factsheet, womenpopulation is higher than men, and this only confirms this belief.According to King, the modern day horror has transformed lives intoan arena of lynching in comparison to the combat presented fromprofessional football. In other words, a student paying to watch ahorror movie in a theater is only creating the animal character inthem, which can adversely lead them into imagining issues related tokilling and lynching. A female student, who was raised in a communityfull of life such as Bristol and all over sudden taken to an oldVictorian building in Fall River, will eventually feel the creepyfeelings of fear. Their minds will be transformed into the realscenes of the movie, and this has the effect of filling them withfear because they tend to imagine what will happen next, depending onhow the film is advancing. A real scenario is when the narrator inTell-Tale Heart, anticipates the death of the old man in his brain inthe dark room.

Psychopathsare the most attracted to horror movies than non-psychopaths becausethey lack the universal attribute of empathy in their subconscious.Understanding the degree of psychopaths inside BCC can be a problembecause no statistics point to that effect. However, it is evident tonote that the way psychopaths tend to reason is entirely reactionary,and they thrive where the system of governance is lacking. Thenarrator in Edgar Allan Poe’s tale depicts the behavior of apsychopath, and it is these types of characters that attract mosthorror lovers. They enjoy here the spirit of uncertainty thrives andwhere the lynched demonstrates all forms of fear as the old man inthe dark room. Just as King, points out, horror movies remove theanti-civilized character in people and replace it with revolutionaryones as those showed by today`s psychopaths. As a result, thepsychopaths will always enjoy the movies because of lack of empathyin them. Non-psychopaths on the hand will always like the behavior ofvictims just like the old man in the Tell-Tale Heart because theycrave for love, protection, understanding, and sympathy, unlikepsychopaths. The degree at which they associate psychopaths withinthe school population with the film’s protagonist and villainsleads to the creation of fear in them even if they had watched themovie when they were much younger and at present.

Inorder to attract more attraction from the opposite gender, King saysthat male BCC students tend to pretend that they are not scared butin reality, they are more afraid than the females under their care.Their fear is manifested by the absence of a female horror lover andthe representation of the familiar ego under the influence of theirId. A male student watching the story of the Yellow Wallpaper and theTell-Tale Heart for the first time has no chance but to be emotiveespecially when the female counterpart is missing. On the other hand,a female student no matter their age will always feel safer when theyare close to their boyfriends in the theater room while the horror isbeing showcased.

Thefeeling of paranoia created by watching horror stories such theYellow Wallpaper and others can manage to create a body of fear andsensitive emotions in any individual. The BCC Institution remains asone with a white dominated student population compared to otherraces. It stands at 70%, and the remaining 30 percent is shared byother races (BCC, “Factsheet Fall 2016”). The fear created bythis racial divide is inexhaustible judging by the way other racesare represented in limited fashion. In addition, it is no surprisethat American population is guided by histories of stereotypes, whichaffects the performance of BCC as well. Interestingly, this bedrockof racial differences makes some students take advantage of othersand as horror movies depict the protagonist and the lynched in mostcircumstance is always a white male patriarch over a woman. Any newfemale student watching Yellow Wallpaper and Tell-Tale Heart willdirectly have feelings of paranoia when they come across a figurealmost the same as those in the movie. The same body of fear can beextended to other scary movies like theLottery,and in the end, they may turn out to be a long-term problem to astudent.

Thereis a general belief that modern day horror movies are much predictiveand marketed wrongly then it was in the past. A good story may beginwith a trailer, which catches the eyes of an audience, but when itturns to viewing the movie, people tend to be disappointed. Forinstance, the trailer about Yellow Wallpaper tends to attract manystudents of BCC especially those below the ages of 21 years. However,most of them end up disappointed because of the high level ofmarketing that producers place on such average movies, among others.The result of this mismatch is that horror movies tend to just feedtheir animal instincts at the time of their first view but then endup not meeting the attraction needed. However, as King says, as longas the gaiter is fed love will continue to be spread, but the lovemight be for something else, the horror. These mean that, the horrormovies might not scare them as such in the end, but the result isthat the story will be loved.

Inconclusion, the modern horror movie genre tends to exercise itsemotive release on students who watch it for the first and even lasttime due to their imagination capacities and suspense generated fromthe movies. A BCC student having a glimpse of a horror movie such asYellow Wallpaper and the Tell-Tale Heart has no option but to bescared because these movies tend to appeal to their desire foremotional anxieties and they help them feed their artistic aspects ofthe brains. A female student gets scared of the horror movie muchmore than the male ones, and younger students become fearful thanolder ones. Psychopaths, on the other hand, have a background of noempathy in their minds and do not see the need to get scared, unlikenon-psychopaths. The result of this is that current BCC student isscared every time they watch a movie such as the Yellow Wallpaper andthe Tell-Tale Heart, what differentiates the degree of fear is howthe story transforms through the producer’s role in creatingsuspense and disrupting reality.


BCC.FactsheetFall 2016,, 2016, website/about/factsheets/FactSheet_FALL2016[1].pdf.Accessed 19th,March 2017.

King,Stephen. WhyWe Crave Horror Movies,Humbleisd, (nd), ormovies.pdf.Accessed 20 March 2017.