Psychological Appeal of Movie Monsters
An Exploration of Possibility Space
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- Entertainment; Monster movies; Pretense; Communication; Media
As the popularity of monster movies kept rising in recent decades, the significance of this specific movie genre starts to reveal. This paper addresses the distal cause that underlies the psychological appeal of movie monsters. The cultural connection and realistic reflection of monster movies were investigated through surveying 36 subjects from a film history class and interviewing 10 representative samples selected from the survey subjects. The conclusion of this study is monster movies, resembling chase play, are a form of pretended predation. Engaging in such activities gives humans the ability to explore possibility spaces, predict future threats, and prepare creatively for possible dangers they can face in reality, allowing them to passively learn strategies to deal with dangerous situations in a controlled environment, increasing the survivability of individual or group while facing threats. This study found a positive correlation between how accurately monster movies reflect the audiences’ realistic concerns and the level of enjoyment reported by the audiences. As a direct representation of predation, the visual impacts of monster movies exceed other forms of pretense, evoking the audiences’ emotional reactions more effectively and possessing a higher level of appeal. This study provides evidence to the theory of evolutionary pedagogy and provides insights into the essence of entertainment as an economic and cultural pillar of human civilization.
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TY - CONF AU - Zizhao Wang PY - 2022 DA - 2022/05/14 TI - Psychological Appeal of Movie Monsters BT - Proceedings of the 2022 International Conference on Comprehensive Art and Cultural Communication (CACC 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 282 EP - 286 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220502.057 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.220502.057 ID - Wang2022 ER -