Horror Stories Nightmares brought to life

Horror: a genre that seeks to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on their fears.

The name "Creepypasta" comes from the word "copypasta", an internet slang term for a block of text that gets copied and pasted over and over again from website to website.

Throughout the ages, horror stories have been told from generation to generation, all adapting to the most modern outlet. Now, it's been adapted into creepypastas, stories told through websites, passed along through social media and horror films, be it television or movie. Most take on a point of view of the victim of a tragedy, all involving some unknown force or monster. Something supernatural or monsters in most cases, but sometimes producing a human character as the monster. There are hundreds of these stories, maybe thousands, and because there's a screen between the author and the reader, we often don't have a name to put with the story. This, most will agree, only adds to the story, making it seem all the more mysterious.


created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen

Smile Dog (or Smile.jpg)

It’s thought to have first been posted on the /x/ paranormal board on 4chan in 2008.

Jeff the killer

Writer and Origins Unknown

Feddy Krueger

Wes Craven shows off his creation in his 1984 slasher, Nightmare On Elm Street.

As animals, humans have the instinct to be afraid of anything that might kill us, and that's where we find the focus of most of our stories. Whether movie or book, the protagonist is always faced with a kind of danger to their survival. That is what strikes a cord in us, makes us empathize with their struggles and vicariously get scared. It's especially frightening when the movie ends like ones such as the ring did, introducing an video/image that kills whoever views it, then showing that video/image to make you fear for your own life. It may be idiotic to believe a ten second clip of people in spooky masks could kill you, but anything that threatens survival is bound to send a chill down your spine.

Now, for some time now, the genre seems to be more focused on simple, almost frustrating jump-scares (where the viewer is scared by a sudden loud noise and image). It's cheap, but there's science behind these too. It always comes back to us not wanting to be eaten. Many animals stalk prey, and in a split second their air bound and coming at you. We evolved to recognize this threat and instantly run, or in this case, flinch severely. It sucks, and to all hardcore horror fans the best movies go without them, but it gets the point across that this thing is a threat and could kill you, even though it's just CGI.

There are a lot of bad horror movies. It's a fact. I'm not the only one who thinks this, apparently there are many, many people, and some of these people just happen to be movie producers. Cabin in the Woods, Shaun of the Dead, Zombie land. All labelled as comedies, and all with one goal in mind. To trash the horror genre's bad apples. They find all the cliche's (such as jump scares) and stuff them full of irony, putting reason behind it or emphasizing it to the point of comedy (hence the title; horror comedy).

The first horror movie, only about 2 minutes long, was made by imaginative French filmmaker Georges Melies, titled Le Manoir Du Diable (aka The Devil's Castle/The Haunted Castle) - containing familiar elements of later horror and vampire films: a flying bat, a medieval castle, a cauldron, a demon figure (Mephistopheles), and skeletons, ghosts, and witches - and a crucifix to dispatch with evil.

Whether good or bad, creepypasta or horror film, comedy or serious, horror stories have a chemistry. An equation to follow. From jumpscares to code, they learned how to use our instincts against us. That's why it's such a lucrative genre to invest in, artist, author, directors alike, they all have one common interest; making their stories true horror.

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