THE JOYS OF TEACHING HORROR - WHY THE GENRE OF HORROR CAN UNLOCK MORE THAN FILMS FOR STUDENTS
Guildford Grammar School (AUSTRALIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:Why Teach Horror?
During the past 6 years of teaching I have focused one aspect of my study of film on what i believe to be an underutilized genre, Horror. This genre raises so many questions, why do some humans enjoy watching Horror? Why do people respond so intensely to a fictitious genre? How can we utilize this to extend our students and build a strong understanding of cinema? How and why do students respond so well to Horror? Through exploring the psychology behind Horror, teachers will be able to explore all that this genre has to offer.
When exploring this subject it is best to separate it into three main components. Firstly it is crucial to explore the shared history of fears, linking to how the brain responds to Horror films founded by recent psychological research. This then links to how different people respond from an early age to 'the horrific' as a part of image analysis and interpretation that occurs. This highlights why horror films are not only easily recalled by audiences, but also more easily interpreted than some other film genres.
The second component then focuses on sharing of a variety of different teaching strategies and resources that I have found effective in teaching the horror genre. I focus primarily on the sub genres of gore, slasher and demonic horrors, however have also branched into World Cinema, the clichéd heroes of Horror, Auteurs, as well as Societal Fears. Each section gives relevant resources and information for those wishing to pursue the subject.
Discussion on this subject concludes by exploring potential problems that might be encountered. The purpose is to help teachers preempt and empower their knowledge and confidence in teaching the subject. This section will also explore ways to extend students through the use of this genre. This includes contact with parents, guided previewing analysis and of course how to watch horror films in a safe and educationally effective environment.
Keywords: Secondary Teaching, Innovation, Horror, Media, Resources.