The Monsters Within

Monsters are a topic that’s not frequently discussed, however Jeffrey Cohen’s Monster Culture (Seven Theses) allows for a more in-depth way of thinking about a universally unknown lifestyle.  One of the things that stood out to me was was Thesis VI, stating “Fear of the Monster is Really a Kind of Desire,” because of it’s spooky ties to any postmodern novel, article, film, etc.  The entirety of postmodernism is to lure people in with the fear that they wouldn’t be able to face in reality.  Having people understand that this is within a Hollywood setting and not a household setting allows for some ease when discussing this culture. Along this idea, it’s important to understand that directors and authors are thriving off of this so-called “monster culture” because people are anxious about their worst fear, however they desire fear the most.

Cohan’s last quote of this thesis asks, “Do monsters really exist? Surely they must, for if they did not, how could we” (Cohen 20)? He is insisting that we are the ones who are most fearful of the monster itself, yet we are the creators and the true monsters of everything.  It’s fascinating to analyze Cohen because he dissects that none of this fear and none of this anxiety would even be present if it weren’t for humans craving fear, as well as being the main producers of it. When comparing this ideal to postmodern horror, humans are not only metaphorical producers, but they’re literal film producers as well, assigned with the job to stimulate the fear that other humans have created.

With the interesting point of humans being the real monsters, I found a powerful image that summarizes everything previously said.

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