As a writer who has specialized in the symbolism of horror movies for years, I have always been amazed by the number of horror movie fans that never realize the popular phallic symbols that are found in their favorite scary movies. This article will point out the most common phallic symbols in horror movies.
Leading off the list of the most common phallic symbols in horror movies would have to be vampire fangs. Notice that the fangs of vampires pierce soft areas of the body and draw out the life-giving fluids of the body. Vampires are sexual in nature and it only makes sense that one of the most popular symbols of a vampire would be a phallic symbol. To read more about the symbolism of vampire fangs in horror movies,read this.
Villains in horror movies have used long knives to kill their victims for decades. Notice that directors need to make the knives longer and longer all of the time for their killers. From the butcher knife of Norman Bates, to the machete of Jason Voorhees, horror movie knives have had to be as long as possible to show the phallic strength of the wielder. To read more about the symbolism of knives as weapons in horror movies, read this.
Castle towers have always been phallic symbols. Many leaders of that long-gone age tried to build their towers as high as possible to show their strength to the enemy. This only made sense to transfer this popular point of phallic symbolism to horror movies. How many times have we been scared in the past by castles or potentially haunted houses simply by the towers that surround them? To read more about castles in horror movies, read this.
Reasons for Phallic Symbols in Horror Movies
Often, horror movie directors want to show a deeper strength to their antagonists. Throughout history, phallic symbolism has been used as a sign of strength to install fear in the enemy. It only makes sense that this same kind of pressing for fear should appear in horror movies.
The next time that you see vampire fangs, long knives, or castle towers in horror movies, remember the reason why they are present. Remember that these phallic symbols are present to instill a subconscious feeling of inferiority in your mind.