Chances are, if you are on this blog it is because you are a horror fan, a shriek geek if you will. Well boy have I got some good news for you. Those hours curled up on the sofa or behind a pillow are not wasted! Oh no, Horror movies are in fact GOOD for you! And here’s why….
1. Good for your health
It has been noted that watching a horror movie can have amazing effects on the human body. The watching of these images on a screen can spike your blood pressure, tense up those muscles and get your heart racing- the same effect as exercise. In fact watching a horror film has been proven to burn calories, with a movie like “The Shining” burning just under 200 calories!
2. Good for your mental well-being
Horror movies allow for a feeling of catharsis. This basically means that we are able to release strong emotions allowing relief to wash over us. We know when the movie is over we will be safe, with all our limbs and arteries in tact. Another reassuring aspect of horror movies is their predictable nature. We know that the girl will survive at the end, the two teenage lovers will die and the harmony of the universe will be restored by the time the credits roll.
3. We need the release:
“If we have a relatively calm, uneventful lifestyle, we seek out something that’s going to be exciting for us, because our nervous system requires periodic revving, just like a good muscular engine,” says Fischoff, professor emeritus of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Our bodies need the stimulus!
4. Good for enjoying yourself
Horror movies are a great way to escape the monotony of existence and experience something you (hopefully) never will in real life. Also it’s a great way to take our mind of our own problems and put things into perspective when watching that poor girl being stalked and killed.
5. Because Stephen King says so:
The mythic horror movie, like the sick joke, has a dirty job to do. It deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us. It is morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized … and it all happens, fittingly enough, in the dark. For those reasons, good liberals often shy away from horror films. For myself, I like to see the most aggressive of them – Dawn of the Dead, for instance – as lifting a trap door in the civilized forebrain and throwing a basket of raw meat to the hungry alligators swimming around in that subterranean river beneath. Why bother? Because it keeps them from getting out, man. It keeps them down there and me up here.