Why do people like horror movies?

July 20, 2017

Horror is a genre like no other. Horror movies are often snubbed or written off as trashy, shallow, or disgusting. Yet no other genre has such a loyal fanbase that will keep coming back no matter how bad of a reputation it gets. So why do some people love horror movies so much?

  1. They’re a thrill ride. Some horror movies start out slow, gradually building the pace for an exciting climax. Others provide jump scenes and edge-of-your-seat action at a steady rate. Either way, they’re a great way to get an adrenaline rush without ever having to leave your house.

2. They’re safe. One criticism of horror movies I often hear is that they’re too real. People don’t want to be so frightened that they have to constantly remind themselves “it’s only a movie.” But if you can suspend your disbelief, a horror movie can be not only a thrill ride, but a way to feel the good adrenaline that danger provides without actually being in danger.

3. They’re cathartic. Have you ever been so angry you just wanted to smash or throw something? Some horror movies, especially modern ones, have been criticized for excess levels of violence. But the next time you’re upset, try watching a masked maniac hack up a bunch of teenagers or Death itself pick off its victims in progressively bizarre ways. Seeing someone else be violent for an hour and a half just might save you from having to fix your walls.

Do you love horror movies? Why or why not?

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