Do you ever go to the movies with the intention of purchasing a ticket for the newest horror film that is all the rage? You are excited to see the movie due to the hype. After the film begins to start and the intense music begins to play, your stomach drops, your heart beats fast, and you begin to ponder why you went to see the movie in the first place. Why do people such as myself like to subject themselves to this phenomenon?
It is said that humans, deep down, are rotten. There is a ‘beast’ with which lives deep in our core. Humans can be evaluated psychoanalytically in order to see why they enjoy these feels of fear provided by movies. A scary thought in which has been suggested is that the actions performed in these movies are satisfying a human’s repressed thoughts.
Horror films attract viewers because the weird occurrences attract our attention in contrast to the corny love movies in which can be predictable. The mere fact that there is suspense and uncertainty is appealing to an audience. To begin, horror films reveal a negative conflict and disruption in society. In addition, horror films creates gray areas for whether something is good or bad and normal or abnormal. When thinking about horror films, one must think about what is rational.
New creatures are created in which perplex and intrigue audiences. They are able to escape and picture a world with these new reality-defying creatures. Apparently, there is an expressivity solution to analyzing why humans like to watch horror films. According to Collingwood (a prominent researcher who focuses on the thrills of horror) “unburdening oneself of emotions by engaging in acts of make- believe” explains why humans gives in to watching these films.
Watching these films is comparable to people participating in high-risk or fear invoking activities such as sky diving and riding rollercoasters. In our minds, there is danger but we find something attractive about flirting with death. We are confident we can escape the dangerous situation. Watching horror type of films, we receive this feeling of fear as if we are in the movies ourselves. However, we know at any time we can leave the movie and are not trapped in them like the characters themselves are.
During horror films, it was recorded by Purdue University that hearts beats can eventually rise to as high as 15 beats per minute. Skin temperatures lower and blood pressures rise steadily. High sensation-seekers are aroused by these movies due to testosterone and the body’s response to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Men, particularly, respond to the dopamine, enjoying the movies as they feel brave doing so.
Fun Fact: Researchers do not recommend people watch these movies. A study was completed revealing almost 60 percent of people who had viewed something before the age of 14 in which caused a disturbance in their lives (specifically with their sleep cycle).