Stephen: How horror movies affect people differently
Written by Stephen Lethbridge on October 31, 2022
Why do some people love scary movies, while others have nightmares?
The paradox of horror is that some people enjoy watching situations we definitely want to avoid. One theory is that the thrill is similar to a roller coaster, or that horror films are a form of stress relief.
But other people desensitized. “Many studies have shown that consistent direct exposure — especially among young people — to graphic material, decreases empathy and increases aggression,” Dr. Ramnarine Boodoo said.
Some people completely avoid horror: People with lower trauma thresholds and people with anxiety are less likely to enjoy gruesome flicks.