horror

It’s a Rush!

The best place to watch a horror movie is on the big screen. The action is larger than life and the story is far more terrifying when the audience collectively screams in response to the killer’s evil deeds. In part, this is why we love to watch horror movies. The adrenaline rush that comes from watching scary movies is enormous. The tension builds, one by one minor characters are murdered in horrible ways, and we wait on the edge of our seats as the plucky female lead (usually, but not always), squares up to a final confrontation with the deranged killer/evil monster.

The Shock Factor

We love to be shocked and horror movies feed our morbid curiosity for the macabre. Think about how many people stop to stare at the scene of a road traffic accident and you will start to understand the appeal of a horror movie. We can’t help but watch, even though we find it disturbing.

Thrill Seekers

Watching a horror movie is like taking a ride on a frightening rollercoaster, only better: the journey is horrible and the ending a real high, but unless you binge on cola and popcorn, you won’t throw up on the way. This is why many people love to go and see horror movies. They are the thrill seeker type, the ones who love to ride on the world’s tallest rollercoaster, or who are first in the queue to try a bungee jump.

Exploring our Subconscious Fears

Horror movies play on our subconscious fears. Freud would have had a field day analyzing schlock horror slasher movies where promiscuous female characters are brutally slain and the virginal lead always lives to fight another day. Indeed, Freud firmly believed that horror films were a visual manifestation of the collective unconscious. Personally speaking, I don’t dream about chainsaw killers, but I’m sure some people probably do.

The Entertainment Factor

Ultimately, we love going to see a horror movie because it’s entertaining. Most people wouldn’t pay money to watch a film of people being tortured and murdered in real life, but they will happily queue up to see Hostel or a similar film in this genre. We like movies because the good guy wins and the bad guy invariably gets his just desserts in the end. We also like it because we can go home, safe in the knowledge that what we have just seen on the screen is fictional.

People are drawn to horror films for many reasons; it’s rarely black and white. Tell us why you love watching horror movies below.