Written by: Farida Gamal
Copy edited by: Nadine Nasef
As much as most people watch a lot of movies, each and every one of them has their very own taste in them, whether some people watch too many action, drama or romantic genres, horror will always be the leading giant with the strongest influence on the audience who this genre a single their favorite; from the rush of the blood-stream to stress-relief; from getting these constant jump-scares, this article is much more of a fun guide to these funny feelings you get when watching your favorite horror movies, whether you categorized the ‘funniness’ into good or bad.
The majority of viewers will only describe horror movies as ‘horrific’, but wouldn’t they be stunned to know that their dreadfulness is actually an upshot of a positive body reaction?
Works as a stress-reliever Basically, the most pivotal effect of watching horror movies is the larger exposure to further pumps of adrenaline to the body, and emotions like enthusiasm and anticipation activate our adrenal gland to secrete this hormone. This powerful hormone obtains the utmost responsibility of positive mood and energy, which on the long term of course, reduces stress. However, as much as it reduces stress, it promotes the stressful emotiononly during the movie, for a good reason though! Being this much strained for about 90-minutes distracts us from our own issues and pressures in our real life, more like exerting this stressful energy from these real-life problems into horror movies.
Grants you an eye of a tiger, almost.
In one way or another, we feel that horror movies somehow expose us to some unexpected situations that are considerably perilous or spooky, tending to terrify or alarm the audience gives them the self-esteem and ability to tackle these situations in wiser methods instead of simply panicking. Nonetheless, scary movies is thought to fight some phobias, for example, if someone with Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) watches a scene in a movie where a numerous squad of spiders are roaming around and overtaking a character more than once, this might help him/her trigger some strength and stability when watching similar scenes afterwards because they, in the simplest way, faced their fear once before.
Burns extra calories … on a couch.
Most people won’t even bother calculating the calories in a bar of chocolate because they’re just a whole-lot, but what if they learn that the calories released when seeing horror movies is equivalent to the calories in that bar of chocolate? Well then, happy counting. According to a study in Westminster University, it is found that the large amount of Adrenaline pumped while watching a scary movie can burn up to 113 calories. The faster the heart-pulse, the more blood is pumped, and therefore more burnt calories. One film ranked with the maximum number of burnt calories is The Shining, recording to approximately burn about 184 calories. One of the lowest though was Paranormal Activity burning 111 calories, but still that’s a sum of burnt of calories, right?
Another result to the increased heart activity is a more healthy, active and energetic body, as well as a slimmer one! Apart from the calories, the Adrenaline rushed upon the increase of blood flow, delivers less appetite, and you thought you needed pills for that.
Your true eye to reality.
Similar to the ‘eye of the tiger’ psychological effect and self-courage these movies grant to the viewers, is the real-life preparation to physically deal with traumatic issues similar to those in the horror movies, like being aware of dangers that we witnessed in the movie but never suspected any threats from it in real-life, as well as having some experience from that film on how to shield ourselves from catching these dangers, and learn from the fictional characters’ mistakes.
Maybe watching a fake, graphically-designed demon on screen might have a multiple of beneficial results, but still getting scared isn’t such a happy feeling isn’t it?
Thicker blood … way thicker
When being exposed to fear whether mild or foremost, the blood becomes thicker, which isn’t really categorized as healthy, so unexpectedly, watching horror movies generates this process, but it’s also expected that the thickening of blood could escalate to coagulation, and in the matter of older people, the result doubles, leading to death.
Paranoia and Insomnia?
For those with conditions like past trauma and anxiety, horror films will have the wickedest influence on their mentality. Watching too much blood, too much killing or usually portraying that everyone is up to something is what we could call psychologically fit, it’s too easy to eventually view real-life as a field similar to that of a horror movie. Moreover, people experience sleepless nights as a post-effect of a horror movie, especially those with past trauma. We’ve all experienced the toss and turning for hours and hating the guts of that scary movie that just won’t let you sleep.
Turning into a cowardly-dog isn’t fun either.
There are two outcomes of watching violent horror movies; firstly, it can shift personalities to become more vicious, as viewing violence too often can indulge in humans’ mentalities subconsciously as a norm, which affects humans’ actions accordingly. Another outcome is slightly different, it’s developing into an uneasy state of mind, always worried and fearful; thus, when facing a real shocking situation, it will be merely held with increased apprehension than before. If we like to watch horror movies that involve a scene full of blood, we sometimes think that this is one of the ways to solve problem. That is why horror movie often said can change people’s personality because they think that violence is the best way to solve the conflict.
It’s essential to know how a person’s affected by whatever they’re exposed, whether positively or negatively, even it’s considered an insignificant exposure, like merely watching a film, but watching films isn’t just for fun, watching films can teach you all the lessons you need to learn, much of the excitement you can enjoy in life, and even much of the tragedy and tears you can pour your heart into, it has a hand in employing your feelings, and this employment can’t be categorized as insignificant, not even a bit, unless it causes coagulation, of course.