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The Psychological Health Benefits of Horror Movies

According to the research work presented in Healthline, watching Horror Movies has a psychological benefit, health wise. I know this might sound weird, but that is the real fact.

Have you ever asked yourself why those in the movie industry spend so much time and resources in producing a movie that would be scary to watch. Actually, these movies have their purpose, and a very positive one indeed.

Even though that frightening films can give you much scare, yet they can also help in relieving stress and anxiety.

These scenes are seen to display things like Monsters under the bed, zombies rising from the grave, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, Vampires sucking blood, etc. When horror movies are mentioned, these and so many other acts are the things that come to our mind.

In an interview section, Wes Craven the director for the documentary entitled “Fear in the Dark” (1991) stated that “horror films don’t create fear, they release it.”

This Craven’s message is quite realistic. Sometimes our engagement with the things that frighten us can be a form of catharsis, i.e. purging of emotional tensions.

More than the question of “facing your fears,” the contained adrenaline of a horror movie might actually be good for some viewer’s frame of mind.

Sometimes we may be tempted to ask ourselves the question of horror movies could in any way be pleasurable?

To answer this question, we need to look at what we have currently as "surrogacy theory". This theory maintains that horror films allow us, in a way, to control our fear of death by giving us a surrogate experience. That is, a foretaste of what it would look like.

According to Scahill, during a timeout at a theater, and in the presence of a horror movie, the body will be feeling that it is in big danger, but with our mind we know that we are safe. He goes forth to say that "allowing yourself to be triggered in a safe environment can actually be a process of therapy.”

Kurt Oaklee, the founder of Oaklee Psychotherapy in San Francisco, California, the surrogate experience of an individual with horror films is related to the practice of exposure therapy, wherein a patient is faced with stressors in a controlled environment to reduce their impact over time. Oaklee avows that Horror can actually teach us how to handle real-world stress better. This is because, during a stressful film, we are intentionally exposing ourselves to anxiety producing stimuli. This is not what we usually engage ourselves with, when we are a safe environment. It helps us to learn how to manage the stress in the moment. This practice can translate in the act of helping ourselves in the management of everyday stressors and fears.

For individuals who are marginalized and those going through maltreatment, active engagement in horror movies serve as a message of empowerment.

According to the report from Business Insider, in May of 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sales of horror movies on the digital movie App were up 194 percent from the previous May. And this was actually at a time when the world was facing horrors of its own, yet audience still searched for genre material for escape.

Sometimes, one of the best things that we can do for ourselves in moments of depression and anxiety could be to check out of the real world and check into something that brings a mockery of the scary situation that we are into.



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