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Why do people like scary movies?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (30674points) October 8th, 2010

Scary movies can send real chills up and down a person’s back. They can make you jump in your seat. You know when you go in that you’re going to get scared, yet you still go. Why?

Is it the adrenaline rush we feel? Do we get satisfaction from knowing that despite our fear, we are actually safe? Do we like to be reminded of the fight or flight syndrome we all still possess in our brains?

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NaturallyMe's avatar

I have no idea. I love scary movies but i’m not sure why. The only time i can’t watch a scary movie is when i’m alone, mostly at night time. I think it may have something to do with the topic of the scary movie – not everybody finds the same type of movies scary. What i’m trying to say is, maybe the types of scary movies we watch is because we find something about them interesting in a way. Like i like demon / ghost scary movies, because i think i find those topics interesting, so that must be why i keep wanting to watch them, even though i find it scary.

erichw1504's avatar

Good question… most horror movies don’t scare me. The ones that actually do are the thriller, suspense type. For example, Disturbia scared the crap out of me. More because of the suspense that the film built up and how realistic it was. The movies with all the blood, gore, and scary monsters don’t bother me too much.

So, I guess the reason I like them is because they provide a thrill and can be interesting or exciting to watch. If they really did scare the crap out of me, I probably wouldn’t enjoy them as much (like my wife).

YoBob's avatar

No idea. For the most part, I don’t like what passes for scary movies these days. Most of them are just gory blood baths rather than true suspense. I generally get annoyed around this time of year because I can’t seem to turn on the TV without being assaulted by images of somebody being dismembered.

ucme's avatar

Adrenalin rush. It’s the same with “scary” rides or extreme sports. We keep going back for more because although we’re scared shitless sometimes, our sub conscious mind can’t get enough of that intoxicating surge called fear. On the whole, we freakin love it!

daytonamisticrip's avatar

For some It’s the adrenalin.
For others It’s to show off that they “can’t” be scared.

DominicX's avatar

I don’t really know why. I’m not a big fan of “scary movies” so much because as @erichw1504 said, most of them are just full of blood and gore and aren’t actually scary.

What’s scary is something like “Unsolved Mysteries”. These are supposedly true stories of creepy things that have happened to people. I just watched a segment about an older couple in Georgia who had paranormal experiences in their house. That is scary to me. I’m not sure why I like it so much. I also loved the original “The Amityville Horror” about a demonic presence in a Long Island house. That’s the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. I write horror as well; it’s my favorite genre.

I guess I just find it interesting. I love the unexplained, the paranormal, the mysterious, the bizarre…even though I have very limited personal experience in all of that.

erichw1504's avatar

@DominicX You’re right about Unsolved Mysteries, I can’t even watch that show anymore. It has traumatized me, since I watched it all the time when I was younger.

DominicX's avatar

I recently found a YouTube channel that has tons of UM episodes. I’ve been watching a ton of them lately. Some of the stories have even inspired my writing.

I just re-watched Tallman’s Ghost, the scariest UM story I’ve ever seen, oddly similar to the Amityville story.

Aster's avatar

I really don’t like scary movies. With today’s technology, they use so much blood and gore it’s just gross. But I used to like them!

Austinlad's avatar

Feels good to pee in your pants.

erichw1504's avatar

@Austinlad I’d rather watch a movie that made me shit my pants.

Austinlad's avatar

Remind me not to sit near you in the movie theater, @erichw1504. ;-)

erichw1504's avatar

Well it must be a damn good movie if it can make me do that!

Frenchfry's avatar

I like scary, and suspenceful. Not too much gore though. That is the type of movie I like.

Jude's avatar

Because I’m a freak. :)

ArtsyFartsy23's avatar

I would have to say that I watch scary movies because I like feeling that adrenaline rush and “Oh-my-god-I’m-gonna-pee-myself” tension. For some reason, I love being terrified. I hate gorey movies though, I find them more disgusting than scary.

tranquilsea's avatar

I went through a phase in my teenage years when I loved horror movies. Nightmare on Elm Street was big. I grew out of that phase and now most of them are just silly.

I love a great thriller. Sadly, they are few and far between.

I think I liked them back then because it was thrilling without the fear of being hurt.

mattbrowne's avatar

Because they are no bears lurking outside of the caves we live in. Thriving on thrill is a key survival instinct.

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