Why we like horror movies, explained

Why we can't get enough of feeling scared

Stars Insider

04/06/24 | StarsInsider

MOVIES Psychology

You feel the growing tension, your heart rate increases, your pupils dilate, you start yelling at the protagonist to pick another direction and run away from the killer. Sound familiar? If you've seen a few horror movies, chances are you've come across a similar scene. 

The emotional and physical response horror movies trigger in audiences is what makes them part of a unique and respected film genre. 

But if horror movies scare us, why do we keep watching them? We wouldn't willingly get ourselves into similar situations in real life, so why do we want to experience them on the big screen?

In this gallery, you'll find out why. Click through to discover why we love horror movies!

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