Horror movies first thrilled and scared audiences back in the silent era. What is it about “fright flicks” that draw so many millions of fans to horror films? People love a good scare and a good horror movie.
Horror Provides Chills and Thrills
A frightening experience could bring about an adrenaline rush and a host of emotional feelings. Horror films may feel somewhat like an emotional thrill ride. As long as the film doesn’t wallow too much in violence, viewers may enjoy the experience. Dramas and other films may be enjoyable, but a horror film delivers that desirable thrill ride other features lack. Sometimes, a thrilling, even scary experience offers a powerful emotional impact.
Horror Could Have a Calming Effect
A scary horror film scene might make someone jump. Afterward, the mind, and maybe the body, have to come down. Horror movies have peaks and valleys when it comes to suspense, tension, and shocks. The “come down” after a scare may have a calming effect. Someone feeling anxious may appreciate that effect, even if he/she may not be aware that it occurred.
Horror Offers Escapism
Although horror movies may have realism elements and some features might even be realistic, horror is a fantasy-based genre. So, horror films deliver 90-minutes of escapism, allowing people to drift away from real life for a while.
Vampires and werewolves may provide a serious “scare factor” to audiences, but these fantasy creatures take people out of the real world. For a brief while, horror movie escapism may lead people to put worries behind.
Horror Can Be a Shared Experience
Horror film-watching could sometimes turn into a collective experience. When the audience in the theater shrieks, several people shriek together. The same could be the case when watching a film with friends in front of the TV.
Yes, a well-made horror movie might offer more than ample shocks and scares.