Effects Of Watching Horror Movies
It is a proven fact that people love to be scared by horror movies. Some of the most horrified faces are portrayed in the best horror films of Hollywood, which are much liked by people. They simply love to watch the repulsive aliens and the blood dripping down the horrifying face. Watching such scary flicks, just for entertainment, is quiet acceptable, provided you do not empathize the suations depicted in what you have watched. This is a sign of caution, as you will never know when you start developing fear for almost everything around you. There are plenty of cases in which the violent scenes in horror movies had an impact on the physical and psychological stability of people. It generates fear, anxiety, sleeplessness, phobia and mental trauma while frequent viewing also helps people to desensitize with anxiety and fear. Check out the effects of watching horror movies in the following lines that are mentioned below. Anxiety
A visible effect of horror movies on both children and adults is anxiety. It is characterized as a long-term effect on children, which may even linger into their adulthood. Sleeplessness
An immediate psychological effect of scary movies on the minds of people is lack of sleep. The person may be unable to sleep through the night for few days, even months after watching the movie. He/she may need to use a nightlight while sleeping. The thoughts of the horrifying characters of the horror movie and the situations may haunt him/her, leading to sleepless nights. This condition last for a week to even a year. People tend to develop Insomnia and nightmares; though insomnia might be harmless, repeated occurrence of nightmares might lead to chronic insomnia which in turn affects the mental and physical health. Fear
The hangover of horror movie is largely characterized by a fear. The person may become afraid of the darkness, or cling to the companion while sleeping. He/she may cry, scream, tremble, shake or even...
...Why Horror Films Rule the World?
More and more horror seekers are willing to line up to buy tickets for a scary movie and sit in the front of the screen to watch with blood and terror, all to enjoy the intense experience of being afraid. Scary films provide a terrifying experience of fear in many moviegoers; however, not everyone is willing to take time to enjoy the feeling of being scared and such, instead viewers reject horrormovies because they do not want to spend money to feel afraid, threatened, and uncomfortable. On the other hand, many moviegoers are so attracted to watch those horrible scenes, which provide a channel for them to face their inner emotions without telling anyone else. The increasing popularity of scary films raises an interesting question: if fear is a natural survival response to a dangerous, threatening, or painful situation, why will a lot of moviegoers desire to seek out that feeling? The answer is obvious. Even though horrormovies reveal something disgusting and terrible, the appeal of being afraid is one way for viewers, especially young audiences, to achieve spiritual fulfilment.
Watching horrormovies leaves moviegoers feeling a rush of excitement when they explore their fears, like the experience of riding a roller coaster. Allegra Ringo, in her article “Why Do Some Brains Enjoy Fear?” describes how the excitement of...
...The Effects of HorrorMovies on Children
By Timothy Sexton, eHow Contributor
The implicit, and often explicit, intention of horrormovies is to scare people. The fright engendered by horrormovies can have residual psychological effects for years. Two studies, "Tales from the Screen: Enduring Fright Reactions to Scary Media" and another, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), both concluded that exposure horrormovies may have long-lasting adverse effects on children.
The NIMH study reveals direct evidence that in children 5 and younger, especially toddlers, scary movies can produce acute cases of anxiety. The symptoms of this anxiety include sleeping disorders, aggressiveness and self-endangerment.
Both studies indicated that children exposed to horror films avoided real life situations shown in a fictional manner on screen. The subjects exhibited dread of facing those situations. Some children not only avoided real life situations, but also come to avoid seeing other movies or TV shows dealing with the same situations that instilled the original fear.
A common effect among older children and even tweens and pre-teens, upon viewing horrormovies is to obsessively talk about the stimulus that produces the fear. The subject of the...
The Horror in Movies
Life is full of common and expected but yet, very frightening situations, events, or circumstances such as natural disasters, wild animal attacks, been aggravated by violent individuals, strange and chronicle illness or situations that threaten the safety or people’s life. There are also other events that rarely occur in people’s lives but are even more frightening because there are mysterious and dark beings involved. Humans know very little about these entities and the factors that generate such events. Rare events such s these have been studied and investigated for hundreds of years and passed on from generation to generation but regardless of the vast research on the topics, its events, and the many publications of them through the ages, there is still very little known about them making the theme and its occurrences more mysterious and horrifying than the common and expected dangerous situations normally happen in people’s lives. Events that have involved the subject of the spiritual realm and the demons and evil spirits in it, always has placed several feelings of horror and fear in the hearts and souls of many people over centuries. Another concept that has been around for a similar period of time is the subject of extraterrestrial beings which is also a topic that is considered to be mysterious and unexplainable. The mystery and unexplainable facts of these concepts and its events have been the...
...them is a series of goose bumps and cold chills down their backs and major negative effects on the brain.
I. What causes people to watch horrormovies?
A. People watch horrormovies to fulfill a need for excitement.
B. People tend to live through the movie and forget their duty-bound lives.
C. People are attracted to the known and the predictability in movies.
II. What are the effects of horror films on people?
A. One person’s thrill and interest is another’s demise.
B. Research has shown that the brain can perceive such movies negatively.
Shrieking screams, bloody scenes, and suspenseful music are all the main ingredients for a scream filled tormenting movie referred to as a horror movie or a scary flick. Horror films are movies that are purposefully created to provide a feeling of fright, unease and panic among the people viewing them. The audience members cannot get enough of watching them for the excitement, the memories of a simpler life and the attraction to the known, even though the effect of watching them is a series of goose bumps and cold chills down their backs and major negative effects on the brain.
One might think why horror films are so popular and why so many of us pay money to be scared and feel horrified? Well, audience members flock to watch...
The Paradox of Horror: Fear as a Positive Emotion
With its roots in the English gothic novel of
the eighteenth century and a body of work that
spreads across different media, the horror genre
has persisted in art for more than a century, gaining gradual popularity among audiences. Its success has been particularly pronounced in cinema,
where horror films like The Exorcist, Jaws, Alien,
Silence of the Lambs, and numerous others rank
among the major box office hits in cinematic
history. With success, however, comes reflection:
what is the attraction of such harrowing fiction?
The many subgenres that arose in the development of horror and its many narrative commonalities with other genres, such as the sci-fi or the
psychological thriller, make the project of defining
horror a daunting task.1 Relying on a pretheoretical understanding of the genre, it is enough for the
purposes of this article to focus on its mark, that
is, the aim of generating fear and disgust in the
audience, in response to a supernatural or abnormal being that is perceived as threatening, such
as a monster, a psychopath, a zombie, a freak.
The formal features of horror—such as narrative
structure, camera viewpoint, editing, and musical
score—are conducive to and serve to heighten this
The emotions on which the horror genre trades
are identified in the emotion literature as...
1. The NIMH study reveals direct evidence that in children 5 and younger, especially toddlers, scary movies can produce acute cases of anxiety. The symptoms of this anxiety include sleeping disorders, aggressiveness and self-endangerment.
2. Both studies indicated that children exposed to horror films avoided real life situations shown in a fictional manner on screen. The subjects exhibited dread of facing those situations. Some children not only avoided real life situations, but also come to avoid seeing other movies or TV shows dealing with the same situations that instilled the original fear.
3. A common effect among older children and even tweens and pre-teens, upon viewing horrormovies is to obsessively talk about the stimulus that produces the fear. The subject of the obsessive talk may be expressed in either a morbid fascination or a a need to alienate themselves from what they have seen through discourse.
4. Probably the most common effect that horrormovies have on children is the production of nightmares. Many children as well as adults can be expected to have a nightmare after seeing a horror film, especially one that may be troublesome emotional or features particularly repulsive and upsetting gore.
5. The stimuli found to produce an adverse effect in children most often in...
...Movies: Why the fascination?
Why are we as a society so fascinated with horror? There is evidence found throughout the history of every culture around the world depicting evil and terror in various forms. Chilling stories of ghosts, demons, and the waking dead have been retold around campfires. There have been numerous tales of strange creatures, shape shifters, and various monsters that have been passed down from generation to generation. It seems to be an insatiable urge that is shared by all human beings, as if it is part of our nature. So what is it about delving into the dark side that has caused centuries of human beings to continually harrow up the soul? In search of answers, I sought the insight of the multiple bestselling author and “master of horror” himself, Stephen King, with his article entitled “Why we crave horrormovies”, and the article “Dead man still walking”, written by graduate student and zombie researcher Kyle Bishop.
According to King’s theory, people are born with a psychological balance of what we are taught as “good” and “bad” behavior. He writes that “The potential lyncher is in almost all of us… and every now and then, he has to be let loose to scream and roll around in the grass” (p. 262). This article illustrates how people are rewarded for good behavior, which all0ws our light side to be unrestrained and free, while it is the dark side that is continually...
...I dislike watching horrormovies because they are negative towards people and you have to deal with it mentally. When I was seven, I had a bad experience with a scary movie. My friends forced me to watch Halloween with them on a cold fall night in October. The disturbing image of Mike Myers killing someone is still locked in my mind today. I hated this film because of the white mask Mike Myers would wear. I hate the fact that I know something is going to pop out at me in the movie and make me jump out of my seat. Studies today have shown that watching gory horrormovies can cause disorders.
On the night when I watched Halloween, my reaction towards horrormovies changed. After watching this movie, I was scarred for life. The images of the murders that happened in Halloween are still stuck with me. Having to see gory images and people getting killed was too scary for me. After watching this movie, I could not fall asleep. I had to keep a night light on to make myself feel safe. The only thing I could think about was Mike Myers wearing his white mask. I had a horrible nightmare when I finally fell asleep. In my dream, I was being chased by Michael. I woke up all hot and sweaty. I reacted to this horror film by feeling sleep deprived and having a bad dream.
I don’t react to horror very well. When I watch horror films, I get chills running down my...