Everyone enjoys watching movies. But there is one particular genre that people always like to watch- horror movies. Despite these films being scary and in some cases can be really terrifying to the point that you feel like you will be having nightmares, people still go and watch them. And the surprising thing is that even people who admit that they get scared easily enjoy them.
So, why do people like watching scary films? As with everything else, there is always a reason behind it. There is something that horror films bring us that directly speaks to our mind and instinct. There are fear triggers that ingrained in our brain whether it is fear of the dark, fear of animals, fear of death, etc.
There are three different factors attributed to psychological attraction to such movies according to Dr. Glenn D. Waters. The first factor is the tension. Every person likes mystery. It captures our attention, our mind. This tension is created through suspense, mystery, shock or terror. That is why any horror film has the following elements. Filmmakers who can effectively bring out the following elements can craft a horror movie that will entice and captivate the viewers.
The second factor has something to do with its relevance with its potential viewers. No matter how well-crafted a horror film is if it does not have any relevance, it will not capture the attention of its viewers. One thing you will notice about horror films is that the best ones have universal relevance. They can effectively capture the fear of things like death, life and uncertainty.
The other factor that attracts scary films to people is unrealism. In as much as horror films appear to be really realistic and highly graphic, people are aware that at a certain level, they are not real.