We share a love-hate relationship with horror movies. But, in case you’ve been wondering whether or not you should watch that new scary flick (Did you hear, Hereditary is actually scary AF?), there’s enough research out there to prove that horror films might actually be good for your health, after all.
1. Because it can burn nearly 200 calories at a time.
No time to go to the gym? Nothing much to worry about, as watching 90 minutes of horror movie can use up as much as 113 calories. FYI, this is equivalent to the amount of calories in a chocolate bar, or that burned during a 30-minute walk.
2. Because it can help you cope with anxiety.
When we watch horror films, a ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered in our brains which pumps up adrenaline, glucose, and cortisol in our bodies. We watch horror films voluntarily and thus feel safe compared to the real world dangers.
3. Because it enhances your brain activity.
Research suggests that watching horror movies releases neurotransmitters which can increase brain activity and make us more alert for a while. Horror films also prepare us to face several situations in our daily life.
4. Because it boosts your immune system.
When we watch horror movies, we experience an adrenaline rush in our bodies which in turn mobilizes our immune system. A study showed that after watching a horror movie, both men and women saw an increase in their white blood cells’ activity.
5. Because it is good for your relationship.
When we are scared our brains release feel-good chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. These are the same hormones that get activated when we fall for someone. And not to forget the oldest trick of watching a horror movie holding someone tight.
6. Because it can stimulate and trigger your DNA.
Our current environment doesn’t prepare us to deal with extreme situations. But deep within our DNAs we have that urge to act, and watching horror movies aggravates it.
7. Because it can help you get rid of stress.
If stress is what troubling you, you can throw it right out of your system by watching super creepy movies. But this stress busting thing will work for you only if you like watching scary movies.