Halloween is just around the corner so it’s the perfect time to consider why horror movie fans are the best of all the movie goers. I know what you’re thinking – scary movie lovers are all psychopaths – but what if I told you that you could actually lose weight by watching scary movies?
We bet you’d change your mind fairly fast!
There are actually a multitude of benefits to braving the horrors, keep reading to find out…
Watching horror movies can actually make you burn calories
In 2012, the University of Westminster surveyed 10 scary movie fans and the person who watched the scariest movie burned 184 calories! So next time your gym buddy asks you to head to the gym just grab your chocolate bar and find the jumpiest horror Netflix has to offer instead.
Thank us later…
There’s always something happening in a horror movie that keeps you guessing
Whether it’s a ‘who done it’ or a spooky supernatural, you’re constantly trying to figure out what’s going to happen next, something I think we can all agree never happens with a romantic comedy.
Eventually your brain is going to get a little sharper from all this problem solving. Even while watching the dullest of scary movies, you’re never bored.
You learn exactly what not to do in these situations
I’m not saying that your vintage doll is going to try murder you, but maybe you’ll learn not to pick up that creepy hitchiker on the side of the road or to not run up the stairs when trying to escape a potential attacker. Just saying, you’ve been warned…
Horror movies can actually help with anxiety
They can allow the viewer to redirect their generalized anxiety onto something that’s not real and not affecting them directly.
There’s a comfortable physical distance with it since you know it’s not real.
You stop worrying about any looming responsibilities and worries
Not to mention when the person on-screen is literally fighting for their life. Big presentation coming up in work? At least that doll you got your kid for Christmas isn’t possessed by the spirit of an evil murderer!
We’re the first to admit that a lot of scary movies are super far fetched, but that’s exactly what we need with everything going on right now. They provide us with an escape, even if it’s just for 90 minutes.
They can strengthen your relationships.
When you watch a scary movie with your friend or whoever, you’re most likely going to end up huddled together by the end of it. Your body will react positively to this physical touch. You’re also at your most vulnerable when you’re scared and sharing this with someone else can help make your relationship stronger.
They boost your immune system
Yes, really. The adrenaline rush you get while watching a scary movie will pump your heart faster and can increase the number of white blood cells in your body.
So the next time you want to take a sick day just tell your boss you need to stay home and binge watch all the Scream movies until further notice.
Your imagination will flourish
Unlike fans of comedy or drama you will never be stuck for an idea about what to dress up for Halloween. You will be spoilt for choice. Nor will you be stuck for a for a name or comparison for someone who is behaving mean or nasty.
Maybe it’s time to start venturing into that horror category on Netflix more often…