The science of horror movies: why do we love a good fright?

Written by Jenny Straiton

horror movies

By holding up a mirror to society’s greatest fears, horror movies equally excite and terrify viewers. Can science explain why we love to scare ourselves silly? Love them or hate them, horror movies are a staple of the Halloween season as we celebrate all things spooky and scary. With COVID-19 resulting in many regular Halloween haunts being cancelled, many of us will be marking 31 October 2020 with a good old-fashioned scary movie, but what makes a good horror movie? And how does our brain respond when we watch one? What makes a horror movie? Characteristic of the horror genre...

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