Don’t trust any clown, witch, and especially not the guy dressed as Michael Myers. Halloween and the spooky season are on our doorsteps, and they are not asking nicely to let them in. Kids’ consumption of sweets and TV ratings due to horror movies increase alike. The holiday of the hollowed pumpkin is the heyday of horror movies and everything that makes us shudder in fear. But why is that? We’ll talk you through a few details while showing our best creepy and spooky images, mystic ones as well, one might say.
How does horror work in our bodies
“Come, let’s sit down and put ourselves in a situation of blank uncomfortableness that makes us flinch so bad we have trouble falling asleep tonight. “Sounds questionable, doesn’t it? Anyway, many of us love horror and the movies tickling our nerves, while others shy away from visual stress and acoustic unease.
A shrill scream, unknown and unpleasant sounds, especially unexpected, put our instincts into an attention and safety mode. Goosebumps are kicking in, and adrenaline shoots through our veins, making our bodies ready to escape from danger. The fear center of our brain puts all of this in motion. It is our inner body security alert that can go off on the smallest impulse. We duck down or make a hectic step backward to avoid rapidly approaching – physical and psychological – collisions. Our conscience gives us three tools to deal with fear: fight it, flee or freeze.
Due to a second, slightly slower process, the fear-generating signal gets to our sensory cortex, our tool to define dangers more clearly and to recognize the true nature of what’s coming towards us. This process leads to clearer thinking and manifesting the final reaction – danger or false alarm.
First stress, then luck
One thing all horror movie connoisseurs and haters can agree on alike: danger and fear that make us shiver and our palms sweaty are genuinely unpleasant. These effects are the outcome of a chemic process our body starts when we are awaiting something wrong or scary to happen. When the force gets weaker, the endorphin floods back through our bodies.
The fell-good-hormone calms us down and puts us in a much more endearing mood. This shines a whole different light on horror as scary movies are the stuff some people need to get their kick. They could be called fear junkies, and we don’t mean that negatively. The entering feelings of warmth and luck after a shock can be recalled through teasing our nerves continually with building up fear and letting it go in a bang. In the end, that’s all horror movies do. We could call it a lust for fright leading us to the answer to the question of why we like to in fear?