What’s with the Horror Movie Obsession?

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What’s with the Horror Movie Obsession?

Sam Brummett, Staff Writer

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Throughout human history, people have used many unusual forms of entertainment as an escape from reality. However, watching horror movies has to be one of the weirdest ways to pass time. Almost everyone has watched a horror movie at one point or another. However, the future generations continue to become more and more infatuated with scary movies. One of the most recent bone chilling thrillers was the movie Joker. The Joker is a very popular comic book character and has evolved into a great series of movies over the years. The latest version of the Joker was a three hour long description of the emotional trauma the character experiences to develop into the cold blooded killer he is. Although it was a great movie, it was a little freaky because its target audience is the future generations of the world. Arguably, one of the most psychotic movies ever produced was targeted for millenials, and generation Z kids. Which presents a new question, why are Americans so fascinated by serial killers and psychopaths? 

People love horror movies because they are bored with their own lives. No matter how exciting your life, everyone wants to experience raw emotion. Whether it is stress, happiness, and or fear, people cannot get enough of it. It is the same reason people rubber neck when there is a car accident. No one wants to see someone else in pain. Everyone just wants to know if whoever was involved in the accident is ok, how it happened, and what they would do if they were in that situation? Empathy is exactly how cheesy, zombie thriller movies make their money. Everyone watching is thinking, if I was in a Zombie apocalypse I would …etc.  Movies are a release. Sometimes you need to experience stress to release stress. This is very similar to when you are studying the night before an exam. The stress kind of gives you an adrenaline high and when the test is over you feel relieved.

Are these psychotic and bone chilling movies healthy? Yes and no; scary movies could possibly lead to pushing an isolated person over the edge. Scary movies can lead to copycat crimes and desensitize the population to trauma. At the end of the day, everyone knows it is a movie, and being able to differentiate between reality is important. Being able to identify and release emotions is important. If everyone could see the underlying reality for what it really is, the world would change for the better. 

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