Unveiling the Health Benefits of Horror: More Than Just Chills

In the realm of global cinema, horror stands as the reigning genre, captivating audiences worldwide. This trend is not confined to mainstream Hollywood but also resonates strongly in regional industries, exemplified by the popularity of horror films in Malayalam cinema. From classics like ‘The Exorcist’ to recent blockbusters such as ‘IT,’ the horror genre consistently dominates the box office, even in regions like Kerala.

Delving beyond entertainment, recent research sheds light on the unexpected health benefits of indulging in horror movies. According to a study conducted at the University of Westminster, a mere 90-minute horror movie session can burn up to 150 calories, equivalent to a brisk half-hour jog or walk. Notable calorie-burning horror films include iconic titles like ‘The Shining,’ ‘Jaws,’ and ‘The Exorcist.’ The study revealed heightened heart and metabolic rates during horror viewing, leading to increased calorie expenditure.

Beyond the physical, the psychological effects of watching horror movies are equally intriguing. Neuropsychologist Dr. Kristen Knowles, from Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University, spearheaded a study highlighting the therapeutic aspects of horror. The research found that watching horror films triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones, subsequently enhancing pain tolerance. This diversion of attention from pain is attributed to the immersive engagement with the film’s narrative.

Remarkably, amidst the challenges posed by the Corona pandemic, horror movie enthusiasts experienced improved mental well-being. The body’s response to fear, characterized by the release of stress hormones like adrenaline and heightened heart rate, culminates in a cathartic experience as the movie concludes. Dr. Kristen Knowles likens this emotional journey to adrenaline-inducing activities like skydiving, where initial fear transforms into a sense of confidence and joy.

In essence, the horror genre, often associated with spine-chilling scares, unveils a multifaceted dimension, contributing not only to entertainment but also to physical and mental well-being.

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