Why People Enjoy Horror

  • We consciously disapprove of what the monster is doing, but deep down part of us enjoys seeing the mayhem the monster unleashes.
  • We enjoy rooting for the protagonistsas they battle the monster.
  • We might not endorse the monster’s actions, but we may find it captivating. 
  • Findind the nature of the monster - its powers, its weaknesses, where it came from  - is a process of discovery that we enjoy.
  • The thrill that fear offers, particularly for “sensation seekers" - especially in a context where there’s no real threat to us.
  • It contains symbolic representations of real fears. 

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