When are we afraid? We like to take ourselves away from it.
But there is one fear that has a spell on a regular basis, that is a “horror movie” if someone is willing to pay more than half of their eyesight.
Why is the horror so popular? In psychology, the reasons are as follows.
The first two reasons are “Seriousness” and “closeness” meant that the events of the story had to be extremely serious, leading to the death of an actor. And then it needs to be reliable enough that audiences can imagine that Such things can happen to themselves as well.
The survival instinct is inherent in all human beings. Hence, the fear of one culture can easily be passed on to people of different cultures. As with the scenes in stories that often take place in ordinary places like in homes, schools, or other attractions, the audience immediately enters the movie. The more audiences feel in, the more scared they become.
In addition, “proximity” also refers to the design of “villains” in horror films as well as “ghosts” or “serial killers” in horror films. Must have a look close to normal human However, there are things that are different, such as murder, mental illness, need to wear masks. Make the audience perhaps not able to know the thoughts or emotions of the performer. Like zombies or vengeful spirits that “used to” be human before. However, there was a look that was warped and distorted
Similarity to people Making the villain more “scary”
Including the third incident That makes the fear that arise from the film Unlike real life fear It is the audience “Know in the heart that a marriage story happened”
Seeing an actor in a dangerous situation Our brains will go into “Fight or flee” (Fight or Flight) arising from the brain’s amygdala is stimulated to make us feel afraid. It is then passed on to the brain, the hypothalamus, that stimulates the pituitary gland to produce a hormone, the hormone cortisol. Or the stress hormone and adrenaline hormone that excites us.
But at times we are stressed and excited about the story ahead. Our brain assesses that “This issue is a fiction We are looking at the fictional story. ”When we realized that it was not dangerous. The brain releases the comfort and calming hormones of the heart, such as endorphins, dopamine and serotonin.
The stress and short excitement that followed with comfort Make those who watch horror movies rejuvenate And want to look further
The audience’s “fully aware fiction” is one of the things that make horror movies so popular. Because in return If they think the front is true Feelings of no danger of viewing will disappear. Plus the brain will not secrete comfort hormones.
There was one study study in 1994 that gave students a look at a documentary with scary images. For example Cattle slaughter and cattle in slaughterhouses Using a hammer to pierce the monkey’s head to open its skull to see the monkey’s brain. Including clips of children who have been scalped all over the face to prepare for surgery.
The result was 90% of the students who watched the other three videos. No one could bear to look until the end. Even if they lost money to watch blood splatter horror movies normally
The first horror film was made in 1896, it was The Haunted Castle, a controlled work by Georges Méliès, which took place almost with the advent of the film. At that time, films were still silent films, including black and white photographic film. But those restrictions did not stop creators and viewers to stop watching horror films.
122 years have passed, and horror films have only increased the degree of horror to find new ways to make us fearful. And consoled with the message of the later joy