Why watching horror films is good for you

A new study has found that experiencing 'fake fear' has health benefits

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Do you love watching horror films?

The feeling of the adrenaline rushing through our bodies, and the anticipation of what will happen next, has kept us heading to the movies for years in search of that big scare.

And now a study reveals that horror films can be good for you.


Jeffrey Goldstein, a psychology professor at a university in the Netherlands, concludes that there is a difference in experiencing real fear and fake fear.

Goldstein told CNN: " One of the appeals of going to watch a scary movie is you can see a story with a just resolution.

"When we see justice is done, it reaffirms our belief that justice is possible."

And that doesn't always happen with real-world violence. Sociologist and author Margee Kerr also concluded that people have a real sense of calm and an improved mood after seeing a scary movie.