Why do some peo­ple love hor­ror films?

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Evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­o­gists say that hor­ror films tap into our pri­mal fears, such as fear of con­tam­i­na­tion and fear of be­ing eaten, which ex­plains the pop­u­lar­ity of zom­bie movies and films fea­tur­ing over­sized car­ni­vores. Hor­ror films essen­tially pro­vide a safe way for us to re­hearse men­tally how we would cope with age-old dan­gers. Cu­ri­ously, the more neg­a­tive emo­tions a per­son says they ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing a hor­ror flick, the more likely they are to say they en­joy the genre. One the­ory is that this is be­cause some peo­ple, es­pe­cially sen­sa­tion-seek­ers, find plea­sure in the feel­ings of re­lief that fol­low af­ter in­tense fear.

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