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Why We Love Horror Movies

Horror as a genre has existed for over a century with popularity stemming from the Gothic literary tradition in the 17th century. Although watching horror films and reading horror literature makes us feel uneasy and paranoid, we continue to endure the frightening and even addictive feeling. The popularity of films and literature in general, is due to their ability to transport us into a different and new world whilst maintaining the comfort of our everyday lives. But how did humans become so intrigued by the supernatural and unexplainable? We were joined by Professor Marc Wilson who is a Professor of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. His article ‘Why horror movies are curiously addictive’ has inspired food for thought as we trace back to the psychology of why we enjoy these thrills. 

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