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10 Benefits to Watching Horror Movies

Updated on October 9, 2013
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Dune has been a professional photographer for 5 years, and is now attending college to further his goals.

Recommended Horror Movies

A movie about a group of curious people that travel to a psychiatric hospital where they film for their new show "Grave Encounters."
A movie about a group of curious people that travel to a psychiatric hospital where they film for their new show "Grave Encounters." | Source
A sequel to the movie Grave Encounters, the plot follows a film student and his curiosity to see if the film for "Grave Encounters," is real or not.
A sequel to the movie Grave Encounters, the plot follows a film student and his curiosity to see if the film for "Grave Encounters," is real or not. | Source
A group of people are mass murdered by a serial killer known as "Ghostface." As death approaches them, some try to conflict with the situation, whereas, others cannot move due to immediate shock.
A group of people are mass murdered by a serial killer known as "Ghostface." As death approaches them, some try to conflict with the situation, whereas, others cannot move due to immediate shock. | Source
A psychological thriller that depicts a story of a man that regains some of his past memories as a child, but wishes to not remember due to the significance of them.
A psychological thriller that depicts a story of a man that regains some of his past memories as a child, but wishes to not remember due to the significance of them. | Source
Above is a man known as "Leather Face," which is the villain in the Texas Chainsaw movies. As each movie is released, the story of the masked murderer is unveiled and the audience is taught a lesson or two from his childhood.
Above is a man known as "Leather Face," which is the villain in the Texas Chainsaw movies. As each movie is released, the story of the masked murderer is unveiled and the audience is taught a lesson or two from his childhood. | Source

10 Reasons

(not in sequential order)

10. The Story


Horror movies may not be everybody's cup of tea, but the story behind most horror films are very interesting, and why would someone want to miss out on that!?


9. The Acting


It is always fun to watch a horror movie with bad acting. If horror movies are not your thing, at least you can make it a comedy instead of a horror. If the horror movie contains decent acting, then you can also benefit from either their actions in the movie if a similar situation were to occur, or you may also receive tips for acting parts.


8. The Thrill!


As teenagers, people love to watch horror films because it gives them a good scare that keeps them on edge for the entire duration of the film. (Note: Some peoples' purpose is just to scare their girlfriend) However, as adults, I have noticed people do not enjoy the films as much as they use to back in the day. Why? There are numerous possible reasons behind that question, but the main reason is probably because they do not like to be scared anymore. I think people shouldn't stop watching films because I believe that is why people start to dislike them as time furthers.


7. The Gore


I know what you're thinking, "Not all horror films contain blood." I agree that some may not contain this feature, but then I believe the movie should be considered a thriller instead of a horror film. For example, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (description below) contains an excessive amount of gore, which causes half the audience to be disgusted and the other half to be thrilled up to their bones from the suspense of the question, "What's going to happen next?"


6. The Music


Believe it or not, the soundtrack to a horror movie is amazing! For example, The Halloween franchise has a theme song that can easily be played on piano, which causes the audience to be on their toes for they have no idea what is about to occur. Personally, the music is my 2nd favorite part about a horror film because it contributes so much to the suspense, and it keeps me interested during the scene.


5. The Villain


In ALMOST every horror film there is a villain figure type that terrorizes a group of people. The villain is sometimes the only reason people watch the movie. For instance, Spiderman 3 has Venom as the villain and I know a lot of people who went to go see the movie based on the fact that he was the villain. (Note: Some did not enjoy the Spiderman series at all either.) Just like how every person has their favorite hero, a majority of them also have a favorite villain. Just stating that almost proves why a villain is an important role in the story. Most of the time, the costume designer develops a unique costume that the average person would most likely fear, so when they return to reality after watching the movie, they can be haunted by the villain later on in the night when they are alone or asleep.


4. The Special Effects


If you don't know already, horror films contain special effects that make the film seem more realistic. Well it is actually the most important factor in a horror film because if there is no special effects to make it seem realistic, then it is probably not going to be a good movie. Another example of a great demonstration with special effects is the movie, "The Butterfly Effect." Though it is considered a thriller, I believe it displays a substantial efficiency on the use of the special effects. When the main character goes into a trance and views a flashback, the special effects make it seem like he is actually having a flashback, versus a regular scene that makes it look like it takes place in the present. If anything should get the most credit in a horror film, it should be the special effects director because he is what makes the movie come to life before someone's eyes.


3. The Directing


The way some movies are filmed, is from a first person point of view (POV) and sometimes that makes the movie almost seem like those events actually took place. For example, "Grave Encounters Part 1 & 2," are filmed by people, therefore, releasing a vibe that makes it seem as if these were true events. Another example is "Cloverfield" because it shoots the film also at a first person point of view. Of course this movie is not based on true events because there has been no incident where a Godzilla type figure demolished a city. That would be absurd.


2. Interesting


If there is nothing on TV or on Netflix that you can watch, then maybe you should watch a horror film because even though you may not like them, at least you won't be bored while watching them. They usually have a reason to keep somebody interested whether it'd be the story, or any other the other factors above.


1. A Great Movie Date

If you are a guy looking to scare your girlfriend, then horror movies are the way to go because you will get her so scared to the point where she will want you by her side. She will most likely clench onto your arms like a shark to the leg. If you want a good movie recommendation to scare your girlfriend, then I recommended the top one on the recommendation list (Grave Encounters) because that movie will most likely haunt her through the night.

Comment below for any questions or remarks on the article. Thanks for reading! -Dune

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