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Why Horror is Healthy For Your Mind

Updated on December 3, 2016

Warning: The writer of this article is not responsible for the mental damages caused by the horror movie genre. Horror movies are not intended for people who aren’t accustomed to or don't think they can handle the grinding, slashing, gutting, burning, oozing, searing, or wounding of flesh, skin, brains, eyes, noses or any other body parts as recommended by a horror movie expert creator, lover, and watcher. People with any of the problems stated above, including heart conditions, weak constitutions, gullibility, weak stomachs, a history of violence, or who are just easily influenced, may need to see their psychiatrist before engaging in watching horror movies.


Millions of people steer clear of scary movies. I understand. Certain things can get fixated in the mind. Horror pushes the limits of the imagination.

There have been decades of horror movies delivering all types of emotions with fear. And for us that have journeyed and sought the ultimate scare, we've seen the best of horror movies including Horrorspoitation, Shocksploitation, etc… and we're hardly ever disappointed.

Scaring someone cures them of hiccups, and that’s definitely been tried. All I’m saying is, I've been watching horror movies since I was a little girl and they've made me mentally stronger in certain ways.

After a day of thinking about this fact, I thought I'd share how watching horror movies can benefit us all. Yes indeed. Your mind will officially get healthier and stronger from the splatter and terror of the ageless horror movie.


Horror Movies Make You Unable to Worry

Just last year there were tons of people all bent out of shape with the idea that the world was going to end. They went out to some stores fearful, bought tons of water, sardines some canned chicken, a bunch of stuff.


Now, if you are a horror fanatic like me, you’d never be convinced that the world is going to end. Your brain has been so fried by all the horror movies you've seen, you can’t believe anything for any reason anymore.

You've just seen too many apocalyptic nightmarish tales that have shocked you and scared you so badly, Nightmare on Elm Street, Dawn of the Dead, to name two, you are less likely to believe any bad news for any reason.

These types of movies have made you stay up all night, hold your urine until you got someone to go with you to the bathroom. Or, they've made you sleep in the light running up your light bill.

After taking in the scariest movies to date, and there are plenty, your brain says, nothing has come for me yet and nothing will unless it actually does start coming for me. Then and only then will I do something about it.

Now what you have gotten rid of is worry. The ability to worry has been destroyed forever. The ability to be fearful that a killer might come through your window has been demolished. A burden has been lifted, and you will take your showers, wash your hair, go to bed with the lights off, and never have to force yourself to sleep with your eyes open ever again.


Horror Movies Stop the Feeling of Pressure

Horror movies stop you from feeling any pressure. It was all the movies that showed people getting trapped underwater with killer fish and no one survived.

It was all the movies of the psycho chasing the girl through the woods; she died horribly. It was all the horrible movies that showcased the most enchanting characters, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus, butchering people in the worst way in my young age. Because of all this trauma, I'm not pressured by anything.

Going outside in the Deep South into the pitch darkness to get something out of your car would no longer be done at 90,000 miles per hour. You’re not stressed by the sight of the tornado twisting its way towards your home. You take your time and relocate with your family in light of the water rushing across your yard after the levee breaks.

Yeah, you’re calm and collected.The ability to stress about anything was released from your brain by the blinding hopelessness you felt after you saw the heroin in Wolf Creek die in the worst way.

What else is there, your brain said, shocked and disappointed, as it hopelessly shut down the ability to feel pressured. Because of these experiences, you will be forever relaxed and could never ever be put under pressure by anything again.


Horror Movies Heightens Your Senses

Everyone that watches horror movies, like me, is prone to violence anyway. We’re gore hounds looking for a lengthy movie with a sadistic killer or some weird hellish twist. To all of you that have never had horror in your scaredy-cat lives; horrors make you a fighter. It gives you the strength to fight.

How, you say?

After watching scary movies for so long, your mind is ready, attuned to threats and movements. No sooner than some person taps you on the shoulder while you’re walking to your car late at night without a security guard around in an echoing parking deck, you turn around and nearly claw, scrape, bite, and head butt the hell out of this person.

Sure, you can say watching these movies made you a little too jumpy, but you're alone in a parking deck. Not to mention they could've said something to show they were there. So it's not even all your fault.

Anyway, this person is battered, bruised, wounded, and more or less hospitalized, as well as they should be. But what does that tell you; you’re a fighter, your senses are heightened now. You’re a person that’s going to beat the crap out of someone who comes up to you and seems to or tries to harm you. You are lethal now and ready for any action, and because of your heightened senses, word will travel and no one is going to mess with you.

Last Note: Horror is Fun

All in all, horror movies are good fun. You get to allow yourself to be a little vulnerable and that’s okay. One important thing that you must remember about horror movies is that you’re allowing yourself to get wrapped up in it, that’s what makes it so much fun.

During this time, you need to remember, unless you’re really going through something horrific right then, it’s just a movie. They are very convincing movies that seem like they could be true. So I encourage all the non-horror movie lovers to watch scary movies, it will be mentally beneficial. And also, it’s a lot of fun, really.


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    • DreKiss profile image

      Drea 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I am a huge fan of the horror genre, even if I can't take a shower without checking behind the curtain or turning on every light when I'm hone alone. I think this rings true for me, I am a bit cynical and definitely skeptical, maybe from all the scary movies I enjoy so much.

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      Toni Northern 6 years ago from Williamston NC

      Sounds Cool, it's something I must see.

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      Adrian Lavelle 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland

      It's not freaky, but it's unsettling, it's about Boarding School life in England in the 1960s, McDowell just owns it, he's a middle class rebel kid, the kids in the head year have servants in the years below them, and the system just doesn't float his boat, the whipping scene will probably make you cringe...

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      Toni Northern 6 years ago from Williamston NC

      Yeah, if guys didn't love Malcolm McDowell, they were ubber jealous of him. He was a major brutal jerk in A Clockwork Orange, but I was still so in love with him. I saw that movie when I was very young. It's demented, and that terrible sexual assault scene with him singing "Singing in the Rain," a song that's supposed to bring so much joy.

      Gonna check out, "If," is it? Gonna have to see that. See if freaks me out.

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      Adrian Lavelle 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland

      That's it though isn't it =) it's just how the individual mind works, I've seen Malcolm McDowell perform heinous acts of violence on screen and I think he's an unbelievable actor, one of my favourites, in acting school I wanted to be like him, I even have 'If...' on DVD, 'Caligula' doesn't bother me in the slightest, but put a girl in a red coat and stand her next to a canal and it freaks the s**t out of me...

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      Toni Northern 6 years ago from Williamston NC

      Yeah, horror movies can be rough, but it's all good fun, c'mon. And, Don't Look Now is Shocksploitation/Horrorsploitation. It's meant to wreck your mind.

      The one movie that's my number 1 Shocksploitation movie is Caligula. I had to own it because it really had me feeling all different types of things fear, disgust, anger, shock, shame, etc... I couldn't get through it in the same day, and it was the first movie to ever really wreck me and give me serious nightmares. The first time I saw that movie was in 2009.

      If you check it out, do it with caution let me tell you. Thanks for reading though, hope it was fun and funny.

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      Adrian Lavelle 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland

      I've had a healty respect for horror since I was alittle kid, nothing really phases me in the outside world but for some reason I can't watch 'The Exorcist', it's horrific, hence the genre. I even watched the making of the film once to see how all of those amazing sequences were shot and the behind the scenes story put me off even more, such as the girl breaking her back and all the crew members dying, and how the woman who did the devil's voice was an alcoholic, who's son later killed his whole family and then himself! Even with watching how William Friedkin did all the shots I couldn't watch it after, it put me off even more, that and 'Don't Look Now', can't watch them, I can watch anything else but 'Don't Look Now'... I had nightmares for a week after watching that, the the girl and the canals....and that's not even a horror, that's a thriller!

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      Toni Northern 6 years ago from Williamston NC

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Cammiebar 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I've been watching horror movies since I was about five. My mother is a huge fan and thus, gave me many nightmares. The points you made I also follow--I have heightened senses, worry less, and I don't feel pressure.

      However, I still feel that slasher films, like Hostel or The Hill Has Eyes, is just grotesque. It's half porno and half shock. That just desensitized people to the suffering of others.

      Good hub! Voted up!


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