Why do people like horror games and films?

A bedrock assumption in theories that explain and predict human behavior is people’s motivation to pursue pleasure and avoid pain. How can this be reconciled with the decision to engage in experiences known to elicit negative feelings, such as horror movies” It certainly seems counterintuitive that so many people would voluntarily immerse themselves in almost two hours of fear, disgust and terror. Why do people pay for this? How is this enjoyable?

7 Responses to “Why do people like horror games and films?”

  • Amanda:

    Wow, you must be proud of yourself with that question. Sigh.

    I can’t speak for everyone, but I like scary movies and things because they’re thrilling, and without being dangerous.

  • Loc:

    I believe it’s to get a well rounded ballance of ALL our emotions

    We can find happy or funny, most times we want. And even sometimes, happy like sad, just has a way of finding us on a regular basis. But fear is something we would normally seek out in a real life situation, and so playing these games or watching these kinds of movies allows us to get our ‘fix’ of fear in a controlled environment.

    “Yeah, i wanna be scared… but you do it under my conditions!!”

  • Naguru:

    Those people who go to see such games and films may only know about this. Here nobody is interested in these things.

  • Now Now:

    They want their senses tickled, titilated.

  • Sign:

    People motivation is indeed to purse pleasure and to avoid pain.

    “Pain” is indicative to the individual’s perception of a sensation. People are very complicated and omnifarious. Using you as a good example of that, some people would find the pain of writing such an overly profound phrase to be unenjoyable, however, those like you find it pleasurable to go through the pain of writing it and post it in yahoo answers.

    The “pain” in horror movies and games are is not pain, but tension. Some people find pleasure in it because the release in tension at the end when the main character avoids death from creatures is very exciting.

    One thing is for sure – you managed to sound intelligent yet completely dumb at the same time.

  • scorpus23:

    because its not unpleasurable, it’s pleasureable. The thrill is the pleasure.

  • Rachel:

    As I sit here contemplating a response to satisfy your prior query, I would like to first say that I promise to be diligent in my attempt to mentally exude the knowledge I have obtained throughout the years on this topic, to your inquiring mind. The reasons I believe for a human fascination, or captivation with the macabre is as follows. In 1894 British Scientist Edward Sharpey-Schafer first observed the power of the first hormone ever found in the human body, by experimentally injecting it into an unknown mammal. Epinephrine, more commonly known as Adrenaline, was found to cause an increase in strength, a natural boost of energy, elevated heart rate, and other sensory enhancements. It has been proven time and time again that certain members of society find the symptoms of an “adrenaline rush” to be quite pleasant, and in some cases mildly addictive. It is my assumption that in some circumstances, humans do indeed experience the same rush of Epinephrine from the comfort of their own domiciles while indulging in a fictional form of entertainment, without the danger that some “adrenaline junkies” have to co exist with (I.E Skydivers plummeting to their death) In conclusion, the human race varies greatly in preference. Things that may be deemed “negative,” or “disgusting” to one person, may elicit a rush or be a very viable option for entertainment for another. I hope you deem this response sufficient and complete.

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