Mc Cauley (1998) posed the logical question of why these students found the documentary film so unpleasant when most had sat through horror pictures that were appreciably more violent and bloody.The answer that Mc Cauley came up with was that the fictional nature of horror films affords viewers a sense of control by placing psychological distance between them and the violent acts they have witnessed.
Ninety percent of the students turned the video off before it reached the end.
Even the majority of individuals who watched the tape in its entirety found the images disturbing.
Yet many of these same individuals would think nothing of paying money to attend the premiere of a new horror film with much more blood and gore than was present in the documentaries that most of them found repugnant.
Regular readers of my articles will know that I love horror films (based on articles I have written such as the psychology of Hannibal Lecter). Jeffrey Goldstein, a professor of social and organizational psychology at the University of Utrecht (and for whom I have written book chapters on various aspects of video game play) in a 2013 interview for "People go to horror films because they want to be frightened or they wouldn't do it twice.
Although I am not a great fan of the archetypal ‘slasher’ movies (franchises such as ). You choose your entertainment because you want it to affect you.
That's certainly true of people who go to entertainment products like horror films that have big effects.They want those effects…[Horror films must] provide a just resolution in the end. Even though they choose to watch these things, the images are still disturbing for many people.But people have the ability to pay attention as much or as little as they care to in order to control what effect it has on them, emotionally and otherwise." by Dr.Glenn Walters, the three primary factors that make horror films alluring are tension (generated by suspense, mystery, terror, shock, and gore), relevance (that may relate to personal relevance, cultural meaningfulness, the fear of death, etc.), and (somewhat paradoxically given the second factor) unrealism.Walters made reference to a number of psychological studies to support his argument.For instance: “Haidt, Mc Cauley, and Rozin (1994), in conducting research on disgust, exposed college students to three documentary videos depicting real-life horrors.