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Health Benefits of Watching Horror Movies

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You will be surprised to know that watching horror movies burns up to 200 calories. It is one of the entertaining way of shedding extra calories. Look out for the health benefits of watching horror flicks.

Apart from building relationship with your partner, spooky movies is good for body too. Now, it doesn't mean you have to watch the scariest flick all alone if you are not a horror lover. But that doesn't imply to shy away from little thrills every now and then. 

What are the health benefits of watching horror movies?

There are several reasons for watching that spooky stuff for the sake of your health. It helps in:

  • Giving an adrenaline boost
  • Helps in buring up to 200 calories
  • After watching, your brain releases dopamine and serotonin
  • Relieves stress and gives the calming effect
  • Can help in boosting immune system
  • Due to element of mystery, it increases brain activity
  • Helpful in facing our fears or phobia and real world problems
  • Helps in strengthening relations with your closed ones
  • Good for DNA

Plan out with your partner and watch this super scary movies for the sake of your health at least. 

1) The AmityVille Horror

The Amityville Horror

The film is about an unassuming family, John and Kathy Lutz, who along with their three children purchase a Long Island home that was previously a site of a mass murder. Following a series of haunted happenings, the Lutz family is forced out of the house. The film is actually based on a book by real life couple George and Kathy Lutz about their supposed experiences in that Amityville house that was so freakishly haunted; they ran screaming after only four weeks. The couple allegedly heard voices during the day, witnessed various cold spots inside the house and also saw a green, slime-like substance oozing out from the walls. And, though the researchers strongly dispute the authenticity of the story, the film is actually quite frightening.

2) The Entity

The Entity

One of the most absurd horror stories, the film tells the real life story of a Carla Moran, a single mother of three children, who is plagued by a supernatural entity that abuses and rapes her repeatedly. In 1974, paranormal researchers Kerry Gaynor and Barry Taff investigated the case of a woman named Doris Bither, who lived in Culver City, California and claimed to have been physically and sexually assaulted by an entity. Gaynor and Taff witnessed objects move in her house, captured photos of floating lights and saw a humanoid apparition, but they never saw it assault the woman and never tried to capture it. The haunting reduced once the family moved out of the house, but the story already provided fodder for the most creepy horror film to be ever made.

3) The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

This movie is about a priest who is on trial for the death of a young woman named Emily Rose, whom he had performed an exorcism on. The movie documents the woman’s struggles with being possessed and the priest’s trial, which strikes a debate between science and faith. The real Emily Rose was inspired by the story of a 16-year-old German girl named Annelise Michel who began displaying symptoms of demonic possession like self-abuse, starvation and paralysis. Seven years later, when her suffering became anything but better, two priests performed exorcisms and claimed that Michel was possessed by several demons. When Michel finally died in July 1976 due to starvation, her parents and the priests were tried and found guilty of manslaughter.

4) Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek

This Australian horror flick narrates a story of three backpackers who find themselves held captive by a serial killer in the Australian outback (the most remote and arid area of Australia). This movie is based on the story of real life serial killer, Ivan Milat, who was responsible for the deaths of seven backpackers around Belanglo State Forest in the ‘90s. The convicted murderer, Milat, was stalking hikers in the park before he would shoot, stab, strangle or beat his victims to death. Other than a body to be murdered, Milat offered no motive for his crimes. Simply bone chilling!

5) The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut

The film is about the Campbell family who moves into a former mortuary in Connecticut to be close to the hospital in which their cancer stricken son is treated. They soon realise that the mortuary is home to the malevolent forces that are now after the Campbell family. The film was inspired by Carmen Snedecker and her family, who moved to Connecticut in the '80s to be close to their son Phillip, who was receiving treatment for cancer. Phillip became more erratic and claimed that the house was haunted; however, his parents believed that he was becoming schizophrenic. They eventually moved out of the house and Phillip reportedly succumbed to a cancer relapse.

With the above incredible reasons its is time to turn off all the lights and watch a horror movie.

Dr. Tanvi Tuteja Mansukhani

About The Author

Obstetrician Dr. Tanvi Tuteja Mansukhani

Dr. Tanvi Tuteja Mansukhani is an Infertility Specialist and Obstetrician hailing from Mumbai and has an experience of more than half a decade. She completed MBBS from KJ Somaiya Medical College And Research Centre in 2006. She later continued with her Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics from College Of Physicians and Surgeons Of Mumbai in the year 2008. She came to Delhi to complete her DNB in Obstetrics and Gynecology from National Board of Examinations, New Delhi in 2011. She is the member of the Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynecology Society and Association of Medical Women in India (AMWI) and was also awarded a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology (Infertility) at Seoul, South Korea in the year 2015. She is an IVF and IUI expert and also treats patients who require high-risk pregnancy care. She is presently practicing at a Multi-Speciality Hospital named Sunny Hospital in Chembur, Mumbai. You can get the contact details of Dr. Tanvi Tuteja Mansukhani at




    Akash Ganesh

    I love listening to horror movies or playing horror games rather than watching them. All the horror stories end up in the same way as others which makes me feel bored.

    Aug. 19, 2018, 8:15 a.m. 5.0


    Monty Nallapa

    I feel stronger enough after watching horror movies. I stay ready for any mishappening and my senses are sharp enough.

    June 23, 2018, 12:01 a.m. 4.5


    Deepak Pajhwani

    Watching horror movies is the only thing I do in my leisure time. Knowing the health benefits related to watching horror movies makes me go more crazy about watching them. I have seen all the movies listed in this article.

    Dec. 2, 2017, 4:37 p.m. 5.0


    Priya Goragandhi

    I have seen Evil Dead and I found it much thrilling than scary. I think horror movies should be more horrifying and be like you jump out of your bed when you see that. Otherwise, it's not fun to see a horror then.

    Oct. 7, 2017, 5:38 p.m. 5.0


    Mahesh Kumar

    I have seen some of the horror movies mentioned here but the exorcism of Emily Rose is the scariest of all the reason being it is based on true life events of the deceased Emily Rose.

    Oct. 7, 2017, 3:34 p.m. 4.5

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