Psychological Effects Of Horror Movies

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The increased use of special effects in horror movies has led to many of its characters to appear more realistic and immersive to viewers. This has led to filmmakers to use some aspects of special effects to help enhance the storytelling of horror movies to make it more immersive to viewers and keep them interested and intrigued throughout the entire movie. Consequently, this has prompted many viewers to become emotionally invested in horror movies which can have negative psychological issues on them if they are not mature enough. And if the viewers are not sophisticated enough, it can contribute to them acting more aggressive or angrily when being confronted with emotional situations in their personal and social life. Although special effects…show more content…
With special effects, it has led to filmmakers to include more gore and other graphic images to make their horror movies strike more fear to the emotions of viewers. This has allowed for some graphic images to become a traumatic event in a person’s life which can lead to many adverse psychological issues. In the essay, said that “movies not only play into the psychological need for power but also explore perceptions of reality”(Keisner 413). All the horror movies can have a unique psychological impact depending on the type of horror movie. If the movie is more focused on gore and violent scenes; it can lead to a person exhibiting more aggressive behavior in their personal life. According to a study conducted by Craig Anderson, a professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri, said: “both studies showed that watching a brief clip of moderately violent scenes can increase feelings of hostility, and did so in an audience that had not been provoked that way”(173). With many horror movies appearing more violent, it has led to an increased aggression and hostility among members of the audience. Additionally, it can also lead to a person conveying more hostility in their public…show more content…
With special effects in horror movies causing audience members to act angrier in their personal life, it can also hamper a person’s social life. Being angry can hamper a person’s social life by that person being a bad influence on other people and can compel them to elude that person because they do not want that negative behavior around them. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a 24 hour hotline that provides help and comfort to abusive relationships, said that a person’s “anger can cause people to feel put off, upset, intimidated, afraid, or a handful of other unpleasant emotions, [and it can run] the risk of pushing loved ones out of [that person’s] life for good.” It is very beneficial to a person to seek to repress their anger when dealing with others. Having friends and family around can greatly help a person when dealing with psychological issues and also help to avoid suffering from potential loneliness. According to Kendra Shelley, a psychological rehabilitation specialist, said that loneliness can have many negative effects such as “depression and suicide, increased stress levels, antisocial behavior, and can result in alcoholism and drug abuse.” A person that is able to sustain their social life can be beneficial when dealing with psychological issues because it will let that person have a support group to help that person
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