Investing in Horror Movies - A brief history of Horror Movies

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Horror is a specific film genre that aims to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audiences primal fears. The genre was originally inspired through literature by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley. Over the last century horror films have contained scenes that attempt to startle or scare the viewer. Horror films often deal with the viewer’s nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown.

In 1922 one of the most notable and first horror films released was Nosferatu. This scene in particular caused audiences to scream out in fear when it was first shown.

So why do audiences love to be scared? Well, this is often referred to as the ‘Horror Paradox’. When a viewer watches a scary movie their heartbeat increases and their blood pressure rises, just the same as it would in the same real life situation. The reason these emotional responses thrill us and why we take pleasure in watching such things is actually the fact that we ‘lived’ through the situation. It comes down to our innate flight or fight response. Our brains actually believe we are experiencing the situation on the screen and when we come through the other end after the film is finished the stronger our sense of survival instinct feels. In short, the scarier and more terrifying the movie, the more we enjoy it.

The horror genre has continued to cause reactions such as these in audiences and as technology advances as does the ability to use more graphic and scary techniques to evoke the same reaction in the viewers.

The horror film industry now generates billions of dollars annually and continues to play on the fears, terror and nightmares of its audiences, as it will do for many more years.


Horror Film Investments and how to invest in them with the Enterprise Investment Scheme

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