[Horror Movies- An Element of Spice in Our Lives!]【恐怖片-生活一種刺激的調味劑】

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[Horror Movies- An Element of Spice in Our Lives!]

By: Revanth BANALA NITHYANANDAM (Hall 10)

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Are you a person who is really scared to watch horror movies yet craves to watch them? This is the ‘Horror Paradox’ that all of us are entangled in. People hanker for the fear and are thrilled by the emotions of fear and horror though it can get disturbing most of the times. Our minds are programmed in such a way that we enjoy that feeling, a sort of an entertainment to our minds if we watch these horror movies.

I’m pretty sure all of us would have experienced this quiver while watching horror flicks. Some of the notable horror movies, the scary one of all time, include The Exorcist, The Nightmare on Elm Street, The Conjuring, Saw and many more. Some are addicted to watching the TV series based on a horror theme, like American Horror Story, True Blood, Walking Dead and Supernatural being the most famous ones. It is noticed that most of the people enjoy these flicks though most of them have disturbing scenes in them, scenes that make us turn off the TV while watching them. Researches done by some renowned psychologists have shown that people’s minds develop a kind of an attachment to the characters in the horror flick. Some are intimidated by the empathy towards the victim while some intend to enjoy the thrill of the scenes. The reasons vary person to person but the key intention remains the same. Some people tend to feel thrilled, yet derive immense pleasure watching the horror movies, a pleasure of overcoming their fear. Some people enjoy watching horror flicks alone, while most of us enjoy watching them in groups. The presence of another person alleviates the dose of fear to a certain extent though the thrill is not compromised.

So the next time you watch a horror movie, ask yourself why are you watching the movie despite the mixed feelings running in yours minds.

【恐怖片-生活一種刺激的調味劑】

文: Revanth BANALA NITHYANANDAM (舍堂十)

譯: 楊雅怡 (賽馬會群智堂)

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你是否也會內心害怕看恐怖電影,但又很想看呢?那是因為我們受「驚慄悖論效應」纏擾。人們留戀恐懼的感覺,雖然大多時侯令人不安,但害怕和恐怖激起快感。我們享受那種恐怖片帶來娛樂的感覺,我們生如斯,長如斯。

我敢肯定,我們每一個人看恐怖片時都試過嚇得抖瑟。一些經典著名的恐怖電影,包括《驅魔人》、《猛鬼街》、《詭屋驚凶實錄》和《恐懼鬥室》等等。有些人沉迷於觀看恐怖主題的電視連續劇,如《美國怪談》、《真愛如血》、《行屍》和其中最有名的《狙魔人》。我們注意到,即使大部分恐怖片有令人心慌的場面、一些迫使你關掉電視的恐怖片段,人們仍喜歡看。知名的心理學家做了研究,發現人的思想會代入了恐怖片中的主角。有些因同情受害者而遭嚇倒,有些則較享受恐怖場面的刺激。理由因人而異,但抱有一致的關鍵動機。有些人往往會感到興奮,看恐怖電影會給予他巨大的樂趣,遠遠大於恐懼。有些喜歡獨自看恐怖片,大多數人喜歡一班人一起看。另一個人的存在能減輕一定程度的恐懼,亦不損刺激。

所以,下次你看恐怖電影時,問自己,為什麼你在看恐怖片,儘管那時一定百感交集。

 

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