Contrary to the belief that people watch violent movies to satiate their wicked side, a recent study showed that there are positive psychological reasons why the public prefers these films.
This science claims that we see them because we want to understand our fears and the fears of the population as a whole.
However, the passion for watching horror movies can go beyond the knowledge of our fears and look for something more similar to a stimulus and a safe response.
Big explosions, gunfights, hand-to-hand fights, highway chases and high-pressure escapes, all embellished by special effects that appeal to the audience’s senses, are a winning formula for filmmakers. Being technical choices that affect the viewer’s psychological and neurophysical experience.
Movies like The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings, Kill Bill, Predator, Deadpool, Sin City, John Wick, Saw or The Night of Atonement, gross millions worldwide, as people wanted to see violent movies because they offered two things: insight into the purpose behind such violence and an opportunity to delve into the human mind.
For example, we would justify a death because she wants revenge on those who have harmed her, an idea that many of us want to experiment with those who have harmed us.
Ultimately, people who enjoy watching violent movies are not necessarily violent. They may simply seek to understand the violence around them and the reason behind it.