The news is in: Horror is good for your health!
A 2003 study showed that watching horror movies, increases the body’s production of white blood cells. In the study, 32 men and women between the ages of 20 to 26 years of age had a blood sample analysis conducted before, during, and after watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 version). All subjects consent that they have never viewed the movie previously. From the obtained blood samples, leukocytes (a.k.a. white blood cells) showed production growth in the sample obtained after the movie was watched in comparison to the sample obtained prior to the subject watching the movie.
To which I now believe that every time I delve into the realm of horror, my body will become even more invincible. Go ahead, Michael Myers, take a stab… I will just heal myself!
A second study has shown that horror movies can also lead to weight loss. And thus the fad dieting plan has been born! The study tested 12 non-obese men around the age of 25 and subjected them to controlled movie experiments, stemming from the genres of horror to romance. The results showed that watching movies in the horror genre caused an increase of diet-induced thermogenesis (a growth in energy over the standard metabolic rate), which at prolonged heightened levels can lead to weight loss. You can potentially burn up to 200 calories in a sitting (read the caloric nutritional guide on certain horror flicks here)! However, stuffing your face while sitting on the couch watching horror movies all day will most likely be counter productive to this diet.
With this new diet fad, we can watch ourselves thin… it doesn’t matter if we are psychologically scarred after this intense workout.
Finally, horror increases survival skills, a necessity needed to survive any impending apocalypse. The horror enthusiasts will be the ones to keep a level head in dire circumstances. They will know which situations to handle and which to avoid, because their horror obsession has trained them for this day. Equipped with the right tools and know-how, they are enabled to be the sole survivors when the world turns grim. Horror enthusiasts have the knowledge to avoid haunted-looking buildings, to not pick up hitchhikers, to not say Bloody Mary while looking in a mirror, and to double tap the serial killer in the head to make sure he is truly dead.
There are no better survival manuals in existence than a good old horror story.
So to all the horror aficionados out there, maintain your healthy lifestyle with daily doses horror movies or horror literature. It will lead to a long and healthy life.
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