Can horror movies help us in any way? Apart from getting the Adrenaline pumping from time to time? Well, a study conducted by the University of Westminster says it can, especially in terms of losing calories. The study finds that extremely scary movies can help the viewer burn almost 113 calories which is the amount of calory you burn after a 30-minute walk. The study worked by measuring the oxygen and CO2 output and heart rate of viewers while watching the films, among other things.
Physiologist Dr. Richard Mackenzie said, “As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline. It is this release of fast-acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case, brought on by fear), which is known to lower the appetite, increase the basal metabolic rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories.” Movies with more jump scenes tend to burn more calories. “The Shining”, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie was able to burn 184 calories in 2.5 hours, a fact to consider indeed.