Fear and Horror Movies May Help Function of Blood-Clotting Protein

I have never been much of a fan of the horror film genre and anything to go along with it. In fact, I am known to be scared of many things including horror films. In fact, I hate horror movies, haunted houses, and even anything that has anything at all to do with horror or scaring.


I was even dragged into Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios Hollywood a few years ago, and I was devastated the whole time. I could not stop myself from panicking, knowing it was fake, but the fact still stood it was scary. Fear is something universal though, and is definitely not limited to only me or you; we all tussle with fears of ours on a daily basis, no matter what we fear.


Fear is temporary in most cases, but in other cases it may be linked to something we perpetually and endlessly fear. It may be temporary in some cases, yet researchers find it may be beneficial to people biologically. Researchers are saying fear can actually be “blood curling,” which is a term I only now have come across. Fear can actually, according to scientists now, increase the activity and functioning of a protein that functions in clotting blood.


According to Max Kunter at Newsweek, there was a study. In this study there were 24 participants who watched horror-themed Patrick Wilson- and Rose Byrne-starrer, Insidious, and a documentary film about the making of champagne, titled A Year in Champagne. Of the 24, 14 first viewed the horror film and ten started by watching the documentary film. A week was given to the participants in between viewing the two films.


According to Kunter, the study found that the mean of the difference between how scary people rated the two to be on a scale of zero to ten to be 5.4. Fifty-seven percent of the existence of a specific blood-clotting protein, factor VIII, had increased in the participants when they viewed Insidious; 86 percent of the protein’s levels dropped when viewing A Year in Champage.


The reason behind this is one we can easily deduce. We all must know that biologically, the human system adapt to function efficiently and protect the person during moments of stress, and so the protein functioned well during the stressful, fearful experience that was watching a horror movie.

About Umar Siddiqui

Hi, I am Umar Siddiqui. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. My areas of interest in studies are mainly communications, journalism, media, and cultural/ social issues. My hobbies are anything Disney, music, creative writing, fashion, friends, social activism, etc. I am a very sociable person who is outgoing and opinionated; making my opinions known is important to me. I recently completed a fashion journalism short course online at the University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. I am anticipating to graduate with my Bachelor's of Arts degree spring of 2017.

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