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What is behind our love of horror films and the psychology of fear?

Experts in fear, both on and off-screen, weigh in on the reasons why filmgoers flock to slasher, spooky, and suspenseful movies.

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Every year, millions flock to scary movies and haunted houses.

But ... why?

Why do we love being scared?

Is it the adrenalin rush?
Pure escapism?
Or simply a way to dance close to danger while ultimately knowing you are safe?

Today, with Halloween just around the corner, we explore the psychology of fear with Dr. Jeff Temple and learn more about our appetite for scary movies with Shudder TV.

Plus, we learn listeners favorite horror movies, games, and characters
and why we love them.


Dr. Jeff Temple

  • Psychologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
  • Director of the Center for Violence Prevention

Sam Zimmerman

  • Vice President of Programming for Shudder

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