People have enjoyed a state of fear since a long time ago, but only the appearance of the cinema made depiction of fear as real and graphical as the real life can be. Over the course of the 20th century the horror movies of all kinds, from crudely primitive to rather intellectual have been extremely popular and remain to be so in the 21st one. But why?
The main reason, in my opinion, is that, no matter what people say about modern world and how terrible it is, the fact that the life of the majority of people is much safer and pleasanter than it used to be in the ages passed is certain. A couple of hundred years ago an average man had enough problems and fears of his own to be interested in additional adrenaline received from artificial ones.
In addition to this, people seem to be showing a tendency to love to be afraid. The regularity with which public consciousness creates new and new global scarecrows, like annual deadly pandemics and ends of the world, global warming, Large Hadron Collider and so on, shows that humankind is simply bored and wants to create distractions.
While not being an actual scarecrow, horror movies serve as an excellent short-span adrenaline stimulator, so it is no surprise so many people are fond of them.
All in all, horror movies seem to be a…