This post first appeared on Quora March 31, 2020
Not at all. There is no evidence to support this idea at all. In fact, horror films can be therapeutic.
I’m one of the most optimistic people you will ever meet. I have also seen over a thousand horror films. I have overcome PTSD (it has been in remission for ten years now) and horror films have helped me through it.
It’s almost as if it depends on the individual.
Some people can’t handle the news without it influencing how a person feels about the world and life. Some people feel the world is crap after watching romance. Personally I’d rather watch Haute Tension for nine hours straight than watch one minute of The Notebook.
And I’m not knocking people who feel the opposite. Everyone has their own jam.
To each their own. Chacun à son goût as my mother always said.