Why Fear is Fun

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Why do we love watching horror films? Why do we like being scared? Laci explains the psychology behind the “fear is fun” mentality.

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33 comments

ninjahobo1510 August 4, 2014 - 10:06 AM

never even watched a horror film. Idk if I'd like them or not :P

wmoros August 17, 2014 - 1:31 AM

Its ok watch some every once and a wile

Gammareign August 24, 2014 - 11:34 AM

I loathe having to fill "gender roles".

Candy Pinkness August 26, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Gawd I can't even watch Woman In Black.. xD That's how freaked out I get, I watched a creepy pasta and I didn't sleep for 5 days…… Call me a whimp but I love sleeeepppppp…  I don't wanna miss out on it because of being scared…

Joe O'Connor August 26, 2014 - 9:44 PM

Does she ever open her eyes?

Bea Mz August 30, 2014 - 3:00 AM

I absolutely love horror movies and games, it makes me much more happier than watching comedy movies. Idk why but that's how i like it.

Mistress Of Hell September 8, 2014 - 3:16 PM

I Looooove Horror and being scared it's so fun !!! ^_^

ALYBONGO98 September 29, 2014 - 9:28 PM

I'm just like you, love all this horror stuff, you need to watch the purge anarchy, not really a horror but a mint film, the other day I did a ouija board and we did it all wrong.

beans October 18, 2014 - 12:14 AM

I would 9robs like horror films, but I'm 9 years old

iC Dragonfly October 31, 2014 - 12:54 PM

Ether real

nesseiht gnay November 16, 2014 - 3:53 AM

I watch horror everytime

alyssa barker December 28, 2014 - 6:43 AM

for my birthday i invited 3 friends over then we went to great wolf lodge for 2 days. at the end of almost leaving the pool to go to our room we went on the Tornado ride. it was dark outside and as people know we go outside so it was so dark. i closed my eyes. i was going backwards also. we got there i swear i thought we were in the carnival of h e double hockey sticks.  there was music there were bright lights and we were going all over the place and were going on walls and water going over us. once we got outside we all started laughing because we were scared as h e double hockey sticks. we ended up going on it 2 more times the next day

Mid January 3, 2015 - 5:24 AM

I hate fear it's not fun for me

Marc S. January 13, 2015 - 11:46 AM

okay i'mma go watch pewdiepie now

Stasi Memelady June 17, 2015 - 2:52 AM

FINALLY!! I have an excuse to scare the BLEEP out of myself!!!!

Imperial Barden July 11, 2015 - 12:32 PM

I love the feeling of fear!

Kenz W July 22, 2015 - 8:46 PM

"That will scare the Sound Effect out of me!" Best part of the video!

A random trip August 30, 2015 - 5:24 AM

waaahhooooo I'm in the right spot then!

forandroidbrown September 2, 2015 - 9:47 PM

Hi there, I have a new question, WHY DONT OUR BODY HAIR GROW AS LONG AS OUR HEAD HAIR IF WE LET IT GROW? WHY DOES IT STOP GROWING WHEN IT BECOMES LONG ENOUGH AND AGAIN GROWS RAPIDLY WHEN WE CUT OR SHAVE THEM? Please do answer..have been wondering this for a long time.

leilei September 20, 2015 - 8:23 PM

Now I can finally explain to my friends why I like horror stuff and getting scared.

TheClauser01 November 14, 2015 - 4:27 AM

I'm a horrer girl

TheClauser01 November 14, 2015 - 4:28 AM

I love those memories so scary but after the movie I just now exitment

Taylor Coleman December 12, 2015 - 3:21 AM

so you're saying if I watch all 3 movies I can eat pizza and burn it all off??

Izaak Thompson January 28, 2016 - 12:43 PM

well i kind of liked FNews until lacy green just shit all over it…

Sniveling Froth July 9, 2016 - 1:15 AM

then how much calories do you burn if you watch Scream?

ROBLOX1 GAM3ER July 9, 2016 - 4:39 AM

!!!!THRILL SEEKER!!!!

Atlas De Valle September 20, 2016 - 8:36 AM

I don't really like anything horror but at my youth group, we play a pretty spooky game at times. We call it zombie tag. We are let out into most of the building (pretty big building) when the sun is just setting so it's really dark. We get 30 seconds or some before someone (the zombie) is after us. They groan and/or shriek like a zombie as they walk around trying to find us. If your tagged, you become a zombie and join them. It gets really intense at times especially if your hiding in a dark corner or under a bench. Pitch black. With the occasional wimpy girly girl scream.
We love it.

Nik Tanner November 11, 2016 - 6:34 AM

I am in the middle

Nuno Marques November 14, 2016 - 4:19 AM

disliked it as soon as i saw laci green

Ibrahim Nawfal July 21, 2017 - 7:31 PM

I watch dnews for laci 😍😍❤️

chavamara October 29, 2017 - 1:45 AM

But what about all the horror movies where the bad guy(s) win(s)?! Why do people enjoy those movies?!

Satyajeet Panchal October 29, 2017 - 5:58 PM

I ❤❤❤ your eyes they are just as beautiful as awesome this video was.😍😍😍😍

Luciel Lawliet December 3, 2017 - 4:28 PM

I love horror I like roller coasters and listen to creepy pastas as a past time