What Makes Horror Movies so Scary?

Phobias and great fear characterize horror movies. This post is going to discuss the main features of these moves. This will help you in understanding why they are scary.



People including young kids are afraid of darkness. Darkness and what is hidden in it instil fear in people. Watching a horror movie in a dark room or darkened theatre is even scarier.

Fear of Death

Human beings fear death. It is the ultimate fear both psychologically and existentially. People must be killed in every horror movie. This is the main reason as to why people fear them.

Crawly, Creepy Things

Spiders, rats, snakes and crawling things are scary. You can imagine these creatures touching your skin in darkness. This can amplify phobia.


Most of these movies feature disfigured antagonists. Studies have shown that young children are disordered or asymmetrical faces. They shouldn’t be allowed to watch alone.

Scary Places

These genres are set in scary places such as old houses graveyards, attics, basements and overgrown forests. These are some of the dark places, where bad things and evil people can hide.

Fear of the Unknown

Young kids are afraid of things which are unusual or different like disfigured faces. They also fear highly unusual-looking things because they are considered to be sources of fear. Some of them use things which are not scary like dolls and clowns and then make them into feared objects. Typically, they try to make the usual things unusual. Probably this is the reason why some people fear dolls and clowns.

Thunder and Lightening


Thunder and lightning are frightening. Unexpected flashes of light are known for killing people. Lightning is accompanied by a deafening sound which. Loud noises and flashing lights are known for creating a startle response. You will find such sounds and lights in some horror movies.


Spooky Music

This music can produce elicit emotions and moods. These genres have creepy music which is mainly used in accentuating the actions seen on screens. It is also helpful in intensifying feelings of shock and suspense.


This is one of the major characteristics of great horror movies. This involves creating expectations and anticipations that bad things will happen, without knowing when they will occur. In most cases, the audience expectations are violated. The heroes get killed, and the weak characters escape death. This is something that is least expected.…