The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
(1974). It will do you good!
One explanation for why people engage in frightening fictional experiences is that these experiences can act as simulations of actual experiences from which individuals can gather information and model possible worlds.
Interestingly, morbid curiosity and horror fandom predicted divergent types of psychological resilience. While horror fandom predicted less psychological distress, morbidly curious individuals experienced greater positive resilience. A history of watching horror films may help build emotion regulation skills that can be utilized to ameliorate the psychological distress that accompanies dysphoric events, but it might not offer strategies for enjoying life in the midst of negative experiences. Instead of psychological buffering, morbid curiosity seems to promote positive resilience — i.e., positive experiences in the face of threatening stimuli. Presumably, this occurs through a psychological shift in the cost-benefit ratio of approaching a potentially dangerous stimulus. The morbidly curious individual may not see the pandemic as a terrible negative event (or at least not only as that). Instead, the morbidly curious individual may see the pandemic as an opportunity of sorts. Pandemic practice: Horror fans and morbidly curious individuals are more psychologically resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic