A Bone-Chilling Compulsion: Generation Y’s Love For Horror


Madison Foulkes | Lifestyle Writer | mf578016@ohio.edu

Most people enjoy the changing of the seasons. The bright colors, the falling leaves, and the smell of cold air are just some things that come with the promise of autumn. With this change of seasons comes pumpkins and candy, but also something much more sinister.

There seems to be an allure and obsession with horror in this generation. With movies like Paranormal Activity and The Conjuring series, we’re fascinated with anything and everything spooky. Freshman Computer Sciences major Josh Peña said, “Scary movies help me go to the bathroom because they scare the living sh*t out of me.”

So what is it exactly that attracts us to the frightening motion pictures that appear on Netflix or in our local theater? It could be the rush of adrenaline that courses through our veins as scary faces pop up or loud noises go off, but perhaps it could be something more.

According to Psychology Today, Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, a professor of psychology at the University of Utrecht, stated, “People like horror films because they want to be frightened or they wouldn’t do it twice.” As simple as it sounds, it makes sense. No one willingly sits through a horror movie unless they actually enjoy it.

This could be why the interest is so high, especially with clowns. Most people you talk to either dislike or are afraid of clowns. Why is that? When we are younger, clowns were looked at as happy people who do tricks to make us laugh and make balloon animals at birthday parties. Now it seems the movie industry has turned them into something much more wicked. From American Horror Story: Cult to the recent release of IT, clowns are everywhere. Not only are clowns on the big screen, but there are also walking around in real life.

Around this time last year, clowns started appearing out of seemingly thin air. Some did nothing but sit and stare while others brutally attacked people. Reported by Entertainment Weekly a couple weeks ago, there was a clown sighting during the screening of IT in England. Someone posted pictures on Twitter of an IT lookalike holding a red balloon. This man, however, didn’t cause any harm. He was merely there for the purpose of giving people the creeps while watching a scary movie.

It seems as if this generation just likes the thrill of being afraid. Whether it be from a popular show or a recent release, we just get enough of it.