Watching horror films may be good for you

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There's a reason why even if you have to cover your eyes with your hands, you just can't stop watching horror flicks.

But whether you love them or love to hate them, a new study reveals horror films may be good for you too.

Jeffrey Goldstein, a psychology professor at a university in the Netherlands, concludes that there is a difference in experiencing real fear and fake fear.

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Goldstein told CNN that one of the appeals of going to watch a scary movie is "you can see a story with a just resolution."

He adds, "When we see justice is done, it reaffirms our belief that justice is possible." And that doesn't always happen with real-world violence.

Sociologist and author Margee Kerr also concluded that people have a real sense of calm and an improved mood after seeing a scary movie.

So don't buy into the hype and only watch scary movies around the Halloween season. If you like a theme, there's "Black Christmas" for the holidays, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" for Independence Day, and a whole host of others to keep your mood up all year long!

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