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Watching Horror

Carrie Lorraine as Judy, holding on to her Punch doll, in Stuart Gordon's creepy fairytale Dolls (1987)

Watching horror, like watching war films, is a way to experience fear without actually being vulnerable. Vicarious thrills allow us to indulge emotions which, in real situations, would be very unpleasant. We always have the guarantee of personal survival, the threats contained within structured narratives which, traditionally, provided us with a way back to normality.