Now there’s another reason to love horror flicks — scientists say we can burn calories as we watch. A new study has revealed that watching scary movies can burn up to 200 calories a sitting. The adrenaline rushes that viewers experience during a 90-minute horror film are believed to use up the same amount of energy as is contained within a bar of chocolate.
According to The Telegraph.co.uk, scientists from the University of Westminster monitored the total energy expenditure of ten different people as they watched a selection of movies.
Participants’ heart rates, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output were measured and the study found that on average, the number of calories used increased by a third during horror film viewing.
The movie that burned the most calories across the board was 1980 psychological thriller The Shining, with the average viewer using up 184 calories – close to the amount burned during a half-hour walk.
According to the University of Westminster study, which was commissioned by a movie rental company (who must be pretty happy with this news), the top ten calorie-burning terror flicks were:
1. The Shining: 184 calories
2. Jaws: 161 calories
3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
4. Alien: 152 calories
5. Saw: 133 calories
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
8. The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
10. [Rec]: 101 calories