When we’re watching a horror film, the smallest sounds and movement around the room can send our hearts racing. Nevertheless, we keep watching them, because we enjoy that exhilarating feeling; we can’t find any other explanation. We’re masochists.
However, it always helps to watch the movie with a friend – or your pet – rather than on your own. We like being scared, but only to a certain extent. Having our pets around reassures us this is only a movie. Even if it isn’t intentional, we can count on them to remind us we’re in the comfort of our house, just watching a movie with our pet.