Watching Scary Movies Can Age Our Faces Faster: Study

Eek! Now that's a reason to be horrified!
young shocked couple with popcorn watching movie in cinema

It's October and Halloween is just a few weeks away. That means this is the season for scary movies to hit theaters and horror movie marathons to air on TV.

Did you know that scary movies can elevate the heart rate and make you burn more calories? Watching 90 minutes of a movie that gets your adrenaline pumping can burn about 113 calories on average, and that's about the same as taking a 30-minute walk. The scarier the movie, the more calories burned.

You can see the scary movies that burn the most calories here

While sitting on the couch, watching a scary movie can help you burn more calories, these movies also are contributing to premature aging on our faces according to a brand new study. The research found that of the average horror film, fans will contort their face in fear 11 times.

According to Dr Harry Singh, from beauty and wellness brand FOREO, repeating these expressions could be adding to frown lines and crow's feet.

He said, “When we express a shocked look we activate the evaluator muscles of the forehead, known as the frontalis. By repeating this expression and strengthening this muscle, we develop horizontal lines across the forehead."

“Squinting is another common expression used as a coping mechanism during violent or distressing scenes, and requires the activation of a number of muscles, including both the eyes and depressor muscles."

“This double whammy of muscle over-activation might result in frown lines and crow's feet around the eyes, which when repeated over a five-year period could again result in 50 per cent worse lines developing around the eye area.”

Scary movies aren't the only ones we need to worry about when it comes to aging. Thrillers will see viewers pull a shocked, tense or surprised face nine times on average.

Not a fan or horror or thrillers? Comedy movies are just as bad as the scary ones! The average comedy will involve 11 bouts of laughter.

What scary movies are the most likely to get you to make faces?


1. The Shining
2. Alien
3. The Exorcist
4. The Sixth Sense
5. Jaws
6. Saw
7. Psycho
8. The Wicker Man
9. 28 Days Later
10. The Conjuring

I wonder how movies that make us cry impact our facial aging?

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