March 2, 2024

Watching Horror Movies Can Help Burn Calories

Recent studies show that people who watch long minutes of thrilling terror entertainment can burn calories by doing this. It is similar to the number of calories burned during a 30-minute walk. While they may be the scariest thing for you, watching horror movies is not a bad choice for your health. According to a study and research by the University of Westminster, it was discovered that watching scary films helps in losing weight. The university discovered that a scary movie of about 90 minutes was capable of burning up to 113 calories. Dr. Richard Mackenzie from the university conducted a test involving ten subjects and ten different horror films. During the viewing of these films, he measured pulses and fast action that increased the subjects’ heart rates.

The Exorcist Still

The tests were conducted with ten viewers watching ten horror movies while being monitored in terms of heart rate, carbon dioxide output, and oxygen intake. The films selected included The Exorcist, The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws and The Blair Witch Project. In the end, The Shining won as the movie that burned the most calories. Dr. Mackenzie said that the release of adrenaline during short and periodic explosions of high-degree stress is known to increase the metabolic rate, hinder appetite, and burn more calories.

It is also essential to consider that you probably will not lose weight if you are watching your movie while eating a bunch of junk food and snacks. Boosting the effects of the movie with the use of supplements from Steroids Evolution may prove more effective than a stomach full of junk food.

From the university’s research, the film that burned the most calories was the 1980 thriller The Shining with audience members burning 184 calories on average. Jaws follows in second place with an average of 161 calories with the Exorcist not far behind with 158 calories.Below is a table showing how the movies ranked starting with the one that burned the most calories.

Rank Movie Title Calories Burned
1 The Shining 184
2 Jaws 161
3 The Exorcist 158
4 Alien 152
5 Saw 133
6 A Nightmare on Elm Street 118
7 Paranormal Activity 111
8 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 107
9 The Blair Witch Project 105
10 [Rec] 101

Researchers agree that watching a scary flick spikes adrenaline and the heart rate.Using the list of movies above, you can decide to have a workout that involves increasing your heart rate. However, this is not evidence that watching scary movies alone will burn all the calories you need to get in shape. It is still motivating for horror movie fans and a legit excuse to take a day off from the gym and watch a movie. If scary movies are not your thing and may affect your sleep, it is advisable that you stick to your regular workout routine. Either way, health and fitness should be a top priority for every person.


I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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