Holy cow, you may ask, what could possibly qualify as the single best news story in horror of the year? A found footage movie made of ACTUAL found footage? An announcement of a collaboration among Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson and George A. Romero? Rod Serling returns from the grave to make more Twilight Zone episodes? None of the above. I posit to you, dear reader, that it’s this: According to The Telegraph, WATCHING HORROR MOVIES BURNS NEARLY 200 CALORIES AT A TIME!
That’s right. Dr. Richard Mackenzie, senior lecturer and specialist in cell metabolism and physiology at the University of Westminster, said, “Each of the ten films tested set pulses racing, sparking an increase in the heart rate of the case studies.
“As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline.
“It is this release of fast acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case, brought on by fear), which is known to lower the appetite, increase the Basal Metabolic Rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories.”
Helen Crowley of LOVEFILM (AKA My Hero) commissioned the study from the University of Westminster. Researchers measured heart rate, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output of ten people as they watched a variety of horror movies. The greatest calorie-burning moments came from “jump scares,” as opposed to slower-building terror.
Below are the top ten films to burn those extra calories. I’m a little surprised that 28 Days Later didn’t make the list, since the study was conducted in England, but I’m not complaining.
- 10. [Rec]: 101 calories
- 9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
- 8. The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
- 7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
- 6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
- 5. Saw: 133 calories
- 4. Alien: 152 calories
- 3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
- 2. Jaws: 161 calories
And at Number 1:
- 1. The Shining: checking in at a whopping 184 calories!
Years ago I asked a couple friends in the medical field about this theory and they were skeptical, to say the least. Vindicated at last! What this means is that we can do what we probably would have done anyway, but now we’ll have a clear conscience when we skip the gym to watch some horror, eat cheesy puffs, and keep the couch from hitting the ceiling. And we’re not breaking any pesky New Year’s weight-loss resolutions doing it!
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That’s it for now, I’m off to watch two horror films simultaneously. I have some new jeans to fit into.