Study: Watching Horror Films Helps to Burn Calories

CREATED Oct 29, 2012

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With all of the candy and treats hanging around during Halloween, the month of October could be considered quite the caloriefest - especially leading into the holidays at the end of the year.

But did you know that another popular part of Halloween - watching scary movies - could help burn some of those extra calories?

According to a study by the University of Westminster, watching certain suspenseful films helped burn close to 200 calories.

The most heart-pumping film? The Shining (1980) came in first, with the average viewer burning 184 calories just by watching.

Jaws came in second with 161 calories burned on average, and The Exorcist came in third with 158 calories.

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."


Here is the complete Top 10 list of films that will help you burn the calories of those snack size chocolate candies:

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