I’ve always been scared of ghosts my entire life but I love watching horror films. Perhaps it’s a breather from all the romantic comedies and Koreanovelas I binge on or I just want to feel something different and extreme to shake me up. Maybe it’s a little bit of both. Still, logically speaking, I should be running away from things (and sometimes people) that induce fear and panic but here I am loving every minute of it—and keep on coming back for more. Why?
An article published by bustle.com delves into the psychological benefits of watching horror films based on several studies, and one particular reason that popped up is that people tend to enjoy extreme emotions like fear. In the article, Dr. Katherine Brownlowe, an assistant professor in the departments of neurology and psychiatry at The Ohio State University College of Medicine said, “When we watch a horror movie, it stimulates the brain and the brain responds with the physical and emotional sensations we call fear. Believe it or not, for some people, this is a lot of fun.” Well, I guess I’m one of those people.
3 Studio B Horror Movies That Will Definitely Keep You Up At Night
If you’re brave enough to face someone who broke your heart to pieces without flinching or breaking down, then I’m sure you can watch these films with your eyes wide open. No, seriously, whatever keeps you up at night, we have films to keep you company and make you feel like you’re not alone… I meant figuratively. Browse through this Studio B Watchlist and get yourself some thrills and chills. Click the images to watch the films.
Tragic Theater (2015)
Inspired by the true events that haunt the Manila Film Center, Tragic Theater revolves around a team of exorcists sent to cast out the horrors inside the infamous theater before a new project proceeds. In the process, the team uncovered buried secrets and experienced a lot of strange happenings. After years of abandonment, it is said that the ghosts of the workers that died in a tragic accident back in 1981 are still roaming along the halls of the film center. Things went insane when the team was possessed by the evil spirits one by one.
Read this if you’re curious about the history and the tragedy surrounding the abandoned theater in Pasay.
Chain Mail (2015)
A mysterious chain mail caused fright among a group of friends when they realized that the message enclosed in the mail is cursed and it’s coming for them. This 2015 thriller follows a series of unexplainable deaths and freak accidents that keep on happening to everyone who received and ignored the chain mail. The group must find the origin of the mail before another innocent life is snuffed.
One lesson that you can get from this film is that the next time someone sends you a chain message, just send it to the chosen fifteen in your contact list. You keep sending good morning messages to the wrong people, what about a few more unnecessary texts, right? Nah, I’m just trying to lighten up the mood for you just in case you’re reading this at 3 am, cold and alone in your room…
After experiencing hard times in Manila, a couple decides to head back to Baguio for a fresh start. What they thought was a time for rebuilding what they lost turned into a nightmare when the guy’s dark past starts resurfacing and haunting them in the present. Binhi’s storyline may not have gained some of the moviegoers’ approval when it was released but it surely didn’t lack visual appeal. Thanks to the chilling vibe of Baguio City, Binhi was able to successfully impart to the audience the fear and the experience through the big screen. Now, I’m second-guessing my Baguio trip with friends.
Can’t get enough of the jumpscares?
Check out these other films:
Ouija (2007) – A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
Sundo (2009) – Seven passengers on a trip to Manila must defeat the wrath of the spirit of tragedy and cheat their own death.
Tumbok (2011) – Grace and Ronnie are newlywed couples that inherit a condominium unit that is unluckily situated on a convergence of three roads.
Elemento (2016) – Kara starts to experience strange things after her son Lucas comes home from a school field trip to a forest.