Happiness Meets Horror: Why People Enjoy Being Scared with S.A. Bradley & James Kendrick Ph.D.

 

In this week's episode you will learn about: 

⦾ Why do we love to be scared by movies?

⦾ Our attraction to the psychotic

⦾ Differences in how each gender interprets horror

⦾ What happens in our brain when we watch

S.A. ‘Scott’ Bradley is the host of the popular podcast Hellbent For Horror, exploring all things horror across books, films, comics, and music. Bradley has loved being scared by over 1,600 horror films. He’s turned his passion into purpose, sharing his extensive knowledge on dozens of podcasts and in anthologies like Medium Chill and EvilSpeak magazine. Prior to becoming a champion of horror, Bradley served in the U.S. Air Force and was a firefighter. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and their dog, Fiona.

Book: Screaming for Pleasure: How Horror Makes You Healthy and Happy

James Kendrick is a professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Digital Media at Baylor University. He earned a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University, Bloomington, and also holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Journalism, both from Baylor University. His primary research interests are post-Classical Hollywood film history, violence in the media, the films of Steven Spielberg, cult and horror films, media censorship and regulation, and cinema and new technologies.

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