Why do some people enjoy gory and disturbing things?

Why do some people enjoy gory and disturbing things?

Man has always been amazed by the macabre.  In the days before film, we had the freak show circuses.  When photos became prevalent, people would pay to see pictures of the dead.  It was even a cultural keep sake... taking pictures of criminals and loved ones.  John Dillinger's dead body was displayed for the public.  When cinema was created, we slowly began to explore the macabre further.  That fascination of death and dismemberment that most of society had never seen and experienced before.  The horror film was created.  As we grew as a society and became more civilized, we didn't want to see the real thing.  Or at least we felt that observing the real thing was no longer acceptable.  So we started to make horror movies.  We started to recreate the macabre with the thought that since its not really real, then maybe we can feel better about ourselves while still exploring that primal curiosity.   

It haunts us.  Seeing the possibilities of the horrible things man could do to one another.  And to some, it lures us in.  Our primal instincts long buried under centuries of society and civilization.  We crave to see what we fear the most. 

That said, I'm not one of those that enjoy what is now termed as torture porn.  Give me suspense scares like The Exorcist, The Omen, etc.  Sure, there's blood and violence in those classics.  But it's far from the torture porn of the sadistic films mentioned within the question above.  They rely on shock value.  And the sad thing is, many people love to be shocked in that way.  But it can also be viewed in a more positive light as far as people just wanting to see the different creative ways the filmmakers can "kill" people.  Not my cup of tea but those are the clear reasons that people pay to see such acts on film.

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