Scare Yourself Skinny

Now when someone gives you grief for constantly watching horror movies, you can simply explain to them that you are tying to lose weight.That’s right–watching horror movies can help you burn up to 113 calories, which The University of Westminster in the U.K. discovered during their recent case study.

According to The Telegraph, the study was funded by the film servive, LOVEFiLM, and along with researchers from the Univeristy, 10 subjects were monitored while indulging in some of the genre’s best films. The small test group were monitored for heart rate, pulse, oxygen intake, and carbon dioxide output.

The study showed that when the subjects watched horror films, their adrenaline increased and their appetite decreased, essentially killing calories. Dr. Richard Mackenzie, senior lecturer and specialist in cell metabolism and physiology at Westminister told The Telegraph, “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, which is known to lower the appetite, increase the Basal Metabolic Rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories.”

 The biggest calorie burners were The Shining and Jaws. The top 10 calorie-burning horror films featured in the study are listed below:

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

You can add to your pure laziness by reassuring yourself that you are actually working out while watching horror movies, lounging on the couch with a bag of chips. Hmmm, maybe this is just a ploy from the U.K to keep us Americans super lazy–like we actually needed a reason.


  1. DrunkethWizerd

    That's really interesting, because I know a guy who is essentially just scared shitless of everything around him daily, and he's the skinniest motherfucker I've ever seen.

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