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Vampires, ghosts and monsters, oh my! With recent releases like Paranormal Activity, Jennifer's Body and Saw VI, theaters have been absolutely crammed with horror fans. And though it may come as a surprise to the more faint-hearted filmgoers among us, a significant number of the people shelling out to see these freaky flicks are women.
Recent studies have shown that as many as two-thirds of tickets to horror films are bought by females (or their male dates). It seems to go against the conventional wisdom that boys love blood and guts while girls love happy-ending rom-coms. But with movies like Paranormal Activity reaching the top of box office charts, it's pretty clear men can't be the only ones driving those numbers.
"I think actually women were probably always going to horror movies, we just weren't measuring it as religiously as we do now," Jennifer's Body director, Karyn Kusama, recently told the sci-fi Web site, i09.com. "I think it's a human condition to identify with being scared. There is something about the narrative of flight and survival that I think is very compelling for women."
Or hey, maybe we just like an excuse to scoot closer to the guy sitting next to us. What better way to get closer to your date than grab onto him for dear life?
“I’m not sure what the attraction is, psychologically, for females,” Debbie Liebling, the former president for production at the now-defunct Fox Atomic film company, told The New York Times. “I would love to know why girls are going to see Saw, because I have no idea.”
Saw VI, the sixth film in the Saw movie franchise comes to theaters this weekend, so soon we'll find out via word-of-mouth just what is drawing our female friends to see these wildly successful psychological thrillers.
As for the non-horror fans, they'll probably be taking flight with Hilary Swank in Amelia, or frolicking with the cuddly beasts of Where the Wild Things Are. Hey, sometimes you get enough of a scare from your credit card bill. Monday's box office numbers will tell us which coping method wins out.
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