How We Really Feel About Horror Movies

With Halloween just around the corner, a lot of people will be watching horror movies to help them get their scare on. But not everyone loves a good horror flick, and now a new survey reveals just how folks really feel about them. A new YouGov poll finds:

  • Horror seems to be the most divisive genre of movies.
  • Turns as just as many people love it as hate it.
  • Overall, 25% of Americans say they “love” horror films, while 24% simply “like” them.
  • But another 23% say they absolutely “hate” horror movies, while 22% "dislike" them.
  • Overall, those between the ages of 30 and 44 are most likely to enjoy a horror flick.
  • In fact, 39% of that age group say they love horror films, with another 29% liking them.
  • Those 65 and older are the most likely to dislike them, with 37% hating them and another 29% disliking them.
  • Men are more likely than women to say they either love or like horror movies (52% vs. 46%).

Of course there are all sorts of horror movies these days.

  • 'The poll ffinds the most popular subgenre of horror flick is a psychological horror film, with 55% either loving or liking it.
  • Other popular subgenres include:
    • Comedic (55%, although only 19% love it)
    • Paranormal (52%)
    • Vampire (50%)
    • Monster (47%)
    • Witchcraft (46%)
    • Demonic Possession (48%)
    • Slasher (36%)
    • Found Footage (35%)
    • Gore (35%)
  • Overall, 32% of Americans say they prefer classic horror films, while 21% prefer newly released horror movies.

Source: YouGov

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