Ever wondered how some folks (like Cinematical's Scott Weinberg) can watch each and every little second of any horror film ever made with one hand in a tub of popcorn and a smile on their face, while some of the rest of us either stay far away or watch with our eyes half shut? Is it because those who love watching horror films are just one movie kill shy of becoming complete lunatics? Not according to a new study published in the scientific journal Behavioural Neuroscience (via the Telegraph), which claims a "particular variant of the 'COMT' gene affects a chemical in the brain that is linked to anxiety."
Yup, and it seems that people who have two copies of one version of this gene are the folks who "are more easily disturbed when viewing unpleasant pictures ..."(ie: wimps like myself who can't stand gory horror flicks). On the other hand, "those who had one copy of the gene and one copy of another version" found it much easier to keep their emotions under control (ie: hardcore like Weinberg). According to the Telegraph, 96 women participated in the study and were shown three different sets of photographs, with each progressively getting creepier.
So now when my friends make fun of me for not wanting to go see Saw V because of all the icky stuff, I'm blaming you mom and dad! How are you with horror? Love it, despite it, somewhere in the middle?