Can the horror genre still scare us when the world is so much scarier?

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Jamie Lee Curtis on the set of Halloween, written and directed by John Carpenter.
Jamie Lee Curtis on the set of Halloween, written and directed by John Carpenter.
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We chat with Paul Blom from the South African Horrorfest about horror's renaissance, the pandemic's impact on stories and accessibility, and what the genre's future might hold.

Why do we like being scared? Some say it's because of the dopamine hit we get from an adrenaline rush, tapping into our lizard brain's fear centre. Others might think it speaks to a secret depravity of the human spirit - an outlet for our darkest desires.

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