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You Asked: Is Watching Scary Movies Good for You?

The heart-pounding thrills of a scary movie may come with some health-related benefits, including a calorie burn and a happier mood. But how much you stand to gain from a scary movie seems to depend on how scary you find the film you’re watching—and how much you want to be scared in the first place.

In a 2012 study, funded by the former video subscription service Lovefilm, researchers from the University of Westminster in the UK asked 10 people to watch 10 different scary movies as they monitored heart rate, oxygen intake and output of carbon dioxide. The 1980’s film The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson, topped the list of the calorie-scorching horror films. The person who viewed…

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 You Asked: Is Watching Scary Movies Good for You?

The heart-pounding thrills of a scary movie may come with some health-related benefits, including a calorie burn and a happier mood. But how much you stand to gain from a scary movie seems to depend on how scary you find the film you’re watching—and how much you want to be scared in the first place.

20 Recent Horror Movies Based on Actual Medical Conditions

From masterpieces to obscure splatter films, the horror genre has always preyed upon the weaknesses of the human mind. Whether it’s the monster under the bed or the monster next door, most horror films share a common currency: fear and its more popular form of exchange, anxiety. However, there are certain titles that manage to refine this formula and, instead of relying only on supernatural antagonists and murderous maniacs, follow the more intricate paths of psychology and psychiatry.

Bad Medicine: 5 Common Medical Myths Movies Always Get Wrong

A lot of movies and TV shows have been made about medical workers and the healthcare field in general. It's a subject riddled with opportunities for drama, mystery, wonder and heartache. It's also complex enough that screenwriters always end up getting it wrong. There's nearly an endless list of medical errors in films.

Code Black

CODE BLACK offers a tense, doctor’s-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate – bringing us face to face with America’s only 24/7 safety net.


The story of Dr. Bennet Omalu — the Nigerian coroner living in Pittsburgh who identified a pattern of brain damage among veteran American football players and was persecuted for it rather than praised — is fascinating. It involves conspiracy, whistle-blowing, hard science and a doozy of a question: what do you do when the national pastime proves dangerous to health? The movie Concussion, which tells this story, is a middle-of-the-road drama populated by stock characters.


Joel Schumacher’s trashy 1990 psycho-horror, was hardly a beloved classic, but its premise – a group of young doctors experiment with near-death experiences in the interests of medical science, only to be haunted by ghosts from their past – was solid, and worthy enough of a refresh. But this new film seems to be haunted by the ghosts of its own past.


Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel

Food Inc

Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations. By exposing the comfortable relationships between business and government, Kenner gradually shines light on the dark underbelly of the American food industry. Source - Rotten Tomatoes

Going Blind

Going Blind is a unique documentary film that increases public awareness of sight loss and low vision issues profoundly affecting the lives of more and more people and those who love them.


An American laborer (Matt Damon), a French journalist (C''cile de France) and a London schoolboy set out on a spiritual journey after death touches their lives in different ways.

Living with Fibromyalgia

"This film is an important milestone for the fibromyalgia community, and a must-see for anyone who is living with or knows someone with fibromyalgia."

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Convict Randle Patrick McMurphy convinces the courts he's insane in order to avoid another stint in jail. His time in a mental institution make the viewer question whether McMurphy is actually crazy, or just a good actor. His ward is headed up by the tyrannical Nurse Ratched who intimidates the patients but soon learns that McMurphy is not afraid of her.


The riveting true story of the team of Boston Globe reporters and editors that uncovered an unimaginable conspiracy to cover up clergy child abuse.

The Alzheimer's Project

While there is no cure for the disease, THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT shows there is now genuine reason to be optimistic about the future. Created by the award-winning team behind HBO's acclaimed "Addiction" project, this multi-platform series takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country's leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer's and on their families.

The Big Sick

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry

The Hunting Ground

From the Oscar-nominated filmmakers of THE INVISIBLE WAR comes a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.

The Invisible War

From Oscar®-and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem—today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

The Meatrix

The Meatrix is a four-minute online animation that spoofs The Matrix movies while educating viewers about the problems with factory farming and today's meat and dairy supplies.

A Beautiful Mind

Russell Crowe plays John Forbes Nash, Jr., a brilliant mathematician and economist. His life was forever changed when he developed schizophrenia.

A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story

The true story of Daniel Huffman, a gifted high school football star who looked like a shoo-in for a major athletic scholarship and seemed poised for a shot at a career in the NFL. However, when Huffman's grandmother, who raised him as a child, needs a kidney transplant in order to survive, Daniel donates one of his own, even though this means an end to his career in football.

And the Band Played On

And the Band Played On focuses on the growing AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Dr. Don Francis (Modine) begins to study the increasing number of gay men dying from an unknown disease in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Francis spearheads an investigation and finds that many do not support him.

Article 99

A group of doctors in a veteran's hospital must contend with their hopeless situation: too many patients and not enough beds. The main cause of their problems is bureaucratic belt-tightening by the hospital administrators. The doctors are determined to give the best service they can, even if that means defying the orders of management and performing unauthorized operations.

At First Sight

A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the urging of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life.


A new doctor finds himself with a ward full of comatose patients. He is disturbed by them and the fact that they have been comatose for decades with no hope of any cure. When he finds a possible chemical cure he gets permission to try it on one of them. When the first patient awakes, he is now an adult, having gone into a coma in his early teens. The film then details the reactions of their relatives and to the changes of the newly awakened.

Bringing Out the Dead

This star-studded film follows a Manhattan paramedic, Frank, working the graveyard shift who hates his job but can’t bring himself to quit. He is haunted by the ghosts of those people he wasn’t able to save, but befriends the daughter, Mary, of a heart failure victim he brings in. Brining Out the Dead takes place over three nights of work, where Frank attempts to reconcile his desire to leave his job, and also develop a relationship with Mary...AllHealthcare

Britannia Hospital

This dark British comedy follows a local hospital preparing for a visit from the Queen Mother. This particularly day is supposed to be documented by a film-maker named Mick Travis. Travis sees firsthand the chaos that envelopes this hospital as horrific experiments take place, a cannibalistic doctor threatens to eat a patient, and countless obstacles threaten to divert the Queen’s visit. This satire examines not only the UK healthcare system but also human nature...AllHealthcare

Burzynski, the Movie

Burzynski, the Movie is an internationally award-winning documentary originally released in 2010 (with an Extended Edition released in 2011) that tells the true story of a medical doctor and Ph.D biochemist named Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski who won the largest, and possibly the most convoluted and intriguing legal battle against the Food & Drug Administration in American history. - See more at:


The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous recovery and goes on to win the 1981 Grand National steeple chase on the horse Aldaniti.

City of Joy

A wealthy American doctor learns some important lessons about life in one of the poorest cities on Earth. Max Lowe is a Houston surgeon who has grown weary of the bureaucracy of American medicine. When he loses a patient on the operating table, Max impulsively decides to leave America and travel to India in the hope of "finding himself."


A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having complications during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye.

Critical Care

Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. But are they really fighting over their father's care, or over his $10 million estate? Meanwhile, Werner must contend with his nutty supervisor, who insists that he only care for patients with full insurance.

Damaged Care

Damaged Care is fact-based drama about the managed care industry. It originally aired on Showtime.

Doc Hollywood

A young doctor causes a traffic accident in a small town and is sentenced to work for some days at the town hospital.

Dying Young

After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know their love cannot last because he is destined to die.

Erin Brockovich

The true life story of Erin Brockovich and the law firm she worked for. An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.

Extraordinary Measures

Inspired by the true life story of John Crowley, this film is about a man who defied the odds and risked a lucrative career to work for a cure for his children's life threatening disease. Together with a brilliant scientist, they form a biotech company. See the lengths they are willing to go to in order to accomplish their goals.

First Do No Harm

When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and desperate, and so does her own research into the existing literature on treatments.

Gross Anatomy

A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince him to take his studies and life seriously.

John Q.

John Q. Archibald is an ordinary man whose life revolves around his family. His wife Denise and young son Michael are his world. But when Michael falls seriously ill and needs an emergency heart transplant operation that John Q. can''t afford and his health insurance won''t cover, he vows to do whatever it will take to keep his son alive.

Living Proof

The true story of oncologist and researcher Dr. Dennis Slamon, the UCLA doctor who helped develop the breast cancer drug Herceptin, and his effort to keep the drug trials afloat. His inspiring journey shows the sacrifices he makes in his personal life and the obstacles that he faces to get the drug approved.

Madame Curie

Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

Medicine Man

Dr. Robert Campbell, a brilliant but unorthodox scientist, is racing against time in his bold research for a cure against cancer. Set deep in the forbidding Amazon rain forest of Brazil, this action-packed drama follows Campbell hot on the trail of an amazing discovery - but the eccentric recluse soon finds himself caught in the midst of an explosive adventure.

Miss Evers' Boys

The true story of the US Government's 1932 Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiments, in which a group of black test subjects were allowed to die, despite a cure having been developed.

Mortal Fear

Based on the provocative best-selling novel, a brilliant scientist finds the hidden link that can save countless lives, but when a crazed killer uses the same information to play God, millions are at risk. Dr. Jennifer Kessler is the one person who stands in the way of ultimate medical disaster.

My Breast

Joyce Wadler,a journalist who lives in New York, has an unsatisfying relationship with her boyfriend. When she discovers that she is suffering from breast-cancer, she radically changes her way of life.

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

Paralyzed from birth, Brown is written off as retarded and helpless. But Christy's indomitable mother never gives up on the boy. Using his left foot, the only part of his body not afflicted, Brown learns to write. He grows up to become a well-known author, painter, and fundraiser, and along the way falls in love with nurse Mary Carr.

My Own Country

My Own Country is the true story of an Ethiopian doctor, Abraham Verghese, who moves to Eastern Tennessee as a young intern. Set in 1985, AIDS is beginning to ravage the country and emerging in rural towns. Dr. Vreghese takes it upon himself to combat AIDS in small Johnson City. He makes a name for himself because of his compassion and lack of judgment. AIDS patients travel from all over for Dr. Verghese’s expertise, and he soon finds himself overwhelmed...AllHealthcare

Nicholas' Gift

Fact based drama about an American couple on vacation in Italy in 1994 with their two children who are attacked and shot by highway bandits. Shortly they discover that their son is brain dead. The parents are then faced with the hard decision to donate the boy's organs which ultimately led to saving the lives of seven seriously ill Italian patients.

Patch Adams

Patch Adams is voluntarily committed to a mental institution where he finds that he can help other patients through humor and fun. Vowing to become a doctor when we is discharged, Patch finds medical school disheartening because of the traditional doctor-patient relationship that is preached in the university. His unorthodox methods pit him against many other MDs, but Patch is determined to make a difference in the lives of those less-fortunate.


Inspired by a true story, Philadelphia conveys the life of Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who has AIDS and is also gay. Taking on stereotypes and prevailing fears of HIV and AIDS, Philadelphia delves into Beckett's struggle with his disease and the subsequent loss of his job. Beckett takes it upon himself to sue his former employer.


The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.


A terminally-ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her ex-husband's life, who will be her children's new mother.

The Alchemists

Based on the novel by Peter James, the British TV miniseries The Alchemists focused on a one-man crusade conducted by American Connor Molloy. Posing as a patent lawyer, Molloy sets out to prove that the powerful firm of Bentik-Lange Pharmaceuticals was responsible for the death of his father. He is aided in this endeavor by Julia Bannerman, the daughter of a research scientist.

The Doctor

Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that there is more to being a doctor than surgery and prescriptions.

The Elephant Man

John Hurt stars as John Merrick, the hideously deformed 19th century Londoner known as "The Elephant Man". Treated as a sideshow freak, Merrick is assumed to be retarded as well as misshapen because of his inability to speak coherently. In fact, he is highly intelligent and sensitive, a fact made public when one Dr. Frederick Treves rescues Merrick from a carnival and brings him to a hospital for analysis.

The Hospital

Black comedy in which a suicidal doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.

The Lost Prince

British empire monarch Edward VII and his queen Alexandra decide to hide their last-born son, Johnnie, from the public, being embarrassingly affected by epilepsy. While his protective elder brother is ruthlessly groomed for court-life and ultimately succession, Johnnie gets packed off to a country cottage on royal estate Sandringham.

The Medicine Show

A cynical young man, diagnosed with cancer, meets a brash young leukemia patient in the hospital who more than matches his distaste for IV drips and weepy sentimentality.

The Secret of Dr. Kildare

Dr. Gillespie's cancer has gotten worse, and to force him to take a rest instead of pursuing a sulfa-drug/pneumonia study, Kildare refuses to assist Gillespie, and instead accepts a case of hysterical blindness. She's also the daughter of a millionaire who could help the hospital.

The Three Faces of Eve

A young Georgia housewife suffering from multiple personalities. Eve's husband, confused by his wife's aberrant behavior when assuming her two other selves, seeks out help from a psychiatrist. Carefully probing Eve's subconscious via hypnosis, the doctor finds out that, though each of Eve's personalities is aware of the other's existence, none are related. After months of therapy, Eve is purged of her negative selves and is totally cured.

Unnatural Causes

Frank Coleman is a Vietnam veteran dying from cancer brought on by exposure to the defoliant chemical Agent Orange which he turns to Maude DeVictor, a Veterans Administration benefits counselor who teams up with Coleman to fight a lopsided batted against the bureaucratic system for its cover up of the possible dangers of Agent Orange.

Vital Signs

This movie follows the lives of medical students who are in their third year, which is the time that they have to decide what they intend to specialize in. At the center is Michael Chatham son of a respected surgeon, who's trying to be his own man. He has to deal with another third student, Kenny Rose who like Michael wants to be surgeon and the surgical internship at their school.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Ken Harrison is an artist that makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he make friends with some of the staff, and they support him when he goes to trial to be allowed to die.

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