Benjamin Johnson Co-Authors Article on the Impact of Horror Movie Spoilers
Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is the co-author of “Spoilers Go Bump in the Night: Impacts of Minor and Major Reveals on Horror Film Enjoyment” published in the Journal of Media Psychology on March 8.
The article, co-authored by Johnson, Angel Udvardi, Allison Eden and Judith Rosenbaum, focuses on a study to determine the impact film plot spoilers have on horror movie audiences. Their results indicated there were no main effects of spoilers for enjoyment, transportation, suspense, processing fluency or reactance. They found that those who value the thrills of horror films may receive enjoyment from the anticipation produced by minor spoilers about smaller plot points, such as scary moments or sudden twists.