How Do Violent Movies Impact Us? The Psychology of Stylized Violence

Hollywood legends like Quentin Tarantino consistently push the envelope with delivering stylized, violent films—but at what cost to the audience?

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FILE - This undated publicity image released by The Weinstein Company shows Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candle in "Django Unchained," directed by Quentin Tarantino. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Andrew Cooper, SMPSP, File)

Do violent movies cause real-life violence?

In today’s Psych Cinema, therapist Jonathan Hetterly discusses stylized violence in film. This episode features his thoughts on desensitization, sensation seeking, and the psychology of Schadenfreude.

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