"The sense of thrill is universally desirable probably because it makes one feel alive. But at the same time it usually comes at a high cost that makes it not worth it. You probably would not try to rob a bank just to get a rush of adrenaline – aside from the moral issues of that, the stakes are just too high. That is why thriller movies are the best alternative to seeking thrills in real life.
Cinema as an escape from our mundane lives is supposed to evoke that which we would not normally experience, and thrillers are on the extreme end of this spectrum."