Fans of horror films exhibit less psychological distress during COVID-19.
Fans of “prepper” films reported being more prepared for the pandemic.
Morbidly curious people exhibit greater positive resilience during COVID-19.
Morbidly curious people are more interested in pandemic films during the pandemic.
Speculative, and yes replication crisis, but consistent with my intuitions, and in any case a question worthy of further study. Here is the full paper, by Coltan Scrivner, et.al., via the excellent Kevin Lewis.