Why do people enjoy watching torture?

The thing that makes me the most disgusted is the torture of an animal or human being. Most people I know don't mind watching movies that focus on torture, like Hostel. And lately it seems that torture scenes have been slipping into the mainstream more frequently. I would really like to be educated as to why... show more The thing that makes me the most disgusted is the torture of an animal or human being. Most people I know don't mind watching movies that focus on torture, like Hostel. And lately it seems that torture scenes have been slipping into the mainstream more frequently. I would really like to be educated as to why people don't mind watching it, or whether you want to comment on why you don't like to watch it. Comments are good. I just never understood why people would want to hurt another human being or animal. Racism, sexism, animal degradation.. it just doesn't sit right with me at all. I would just like to know what everyone thinks about it. Please, fill me in.
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