On Sunday night in Nanjing, police talked down a young man who was threatening to jump off a downtown plaza. When asked why he wanted to kill himself, he said it was because he was scared after watching horror films.
China News reports that the man, surnamed Chen, is a 28 year old from Anhui. According to witnesses, he had attempted suicide a number of times, by cutting his wrists and overdosing on pills. Both times his life was saved by hospital staff.
Chen reportedly began seeing ghosts after watching several horror films, the terror drove him to want to kill himself.
Police persuaded Chen to come down from the roof by telling him to take into account the feelings of his family. Chen was eventually released into the custody of his parents.