Thompson, P. G., & C. O’Neal, E. (1987). Anger, anticipated opportunity to retaliate, and interest in video violence. Journal of Social Psychology, 127 (5), 517-525.

Abstract:  Investigated the effects of anger and of the expectation of the opportunity to retaliate on the preference for watching video violence, using 60 male undergraduates. Half of the Ss were angered by an experimenter, and half were not; half anticipated an opportunity to evaluate this experimenter, and half did not. Following these manipulations, all Ss rated brief descriptions of 8 video segments; 2 were violent, and 2 each were mildly erotic, humorous, and neutral. Angered Ss rated aggressive segments lower than did Ss who were not angered. No correlations were found between preference of material and hostility as measured but the Buss-Durkee Hostility-Guilt Inventory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)