The description reads as follows: “Whether it’s zombies, ghosts or anything else that goes ‘bump in the night’, is there anything better than a good horror movie? But of the hundreds of horror flicks, which is the ultimate ‘king of fright night’? Our scientific study tracked heart rates throughout some of the world’s most iconic horror films, to study the science of scary, and find the undisputed scariest horror film of all time!”
The study measured the heart rates of 50 people of different ages while watching more than 120 hours of horror movies available on platforms.
The selection on which the experiment was made consists of 50 horror films chosen by critics and reddit. “Watching each movie in 5.1 surround sound, our panel of 50 people consumed over 120 hours of the best horror movies, each fitted with a heart rate monitor to measure which movies got their blood pumping the most to find the ultimate horror movie and crown the king of fright night.”, they explained.
The ultimate horror movie was determined to be Sinister by Scott Derrickson because is packed with scares, twists, jumps, creepy kids and bad decisions which kept test subjects’ hearts poundin throughout the whole movie.
They also found out that Insidious (2010), the Conjuring (2013), Hereditary (2018) and Paranormal Activity (2007) are part of the top five of the most scariest movies as well as they released a list of 30 movies more and which place they obtained according to the results.
Furthermore, they also discovered that the top 5 of the biggest jump scares by heart rate are Insidious, Sinister, The Exorcist 3, The Conjuring and The Descent.
You can read the rest of the study and the results in their website.
What do you think about these results? Do you agree?