There’s no better time to discuss the horror genre than during the month of October. After all, it is the month of Halloween – and most people, including horror fans, are using the opportunity to binge watch copius amounts of horror movies. But what if you’re eager to watch some of the scariest movies ever made? How could you decide what that list would consist of? Well, a new infographic has been made – one that’s designed to gather the “top 20 scientifically scary movies.”
The infographic was created by Broadband Choices, and it’s appropriately titled “The Science of Scare.” It seems they subjected a panel of 50 people to over 120 hours worth of horror movies, all in an effort to decide which were the scariest. Each individual had a heart rate monitor, and this monitor determined which movies got the audiences’ blood pumping the most. As explained:
“Is there anything better than a night in with the lights off and a truly terrifying movie that gets your heart pounding? We don’t think so. That’s why we’ve explored the science of the scare, with our experiment to categorically find the scariest films for your scary movie night. Our team studied critic’s lists and Reddit recommendations to curate 50 of the best horror films ever made, before subjecting them to our test subjects.”
The outlet further explained the experiment that featured over 120 hours featuring some of the allegedly scariest films ever made:
“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.”
Interestingly, the number one film to make it to the top of the experiment is the movie Sinister. The other nine titles in the top ten “scientifically scary movies” include Insidious, The Conjuring, Hereditary, Paranormal Activity, It Follows, The Conjuring 2, The Babadook, The Descent, and The Visit.
It’s an interesting list and experiment, and one which you can see the other results from the below infographic: