A Good Scare

by | Oct 24, 2020


It’s the season of scary movies, but which one will give you the biggest jump?

For the first time, we might have a science-based answer to “What is the scariest movie of all time?” Broadband Choices, a comparison tool for broadband deals, conducted the study that tracked the heart rates of 50 people of various ages who watched over 100 hours of the highest-rated horror movies of all time.

For the study, each member was fitted with a heart rate monitor to see how much their heart rates rose during a film. Then, the data from each person was compared to the group.

So, which movie came out on top? According to heart rates, it was the 2012 movie “Sinister” starring Ethan Hawke as a true crime writer investigating a string of family murders.

During this movie, the average heart rate rose to 86 beats per minute—the highest of any movie.

As for the classics such as the “Exorcist” and “Nightmare on Elm Street”? They didn’t deliver the most scares, but people agreed they were the better movies.

Brian Banmiller

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