The debate could rage on forever when it comes to determining what is the scariest movie ever made. I myself have a few favorites that I’ve seen a ton of times and they still make me pull the covers over my eyes and plug my ears in certain scenes. Now science has decided to get involved in determining what movie truly 'physically' scares us the most.

Believe it or not there was recently a scientific study done to determine what movie scares us the most, and be honest I can’t really argue with it.

The "Science of Scare Project" was a study conducted by Broadband Choices. Basically they gathered  50 people for the study, of different ages, and had them watch 120 hours of scary movies. During that time they tracked their heart rates. From that data they were able to narrow it down to what they consider, based on scientific numbers, the 35 most terrifying films that leave us scared of the dark and sleeping with the lights on.

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Once taking a look at how much the participant's heart rate rose above their resting heart rates during a particular scary movie, the study gave top kudos to a movie I personally can say I have a tough time watching, but it may actually surprise some.

The 2012 film Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Scott Derrickson,  took top honors. The study showed that the heart rate of viewers rose to 86 BPM, which is a 32% increase. Trust me...mine for sure did the first time I saw the film. Sinister was closely followed by Insidious, The Conjuring, Hereditary, and Paranormal Activity to round out the top 5.( You can see the full study list below)

The creator of the study says the date may help people enjoy the new type of Halloween this year. Daniel Clifford, who created the study, told Forbes, "with more people than ever facing a Halloween at home, our Science of Scare study was designed to help people find the most scientifically scary films ever made, to save them the time of searching through thousands of titles across streaming services like Amazon, Netflix and Shudder.”

Photo: Broadband Choices
Photo: Broadband Choices

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