Science Has Determined the 25 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time

Personally, I don't do scary movies. However, I know a lot of people do like them so if you are one of those here's a list of the scariest.....

For the second year in a row, the “Science of Scare” project has set out to scientifically prove which horror movie is truly the scariest of all time.

The team said, “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! We invited 250 ‘victims’ to watch 40 of world’s scariest horror movies, including new entries to the genre. We fitted our participants with heart rate monitors and invited them into our specially designed ‘screaming rooms’ to watch the movies over the course of several weeks, under medical and researcher supervision. We measured the average impact our shortlisted movies had on the heart rate (measured in BPM) of our subjects, compared to the average resting BPM of 64."

The Results: 

  • The best jump scare in horror history belongs to Insidious (133 BPM) with The Conjuring, Host, Sinister and A Quiet Place Part 2 also ranking highly
  • Modern horror movies performed better than classics, with just three films more than 20 years old, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) appearing in the top 20.
  • The Exorcist has officially fallen from the top 20 scariest films ever made.
  • 2016’s Terrified is the scariest foreign language horror film made, and the only foreign language movie to break the top 10

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