The Science of Scare Project Ranks 10 Scariest Horror Films Based on Heart Rate

by admin October 21, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Science may be failing horror movie fans as a new study claims to have found the scariest movie of all time, and it is not of “The Exorcist” or “Nosferatu.” In fact, it is the film, “Sinister,” which is a film not-so popular among horror fans.

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Scariest Horror Film – The scientific take?

“The Science of Scare Project” was a study done by, which claims to be “the mobile, TV and internet experts.” In its journey to find the scariest horror film, 50 people spent more than 120 hours of watching 50 of the top horror movies of all time based on critics’ reviews. Throughout the experience, participants’ heart rates were monitored.

After finishing all the films, participants had the highest heart rates after watching Sinister reaching 86 BPM, which is far from the average of 65. The movie showed how Ethan Hawke and his family’s experience as they moved into a house where a long-haired demon called “Bughul” would lead to series of murders. Back in 2012, the film only got average mixed reviews, so this may surprise most horror fans.

While watchers’ heart rate peaked at 131 BPM while viewing “Sinister,” it was the 2010 supernatural movie Insidious, which got the best jump scare as heart rate of participants skyrocketed to 133 BPM at one point. Insidious is another mediocre film which received mixed reviews from critics ranked second as average heart rate reached 85 BPM.


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Broadbandchoices did not provide the complete list of the 50 movies they reviewed. Nevertheless, here are the other movies that complete the top 10 list, including the respective average heart rate they received BPM were the following:

3. The Conjuring – 84 BPM

4. Hereditary – 83 BPM

5. Paranormal Activity – 82 BPM

6. It Follows – 81 BPM

7. The Conjuring 2 – 80 BPM

8. The Babadook – 80 BPM

9. The Descent – 79 BPM

10. The Visit – 79 BPM

While the study is interesting and included really scary movies on this list, the methodology used is questionable as it does not seem to reflect the true sense of what “scary movie” is. There is indeed more than loud noises, jump scares, and a pumping heartbeat in a horror film.