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Science Reveals That These Are Officially the 20 Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Get ready for a horror marathon on Halloween.
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Halloween is just around the corner, and with quarantine keeping everyone indoors, we’ll have to celebrate at home—with the scariest movies in history. And we’re not talking about those cute horror films like Prom Night. That shit is for sissies, and if that’s your definition of horror, please close this tab.  

We’re talking about the bone-chilling, scream-inducing, worst of the worst (or best, if you see it that way).


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If you’re ready for your scheduled fright night, a recent study has officially declared a list of the 20 scariest movies ever made based on the heart rate of 50 people of different ages who were forced to watch 100 hours of horror. Talk about hazard pay.

According to the study, Scott Derrickson’s 2012 masterpiece Sinister was dubbed the scariest movie ever as viewers had an average heart rate of 86 BPM. In case you missed your health class, the normal heart rate should only be around 60. That’s a 32 percent jump, not considering that the highest BPM recorded during the study was 133 BPM at the biggest jump scare, which was in, naturally, Insidious.

The movies with the scariest jump scares, according to the heart rates of the 50 poor souls, were Insidious (133 BPM), Sinister (131 BPM), The Exorcist 3 (130 BPM), The Conjuring (129 BPM), and The Descent (122 BPM).

If you want to know what shows will get your heart rate just a second away from a heart attack, see the list below of science’s scariest movies ever.


The Top 10 Scariest Movies

1| Sinister
2| Insidious
3| The Conjuring
4| Hereditary 
5| Paranormal Activity
6| It Follows
7| The Conjuring 2
8| The Babadook
9| The Descent
10| The Visit

The Still Scientifically Scary

11| The Ring
12| A Quiet Place
13| A Nightmare on Elm Street (Of course it’s at #13. Of course.)
14| Halloween
15| The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
16| 28 Days Later
17| The Exorcist
18| Hush
19| It
20| Scream

The Best of the Rest

21| The Grudge
22|The Witch
23| The Blair Witch Project
24| Alien
25| The Thing
26| Poltergeist
27| Annabelle
28| Friday the 13th
29| The Orphanage
30| Dark Skies
31| Wolf Creek
32| The Omen
33| The Shining
34| Get Out
35| Audition

Start off your horror marathon strong. Here’s the trailer to Sinister:


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