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These Are The Scariest Movies Of All Time, According To Science

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The title of the scariest movie of all time is a tricky one. Almost everyone you ask will have a different answer. Some believe it’s the Oscar winner The Exorcist, while some name more modern horror films as Conspiracy or It follows. But a recent study determined which movie has the title of the scariest movie of all time, from a scientific standpoint.

According to Forbes, a scientific study conducted by Broadbandchoices, measured the resting heart rate of 50 people of different ages while watching over 100 hours of horror movies. The study collected 35 of the scariest movies ever made, along with those from 2012 Sinister take the first place. Hence, officially making it the scariest movie of all time, according to the study.

Sinister stars Ethan Hawke in the lead role, who discovers several 8mm home movies in the attic of his new home depicting gruesome murders, including one in his new home. The discovery puts his whole family in danger. The cast also includes Juliet Rylance and Clare Foley.

A picture of The Exorcist

“With more people than ever facing a Halloween at home, our Science of Scare study was designed to help people find the scariest scientifically scary movies ever made, so they don’t have to search through thousands of titles on streaming services like Amazon, Netflix, and Shudder, ”said Daniel Clifford, creator of the study.

The average resting heart rate of the 50 individuals was 65 BPM, but for Sinister, this average BPM increased by 32% to 86 BPM. While Sinister took first place, the 2010s Insidious caused the highest heart jump recorded at 133 BPM, making it the king of jump fears and sits in second place.

The top 10 saws Conspiracy came third, Hereditary in fourth, Paranormal activity in fifth, and It follows in sixth. The Conjuring 2 won seventh place while The Babadook, Lowering, and Visit were crowned eight, ninth and tenth respectively.

Take a look at the full list below:

(Image credit: Science of Scare Project by WIDE BAND CHOICE)

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