Scariest Horror Movies Ranked By Average Heart Rate


It's the spooky season and we're probably all watching a little more horror than usual. If you're looking for a definitive list of movies that deliver the biggest scares, this story may be helpful.

According to NME, a recent study attempted to rank the scariest horror films of all time by monitoring viewers’ average heart rates. They showed more than 50 participants over 1,000 hours of horror movies and narrowed the field to the 35 films that delivered the greatest heart rate increases. 2012's Sinister landed in the top spot. Audience members watching the Ethan Hawke-starring supernatural thriller experienced, on average, a 32% heart rate increase.

Here's how the rest of the list shook out:

  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
  11. The Ring
  12. A Quiet Place
  13. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  14. Halloween
  15. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  16. 28 Days Later
  17. The Exorcist
  18. Hush
  19. It
  20. Scream
  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

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