Science has reigned a new champion as the scariest movie. I think we can all agree that 2020 and 2021 as a whole have been the scariest things we've ever experienced. However, scientists have determined that scary movies are still a great way to get your heart racing.

Last year that this same study was done, "Sinister" was the number one scary movie. This year, it's moved to number two on the list. We discussed this briefly on the Morning Show, and as the resident horror movie lover, I have to admit that I did find the new champion quite scary!

For this study, The Science of Scare project tracked heart rates of 250 people as they watched 40 of the scariest movies. Participants were fitted with heart rate monitors as they settled in to watch these scary movies- they then measured the average impact the movies had on their heart rates compared to the average resting heart rate.

The number one movie this year? A Shudder exclusive: "Host" that was filmed during the pandemic. The Science of Scare project details:

“Despite being shot in just 12 weeks and entirely through Zoom video conferencing, Host terrified our audiences in its short 56 minute runtime, increasing heart rates by an average of 24 BPM and pushing Sinister to second place.”

"Host" came in with a BPM of 88- and saw the highest spike of 130 BPM. Check out the trailer below:

"Sinister" cam in second with 86 BPM.

The rest of the top ten includes:

  • Insidious
  • The Conjuring
  • Hereditary
  • Terrified
  • It Follows
  • A Quiet Place Part 2
  • Paranormal Activity
  • The Conjuring 2

You can check out the entire list here.

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