Tis the season for wanting to be scared. I’m not a big horror movie guy, but once the month of October enters its second week, this changes. No one likes to be scared for real. Fear is an emotion that everyone wants to avoid. However, being scared when you KNOW “it’s just a movie?” I think everyone deep down likes a good fright. That leads to the next question: what scary horror movies just get it done?
That’s where The Science of Scare comes in. They decided to get all technical in determining. what movies are the scariest? Here’s what they did. Imagine sitting down to watch a movie with a heart rate monitor attached to you. That’s what 250 test subjects volunteered to do. The science geeks then measured what scary movies impacted the subject’s heart rates most. This was done on two fronts. First, there was the overall beats per minute (BPM). The greater the spikes in heart rate, the more scares the movie has that gets the blood pumping.
Wait, next up on the measuring stick was the heart rate variance (HRV). This is the time between each heartbeat. Apparently, this data was used to figure how stressed out the test subjects got while watching a film. making it “a good indicator of slow burn fear and dread.”
Almost done. These two are then combined by The Science of Scare to compute a “Scare Score.” The highest possible score is 100. Look don’t get me wrong here. I dig the science behind all this, but I don’t need heart monitors to tell me what the scariest movies are. I use my “Eyeball Test.” Also, I think there’s a big difference between watching a scary movie at home by yourself or with a few people and the communal experience of a theater.
Anyway, I’m gonna give you what The Science of Scare says are the scariest movies, and then I’m gonna tell you what REALLY the scariest movies are. So, let’s go.