According to a research study, Sinister from 2012 is the scariest film ever made.
This is Empirical Evidence.
Scary has many different definitions that vary from person to person. While some people like the more overt horrors in films like The Conjuring or Insidious, others are more frightened by the slow-burning, gets-under-your-skin terror found in Midsommar.
Forbes reports that a broadbandchoices scientific investigation found that Sinister is the scariest movie ever.
In order to save people time from having to sift through thousands of videos on streaming sites like Amazon, Netflix, and Shudder, Daniel Clifford, the study’s creator, claimed that the Science of Scare study was created since more people than ever will be spending Halloween at home.
While participants watched more than 100 hours of terrifying movies, the study monitored the resting heart rates of 50 people of all ages. After all was said and done, the study came up with a ranking of the 35 spookiest movies, with Sinister coming in first.
The 50 people had an average resting heart rate of 65 beats per minute. That average increased to 86 BPM during Sinister, a 32% increase.
The average BPM increased more than in any other film. However, 2010’s Insidious was named the king of the jump scare since it contained a specific fright that caused the average heart rate to increase to 133.
The jump scare in this particular movie was unmatched. Insidious came in second overall, trailing Sinister.
The Conjuring, Hereditary, Paranormal Activity, and It Follows made up the remaining top 10, with The Conjuring coming in third, fourth, and sixth, respectively. The Babadook, The Descent, and The Visit were ranked eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively, while The Conjuring 2 came in seventh.
If you haven’t watched Sinister, it’s a horror film starring Ethan Hawke as a journalist who investigates the circumstances surrounding a family’s odd death in his new house.