Science decides that the scariest movie of all time has reclaimed its throne

It goes without saying that taste and personal preference are entirely subjective, and when it comes to horror, there are just as many people actively shitting themselves over a particular film as there are those sitting there with a straight face. However, if you ask science, then Scary is the scariest one ever made.

The annual Science of fear The study has been running for four years now and offers a fascinating way to determine which trait can be statistically proven to be the granddaddy of creepiness. The experiment went even deeper: The new scoring system combines heart rate per minute, heart rate variance per millisecond, and then the average score. Funnily enough, the study points this out Shrek as a sample only achieved 3 out of 100 points.

Mr. Boogie from Sinister
Image via Blumhouse

He was the reigning champion but was ousted by Rob Savage’s phenomenal success hostScott Derrickson’s supernatural terror has reclaimed the throne after overtaking its usurper, landing a 96 to the Zoom-tastic nightmare’s 95. The director was clearly happy that his breakthrough film is back at the top.

Skinamarink is the highest-rated new entry on the list, having landed in third place with a 91/100 rating for creepiness, which is likely to raise eyebrows given the overall polarizing nature of the found footage sensation.

host‘s run at the top was brief, but for a 56-minute exercise in efficiency that boasts a near-perfect 99 percent Rotten Tomatoes approval rating, falling to second place behind Sinister is hardly a wooden spoon price.

Lindsay Lowe

Lindsay Lowe is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Lindsay Lowe joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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