Perhaps one of the most popular questions during Halloween is: what is the scariest horror movie we should watch on this occasion? Which movie will make us feel horrified?. According to a new study, Sinister 2012 is the perfect answer to the above questions. This is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson. The film star Ethan Hawke played as the main character alongside a series of other actors such as Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Thompson and Vincent D'Onofrio.

The study comes from "Science of Scare Project" by Broadbandchoices, which involved 50 people watching horror movies for 120 hours. At the same time each person will be equipped with a heart rate monitor to measure which movies will make their hearts of those tested beat the fastest. Sinister was the movie that delivered the best results, with an average heart rate of 86bpm throughout the movie, a 32% increase from a resting rate of 65bpm. Its transitions as well as its moments of terror also produced a spike of 131bpm.

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Ethan Hawke played as a true-crime writer Ellison Oswald in the movie

The research team selected the 50 highest-rated movies according to outlets like Reddit, Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDB. Each movie will be shown with 5.1 surround sound quality, the test group of 50 people spent more than 120 hours watching horror movies, each equipped with a heart rate monitor to measure which movie makes their heart rate fluctuate the most.

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Final results

Next on the list, Insidious and The Conjuring came second and third, with Hereditary and Paranormal Activity at fourth and fifth, respectively. Other films in order from 6 to 10 are It Follows, The Conjuring 2, The Babadook, The Descent and The Visit (cut version). When it comes to fear level and the greatest heart rate fluctuation, Insidious topped with a spike of 133bpm, followed by Sinister and The Exorcist 3.

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