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According To Science, These Are Officially The 20 Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Get ready for a horror marathon on Halloween.
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Sinister/Summit Entertainment, The Ring/Dreamworks Pictures

Halloween is just around the corner, and with quarantine keeping everyone indoors, we'll have to celebrate at home—with the scariest movies in history. And we're not talking about those cute horror films like Prom Night. We're talking about the bone-chilling, scream-inducing, worst of the worst (or best, if you see it that way).


If you're ready for your scheduled fright night, a recent study has officially declared a list of the 20 scariest movies ever made based on the heart rate of 50 people of different ages who were forced to watch 100 hours of horror. Talk about hazard pay.

According to the study, Scott Derrickson's 2012 masterpiece Sinister was dubbed the scariest movie ever as viewers had an average heart rate of 86 BPM. In case you missed your health class, the normal heart rate should only be around 60. That's a 32 percent jump, not considering that the highest BPM recorded during the study was 133 BPM at the biggest jump scare, which was in, naturally, Insidious.

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The movies with the scariest jump scares, according to the heart rates of the 50 poor souls, were Insidious (133 BPM), Sinister (131 BPM), The Exorcist 3 (130 BPM), The Conjuring (129 BPM), and The Descent (122 BPM).

If you want to know what shows will get your heart rate just a second away from a heart attack, see the list below of science's scariest movies ever.

The Top 10 Scariest Movies

1. Sinister

2. Insidious

3. The Conjuring

4. Hereditary

5. Paranormal Activity

6. It Follows

7. The Conjuring 2

8. The Babadook

9. The Descent

10. The Visit

The Still Scientifically Scary

11. The Ring

12. A Quiet Place

13. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Of course it's at #13. Of course.)

14. Halloween

15. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

16. 28 Days Later

17. The Exorcist

18. Hush

19. It

20. Scream

The Best of the Rest

21. The Grudge

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22. The Witch

23. The Blair Witch Project

24. Alien

25. The Thing

26. Poltergeist

27. Annabelle

28. Friday the 13th

29. The Orphanage

30. Dark Skies

31. Wolf Creek

32. The Omen

33. The Shining

34. Get Out

35. Audition


Start off your horror marathon strong. Here's the trailer to Sinister:

Sinister Official Trailer #1 (2012)