Not so long ago we chose for you our top ten Halloween movies and today, on the holiday of ghosts, we have prepared a list of the scariest horror movies ever. This is not just a ranking, but a scientifically motivated list.
As part of the “Science of Scare” project, the “Broadband Choices” portal has teamed up with a group of movie buffs. They were “served” dozens of scares – titles commonly regarded as scary. During the screening, the heart rate of subsequent viewers was measured. Items with the highest BPM took the best places in the ranking. Here they are!
The Scariest Horror Movies – Top 10
A crime writer discovers videotapes of brutal crimes in the attic of his new home. He launches his own investigation into the case – and you can be sure it won’t lead him to anything good. The film was one of the first big successes of Blumhouse studio – after it was made, Jason Blum’s label reached the top of Hollywood Olympus.
A paranormal horror about a married couple who are haunted by a demonic entity inhabiting an alternate, astral reality. The film is reminiscent of a ride through a haunted house, with ghastly surprises lurking for viewers around every corner. The film is full of sinister atmosphere, and the scenes of nighttime apparitions in the Lambert mansion will scare the bravest of the brave.
“It follows” (2014)
Sex – it turns out that sometimes even it can be scary. In the film, a cursed “virus” is transmitted through sex. After intercourse with an unsuitable partner, Jay (Maika Monroe) begins to be haunted by horrible creatures – potentially not coming from our world. The picture was a great success artistically, and moreover, it made the hair of many a spectator in the cinema hall stand on end.
World’s Scariest Horror Movie – Candidates for the title
“Paranormal Activity” (2007)
A found footage horror film that breathed new life into a convention popularized by the “Blair Witch Project.” And attracted hundreds of imitators. It’s best to watch this film in the middle of the night, in an empty apartment and with the lights off – it will enrich the effectiveness of “Paranormal Activity”. Recently, a reboot of the series was released on the streaming service Paramout+, with the subtitle “Next of Kin”.
A film about an inherited tragedy and a curse sucked from the mother’s milk. A superb performance by Toni Collette in the role of her life and a wild finale that will leave no one indifferent. “Hereditary” started the fashion for horror films from the A24 label, and from the director Ari Aster it made an idol of cinema-goers.
“The Conjuring” (2013)
Audiences who loved “The Marked” series will surely “enjoy” this title as well. What can I say: James Wan does not make the most original horror movies, but he knows his job. Technically the film looks great, the possession of the characters is really disturbing, and the scene with clapping hands in the basement – the less we write about it, the better for you. Brrr…
The scariest horror movies – perfect for Halloween night
A horror film made using the currently fashionable Screenlife technology. Scary because it’s based on social unrest – the film was shot remotely in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic (the first wave of cases). It’s a horror movie about isolation, a sense of alienation and uncertainty about the future. The director made the audience afraid of their homes – the moment they couldn’t leave them. Brilliant.
“A Quiet Place 2” (2020)
The sequel to the blockbuster movie starring Emily Blunt. Inspired by “Alien: The Final Battle”, “Jaws” and even… “Jurassic Park”. Once again Krasinski proves that he is not only great in front of the camera but also behind it.
“Aterrados / Terrified” (2017)
A chilling paranormal horror film about the ghostly goings-on in a Buenos Aires neighborhood. Strong gore effects, and even better characterization of the titular night creatures. A must-see for fans of James Wan’s productions.
“The Conjuring 2” (2016)
Speaking of Wan, “The Conjuring 2” also deserved a mention. The film proved that the sequel does not always have to turn out to be weaker than the “one” – in this case, the second installment of the series is as impressive as the previous one. Or maybe even better?