Looking for the perfect film to get you in a spooky mood?
You may not be able to go trick or treating as usual this Halloween, but nothing is stopping you from watching a terrifying horror film.
With so many nerve-shredding films out there to watch, it can be hard to know which ones will give you the most jump scares.
Luckily, you don’t have to search around to find a film that will get your heart racing.
Experts in the art of measurement, GIGACalculator.com have quantified the most frightening flicks that are likely to give people the chills.
150 brave souls were asked to watch a selection of scary films for the first time, while wearing a heart rate tracker to monitor their pulse.
The films were selected through a survey of 2,542 people who were asked to name their top 10 scariest horror films of all time.
The scariest film, which is guaranteed to get your heart racing – is Hereditary.
Those who watched this film has an average BPM of 115 – a significant jump compared to the average resting heart rate of 60-100BPM.
The iconic horror franchise Saw comes in second at 113 BMP, with participants describing it as “harrowing” and “disturbing”.
In third place comes the acclaimed Australian film by the female director Jennifer Kent, The Babadook, with an average BPM of 110.
The 1973 horror classic The Exorcist rounds off the top 10, with an average of 96 BPM.
You can see the full list in the image below.
Lee Chambers, Psychologist and Wellbeing Consultant, said: “As human beings, there are a wide range of reasons we enjoy watching horror films.
“First, it’s a form of entertainment. Our desire to seek sensations and avoid boredom draw us to a type of movie where something gruesome could happen any minute.”
He added: “There is also the understanding of limits of our own emotions, in the comfort of our own homes or cinema.
“You can be terrified but still be safe, you can even hide behind the sofa if it’s too much. This emotional regulation activation is powerful, and it allows us to test our fear and anxiety in a controlled environment.”