After conducting a survey amongst 10k customers to find out what they thought were the most frightening movies Play.com then fitted heart rate monitors to cinema-goers to discover which scene in these movies caused the biggest spike in their heart rate.
The Top 10 Scariest Movies are pretty much what most movie fans would expect with appearances for classics such as The Exorcist, A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Silence Of The Lambs. However it is director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Shining which comes out on top as the scariest movie based on the reactions of cinema audiences.
The overall scariest movie scene turns out to be where Jack Nicholson’s character Jack Torrance utters that classic horror film line “Here’s Johnny” as he smashes down a door with an axe.
For several very scary scenes you may wish to pick A Nightmare On Elm Street or The Exorcist for your horror movie night in as they have a number of heart rate raising scenes which bring the average increase in heart rate to 25.9% for both of these movies compared to the average increase of 23.3% for those watching all of The Shining.
If you are planning a Scary Movie Marathon weekend sometime here is the full Top 10 list of the Scariest Movies of All-Time as voted for by Play.com customers:
- The Shining (1980)
- The Exorcist (1973)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Ring (1998)
- Alien (1979)
- The Silence Of The Lambs (1990)
- Poltergeist (1982)
- Insidious (2010)
- Halloween (1978)
- Saw (2004)
As can be seen from this list most of the top horror films of all-time come from the 70s and 80s with only 2010’s tale of the paranormal and possession, Insidious, being made in recent years.