Bandy Has Been Busy This October Watching Too Many Scary Movies

October 29, 2020
Bandy Has Been Watching Too Many Scary Movies This October

"When did I get to the point in my life where horror movies no longer make me flinch or even creeped out? Instead they just annoy me at all the stupid life choices these people, both victims and bad guys have made #crankyoldman problems."

This was a Facebook post I made back at the beginning of October. I set out on a quest to find the best, scariest movies that would actually creep me out. I found my favorite Top 5, but they are the Top 5 mostly because they didn't flat out annoy me as I was watching them, not the fact that I was scared.

We recently talked about a study on The Matt and Ramona Show that was done where they took the Top 50 Highest Rated Horror Movies on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, and set people down with a heart monitor to detect how fast their heart was beating per minute to rank the scariest movies of all-time.

I completely agree with the top 3 in this study and I would add, not for the scare factor, but the creepy factor, The Houses October Built, Hell House, and Grave Encounters to my Top 5 favorite scary movies of the more than 75 I have watched this October. 

The study determined that "Sinister" from 2012 is the scariest horror movie of all time. "Sinister" stars ETHAN HAWKE as a true crime writer who moves into a house where a family was murdered and stuff happens. .

"Insidious" came in second.  The test subjects reacted to both of the top movies with an average heart rate of 86 beats per minute.  "Sinister" won for keeping their hearts pounding for the entire movie, while "Insidious" got the biggest jump scare.

 Here are the Top 20 scariest movies, and the average heart rates they generated: 


1.  (tie) "Sinister" and "Insidious", 86 beats per minute.


3.  "The Conjuring",  85 bpm.


4.  "Hereditary",  83 bpm.


5.  "Paranormal Activity",  82 bpm.


6.  "It Follows",  81 bpm.


7.  (tie) "The Conjuring 2" and "The Babadook",  80 bpm.


9.  (tie) "The Descent", "The Visit", and "The Ring",  79 bpm.


12.  (tie) "A Quiet Place" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street",  78 bpm.


14.  (tie) "Halloween", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "28 Days Later", and "The Exorcist",  77 bpm.


18.  "Hush", 76 bpm.


19.  "It", 75 bpm.


20.  "Scream", 73 bpm.

 It's interesting to me that everything in the Top 10 came out within the last 20 years.  THEN you start seeing more classic stuff....

 It's kind of amazing that legendary flicks like "Halloween", "Chainsaw", and "The Exorcist" don't even make the Top 10, but tastes change.  I mean, people were terrified of the old "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" movies when they first came out in the '30s and '40s.

 Some other classic movies that appear further down the list include "The Omen", "The Shining", "Alien", "The Thing", and "Friday the 13th". 

Whatever your tastes in horror or scary movies may be, it's a nice escape from the real world scary problems that we all face on a day to day basis...So sit down, grab some popcorn, put on a scary movie, and have a very SAFE and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!