Experts reveal the most heart-racing horrors to binge-watch this Halloween

HALLOWEEN is just around the corner and while there might not be as many fancy dress parties to go to this year, there are plenty of horror films to binge on.

But with so many films in the horror genre to choose from, which ones are the scariest of them all to put at the top of the list?

Well the experts at have done the hardwork for you and quantified the most frightening flicks that are likely to give people the chills this month. 

To do that, asked 150 brave souls to watch each of the selected films for the first time, while wearing a heart rate tracker to monitor their pulse.

The films were selected via a survey of 2,542 “gorehounds” who were asked to name the top 10 scariest horror films of all time.

The experts found the most heart racing horror film is Hereditary, making pulses rise to an average of 115 BPM – a significant jump compared to the average resting heart (60 – 100 BPM).

Hereditary stars Toni Collette and is a relative newcomer to the horror genre, having been released in 2018.

The volunteers reported that although there aren’t too many explicitly terrifying moments in the movie, the pervasively sinister and dark atmosphere of the film proved enough to make hairs stand up throughout.

In second place comes Saw. Although released 16 years ago, the first film of the iconic horror franchise raised heart rates to an average 113 BPM.

Participants described the torture scenes in the film as "harrowing" and "disturbing", making them scared of the serial killer Jigsaw even after the movie ended.

The acclaimed Australian film by the female director Jennifer Kent, The Babadook, ranks in third place with Insidious in fourth.

Fifth place went to A Quiet Place starring Emily Blunt, and sixth scariest was The Descent.

Meanwhile Us was seventh, IT was eighth, and The Conjuring 2 was ninth.

The 1973 horror classic The Exorcist rounds off the top 10. Based on a true story, this film made the heartbeat of brave viewers jump to an average of 96 BPM.

Iconic scenes like the possessed 12-year-old girl levitating and spinning her head seem to still shock people to the core.

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