A scientific study named Science of Scare, which was carried out by the consulting firm Broadband Choice from the United Kingdom, determined the top 10 of the best horror movies. In that sense, the investigation chose as the most terrifying film to the low-cost production Host, which is available at Netflix.
The scientific study tracked the heart rate in some of the most iconic horror films in the world, to study the science of horror and find the film of this genre that is, hands down, the scariest of all time.
The first edition of the project in 2020 appointed Sinister (2012) like the scariest movie of all time. For the 2021 edition, the scientists invited 250 “Victims” to see the 40 most terrifying horror movies in the world, including new ones and recommended in the last 18 months by a group of critics and other users of the social network Reddit.
According to the official site of Broadband Choice, once the 40 titles were preselected, equipped the experiment participants with heart rate monitors and invited them to rooms they named “Shouting rooms”; They were specially designed to watch the films for several weeks, under the supervision of a doctor and a researcher, in addition to having the protocols to avoid contagion of Covid-19.
The participants watched the movies, while the medical devices recorded their heart rate (measured in beats per minute) and compared it to the average value of a normal heart of around 64 beats per minute.
As a result, the 2021 Science of Scare Project awarded Rob Savage’s Host movie, which was released in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the best horror movie of all time.
Host: a low-budget horror movie that started out as a Twitter viral
Host was filmed in just 12 weeks entirely via Zoom video conferencing. Despite the fact that the film only lasts 56 minutes, it managed to increase the heart rate by an average of 24 beats per minute and thus, terrified all the spectators.
The film was directed by the British director Rob Savage and it started as a 2-minute parody that went viral on Twitter, before becoming a 56-minute feature film in just 12 weeks.
In his plot, Host tells the story of a group of friends who participate in a virtual session during one of his usual videos to catch up on the pandemic. According to critics, the film created a sub-genre within scary cinema that they called “terror de video chat”.
The ranking of the best horror movies
- Sinister (Siniestro)
- Insidious (The Night of the Demon)
- The Conjuring
- Terrified (Aterrados)
- It Follows
- A Quiet Place Part 2 (A Quiet Place – Part 2)
- Paranormal Activity
- The Conjuring 2