Which movie will get your pulse racing more than any other this Halloween? Turns out it’s 2012’s Sinister – more information here.

If you’re looking for a scary movie to thrill to this Halloween, science has kindly stepped in with its unassailable logic to help you avoid trawling streaming sites looking for the perfect horror flick. If you’re one of those fans of the genre who can sometimes be left underwhelmed, fear not, Broadbandchoices (panic not, this isn’t an ad, we just thought it was quite interesting) has conducted a highly scientific test to find which horror film is the most pulse-pounding of them all.

Using a control group of 50 individuals, each with a resting heat rate of 65, the participants watched hundreds of hours of horror films. Whilst 2010’s Insidious boasted the most heart-pumping jump scare (with pulses raising to an average of 133 beats per minute), the overall winner was 2012’s Sinister which boasted a 32% increase to 86 beats per minute across the span of the film, crowning it as the heart-raising champion of the genre.

Starring Ethan Hawke, Sinister is about a man trying to uncover why a family died in the home which he has moved into.

Also in the top five were Insidious, The Conjuring, Hereditary and Paranormal Activity.

May your beating heart be ready for them all.

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