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A 2020 horror film has been crowned the scariest horror movie of all time.
You can watch the trailer for last year's Covid-19 chiller Host below:
The movie's synopsis is listed as: "While under quarantine due to Covid-19, a group of friends have decided to hold weekly Zoom calls to stay in touch. For this week's call Haley has hired a medium, Seylan, to lead them in a séance.
"One friend, Teddy, intentionally leaves the chat because his girlfriend, Jinny, keeps interrupting. During the séance one of the members, Jemma, claims to have made contact with a friend who committed suicide, Jack, only to later admit that she lied after Seylan drops out of the call.
"The remaining people begin to experience strange, terrifying phenomena; Emma's glass breaks, Haley's chair is pulled by an unseen force, and Caroline sees a hanging corpse in her attic."
The whole movie is shot as if you're watching it on a computer screen, which is how a lot of us have communicated with friends during lockdowns in the past 18 months.
The Science of Scare Project discovered this was the scariest film after doing a fun little study that compared some of the most hair-raising movies of all time.
They invited 250 'victims' to watch 40 of the 'world's scariest' horror movies.
During this movie marathon, they were 'fitted with heart rate monitors and invited into our specially designed screaming rooms to watch the movies over the course of several weeks, under medical and researcher supervision'.
While watching Host, viewers' heart rates increased from an average resting rate of 64bpm to 88bpm.
The scariest scenes in director Rob Savage's flick caused viewers' heart rates to skyrocket to 130bpm, the equivalent of going for a jog.
Host has dethroned Sinister from the top spot, which it earned during a similar study last year, with the latter scoring an average of 86bpm during the film.
Following those two movies on the list is Insidious (85bpm), then The Conjuring (84bpm), Hereditary (82bpm), Terrified (82bpm), It Follows (81bpm), A Quiet Place Part 2 (80bpm), Paranormal Activity (80bpm) and The Conjuring 2 (79bpm).
Interestingly, it looks like viewers find more recent films scarier compared to the classic horror flicks, with A Nightmare on Elm Street (77bpm) and Halloween (77bpm) ranking at 16th and 17th respectively.
So, if you haven't seen Host, then you better jump on it and hope it's not too scary.