This October shops and houses are usually decorated with Halloween motifs, although Halloween is celebrated on October 31, the whole month is enjoyed to the fullest by fans of horror / horror movies and series. For this reason, it is not strange that studies and attempts to discover which are the most terrifying productions of these genres appear.
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The Blair Witch Project – 86%, a cult classic from 1999, responsible for popularizing the genre in the early years of the 21st century found-footage, has been named the scariest movie, according to an analysis of Beds Divans (via Movie Web) which was based on 50,000 reviews of Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the film and entertainment site with the most users on the web.
For this study, the 25 highest-grossing horror / horror films in history were analyzed, and the number of times that the words “scary” and “terrifying”, as well as their synonyms, were used in the reviews. After that analysis it was concluded that The Blair Witch Project was the winner of the first place, followed by Ring – 72%, The Exorcist – 87%, The spell – 86% e It (That) – 85%.
The Blair Witch Project was written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. It grossed nearly $ 250 million worldwide, with a budget of between $ 200,000 and $ 500,000, making it one of the most profitable films ever. The fact that it was presented as a true story (although it was not) perhaps greatly influenced the reception of the public, who remembered it as a phenomenon.
This is his synopsis:
On October 21, 1994, Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams entered a Maryland forest to shoot a documentary about a local legend, “The Blair Witch.” They were not heard from again. A year later, the camera they shot with was found, showing the terrifying events that led to their disappearance.
After The Blair Witch Project numerous movies appeared found-footage, some with excellent results and, to some extent, innovations for the genre, and others that were just a repetition of the same thing. The horror / horror genre was once again a surprise when in 2007 Blumhouse presented Paranormal activity – 83%, first in a saga about demonic possession. Other prominent examples of found-footage son Cloverfield: Monstruo – 77%, Trollhunter – 82% and [Rec] – 90%.
Beyond the genre that became popular thanks to The Blair Witch Project, its impact is undeniable, and it’s understandable why so many people rate it as the scariest thing they’ve ever seen. Fear of the paranormal and themes of witchcraft and mysticism continue to haunt the public even in this age of information and skepticism.
Another study, carried out by BroadbandChoices, he went much further, and since last year he presented a list of terrifying films, but they were not based on the reviews, but on a sample of 50 people; what they measured was the beats per minute, and the heart was racing especially with the tape Sinister – 63%, directed by Scott Derrickson, which is about mysterious murders of families that turn out to be connected to an ancient Babylonian deity.
In 2021, BroadbandChoices he carried out the study again with 250 people, but this time the scariest film was no longer Sinister, otherwise Host, of the type found-footage But now in Zoom calls, an ideal medium for communication in 2020, the year in which it was released. Second still stands Sinister.
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