Sinister 2. Photo: Automatic Ent / Blumhouse Pro / Ent One / Im Global / Tank Caterpill
Will be The Exorcist? ¿The glow? ¿Nosferatu? ¿The house with the laughing windows? No. Apparently the winning film is – I put my glasses on and read, frowning and confused, the answer – Sinister from 2012, a movie in which Ethan Hawke’s character deliberately takes his family into a house where there have been a series of horrific murders – typically, come on – and raises the wrath of a long-haired demon named “Bughuul,” That looks like something out of the band Slipknot.
Few horror movie fans will tell you that Sinister It is the scariest movie of all time. According to Metracritic, it was met with “mixed or mediocre opinions” when it was released: many people thought it was well executed, although somewhat lacking in inspiration and sentiment, but it also received fierce reviews. “Sinister brings basically everything hateful about modern horror in one package, a disastrous display of scares and noises, predictable ‘surprises’ and the terrible iron blow of inevitability from walking one clumsy foot in front of the other, advancing to an ending that comes too late”, said an irate critic. Daniel Edelstine de Vulture wrote: “Sinister he has achieved something that I thought was impossible: he has made this horror movie geek abhor them. “
So how was this strange conclusion reached? The study, which was carried out by BroadbandChoices – I suppose it will be an established scientific institution associated with Yale or something like that – involved 50 people who were asked to watch more than 100 hours of horror movies while monitoring their rhythm. cardiac. Sinister was the film that accelerated the heart rate of the participants the most: the average beats per minute were 65, but with Sinister They shot 86.
But that is not all. As if the first result had not been disappointing enough, the study places in second place Insidious, another movie of the new millennium full of surprises that is not too good. It also received the award for best scare for a scene in which the average beats per minute increased to 133. Among the other ten best films were The Conjuring, Hereditary, Paranormal Activity, It follows, The Conjuring 2, The Babadook, The Descent, Y The visit. There are some very good titles on this list, like Hereditary, It follows, The Babadook and The Descent, but it is quite suspicious that there is not a single film before the year 2000. BroadbandChoices has cut a sleeve for our cultural heritage.
The study is interesting, but it seems to reflect a limited sense of what fear or terror is. This film genre is not just scares, loud noises or heart racing. Many of the most terrifying films of all time do not even use these resources and opt for a fear that does not disappear, that is gradually permeating and that accompanies you even after the end credits.
And to the scientific community we can only say: maybe you should spend less time forcing people to watch somewhat mediocre scary movies from the 2000s and more trying to find a vaccine for the coronavirus, I say.