Spooktober! Here is a Ranking of the Scariest Movies to Hit Theaters

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From slashers to seances, a great number of horror films are released every year to satisfy people’s innate desire to be terror-stricken. 

And as we approach All Hallows’ Eve, many love to rewatch some of the good old classics, as well as newer releases as part of their Halloween rituals. 

Hence, to get you thrilled and chilled to the core, Top10Casinos.com has delivered a list of the scariest horror films where you’re likely to jump, inducing some screams and spine-chills throughout. To collate the list, 100 top horror films were reviewed, utilizing the database Where’s The Jump for the number of ‘jumps’ recorded per film. 

Some of the key findings include:

  • The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) tops the list to be the scariest horror film to watch with a barrage of 32 jump scares in 101 minutes.
  • 3 out of 4 from the Evil Dead films have made it to the top 20, with an average of 23 jump scares plotted throughout.
  • The 2010s wins the title as the spookiest decade by far, with the emergence of The Conjuring franchise in 2013 setting off a new era for horror movies.

The Results: Top 20 Most Terrifying Horror Films, Ranked by the Number of Jump Scares

RankHorror FilmsYear ReleasedNumber of Jump Scares
1The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia201332
2Evil Dead II198727
3The Messengers200727
4The Haunting In Connecticut200926
6Drag Me To Hell200923
7It Chapter One201723
9The Grudge200423
10It Chapter Two201923
11Annabelle Creation201723
12Scream III200023
13The Conjuring II201622
14Insidious II201322
15Halloween Kills202122
16The Evil Dead198122
18The Nun201821
19The Curse of La Llorona201920
20Evil Dead 201320

For the complete data of the 100 horror films analysed, please click here.

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