DIRECTV recently surveyed over 600 Americans to find out which horror movies they loved the most, and which generation of films left behind the biggest impression. This is a very nice insight and a great idea with Halloween right around the corner. You can see all of the results in the charts below.
“From the modern classics to the remakes and sequels of today, we looked at which movies are considered truly frightening and which are merely tiny terrors.”
"Americans polled rated movies that fell into the torture, cannibalism, and extreme gore categories (like “Saw”) among the scariest movies they’ve seen, but not necessarily the ones they liked the most. However, two genres stood out as the scariest and most enjoyable: possession movies and paranoia films. Possession movies (like “The Exorcist”) were considered the most unnerving of all. While slightly less scary, Americans said madness and paranoia films (like “The Babadook”) were their all-time favorites.”
“For most Americans, the horror flicks of the ’80s proved the scariest and most favorite. With such cult classics as “The Shining,” “The Evil Dead,” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” the horror films of the ’80s didn’t just scare us, they forever changed the way scary movies portrayed their villains and the gruesome ways they killed. More than 1 in 4 Americans said scary movies from the ’80s were the most shocking and spine-chilling, and nearly 1 in 3 respondents said the ’80s were their favorite.”
“More than 1 in 5 Americans said they thought the horror movies from the ’70s were the scariest (including the original “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Alien”), and over 17 percent said their favorites were the slasher flicks of the ’90s, like “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Younger generations may have a penchant for the new era of horror films, as over a third of millennials told us movies from the 2010s (like the new “It” and “The Babadook”) were both the most frightening and their favorites.”
“According to Americans polled, nearly 28 percent said they generally disliked jump scares no matter what. From the cheesy to the terrifying, even a jump scare done wrong might be too unnerving for some viewers. Still, more than half of people said they liked jump scares when they were set up properly, and 18 percent said they loved them regardless of the setup or execution.”
“Decades with the most jump scares per film? In the ’80s, we found nearly 10 cutscenes meant to shock and startle viewers in each movie, followed closely by the 2010s and 2000s. While scary movies in the ’40s and ’60s may have used jump scares more sparingly, the ’70s introduced the more regular use of the technique with almost six in each movie on average.”