THIS WEEKEND sees the American tradition of Hallowe’en taking over TV schedules and social media content.

Despite social-distancing guidelines, many family groups will still be able to gather around the household TV and scare themselves witless with ubiquitous horror film.

SCREAM: 8th most search horror film on Google

From monsters and slashers to zombies and demons, online retailer PrettyLittleThing has uncovered the world’s favourite scary flicks just in time for the spooky season.

IT (2017) is crowned the most searched-for scary movie in the UK and in Spain, as well as ranking first in 132 other countries worldwide

Us (2019) came second as the UK’s most searched-for scary movie, followed by Aliens (1986) in third place.

Top 10 most searched-for scary movies in the UK.

  1. It (2019)
  2. Us (2017)
  3. Aliens (1986)
  4. Alien (1979)
  5. Get Out (2017)
  6. Saw (2004)
  7. Coraline (2009)
  8. Scream (1996)
  9. Ready Or Not (2019)
  10. The Ring (2002)

Saw (2004) ranks top as the film with the highest fear factor, being given a score of 83/100. Unsurprisingly, this horror franchise also scores highest out of the top 30 scary movies on the fear factor for gore. 

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Whoever said old horrors aren’t as scary to watch today as when first released may want to reconsider, as sci-fi-horror classic The Thing (1982) ranks second overall with a fear factor score of 82/100.

If you’re after a scary film that will really do its job and give you nightmares for months, then The Exorcist (1973) ranks highest for disturbance.

Alternatively, Alien (1979) will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as it scores full marks for suspense.

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