Does more green equal more screams?
While horror may be the most profitable film genre, the best-funded fright flicks are not necessarily the most effective. This October, finance firm FinanceBuzz is offering one lucky horror aficionado the opportunity to watch 13 very differently budgeted scary movies to settle whether bigger bucks bring bigger scares.
“In honor of the upcoming spooky season, we at FinanceBuzz are dying to know whether or not high-budget horror movies deliver stronger scares than low-budget ones,” the company wrote in a press release describing the terror-tracking study, which they’ve dubbed Fright Fest.
To determine how finances affect a film’s capacity to generate dread, the selected “Horror Heart Rate Analyst” will review 13 films made with big, mid or low budgets, from 2007’s “Paranormal Activity,” a found footage-style horror flick made for $15,000, to “A Quiet Place Part II,” a $60 million special-effects extravaganza. All the while, the would-be Judge Dread will be equipped with a Fitbit to “track your heart rate throughout your movie analysis” — and to presumably rule out any potential film favoritism.
The chosen fright fan will be required to watch all films on the list between Oct. 9 and Oct. 18, and will be provided with $1,300 and a $50 gift card to fund the horror movie marathon.
To get the gig, horror fans must fill out an application form and explain why they’re the ideal candidate. Applications are due Sept. 26 and a winner will be selected Oct. 1, providing participants a week to prepare for the fear-inducing film binge.