Hold onto your plethora of candy and bowl full of popcorn because we have a list of the United States’ most popular spooky cinema. Can you guess some of the favorite Halloween movies in the Mid-South?
Why people love to sit down and watch horror flicks through the slats of their fingers is beyond me. But, data journalist group Comparitech researched to find the most popular scary movie per state.
According to Comparitech’s study, Night of the Living Dead (1990) is the most popular Halloween movie in Tennessee.
Meanwhile, both Arkansas and Mississippi both chose more recent titles as their favorite Halloween movies. The Natural State’s favorite film is Upgrade (2018), meanwhile, Mississippi’s favorite Halloween movie is Don’t Breathe (2016).
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Comparitech’s article notes that horror films based on true stories add to the popularity and fright factor for those living in the state in which they’re set.
Click the interactive map to see each state’s favorite Halloween movie.
This study comes from a combination of both IMDB and GoogleTrends data.
The researchers used IMDB’s list of top horror movies and searched each film individually on Google Trends. This allowed them to find which state scored the highest. Then, they the designated film for that state. If any state came up twice, the researchers used the film that ranked higher on IMDB for popularity. If a state didn’t appear top for any of the movies, they looked at the state’s individual information. They looked for the topic “horror movies” to ascertain which movie was increasingly searched for in the related topics section. Finally, they omitted any film with comedy as a genre (such as Shaun of the Dead).
So, what is your scary movie of choice?