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Netflix and thrill: Two-thirds of us get nervous before watching Halloween horror films

Think you’ve got what it takes to make it past Michael Myers, Ghostface, or Freddie Kruger?

As Halloween approaches, the biggest horror flicks of 2018 are creeping onto cinema screens, including the latest instalment in the Halloween saga.

While scary movies are clearly still high on the public’s agenda – with more than half of Brits admitting they enjoy a good horror film – many are also fighting reservations about heading to see a fright-fest.

According to research conducted by Meerkat Movies, almost two-thirds admitting to feeling nervous ahead of watching a horror film and more than a third have to be dragged to the cinema to watch the latest scary movie.

The research also found The Exorcist named as the most terrifying film of all time by Brits, while The Silence of the Lambs, The Shining, and Psycho also ranked highly. Meanwhile, Hocus Pocus was ranked in a separate survey as our favourite Halloween film.

Julie Daniels, head of Meerkat Movies, which commissioned the research, said: “Horror films may not be for everyone, but there are many movie fans who love the adrenaline rush.

With the likes of Get Out and IT being box office hits in recent years, we anticipate that this year’s cast of scary films will bring in the crowds.

Films screening at cinemas during Halloween this year include the recent critically-acclaimed sequel to the Jamie Lee Curtis-starring classic Halloween, Goosebumps 2, and Venom.

The study also found the aftermath of watching a particularly frightening movie is leaving many to resort to superstitious measures. After watching a horror film, one in five will make sure they double lock the doors at home and a further 20 per cent leave the lights on to keep themselves safe.

To relieve the tension and help film fans cope with the stress of a scary film, Meerkat Movies has created its own “horror film survival guide”, including top tips and advice on how to take the horror out of the latest scary films.

Be sure to whack these spooky songs onto your Playlist this Halloween too.

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