Hurricane Sandy — affectionately dubbed Frankenstorm — has overshadowed Halloween and the presidential election, but a new study shows that horror films still have an edge over Mother Nature at her angriest. The University of Westminster put the power of terror cinema to the test when they measured the total energy expenditure of 10 different people as they watched horror movies. What they found was that scary films burn up to 200 calories a sitting. That's the equivalent of a chocolate bar, so feel free to leisurely satisfy your sweet tooth.
In case you're wondering what movies provide the best workout, we have a top 10 list below for your perusal. The Shining tops out with burning 184 calories a viewing. We expected the more "extreme" titles like [Rec] or Saw to take top position, but were pleasantly surprised to see Kubrick's classic in the lead, putting the Spanish horror flick and Halloween favorite at numbers 10 and five respectively. Jaws trims your waistline (to the bone) by burning 161 calories and The Exorcist wins the number three spot with 158 calories per viewing. Tell us if you see any surprises and what movies make you jump the most, below.
1. The Shining: 184 calories
2. Jaws: 161 calories
3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
4. Alien: 152 calories
5. Saw: 133 calories
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
8. The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
10. [Rec]: 101 calories