favorite horror movie

October is here, and it’s the perfect time of year to turn out the lights, curl up on the couch, and put on your favorite scary movie. As it turns out, your go-to horror movie could be influenced by where you live.

Using data from Rotten Tomatoes, proprietary Amazon MTurk surveying, and other public sources, we compiled a list of the most popular horror movies of all time. Then, we partnered with Mindnet Analytics and used Google Trends data to determine which horror movie each state was most obsessed with relative to other states.

 

Interesting Finds

  • There are some movies that multiple states across the country are obsessed with, including The Silence of the LambsShaun of the Dead, and The Exorcist, to name a few.
  • The most obvious examples of geographic location clearly aligning with the horror movie a state was obsessed with include Texas Chainsaw Massacre in Texas, The Shining in Colorado, and The Blair Witch Project in Maryland.
  • North Dakota does rank fifth for having the most UFO sightings in the US, so perhaps that’s why they’re obsessed with Aliens?
  • Some states/regions just don’t have much interest in horror movies in general, as evidenced by the heat map below:

The Horror Movie Each State is Most Obsessed With

Don’t feel like browsing the map above? Here are the findings in list form:

Alabama: Halloween

Alaska: Little Shop of Horrors

Arizona: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

Arkansas: The Thing

California: The Orphanage

Colorado: The Shining

Connecticut: Pan’s Labyrinth

Delaware: The Birds

District of Columbia: The Exorcist

Florida: This is the End

Georgia: Get Out

Hawaii: The Exorcist

Idaho: The Birds

Illinois: The House of the Devil

Indiana: Frankenstein

Iowa: Evil Dead 2

Kansas: Shaun of the Dead

Kentucky: Evil Dead 2

Louisiana: Get Out

Maine: The Host

Maryland: Blair Witch Project

Massachusetts: The Silence of the Lambs

Michigan: Near Dark

Minnesota: The Silence of the Lambs

Mississippi: Drag Me to Hell

Missouri: The Silence of the Lambs

Montana: Young Frankenstein

Nebraska: King Kong

Nevada: Shaun of the Dead

New Hampshire: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

New Jersey: The Silence of the Lambs

New Mexico: Bride of Frankenstein

New York: Psycho

North Carolina: Halloween

North Dakota: Aliens

Ohio: The Silence of the Lambs

Oklahoma: This is the End

Oregon: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Pennsylvania: The Silence of the Lambs

Rhode Island: The Love Witch

South Carolina: The Loved Ones

South Dakota: Cabin in the Woods

Tennessee: The Witch

Texas: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Utah: Zombieland

Vermont: The Exorcist

Virginia: Drag Me to Hell

Washington: Shaun of the Dead

West Virginia: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wisconsin: Shaun of the Dead

Wyoming: The Babadook

 

Do you share the same favorite horror movie as your state? Let us know by commenting below.

Chris Brantner

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  • C. Anita Nuñez says:

    On what planet is Young Frankenstein a horror movie?

  • Melissa Reynolds says:

    I love any scary or horror or screaming movie

  • Adam says:

    How exactly was this data collected? I have lived in Nebraska for quite some time and have never once heard anyone even talk about the movie King Kong… We do however have a popular chain of Burger joint’s named “King Kong’s.” By chance your data was misinterpreted based of people googling the nearest King Kong’s restaurant to their house?

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