The company wants to find out if big-budget horror movies are scarier than low-budget ones and if budget even matters.
Are you a sucker for horror movies? Well, you could be in line to net a grand and more by simply watching 13 scary movies. It's certainly not a challenge for the faint-hearted, considering some of the movies being lined up as part of the challenge. The horror challenge is being organized by FinanceBuzz, who want to find out if big-budget horror movies are scarier than low-budget ones or vice versa. FinanceBuzz will pay an individual $1,300 to watch 13 scary movies in October to determine if the size of a movie's budget will affect the movie's impact on the audience, reported CNN.
They will be fitted with a Fitbit to monitor their heart rates as they watch the spooky films. The movies lined up will be asked to watch various sub-genres of horror movies including psychological thrillers, gore films, and 'found footage' films among others. The company announced they are looking for a 'Horror Movie Heart Rate Analyst' in a company release. "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," read the release. "You'll help us discover whether or not a movie's budget impacts just how dread-inducing it can be by wearing a Fitbit to monitor your heart rate while you work your way through the list of 13 movies."
The person chosen by the company will be asked to watch films between October 9 and October 18. The following are the movies they will be required to watch: Saw, Amityville Horror, A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place Part 2, Candyman, Insidious, The Blair Witch Project, Sinister, Get Out, The Purge, Halloween (2018), Paranormal Activity and Annabelle. FinanceBuzz has announced they will provide the new analyst with a Fitbit tracker along with $1,300 and a $50 gift card to cover the rental costs of the fright fest.
"For a movie to make your hair stand on end and send shivers crawling up your spine, it's not all about high-end special effects and CGI scares. More often than not, horror movies are scary because of their story… not the budget of the production studio. Some of the most spectacular slasher films and terrifying thrillers were made with chump change compared to superhero sequels and well-known franchises," read the release before the company pointed out that many successful horror franchises started out on shoestring budgets. In 2007 Paranormal Activity was produced with just $15,000 and racked in over $193 million dollars from the box office. Those interested can fill out a form and convince the company why they are the best candidate to be a 'Horror Movie Heart Rate Analyst.' Applications are due by September 26, and FinanceBuzz will pick a winner by October 1.
If you are a Stephen King fan, then there's a similar $1,300 offer tailored for you as well. DISH Network is offering a viewer $1300 to watch 13 movies based on Stephen King novels including classics such as Carrie, IT, and The Shining. The satellite TV company mandates the viewer wears a Fitbit to track their heart rate during the movies. They will also send a "survival kit" including blankets, popcorn, candy, and Stephen King items. "The ideal candidate has to be detail-oriented enough to track their experience. They could even share their scares on social media and vlog every time they jump out of their seats," read the statement.