New study determines most talked-about horror movie in each state

Halloween is two weeks away, and that means there’s plenty of time to fit in all your favorite horror movies as we continue this month of terror. We all have our favorites, and surely, we’ve been talking about them on social media, and now Streaming Observer has taken that info and used it to determine what is the most talked-about horror movie in each of the 50 states. While Americans have a soft spot for classics like THE EXORCIST and THE SHINING, there are plenty of people out there loving on SHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE BABADOOK, and curiously, THIS IS THE END. Interesting choice, Oklahoma and Florida.

Utilizing data from Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon MTurk, and other public sources, Observer compiled a list of the most popular horror movies around. Then, they teamed with Mindnet Analytics and used Google Trends data to figure which horror movie was being the most widely discussed in each state around the country. They then took the movie with the movie searches and internet traffic and – voila – each state was assigned their movie.

Observer noticed some fun trends on the list, like how states Colorado, Texas, and Maryland have very appropriately assigned movies, namely THE SHINING (where the movie’s Overlook Hotel is located), TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (where the movie takes place). Also, my current state of Washington is really digging SHAUN OF THE DEAD (good going, gang!), and Observer posted a chart that shows which states are more interested in horror movies compared to others, with my home state of Wyoming being the least interested. Maybe it’s because they look out the window, see 8 feet of snow, and realize that’s the real hell.

Here is the full list:

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”

As for a new horror movie to check out, the new HALLOWEEN hits theaters this Friday.



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