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As the press release noted, some of the scariest and most popular horror movies were filed on a tight budget. “Paranormal Activity” was originally produced with $15,000 in 2007, though another $150,000 was spent in reproduction, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It made more than $193 million.


The heart rate analyst will watch films such as “Candyman,” “Insidious,” “Paranormal Activity,” “The Blair Witch Project” and more.


FinanceBuzz also will provide a $50 gift card to fund the film marathon. Applications are due Sept. 26.


The announcements from both companies have excited horror film lovers everywhere – some tweeted they were already binging films.


Why we want to pay someone $1,300 to watch horror movies

Of all the different types of movies to hit the silver screen, movies of the horror genre are the most profitable, regardless of the budget set to film them.


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. In 2007 Paranormal Activity was produced with just $15,000 and racked in over $193 million dollars from the box office.


With Halloween around the corner, all streaming services and channels are going to start playing some familiar fear-inducing favorites. 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.


The Assignment

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 below. You’ll also rank the movies based on your prediction of the size of their production budgets.


The scary movie queue:

This is a mix of high-budget and low-budget horror movies.

  1. Saw
  2. Amityville Horror
  3. A Quiet Place
  4. A Quiet Place Part 2
  5. Candyman
  6. Insidious
  7. The Blair Witch Project
  8. Sinister
  9. Get Out
  10. The Purge
  11. Halloween (2018)
  12. Paranormal Activity
  13. Annabelle

What You Will Get

FinanceBuzz will provide the hired Horror Heart Rate Analyst with a Fitbit to track your heart rate throughout your movie analysis, along with $1,300 and a $50 gift card to cover rental costs to fund your fright fest.


Applicants should be based in the United States and at least 18 years of age. We will also update this page to announce our newest team member.


How To Apply

Think you’ve got what it takes to sit through a series of scares and help us determine which fear-inducing films deliver top-notch frights?


Fill out the form below to show us why you are the best hire for this side hustle.



Application Deadline

Applications are due by September 26, 2021 at midnight ET. The chosen candidate will be selected by October 1, 2021 and contacted via email. We will send out the Fitbit by October 4th, 2021. Then the candidate will have from October 9th, 2021 until October 18th, 2021 to watch the movies and complete the assignment.

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