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Horror movies can be, well, horrifying. Sometimes, they're so scary they keep you up at night, and are the sources of your worst fears. But did you know all that terror can actually help you burn calories? It makes sense when you think about it: Scary movies keep your heart rate up in the same way a brisk walk or a quick jog can.

As Parade reports, researchers at the University of Westminster in London looked into the influence horror films have on the human body, and the results are pretty cool. It turns out watching a 90-minute horror film can burn around 150 calories, and the flicks with the highest number of jump scares burn the most. It's all about heart rate, oxygen intake, and carbon dioxide output. Even though you're perfectly safe at home or in the movie theater, when you're scared enough, your body produces adrenaline. A lot of adrenaline. This puts your body in overdrive and, suddenly, you're a fat-burning machine.

Take a look at the movies proven to keep your heart racing almost as fast as the victims in your favorite slasher movie:

The Shining: 184 calories
Jaws: 161 calories
The Exorcist: 158 calories
Alien: 152 calories
Saw: 133 calories
A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
[Rec]: 101 calories

For horror buffs like us, this news is pretty exciting, so we took the liberty of collecting other movies we think will keep you fit.

Keep reading to find out how to work off all that Halloween candy from the comfort of your living room.