Watch some horror movies, make some money.
That sounds like a good deal since so many people actually pay to watch horror movies anyway. Two companies are offering horror fans the possibility of making $1,300, in separate promotions, for watching 13 movies.
Lucky 13 and all that.
DISH Network is looking for someone to watch 13 films based on Stephen King novels. Typically his books are a lot better than the movies based on them, but $1,300 is $1,300. The 13 include “Carrie,” “The Shining” and “Salem’s Lot,” which are all classics.
The company will provide a Fitbit to track your heart rate while you watch. Plus, you’ll chronicle your experience. In detail, it sounds like.
“You will track your heart rate and jump scares,” the website says. “You’ll let us know who joined in on the scares with you. You’ll let us know what you thought before watching certain movies, and if your feelings changed after you completed them. You’ll even log your sleep—if you can sleep.”
You may actually fall asleep during “Christine.” Oooh. Sorry.
DISH provides access to the films.
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You could end up watching ‘Paranormal Activity’ or ‘Carrie’
Meanwhile, Finance Buzz is offering a similar opportunity — you watch 13 horror movies and they track your heart rate with a Fitbit they provide. You have to stream or rent or buy the movies yourself, but Finance Buzz will send a $50 gift card to cover the cost.
In an interesting detail, in the latter promotion, you also rank the movies based on your prediction of the size of the film’s budget.
“In honor of the upcoming spooky season, we at Finance Buzz are dying to know whether or not high-budget horror movies deliver stronger scares than low-budget ones,” Finance Buzz’s website says.
It also notes that the original “Paranormal Activity,” which is on the list, cost $15,000 to make and took in more than $193 million at the box office. That’s one of the greatest returns in movie history. It’s also genuinely scary, so, you know, that’ll probably get some serious consideration in the discussion. Also on this list: the truly disturbing “Sinister,” the brilliant “Get Out” and … “The Amityville Horror”? To each their own.
How to apply for each horror film opportunity
To be considered for either promotion, you have to fill out forms, of course, including mini-essays on why you’d be the perfect person for the job. Free advice is worth what you pay for it, as they say, but showing unbridled enthusiasm for the horror genre probably wouldn’t hurt.
The Finance Buzz deadline is Sept. 26 via financebuzz.com/get-paid-to-watch-scary-movies.
The deadline to apply for the DISH contest is Oct. 8 via www.usdish.com/news/get-paid-to-watch-stephen-king-movies.
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