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Horror Filmmakers Pick the Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

Horror Filmmakers Pick the Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

HitFix polled 100 horror filmmakers, including Edgar Wright, Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker, Joe Hill, James Gunn and Takashi Shimizu to generate a list of the greatest horror movies of all time. The Top 10 looks like this:

1) “The Exorcist”
2) “The Shining”
3) “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”
4) “Rosemary’s Baby”
5) “Alien”
6) “The Thing” (1982)
7) “Halloween”
8) “Psycho”
9) “Night of the Living Dead”
10) “Jaws”

As always, the most interesting bits of the poll are to be found at the bottom rather than the top — like “The Hills Have Eyes'” Michael Berryman nominating “the news on any given day” — but it’s worth noting just how hard “The Exorcist” dominated the poll. William Friedkin’s 1973 masterpiece turned up on a full two-thirds of the ballots cast, with Ernest Dickerson, Scott Derrickson, Fred Dekker, Jennifer Lynch, Glen Morgan, Leigh Whannell and Don Coscarelli among the 19 first-place votes. Second-place “The Shining,” by contrast, fell just short of being on half the ballots. It’s also worth noting that several of the Top 10 finishers — “Alien,” “The Thing,” “Psycho” and “Jaws” — aren’t normally thought of as horror movies, but HitFix left that part up to the voters.

Among the surprises on individual ballots: “The Grudge’s” Takashi Shimizu placing the little-loved “Psycho II” in sixth place; Guillermo del Toro including “Mulholland Dr.” alongside the likes of “Don’t Look Now” and “Freaks”; Doug Jones giving 20 percent of his list to movies he acted in (“Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Devil’s Backbone); and a whopping five votes for “Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors,” among them Drew Goddard and Diablo Cody’s. (Given that they’re all between 37 and 40, I’m guessing seeing that 1987 release at just the right age has a lot to do with it.) In not-surprising-at-all news, “The Human Centipede’s” Tom Six named Pasolini’s “Salò” his #1, which is nothing else, is commendably on #brand.

The complete package, including interviews and essays by several participants on the poll’s top movies — Clive Barker on “Bride of Frankenstein”! — is here. Happy browsing.

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