Well, well, here we are. The end of our long, difficult journey has arrived. Let's throw that ring into the lava and get on with it, shall we? Without further ado, here are the ten films that have scared you guys the most. The number in bold is the number of votes received.
10. Poltergeist -- 1982, Tobe Hooper -- 17
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street -- 1984, Wes Craven -- 17
8. The Ring -- 2002, Gore Verbinski -- 18
7. The Descent -- 2005, Neil Marshall -- 22
6. Alien -- 1979, Ridley Scott -- 23
5. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre -- 1974, Tobe Hooper -- 25
4. The Shining -- 1980, Stanley Kubrick -- 25
3. The Blair Witch Project -- 1999, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez -- 27
2. Halloween -- 1978, John Carpenter -- 28
1. The Exorcist -- 1973, William Friedkin -- 36
And there you have it. That's a mighty fine Top 10, folks! It wouldn't exactly match up to mine (I should maybe get around to posting that some time), but I would gladly take it.
I was interested to see how it stacks up against your 2010 list of favorite horror films, so I made this scientific chart:
Now, there are some major discrepancies in terms of vote numbers, so that's worth bearing in mind. In 2010, I asked for your Top 20 favorites...I learned my lesson from the madness that wrought and this year, I only asked for ten movies. Also, the voter turnout this year was decidedly lower. But still, a comparison is noteworthy.
Look at that, in 2013, not a zombie in sight! 2010, not a Blair Witch to be found! Freddy Krueger earned the same spot on both lists! Leatherface and Jack Torrance swapped places! The WOW FACTOR is immense.
Anyway. Good job, everyone. Pat yourself on the back! Unless you didn't submit your list...in that case, punch yourself in the face! With candy. It's Halloween!