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The Exorcist Named Best Horror Movie of All Time

The Exorcist Named Best Horror Movie of All Time

The spooky Halloween season is the perfect time of year to watch some of our favourite horror movies, but which one is the best?

According to a poll by Ranker.com, The Exorcist is the best horror movie of all time.

The Exorcist (Credit: Warner Bros.)
The Exorcist (Credit: Warner Bros.)

The 1973 supernatural horror film follows 12-year-old girl Regan (Linda Blair) who is possessed by a demon. Her mother attempts to save her by contacting two priests to perform an exorcism.

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Dozens of frightening scenes have come from the film. From Regan crawling backwards down a staircase in her home, to projectile vomiting on the priests who attempt to save her, this film is not for the faint-hearted and is likely why it topped the list.

When the film was originally released, several outlets reported spooked audience members fainting or vomiting.

The Exorcist (Credit: Warner Bros.)
The Exorcist (Credit: Warner Bros.)

In recent years, a TV show based on the film was produced by Fox in 2016 and starred Geena Davies in the first season.

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The other horror classics on the list include the Stanley Kubrick-directed The Shining (1980) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) which was directed by Wes Craven and starred a young Johnny Depp in one of his earliest roles.

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The majority of the top 10 consists of films that are considered 'horror classics' and most of them are from the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s.

4. Halloween (1978)

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5. Psycho (1960)

6. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

8. Poltergeist (1982)

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9. Alien (1979)

10. Carrie (1976)

The poll contradicts another recent study into the horror films which used study to find the scariest horror movie of all time by measuring the audience's heart rate. Sinister came out on top and The Exorcist failed to make it into the top 10.

The Exorcist still seems like a stellar choice for Halloween movie night, whether it spooks you silly or not.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: TV Entertainment, halloween

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Gregory Robinson

Gregory is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, he has worked for both print and online publications and is particularly interested in TV, (pop) music and lifestyle. He loves Madonna, teen dramas from the 90s and prefers tea over coffee. Get in touch [email protected]