Best Horror film of all time quarter Finals 70’s and 80’s

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Best of 80's and 90's (ONE OPTION FOR OTHER ON FIRST PAGE)

Poll closed Apr 11, 2005.
  1. Alien (1979)

    1.7%
  2. The Beyond (1981)

    3.4%
  3. Black Christmas (1974)

    3.4%
  4. Carrie (1976)

    5.1%
  5. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    16.9%
  6. Day of the Dead (1985)

    3.4%
  7. Evil Dead (1981)

    13.6%
  8. Evil Dead 2 (1987)

    1.7%
  9. The Exorcist (1973)

    6.8%
  10. Friday the 13th (1980)

    1.7%
  11. Halloween (1978)

    13.6%
  12. Hellraiser (1987)

    1.7%
  13. Jaws (1975)

    3.4%
  14. The Last House on the Left (1972)

    1.7%
  15. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

    5.1%
  16. Phantasm (1979)

    1.7%
  17. Re-Animator (1985)

    1.7%
  18. The Shining (1980)

    3.4%
  19. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

    10.2%
  20. The Thing (1982)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. rhett

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    ALIEN is a slasher in sci-fi clothing. It follows the conventions of HALLOWEEN to a fine point. We get the Final Girl, the obligatory cat scares, the endless amount of characters wandering off to meet their demise, the long tracking shots and the its-not-dead-yet reveal at the end. Although it is set in space, its story is more slasher than anything else.

    ALIENS though, I would argue, is far more action and far less horror. Rather than stalking and slashing, ALIENS treats the whole thing as if it were a military war, giving it much more of an action vibe. It's much more bloated and adventurous than the tightly knit original, and the Final Girl archetype doesn't really apply to it either.

    I'd say both ALIEN and THE THING are horrific enough and both modelled enough on slasher films that they could both be considered as horror films.
     
  2. maskull

    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    i agree with what you guys are saying it's just that I never really thought of it as a horror film. a sci fi with some horror aspects, yes. but now that I actually take the time to think about it and read what you have to say, I agree completely. i just never took the time to think about it before.

    am I the only one that thinks the movie that wins this poll is very likely to win the whole thing?

    p.s. GO BLACK CHRISTMAS!! :)
     
  3. Mortis

    Mortis GARBAGE DAY!

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    Dawn of the Dead all the way.
     
  4. Ash28M

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    Just a reminder that The Return of the Living Dead (1985) is the one option for other in this poll.

    How Suspiria didn't make this round is criminal.
     
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    Truly. I have just discovered this masterpiece and, in less than a month after first seeing it, have bought the 25th Anniversary Edition, and watched it two more times. That being said, I just love Evil Dead with an undying passion.
     
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    Well I guess when you go up against a Classic filled decade like the 70's there is bound to be some good films dropping off.
     
  7. maskull

    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    i notice that you didn't vote for it. :D
     
  8. Ash28M

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    Yeah i know. What could i do it was going up against Carrie:)
     
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    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    Yes, I'm really confused as to what to pick since my all-time favorites aren't on the list (Suspiria and Profondo Rosso, respectively) ... Maybe I should just ignore the contest in a silent protest on the behalf of Dario Argento ;)

    Nah ... just have to think a bit ...
     
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    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    Decided on A Nightmare on Elm Street, but almost cried and wanted to go back when I saw that NO ONE has voted Alien, which is also a huge favorite of mine ... the world is unjust!
     
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    If there's anyone who hasn't voted, there's only a couple nights left before the next round so start vote'n.
     
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    Last night to vote on this round, for anyone who has yet to do so.
     
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    KamuiX The Eighth Samurai

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    Easily The Texas Chainsaw Massacre...best horror film of all time, and blows most of the stuff on this list out of the water.
     
  14. Boy that is a TOUGH TOUGH one. So many greats & so many favorites in there. I voted for "Halloween". Now although I think "Dawn of the Dead" was a stronger and better done film, not to mention I like it more, I think "Halloween" is a masterpiece and really set a precedent in horror films forever after it's releasal. I don't think "DOTD" had the same impact.

    So my vote is to "Halloween", even though I think "Halloween", "Dawn", "Phantasm", and "TCM" are all a virtual tie ...
     

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