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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Horror Movies of All Time

‘Psycho,’ ‘The Shining,’ ‘The Exorcist’ and seven other classics that will fill your nightmares long after Halloween

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Jack Nicholson walking through snowy maze in lobby card for the film 'The Shining', 1980. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)

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The haunted doll flick Annabelle grossed an astounding $37.2 million this past weekend, nearly besting David Fincher's Gone Girl. This is a fairly remarkable achievement for a relatively unoriginal horror flick, but Annabelle is a spinoff to the hugely successful Conjuring facing little scary-movie competition. With Halloween approaching, we decided it was time to poll our readers to determine their favorite horror movies of all time. Here are the results.

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‘The Exorcist’

It's difficult for those who weren't around in 1973 to fully understand what happened when The Exorcist opened in theaters across America. Paramedics were called into some multiplexes because people were literally passing out. When little Regan projectile vomited onto the priests, some audience members actually vomited into their popcorn. Nobody had ever seen anything this freaky, and everybody couldn't get enough of it. It stuck around for months and months, even as various groups called for a boycott. There have been countless movies since then about demonic possessions, and all of them owe a major debt to The Exorcist.