British film director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) gestures as he gives a press conference in Paris to present his movie 'Psycho,' October 18, 1960. (Photo: STF/AFP/Getty Images)
This time of year is always a lot of fun, especially when we take a break to watch some scary movies. Everyone has their own opinion about what makes a flick good around Halloween so we figured we'd give you the chance to sound off on it.
In Round 1, we narrowed the field from 32 scary movies to 16, and now we're on to Round 2.
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IN THE HALLOWEEN MOVIE SHOWDOWN BRACKET
Cast your vote for your favorites in each round until a winner is crowned on Halloween! Just like in basketball, there are four regions with ranked seeds in each.
Here are your match-ups:
Region 1: Devils & Demons
No upsets here in the Devils & Demons region, which means Top Seeded action in this showdown.
#1 The Exorcist vs. #3 The Omen
- Just three years separate these two top dogs. If horror movies are a reflection of our country's subconscious, you can assume we were preoccupied with being possessed in the 1970s. Evil as it comes: demon possession in The Exorcist and the Devil incarnate with The Omen.
#2 Nightmare on Elm St. vs. #4 Carrie
- This match-up is all about revenge. Freddy Krueger haunted the nightmares of the children of Elm Street after their parents turned vigilante and burned him alive. Stephen King's Carrie was a girl pushed around by everyone, including her mother, so she started pushing back.
Region 2: The Supernaturals
Another showdown of top seeded movies in the Supernaturals region, pitting silent supernatural stalker Michael Myers against the spirit world of The Haunting and The Ring's vengeful spirit vs. The Evil Dead.
#1 Halloween vs. #3 The Haunting
- The original Halloween and the original film version of The Haunting both set viewers on edge with slow-building tension and a furious finale. The question is, which would you rather watch at Halloween?
#2 The Ring vs. #4 Evil Dead
- That long-rumored Ash vs. Freddy vs. Jason movie never happened, but here we have a duel that would be equally interesting: Ash vs. Samara. He's handled Deadites but what can his chainsaw do against an angry ghost?
Region 3: Slashers & Spirits
We have an upset in the Slashers & Spirits region with #6 Poltergeist's victory of #3 Dawn of the Dead. But what chance does Carol Anne have against Norman Bates and his mother?
#1 Psycho vs. #6 Poltergeist
- This is really a face-off between two film icons: Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg, who wrote and produced Poltergeist after showing the world a softer side in E.T. But the blockbuster filmmaker has an uphill climb against Hitchcock, a cinema pioneer, and his best work.
#2 Friday the 13th vs. #5 Dracula
- Jason Voorhees trounced Scream but can he do it one of world's great villains, Dracula? While many have donned the hockey mask, Bela Lugosi was Dracula, carving out a James Bond-like film character that Christopher Lee, Frank Langella and Gary Oldman aptly later filled.
Region 4: Creature Features
Another big upset, this time in the Creature Features region as movie monster Frankenstein mashed the competition in a narrow win over Roman Polanski's horror classic Rosemary's Baby.
#1 The Shining vs. #6 Frankenstein
- Who will win? The creepy twins, the blood flowing out of the elevators, Jack Nicholson's timeless performance? Or, Mary Shelley's tender, pieced-together Frankenstein monster and his creator, the crazed doctor with a God-complex?
#2 Texas Chainsaw Massacre vs. #5 28 Days Later
- Just picture this match-up as a movie itself. Leatherface chasing after--or being chased--by all those fast, angry zombies. Instead of horror movie remakes, let's petition for more mash-ups.