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The Exorcist named as world's most scary movie

30/10/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Don't watch the film The Exorcist unless you want to wake up screaming at night, reports a new survey. The classic horror flick about demonic possession was the top pick in a survey for movies that are so haunting that they will chase you screaming into your dreams.

Participants in the survey on were asked to name the movie most likely to give them nightmares. The Exorcist was by far the most frequently named Nightmare-Maker Movie, with 21 percent of film fans choosing it as the most haunting.

Halloween came in second, with 11 percent of horror watchers naming the movie featuring psycho killer Michael Myers.

It is clear from the survey results that it takes different kinds of scares to trouble the psyches of different movie fans. Evil spirits (The Shining), the undead (Nightmare on Elm Street), curses (The Grudge), slashers (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), methodical killers (Saw) and evil children (The Ring) are all represented among the Nightmare-Maker Movies.

"Nightmares are a possible side effect of all these films. Some will take that as a warning and others as a recommendation. All we can say is: viewer discretion advised," said Keith Leopard at Blockbuster.

1. The Exorcist
2. Halloween
3. The Ring
4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
6. The Grudge
7. The Shining
8. Saw
9. The Blair Witch Project
10. Pet Semetary.

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