The Shining vs. Poltergeist: Round 2 of the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Horror Bracket!

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Yesterday, we kicked off the second round of the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Horror Bracket with a matchup of The Exorcist vs. Misery. Voting for that and all the other matchups will stay open until the end of the round!

Today we bring you two early-80's classics, both involving children: The Shining vs. Poltergeist. Scroll down to read about these films and cast your vote, then check out the update bracket below!

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The Shining: Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King, and a slow Jack Nicholson descent into madness? Yes please. The Shining is one of the scariest movies of all time because it touches some of humanity's most deep-seeded fears: isolation, death and the afterlife, and the fallibility of the mind. The film trounced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to move on to round two. Check out our The Shining quotes page for more.


Poltergeist: This terrifying film is one of the exemplars of the "something's wrong with this house" genre. Poltergeist eked out a slight victory over the much-adored cult classic The Evil Dead in round one, proving just how scary Poltergeist truly is. Check out our Poltergeist quotes pages for more.

Which horror movie should move on to the semi-finals?

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

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Poltergeist Quotes

There is no death. It is only a transition to a different sphere of consciousness.


Diane: Sweetheart, last night, when you said "They're here.'...
Carol Anne: Can I take my goldfish to school?
Diane: Sweetheart, do you remember last night when you woke up, and you said "They're here.'?
Carol Anne: Uh huh
Diane: Well, who did you mean?
Carol Anne: The TV People.
Robbie: She's stoned.
Dana: Oh yeah? What do you know about it?
Robbie: More than you. Ask Dad.