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Friday 18 April 2014

The Shining: Best horror location

The ultimate horror movie would include an alien bursting from Linda Blair's chest

The ultimate horror movie would see an alien burst from the chest of head-spinning Exorcist star Linda Blair in a scene set in the hotel from The Shining, a survey of film fans has revealed.

Actress Linda's role as Regan in the 1973 tale of demonic possession won a fifth of the vote (21%) in a poll to find the best horror movie victim.

The survey by DVD rental and streaming service LOVEFiLM asked film fans for their favourite moments in a bid to find the recipe for the ultimate horror movie .

Almost one in five nominated the Overlook Hotel from The Shining as the best horror location.

The 1980 Stanley Kubrick film stars Jack Nicholson as writer Jack Torrance and his manic catchphrase "Here's Johnny" as he tries to chop his way through a door picked up almost a quarter of the votes (23%) in the poll to find the best horror one-liner.

The scene in Alien when a creature bursts out of John Hurt's stomach was named the ultimate horror scene with 18% of the vote.

Fliss White, head of brand marketing at LOVEFiLM, which commissioned the survey, said: "Looking at the list of titles that make the ultimate horror movie of all time, it's clear that the classics remain the best with The Shining appearing twice in the poll proving the 80s were a great decade for horror.

"Stanley Kubrick is a true master of building suspense and this poll is once again proof that The Shining is still one of the most popular horror movies of all time."

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