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Best Horror Films: The Debriefing

Following my plug of The Haunting, a reader points out that Martin Scorsese puts the movie at the top of his scariest-movies list.

E-mailbag:

What the top 100 list really tells us is that there are about 50 good horror movies total.  Slim pickings.

And:

for my money, both Psycho and The Shining are contenders for #1, way ahead of the dated and rather silly Exorcist.  my nomination?  without question, takashi miike’s Audition.

for what it’s worth, i don’t think there ARE 100 horror films worth compiling into a list.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.