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Halloween Countdown, Day 22


In my last poll, I asked you to consider the greatest stars of classic horror cinema. (And by classic, I simply meant "before I was born," which was thirty-mumble years ago.) Now I'd like to ask you about the greatest stars of contemporary horror cinema - that is, from roughly the last four decades of horror films. I found that creating this list was a bit more of a challenge than the previous one, as there are many good actors who have been in a horror film or two, but who don't quite qualify to my mind as "horror stars." I'd like to think about those actors who have carved a niche for themselves with repeated performances in horror and genre-related projects. Who is the greatest? What do you think? That's right - it's poll time again!

Poll #1474761 Greatest Stars of Contemporary Horror Cinema

Who is the greatest star of contemporary horror cinema? (You may choose more than one if you like.)

Adrienne Barbeau
1(4.2%)
Tobin Bell
0(0.0%)
Michael Berryman
0(0.0%)
Linda Blair
0(0.0%)
Doug Bradley
0(0.0%)
Clancy Brown
0(0.0%)
Bruce Campbell
1(4.2%)
Veronica Cartwright
0(0.0%)
Jeffrey Combs
0(0.0%)
Crispin Glover
0(0.0%)
Johnny Depp
1(4.2%)
Brad Dourif
1(4.2%)
Robert Englund
0(0.0%)
Jeff Goldblum
1(4.2%)
Lance Henriksen
0(0.0%)

Cont'd

Clint Howard
0(0.0%)
Udo Kier
1(4.0%)
Caroline Munro
0(0.0%)
Gary Oldman
0(0.0%)
Anthony Perkins
0(0.0%)
Zelda Rubenstein
0(0.0%)
William Sanderson
0(0.0%)
Julian Sands
0(0.0%)
Barbara Steele
0(0.0%)
Brinke Stevens
0(0.0%)
Tony Todd
2(8.0%)
Danny Trejo
0(0.0%)
Christopher Walken
6(24.0%)
David Warner
1(4.0%)
Ticky-boxes demand first billing.
2(8.0%)

The greatest star of contemporary horror cinema wasn't listed above. He/She is...




Spooky Text of the Day: Today's eerie reading is "The S.S." by M.P. Shiel (1865-1947).

Excerpt:
To say that there are epidemics of suicide is to give expression to what is now a mere commonplace of knowledge. And so far are they from being of rare occurrence, that it has even been affirmed that every sensational case of felo de se published in the newspapers is sure to be followed by some others more obscure: their frequency, indeed, is out of all proportion with the extent of each particular outbreak. Sometimes, however, especially in villages and small townships, the wildfire madness becomes an all-involving passion, emulating in its fury the great plagues of history. Of such kind was the craze in Versailles in 1793, when about a quarter of the whole population perished by the scourge; while that at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris was only a notable one of the many which have occurred during the present century. At such times it is as if the optic nerve of the mind throughout whole communities became distorted, till in the noseless and black-robed Reaper is discerned an angel of very loveliness.

Read the complete story here.

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Abbie [wordpress.com]
Oct. 22nd, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thirty-SEVEN! Whoops...sorry. Just kind of slipped out. :) You're a spring chicken in it's prime, I'd say.

I wish I could participate in these polls, but alas! I don't really watch many horror films, so I'm going with ticky-boxes. Always.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 23rd, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
LOL! Why thank you. :)

Hey, giving the ticky-boxes love definitely is participating, and I thank you for it. I'm still loving your music posts, by the way.
lin4gondor
Oct. 22nd, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I don't watch that many horror things, but I know for a fact that Brad Dourif and Jeffrey Combs just HAVE to be good in whatever they do, so there you go. My votes are cast! :-)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 23rd, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
I know for a fact that Brad Dourif and Jeffrey Combs just HAVE to be good in whatever they do

Well said indeed! I couldn't agree more. :) Thanks for voting!
internet_sampo
Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you included Brad, Lance and Clancy. They deserve our props.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 23rd, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
My pleasure! I totally agree. :) Thanks for voting!
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