William Peter Blatty adapted his own best-selling novel “The Exorcist” into an Oscar-winning screenplay under the direction of William Friedkin, who had just won Best Picture for “The French Connection.” Meanwhile, Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson adapted Stephen King’s horror novel “The Shining” into a horror movie masterpiece. King reportedly didn’t like Kubrick’s take, but it became an iconic film nonetheless. Which deserves to advance to the Final 4?
Alfred Hitchcock shocked 1960s audiences by whacking his main character after 30 minutes in a horrific shower scene in “Psycho,” making audiences wonder: Who is the main character here? Enter Norman Bates with a twist for the ages. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott shocked 1970s audiences with a chest-burster scene that created a “monster in the house” setup with the Xenomorph aboard the spaceship Nostromo. Which deserves to advance to the Final 4?
It’s time for a battle of the two greatest serial-killer movies of the 1990s — and possibly of all time. “The Silence of the Lambs” delivered not one but two iconic horror villains as the cannibal Hannibal Lecter helped Clarice Starling track the skin-peeling Buffalo Bill (“It rubs the lotion on its skin”), while “Se7en” tracked serial killer John Doe killing victims based on the seven deadly sins (“What’s in the box?”). Which deserves to advance to the Final 4?
M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense” delivered arguably the greatest movie twist of all time, one that holds up on repeat viewings with the symbolic color red and brilliant misdirection throughout its inspirational therapist-patient plot and touching mother-son subplot. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” delivered a shocking twist of its own, layered with dialogue double meaning and directorial symbolism of American flag wardrobe. Which deserves to advance to the Final 4?
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