By the way, friends and users: This post, as do many, links via the post's title to the articles that got me thinking of making a post of it. If you click on "Whatta ya think about the scariest film ever," it will take you to the MSNBC poll that I've put up here.
I'd have to toss it up between "The Shining" and "Alien."
I like "The Exorcist" very much-- as a novel and film, it's the greatest of all these titles, in my opinion, but for different reasons. I see it as a metaphorical study of the nexus of psychology and religion, though it's important for me to state unequivocally that I see its value as being entirely metaphorical; in other words, I don't believe that possession by outside, intelligent forces of any kind has happened or can happen. In fact, that goes against the entire structure of my own spiritual beliefs.
Am going to write an essay on this novel and film sometime in the next few months-- hope you'll look for it because I've been mentally planning it for several years. :)
In any case, I'm interested in anyone's opinion about the scariest and best horror films and thrillers.