Needless to say, the month of October is the annual slot in the calendar for horror aficionados to revel in all their spooky, grisly, fright inducing glory. In the lead up to this time of the year, cinemas start rolling out all the creepy trailers, which leave the faint at heart folks to hide behind our fingers and wait for the terror to pass. This got us thinking about some of the classic horror movies of the past; the ones that stand the test of time, the films that achieve cult-like status and are often watched year in and year out in time honored tradition. A poll of 100 writers, directors, authors, actors, critics, bloggers and scholars specializing in this genre was conducted by Hitfix.com last year regarding this very idea and the results were not surprising. The Exorcist held the top spot, which isn’t shocking, given that some scenes (and very salty language) are impossible to forget. Seemingly normal 12-year-old Regan MacNeil made us fear the supernatural when she became possessed by a demon so strong, she levitated off her bed and darted like a spider down the stairs upside down on all fours. Runner-up in second place was Jack Nicholson’s unforgettable performance in The Shining as troubled Jack Torrance, the man who subjected his family to a homicidal onslaught of madness in an isolated hotel. Creepy hallucinations, axe-wielding climatic scenes and the catch phrase “Here’s Johnny!” all made this film the stuff of legends. Third place belonged to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which was extremely controversial at the time of its release due to extremely violent scenes and eluded cannibalism. Leatherface and his family of maniacs were walking nightmares and cemented their places in horror movie folklore. Mia Farrow grabbed fourth place with her performance in Rosemary’s Baby which followed a pregnant woman’s fear of her creepy neighbors and the fate of her unborn child. This was acclaimed director Roman Polanski’s first American film debut and served as the second in his “Apartment Trilogy” – three artful films depicting the horrors of apartment dwelling. And lastly, Ridley Scott’s Alien brought the fear of space creatures to life with an absolutely horrific scene that involved an alien life form bursting out of a human stomach, basically a c-section from hell. If you are a fan of this genre, be sure to catch Rob Zombie’s new release 31, which follows five carnival workers kidnapped and forced to play a twisted game of life or death against murderous lunatics.