Friday 24 January 2020

Scream comes top of the poll for Irish movie fans

Drew Barrymore in Scream, which topped the poll
Drew Barrymore in Scream, which topped the poll

Ireland's favourite scary movie has been decided just in time for Halloween.

Scream topped a poll conducted by radio station Spin 1038, receiving 16pc of votes cast among over 1,000 people.

Directed by Wes Craven, the film won an International Horror Guild award for best film upon its release in 1996. Based partly on the real-life case of the Gainesville Ripper, the plot follows a high school student in California who gets targeted by a mystery killer known as Ghostface. It was closely followed up with two sequels, Scream 2 and Scream 3.

Fifteen years after the first release, The Weinstein Company released a sequel, Scream 4, in 2011, with further sequels rumoured to be in the pipeline.

In the poll, The Conjuring came a close second at 10pc, with The Shining coming third with 9pc of the votes.

Other scary classics including The Exorcist and A Nightmare on Elm Street featured in the top ten.

According to Spin, the poll showed 'slasher movies' such as Halloween or Saw, proved more popular than ghost stories like Woman in Black and The Ring.

Those looking to get their fix of terror have the opportunity to see a variety of favourites, including Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters and Hotel Transylvania, in Dublin up until tomorrow.

Movies will be shown each evening at 'Halloween on the Square', hosted by Temple Bar Cultural Trust, in Meeting House Square, Eustace St, in the run-up to Halloween.

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