Thursday, June 7, 2012

Negative Quiddity: Bad Polling

Who's the scariest horror movie villain?

( ) Freddy Krueger of ‘Nightmare’
( ) Jason from ‘Friday the 13th
( ) Michael Myers of ‘Halloween’
-- actual "Yahoo!" poll, June 6, 2012

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What’s wrong with this is that an artificial pre-selection has been made in which we are supposed to assume that that poll writer has identified the correct finalists for us. This arrogant, spoon-feeding trick guarantees unreliable results.

Close your eyes, roll them around in the sockets a little bit, take a deep breath, and consider this vastly superior list:

 Jack Nicholson in The Shining
 Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games
*Boris Karloff in The Mummy
*Bela Lugosi in Dracula
 Claude Raines in The Invisible Man
*Jeff Goldblum in The Fly (1986)
 The sensory deprivation tank survivors in The Mind Benders
 Gort the robot in The Day the Earth Stood Still
 HAL the computer in 2001 A Space Odyssey
*The cannibal zombies in Night of the Living Dead 
*Colossus in Colossus: the Forbin Project
 The bending door (a special effect) in The Haunting (1962) 
 Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz
 Gerard Butler in The Phantom of the Opera
*Jeroen Krabbe as Dr. Charles Nichols, Kimble’s friend, in The Fugitive (1993)
 Christopher Walken as Gabriel in The Prophecy
 The alien (artist: H.R. Giger) in Alien 

My own personal finalists are marked with an asterisk (*).

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