The Exorcist voted best horror movie

The Exorcist , William Friedkin's 1973 iconic movie, has been voted the best horror film ever made, according to a new poll of British filmgoers published yesterday .

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, the 1980 film remake of Stephen King's classic novel, was placed second in the survey, followed by Ridley Scott's 1979 movie Alien.

Four other films in the top 10 were released between 1970 and 1984 -Halloween (1978), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Wicker Man (1973), and The Omen (1976). The three others featuring at the top of the list were The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Saw(2004), andRing (1998).

FW Murnau'sNosferatu is the oldest film on the list, having been released in 1922, while TheMistand Shutter, the DVD versions of which were released this year, are the most recent.

More than 6000 people were surveyed between September 19 and October 20 for the poll. - Sapa-AFP