What is New York’s Favorite Scary Movie?
The recent box office success of It this weekend got me thinking about horror movies. Horror is one of my favorite film genres, and I know I've got a few favorites of my own: The Evil Dead, Halloween, Poltergeist, and The Babadook, for starters. That's why I was surprised to see the results of a poll Time Magazine conducted last year, in an effort to determine every state's favorite horror movie.
For most of the states, the choices made sense - of course people love Jaws, The Exorcist, and The Shining. Obviously Texas's favorite is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But New York opted not to go with a conventional horror classic or a new hit, but instead went with a left-field choice: 2000's Final Destination.
Now, if you haven't seen Final Destination, you should. It's awesome. It's basically just an excuse to watch teenagers die in increasingly ridiculous ways, and while that starts to go off the rails in the sequels, the original is still a really solid horror movie. I'm more just curious about why that's the one New York went with. I mean, it takes place in New York, but so do a lot of movies.
But, it seems New Yorkers feel that movie stuck a chord with them more than any other horror movie. Do you agree? Or do you think the scariest movie of all time is Hocus Pocus, which somehow topped the list in 12 states despite being a family Disney comedy?