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There can be only one king of Halloween.
Editor’s note: This story is being updated with each new round of voting. For previous rounds see below.
The winner of our week-long Monster Match showdown is a silent killer—because in space, no one can hear you scream.
Though he had a good run to the final showdown of our epic Halloween Monster Match bracket, Edgar Wright’s blackly comedic Shaun of the Dead, which leapfrogged over classics like The Exorcist and his namesake Dawn of the Dead, eventually met with a horror icon he couldn’t best. One that gave us not only one of pop culture’s most terrifying monsters, but one of its most legendary movie heroes.
Though it was a close call, Daily Dot readers and Facebook fans have declared Alien—Ridley Scott’s famous version of “Jaws in Space,” which ironically bested Jaws in round one—to be the ultimate chestburster.
Whether it’s the unforgettable alien, with its sleek, minimalist H.R. Giger design, or that iconic scene (which not even the actors were prepared for—their reactions when John Hurt’s new friend says hello are entirely real), or the sheer badassness and cultural staying power of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, everything about Alien has stayed fresh—and scary—over the years. Somehow, watching the doomed crew of the Nostromo getting hunted down, impregnated, and sprayed with acidic alien juice never gets less terrifying. And not even Scott’s lackluster Prometheus and planned sequels have tarnished the shine of this classic.
Here’s the entire bracket—right-click to enlarge. Voting for the contest is now closed. You can see writeups of each day of the contest below.
The Daily Dot is pitting your favorite ghosts, ghouls, and serial killers against each other in our Monster Match halloween horror bracket—and you’re deciding the winners.
See the teams and vote for your favorite horror movies below.
Voting starts now for the final round!
Here’s where the bracket stands. Click here to see the image bigger.
Each day from now until Halloween we’ll update the bracket with the previous day’s winners. Keep checking back in to see which monsters made the cut and vote for the survivors!
Here’s a closer look at the lineup the fourth round. (Voting for round 4 is closed.)
Here’s a closer look at the lineup the third round. (Voting for round 3 is closed.)
Here’s a closer look at the lineup for the second round. (Voting for round 2 is closed.)
Here’s the lineup for the first round. (Voting for round 1 is closed.)
Click here to see a larger version of the full bracket below.
We’ve chosen some of our favorite representatives from a mix of creature movies, zombie movies, slashers, and occult chillers and given them the chance to face off, Freddy vs. Jason-style, and duke it out until a winner remains.
And just keep telling yourself: it’s only a bracket.
Illustration by Jason Reed | Poll by Smriti Sinha
Aja Romano is a geek culture reporter and fandom expert. Their reporting at the Daily Dot covered everything from Harry Potter and anime to Tumblr and Gamergate. Romano joined Vox as a staff reporter in 2016.