That is sad, but I never knew that The Shinning (1980, starring Jack Nicolson) was the first..

According to the new surver conducted, The Exorcism tops the scare list followed by The Shinning and Alien is next.

Here’s what we read:

he Exorcist, William Friedkin’s iconic 1973 movie, has been voted the best horror film ever made, according to a new poll of British filmgoers. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, the 1980 film 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 – Wicker Man (1973), The Omen (1976),Halloween (1978) and Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

The three others featuring at the top of the list were The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Ring (1998 and Saw (2004)).

FW Murnau’s Nosferatu is the oldest film on the list, having been released in 1922, while The Mist and Shutter, the DVD versions of which were released this year, are the most recent.

More than 6000 people were surveyed by entertainment retailer HMV on its website between September 19 and October 20 for the poll.