What shall we call the quarterfinals of our ultimate Psycho Killer bracket game? Crazy Eights? The Hate Eight? The Drawn-and-Quarterfinals? The Round of Eight Your Liver With Some Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti? Yes, yes, I know. I would surely deserve to be the first one killed in any of these scary movies. (I can picture it now: Blood spattered across my favorite sweater-vest. The horror.)
To our matchups, which are becoming more intense and full of possibility. Technically, the competitors aren’t fighting each other. That probably gives Norman Bates a prayer against the Gary Cooper of slashers — the strong and silent Michael Myers — but it is a shame because The Shining‘s Jack Torrance and Misery‘s Annie Wilkes is a throwdown I’d pay to see close-up. Methinks if Shelley Duvall’s Wendy had the mental imbalance of Kathy Bates’ character, Jack Nicholson wouldn’t have dared try to break into that bathroom with an axe. Moreover, if Bates’ favorite writer could only muster, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” I have a feeling Torrance might be lucky to only find himself in a wheelchair. [Note: Voters must choose either Torrance or Wilkes as scariest. Write-in votes for the hot-tub scene between Bates and Nicholson in About Schmidt will be discarded, though you are forgiven for asking.]
Vote quickly, while that image is still in your head. Just in case, the polls will stay open for 60 hours. To see our entire bracket of 32 baddies with previous results, click here.