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Just when you thought Americans were dumbing down...

A new poll conducted for AMC in connection with its MonsterFest orgy of horror movies gives us hope for the future of Western civilization. Asked who in all the world they would most like to see chopped to bits, eaten, infested with snakes in every body cavity or otherwise victimized in a horror movie,Parishilton  Americans chose not Osama bin Laden or Kim Jong-il or even their local cable company, but...Paris Hilton. Lindsay Lohan was a distant second, with Simon Cowell close behind. If only presidential voters would show such careful consideration and mature judgment, would this country rock or what?

The pollsters also asked about the scariest movie moment of all time. Winner: the shower scene in Psycho, just ahead of the mean ghostie girl crawling out of the TV in The Ring. Third was Jack Nicholson screaming "Here's Johnny!" as he chops through the door in The Shining, followed by  Jason jumping out of the lake in Friday the 13th and my own fave, the hand popping out of the ground at the end of Carrie. Hey, maybe I should have put a spoiler alert up at the beginning of this paragraph. Nah, what's the fun in that? By the way, Rosebud is a sled.

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