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Darth Vader, zombies and the Predator have all been slaughtered.

Classic monsters continue to massacre the competition in our Monster Mash. The creepy contest, which began with a bracket of 32 brutes, has been narrowed down to eight fiends.

Let's also have a moment of silence for Hannibal Lecter, Leatherface and the Kraken, all of whom have been eliminated in spine-tingling sparring. So far it's the old-school ghouls who seem to have the edge.

In the biggest trouncing of this round, the Alien (244 votes) beat Chucky (63 votes) by a landslide. By contrast, Jason vanquished the Mummy by only a single vote.

Now it's time for the horrors to battle it out once again as Round 3 begins.

The smackdowns are certain to be scarier than ever. Godzilla goes up against Jason. Frankenstein goes head to maw with Jaws. Dracula tries to take a bite out of the Alien, and King Kong goes ape on Freddy.

Gore hounds are invited to vote now for your favorite frights.

Round 3 of the fiend fest closes at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Then we'll move on to the final showdown, with the champion -- the greatest monster of all time -- announced just in time for Halloween, the high holy day for heebie jeebies. May the best beast win.

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