10 Favorite Horror Films

Sladists are media maniacs...I mean lovers. Movies, Books, Music & Sports are all here.

10 Favorite Horror Films

Postby Slade » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:06 pm

Recently, Slade was asked to list his 10 Favorite Horror Films. Here they are:

1/ ALIEN (1979)
2/ PSYCHO (1960)
3/ DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1931)
4/ THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
5/ NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
6/ THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
7/ SE7EN (1995)
8/ INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
9/ BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
10/ THE THING (1982)

As this thread develops, we'll discuss the criteria behind our choices. But first, let's get some lists. Rules:

1/ No more than 10 choices.
2/ Include the year. (That tells us more about how you select than anything else.)
3/ Rank them. (None of that "In no particular order...", because order is what we're after. You must commit.)

So, who's first?

Slade
User avatar
Slade
 
Posts: 3073
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 12:42 am

Postby SickThing » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:25 pm

1. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
2. Creepshow (1982)
3. Fright Night (1985)
4. The Thing (1982)
5. Jaws (1975)
6. House of Wax (1953)
7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
8. Alien (1979)
9. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
10. The Howling (1981)

The first few were easy, the rest harder, as there are lots of others.

It'll be interesting to see what people call "horror." Is Jaws? It was to me as an 11-year-old in 1975....

Hunter
User avatar
SickThing
 
Posts: 250
Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:41 pm
Location: Bowling Green, KY

Postby dreab trawets » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:57 pm

1: Saw (2004)
2: Reservoir Dogs (1992) (was it that long ago!!!)
3: Dog Soldiers (2002)
4: Se7en (1995)
5: Aliens (1986)
6: Koroshiya 1 ( Ichi the killer English Title (2001))
7: Batoru Rowaiaru (Battle Royale English title (2000))
8: Alien (1979)
9: Baise Moi ( 2000 released UK 2002)
10: From Dusk till Dawn (1996)

Very difficult, but for sheer enjoyment, this is the order...
“After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment , the sound of my own blood gushing from my neck? That would be the best pleasure to end all pleasure. “
User avatar
dreab trawets
 
Posts: 1820
Joined: Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:39 pm
Location: like someone had combined shrimp and tomato soup and then forgot to put the lid on the blender

Postby MarylandManson » Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:17 pm

01. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
02. THE EXORCIST (1973)
03. PSYCHO (1960)
04. TRILOGY OF TERROR (1975)
05. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)
06. THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD) (1951)
07. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
08. DEAD RINGERS (1988)
09. KING KONG (1933)
10. FREAKS (1932)

Fun! MM
User avatar
MarylandManson
co-administrator
 
Posts: 583
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 10:10 pm
Location: Maryland, USA

Postby Cawdorgraves » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:49 am

1) Jaws - as anytime I am in the ocean and get that song in my head I immediately get out.
2) Candyman - not sure but this one just creeps me out
3) Poltergeist - the clown under the bed and tree freaked me out
4) Dead Alive - but not so much scary as just down right amazing!
5) The Exorcist III - Incredibly twisted
6) The Prince Of Darkness - Alice Cooper psycho haha
7) Se7en - gotta admit Gwenyth's Head in a box is perfect!
8) Hellraiser II - gotta love the cenobites and Pinhead!
9) Phantasm - the old man is creepy
10) The Silence Of The Lambs

not in the generic horror but gotta be mentioned:

1) Susperia - I just didn't enjoy this one
2) Chucky Films - come on people
3) Many Steven King movies just bombed in the end
4) Remakes of a lot of classic Horror Movies
5) Eddie Murphy as a vampire
6) Freddy Vs Jason / Alien vs Predator
7) Paris Hilton
8) The Olsen Twins
9) the JonASS Brothers and Hanah Montana movies!
10) Barney The Purple Dinosaur - Need I say more!!!!!
------------------------------------------
D E F O R M A T O R Y
------------------------------------------
In The Wake Of Pestilence
https://deformatory.bigcartel.com
------------------------------------------
User avatar
Cawdorgraves
 
Posts: 244
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2005 5:57 am
Location: Ottawa, ON

Postby PohlSE » Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:04 am

On what basis are we considering a movie a “horror” movie? Or does it just it just matter that we find it “feels” like a horror movie to us?

For example; I never considered SEVEN to be a horror film. To me it is a murder mystery/psychological thriller. The same can be said for SILENCE OF THE LAMBS…

RESERVOIR DOGS = Heist flick
ALIENS = Action movie
KING KONG = Giant Monster movie (A genre all its own IMO)

So if it’s just a film that scared you could someone include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory after being frightened by Gene Wilder’s creepy/scary monologue in the tunnel?

Maybe I’m over thinking this…

So, unless I get specific criteria as to what qualifies as a horror movie, here is what I have:

10.) THE FOG (1980)

9.) EVIL DEAD (1981)

8.) ALIEN (1979)

7.) THE THING (1982)

6.) DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)

5.) HELLRAISER (1987)

4.) PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987)

3.) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

2.) HALLOWEEN (1978)

1.) THE EXORCIST (1973)

John Carpenter is well represented here, he is one of my all time favorite directors and would be well represented in my Sci-fi and Action lists as well.

I think PRINCE OF DARKNESS is a very underrated horror flick that still holds up well today. I toyed with making it number 2 on the list but HALLOWEEN made me afraid of the dark and ELM STREET gave me Freddy nightmares so I figured that earned them a place of honor.

All of these films have a supernatural element to them (save ALIEN and THE THING unless you consider the demon like qualities of the monsters) and that speaks a lot to where my taste in horror lies. In fact, with the exception of the above two (which I really want to call Sci-fi but they scared the crap out of me when I saw them), all these films have to do with death and evil so perhaps my taste in horror reflects a psychological/philosophical fear/concern/conflict with death and the afterlife.

For me films like SAW, HOSTEL, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSCRE, and the like are not ‘horror’ movies they are ‘slasher’ movies, another separate genre (which I tend to like less and judge rather harshly). HALLOWEEN makes it into the horror list because of the unstoppable, force of evil that Michael Myers was. He was less of a killer with a knife and more of a demon walking/evil incarnate type character.

THE FOG is on the list because I was 10 years old and Adrienne Barbeau wore tight shirts… Ahem… Not to mention zombie pirates. Think about it; murder, revenge, zombie pirates, and Adrienne’s rack. What more could a kid ask for?

THE EXORCIST is just a great creepy/scary movie. But it’s a memory that THE EXCORCIST evokes that makes it my favorite:

Here in Dallas there are a couple of movie theaters that show older flicks but they serve dinner, alcohol, and allow their patrons to smoke. One was called the Granada and in 1996 (when I still drank and smoked) Christine (my wife) and I invited a couple of her friends (Beth and Jack) to dinner and a movie to see (re-see) THE EXCORCIST which was playing there. All went well, dinner was great and the beers were all micro-brewery stuff, which I like. Jack, however, liked them a little too much and was drunk by mid-film, which pissed me off… Until he fell asleep and began snoring… Out loud… Christine and I began snickering at the well timed snored that happened almost perfectly in time with Father Karras speaking to the demon-possessed Regan. The snickering devolved into outright laughter which drew the attention of the management who threatened to eject us. As Regan/Legion begins taunting Karras using his mother’s voice, Christine and I get our laughter under control. Then, in a moment of quiet in the film, Karras screams out “YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER,” a jump worthy moment to be sure, Jack leaps awake from his chair, falls over the table into the railing, and goes over the railing landing on another table five feet below scaring the shit out of the couple sitting there. Christine and I are in hysterical fits of true belly-laugh, guffaws, while Beth, mortified beyond all reason, and Jack, angry at me for not being able to stop laughing, pay for the damages and we are escorted out with orders never to return (We did and no one noticed). I had to pull over numerous times on the way home because I would break out laughing again. The four of us never went out together again but Christine and I still break out laughing at that scene in the movie.

How’s that for a reason?
User avatar
PohlSE
Webmaster
 
Posts: 837
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:15 pm
Location: Dallas, Tx.

Postby Cawdorgraves » Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:11 am

I forgot YEAR ONE it was the most horrible movie of the year! just god aweful! I mean seriously Batman Forever was bad enough with Arnold but this movie was worse than a horror movie. It was up there with Bruce Willis's Breakfast of Champions and Brokeback Mountain (despite the cast I don't think it was a good movie).

jC
------------------------------------------
D E F O R M A T O R Y
------------------------------------------
In The Wake Of Pestilence
https://deformatory.bigcartel.com
------------------------------------------
User avatar
Cawdorgraves
 
Posts: 244
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2005 5:57 am
Location: Ottawa, ON

Postby dreab trawets » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:14 am

Mine are chosen from the sheer fun i got when i first saw them, and the re-watchability.
“After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment , the sound of my own blood gushing from my neck? That would be the best pleasure to end all pleasure. “
User avatar
dreab trawets
 
Posts: 1820
Joined: Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:39 pm
Location: like someone had combined shrimp and tomato soup and then forgot to put the lid on the blender

Postby PohlSE » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:44 am

Slade,

My wife got interested in this top 10 horror flick thing so she ask me to add her list into the mix, too.

Here goes...

Christine's List:


1.) CHRISTINE (1983) (Naturally)

2.) THE EXORCIST (1973)

3.) FRIDAY THE 13th (1980)

4.) EVIL DEAD (1981)

5.) HALLOWEEN (1978)

6.) SCREAM (1996)

7.) DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)

8.) SAW (2004)

9.) POLTERGEIST (1982)

10.) CHILD'S PLAY (1988)

BTW, our shared memory of that screening of THE EXORCIST had us both rolling again.
User avatar
PohlSE
Webmaster
 
Posts: 837
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:15 pm
Location: Dallas, Tx.

Postby dreab trawets » Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:05 pm

Mr Slade,
With such an illustrious upbringing, are we allowed to know what Pink Slade's choices are?
“After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment , the sound of my own blood gushing from my neck? That would be the best pleasure to end all pleasure. “
User avatar
dreab trawets
 
Posts: 1820
Joined: Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:39 pm
Location: like someone had combined shrimp and tomato soup and then forgot to put the lid on the blender

Postby raasnio » Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:23 pm

My favorite genre. :)

Top 10 is so difficult to do but here goes:

1| The Evil Dead (1981)

2| The Thing (1982)

3| The Descent (UK version) (2005)

4| The Shining (1980)

5| Day of the Dead (1985)

6| Hellraiser (1987)

7| The Devil's Rejects (2005)

8| The Changeling (1980)

9| Alien (1979)

10| Jeepers Creepers (2001)



As for slasher films, etc., I do think they are all horror sub-genres and any can be included. Just as Alien is a horror film in a science fiction setting. Each of us has our own list because we each have sat through films that we have deemed as belonging in such a top 10 horror list.

When Slade mentions Silence of the Lambs or Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) I get it. Both solid films and the second could have made mine but I could only name 10 and yet my own list surprised even me at times. I just looked through my collection and read the lists submitted so far. My top 10 is spontaneous and I have no problems with it.
User avatar
raasnio
techno-guru / co-administrator
 
Posts: 887
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:24 am
Location: KC, MO

Postby PohlSE » Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:12 pm

I've been on a John Carpenter bender ever since I tried to hammer out my list...

So I've made an alteration; "9.) EVIL DEAD (1981)" is now being demoted to number 11, and thus no longer on this list. HELLRAISER (1987) has also been demoted 4 places, to number nine, because of its slower pace in comparison with the other flicks. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994) joins the list in the eighth spot. It's still bugging me to have sci-fi flicks on a horror list but they did scare me. And, since I just finished re-watching it, I'm putting PRINCE OF DARKNESS in the number two spot that I initially considered it for. Finally, to satisfy my sense of symmetry, I've flipped HALLOWEEN and ELM STREET so that every other flick on my list is a John Carpenter movie.

So my revised list (still in reverse order) is now:


10.) THE FOG (1980)
9.) HELLRAISER (1987)
8.) IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994)
7.) ALIEN (1979)
6.) THE THING (1982)
5.) DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)
4.) HALLOWEEN (1978)
3.) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
2.) PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987)
1.) THE EXORCIST (1973)

I'm much happier with this version.
User avatar
PohlSE
Webmaster
 
Posts: 837
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:15 pm
Location: Dallas, Tx.

Postby WaywardSoul » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:16 am

1. THE SHINING (1980)
2. HALLOWEEN (1978)
3. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
4. EVIL DEAD 2 (1987)
5. THE THING (1982)
6. ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
7. DEAD ALIVE (1992)
8. DAWN of the DEAD (1978)
9. HELLRAISER (1987)
10. FRAILTY (2001)
"Remember, there's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over." - Frank Zappa
User avatar
WaywardSoul
 
Posts: 244
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 4:14 pm
Location: North Carolina

Postby Slade » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:22 am

Reading your lists is fun. It's interesting that PohlSE and Christine chose DAWN OF THE DEAD, while raasnio went for DAY OF THE DEAD. MM and Slade selected NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, probably because it changed horror forever. NIGHT was the booster shot after PSYCHO. But between DAWN and DAY, I recall DAY OF THE DEAD as being a much scarier film, though DAWN is the flick that's usually mentioned.

Am I right? It's been a while.
User avatar
Slade
 
Posts: 3073
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 12:42 am

Postby Slade » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:23 am

P.S.

WS just came in with DAWN OF THE DEAD too, while I was posting.
User avatar
Slade
 
Posts: 3073
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 12:42 am

Next

Return to Multi-Media

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 1 guest

cron