SHOCKtober: 489-461

 

Guys guys GUYS! HEY GUYS! Today is the last day of the onesies. It's the last time this month I'll type out each of the following films received one vote, so enjoy it, for tomorrow it will be but a distant memory.

489. Undead -- 2003, Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig
488. Under the Shadow -- 2016, Babak Anvari
487. Under the Silver Lake -- 2018, David Robert Mitchell
486. Underwater -- 2020, William Eubank
485. Underworld -- 2003, Len Wiseman
484. Unfriended -- 2014, Levan Gabriadze
483. Unsane -- Steven Soderbergh
482. Valentine -- 2001, Jamie Blanks
481. Vampire Circus -- 1972, Robert Young
480. Wait Until Dark -- 1967, Terence Young
479. Wake in Fright -- 1971, Ted Kotcheff
478. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit -- 2005, Steve Box & Nick Park
477. Warlock -- 1959, Steve Miner
476. Waxwork -- 1988, Anthony Hickox
475. Werewolf of London -- 1935, Stuart Walker
474. What Have You Done to Solange? -- 1972, Massimo Dallamano
473. When a Stranger Calls -- 1979, Fred Walton
472. When a Stranger Calls -- 2006, Simon West
471. When a Stranger Calls Back -- 1993, Fred Walton
470. White Zombie -- 1932, Victor Halperin
469. Who Can Kill a Child? -- Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
468. The Wizard of Gore -- 1970, Herschell Gordon Lewis
467. Wolf -- 1994, Mike Nichols
466. Wolf Creek -- 2005, Greg McLean
465. Wounds -- 2019, Babak Anvari
464. Wrong Turn -- 2003, Rob Schmidt
463. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes -- 1963, Roger Corman
462. XX -- 2017, Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carillo, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, & Jovanka Vuckovic
461. Yoga Hakwon (aka Yoga Class) -- 2009, Jae-yeon Yun

  • I am always here for Valentine love! If its gore wasn't cut by the dastardly MPAA, t'would be at home amongst the slasher flicks of yore. The characters ain't much, but the cast sure is! I don't need to name any beyond Denise Richards, do I? (No.)
  • I really dig Under the Shadow, and I'm glad to see it make the list. I recommend it often and I will continue to do so because it's a creepy little creepfest with a delicious political angle and it deserves attention.
  • Strange I haven't yet checked out Wounds, since it's from the same director as Under the Shadow and it stars Dakota Johnson. Can I even call myself the leader of the sovereign nation of Dakotastan? YES OF COURSE I CAN, it is a lifetime appointment.
  • Who Can Kill a Child? is top-notch but I admit, every time I've watched it since the first time I watched it, I skip the newsreel opening.
  • Bless our great goddess SHOCKtobra, bless our great Reader Whomever that submitted Yoga Hakwon. I had never heard of it before, but a South Korean horror movie about an ex-shopping channel host who joins an evil yoga class? From the director of Wishing Stairs?? YES PLEASE, I am quite literally watching it tonight.
  • In the 2010 SHOCKtober celebration, Wrong Turn got six votes. In 2017 and 2020, however, it received but one. It just goes to show, something something.

FAVE 20: Jason Adams


If you've been hanging around her for any length of time then I'm sure you're a Jason Adams fan. I am! I feel a real cyberpal kinship with Jason, not only because he is a rad and righteous dude, but because he has been in the blogging game as long as I have. Final Girl and Jason's blog, My New Plaid Pants, both plopped on outta Mama Internet's cyberwomb in June, 2005, a mere three days apart. Unlike me, however, Jason still posts virtually every day, usually more than once...so if you are looking for sharp, often poignant film criticism, Tilda Swinton updates, Jake Gyllenhaal updates, or slab after slab of hot, juicy beefcake, get thee to MNPP. Or check out Jason's wonderful work alongside a shitton of other wonderful work at Nathaniel Rogers's 100% essential site The Film Experience.

Jason sent me his Fave 20 list and then an addendum, asking to swap one film for another. But to this, I say no! If someone is going to kindly donate words to this experiment, then I shall publish those words! And so Jason's Fave 20 is actually Jason's Fave 21. Rejoice!



ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968, Roman Polanski)


Give or take a Rear Window my favorite movie of all time. The American Dream, little Andy or Jenny, perverted beyond recognition. Ruth Gordon eating cake. Doctor Shand playing the recorder. His father’s eyes! And the unsettling knowledge that I’d do it all for an apartment in the Dakota in an echo of a shadow of a heartbeat. “This is no dream this is really happening…” 

 
DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS (1977, George Barry)
You go into this movie expecting a joke, and you get a joke… but you also get so much more, ya know? The bed, it eats people. The title don’t lie. That happens. But this movie makes you believe you’re now in a world where there could be beds that eat people — it is so deeply weird, Lynchian even. And there are sequences of shocking beauty. You don’t soon forget Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. Ya just don’t! 


SUSPIRIA (2018, Luca Guadagnino)
Everything Stacie said is true! Times ten! This is the most recent film on my list but I have absolutely no qualms about including it — no doubts that it will eventually be seen… by the right people anyway… as the queer (in all senses) masterpiece that it is. Whenever I have a spare ten minutes I will start this up on Amazon to kill time and before I know it it’s two hours later and “Volk” is happening and Tilda’s in her big orange eatin’ dress and Susie, sweet Susie, is showing us her beautiful singing chest vagina all over again… 


SOCIETY (1989, Brian Yuzna)
I love that this movie talks about Class in America, where we pretend we don’t have Class. (No we don’t have class class, but the other kind.) And I love that it took the subject just about as outrageously far as it… will ever be taken? A lot of fun stuff happens in Society before the end of Society but… that ending reaches up in and makes you kinda forget the rest… as in “the rest of what movies have done, ever.” I just admire its dedication to its own geewillikers bonkers gumption. Unforgettable.


AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)
Every time I sit down to watch this movie excited thinking about how hot Christian Bale looks strutting around in his tighty-whities, and every time this movie elegantly stabs me just so in the eyeball for being so base. It’s so subtle, how Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner spilled out the innards of Bret Easton Ellis’s book, how they make Patrick Bateman, beautiful Patrick Bateman, absolutely riotously pathetic — it’s so subtle, even as it sweats and screams and frantically smashes a kitten into an ATM machine, that a lot of clueless dude-bros even in 2020 still don’t seem to get the joke’s not on them, it is them.


FREAKS (1932, Tod Browning)
I know this movie makes some people uncomfortable (heaven forbid) but I’ve always viewed it as being on the side of the carnival performers, even when they’re crawling through the mud with knives in their teeth at the end. They are the heroes dammit, carving up the grotesque patriarchy one bad apple at a time, and I’d gladly be one of them gooble gobble.


GHOSTWATCH (1992, Lesley Manning)
PIPES!!! Like my hostess with the mostess here at Final Girl I love love love me some Found Footage Horror and I had to include at least one on my list and if it wasn’t going to be The Blair Witch Project (which is probably the correct answer but I wanna be special) it had to be this BBC TV production, which managed to War-of-the-Worlds an entire new generation when it aired on Halloween Night in 1992, tricking people into believing they were watching a real documentary about a haunted house. Haunted by… Pipes! PIPES!!! Ugh, Pipes. Pipes forever haunts my nightmares.


PAPERHOUSE (1988, Bernard Rose)
Looking back on this Bernard Rose flick as an adult I realize it’s less of a horror movie than it seemed to me as a kid when I rented it a thousand times from the local library, but to that kid-of-divorce this fever dream that turns nightmare for its midsection tapped into something real primal and personal, and just thinking about the scene where little Anna’s father comes home is giving me gooseflesh as I type it.


THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955, Charles Laughton)
Charles Laughton’s only directorial effort is one of the greatest films ever made — a fairy-tale-tinged descent into the (literal) dark side of Americana, two innocent little children being chased across an almost Caligari-level abstracted rural landscape, and one of the screen’s most terrifying (and sweaty) monsters nipping at their heels the whole way. Like Paperhouse this one gets at the scared little child in me. 


DEMONS (1985, Lamberto Bava)
This shit’s just rad. Snorting cocaine from a coke can rad! Inexplicable demon masks and motorcycles in a movie theater lobby rad! GERETTA GERETTA RAD.


SLUGS (1988, Juan Piquer Simón)
For some reason Slugs was filmed in my itty bitty upstate New York hometown when I was 10-years-old, alongside the far classier ghost film Lady in White with Lukas Haas — I have never been able to figure out why those two films filmed at the same time in the same out of the way place, but it was a sensation amongst my classmates! Lots of kids skipped class to go see filming happen — I did not, because I was a good little gay boy, and I didn’t see Slugs until many years later. It was love at first slime trail!


SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE (2000, E. Elias Merhige)
One of my favorite movies about the making of a movie ever, even if lord knows they maybe fudged the details a little, here and there. Just a little though. It’s absolutely impossible for me to watch Murnau’s Nosferatu now without thinking of Willem Dafoe — in a year of great performances that included Christian Bale in American Psycho Dafoe’s turn as “Max Schreck” still comes out on top; it’s a miracle, funny and spine-chilling all at once. Woefully underrated, this sucker.


JUST BEFORE DAWN (1981, Jeff Lieberman)
I couldn’t make this list without a 1981 slasher on it and I was torn between this and My Bloody Valentine, but JBD’s seeming obscurity pushed it just out ahead. Where’s this movie’s deluxe blu-ray edition? Even as it trots through all of the tropes this year was setting into stone — horny young people camping in the woods, a wise older man (GEORGE KENNEDY) warning them not to — this flick always still manages to unsettle me. Its weird soundscape is one big plus — the forest sounds turned real strange — and its genuinely creepy bad guys are another, but most of all my heart belongs its final girl Constance (Deborah Benson) and her one-of-a-kind arc, which sees her becoming more feminine as she also grows wilder and tougher; it’s the opposite of how these things usually work and it fascinates me every time. And that fistful of an ending!


WOLF CREEK (2005, Greg McLean)
Wolf Creek would actually make a killer double-feature with Just Before Dawn, I’m now realizing seeing the titles beside each other. They both have such an eerie sense of place, of weird nature closing in on all sides. They both make wide open spaces seem nightmarishly claustrophobic. This movie made me sick with anxiety the first time I watched it, so sick I almost had to leave the theater. And it’s kept that up it every time, many many times, since.


BLUE VELVET (1986, David Lynch)
There are so many images in this, David Lynch’s most terrifying nightmare (out of many many most terrifying nightmares), that have been haunting me for decades. The bugs under the lawn. The ear. Dean Stockwell with his car lamp microphone. Dennis Hopper’s fake mustache — that’s no joke, we’re not talking the replacement mustache on the cop in Sleepaway Camp here. We are talking about a genuinely unsettling fake mustache, half glimpsed in a stairwell. How even? But none more viscerally upsetting than Isabella Rossellini standing naked (arms out at her sides in a pose that’s always been to me sickeningly reminiscent of the so-called “Napalm Girl” photograph from the Vietnam War) on a suburban front lawn. None ever, in anything ever made, more haunting than that. Nobody rifles around in our collective unconscious and comes up with the same hallucinatory power, beautiful, disturbing, as Lynch can.


FINAL DESTINATION 2 (2003, David R. Ellis)
My favorite entry in my favorite horror franchise! I genuinely love all five films but Part 2 gets all the perverse elements of what makes these movies a good time just right, from that never not jaw-dropping freeway pile-up opening sequence through to every damn death set-piece… I’ve seen this movie dozens of times and I still scream with shock and awe at every blood-splattering bit.


DEATH PROOF (2007, Quentin Tarantino)
J’adore the way Tarantino turns the Slasher Formula inside out, making into two distinct acts his symbolic ruminations on female representation in the genre – Act One: The Victim and Act Two: The Final Girl. And then he just stuffs the whole she-bang with some of his best most quotable most fun dialogue ever, and hands it all over to a metric shit ton of talented young women to savor every twisty drop. I’m more inclined towards the second act because I’m slightly more inclined towards the second act’s actresses, not to mention its joyousness against the stark nihilism of the opening half. Either way I leave this movie flying sky high on goofballs, grinning ear to ear every dang time.


THE FLY (1986, David Cronenberg)
I went back and forth on which Cronenberg I’d include in my list (a Cronenberg was a must) but between this movie and Dead Ringers and Videodrome and The Brood and Shivers and Scanners and Rabid, ohh my, having just re-watched The Fly a few weeks ago it gets the edge, and I do think it marries all of his obsessions into the greatest overall package. And I’m not (just) talking about how hot Jeff Goldblum looks pre-Brundlefly. Some of the grossest special effects still put on-screen, and at the same time Geena Davis genuinely busts my heart open in this. It’s got everything.


CARRIE (1976, Brian De Palma)
Anchored by two of the greatest horror performances of all time -- each of them working on entirely different registers and yet somehow perfectly complementing one another -- this movie fools me every time. Every time I find my brain convincing me that maybe Carrie White will be okay, maybe the bucket won’t fall and we’ll all wake up happy, bathed in light. Saddest damn movie ever. Sissy Spacek For President.


MARTYRS (2008, Pascal Laugier)
An ice-cold masterpiece that interrogates Why Horror Movies – what it is that makes us as human beings want--nay, need--to stare at atrocities over and over and over again – without needing to get Meta about it. Pascal Laugier’s more interested in the human condition, the under the skin parts of us, and how far we’ll go to strip one another bare to get at them. And he generates shock through the ingenuity of his storytelling, starting deep with his core idea and layering fully formed skin sacks around it, one on top of the other – there are entire great movies that would have stood on their own yanked off in his race to get back down to his base. Traumatic, by design.


PEEPING TOM (1960, Michael Powell)
Before there was Michael Myers and a butcher knife, before there was Freddy Krueger and his knife fingers, even before there was Billy in the attic with a plastic sheet and Norman friggin Bates, there was Mark Lewis (played by a bug-eyed Karlheinz Böhmand) and his camera tripod penis knife of death. So ahead of its time it ruined a storied director's career, but time has been very, very good to this very, very dark picture.

SHOCKtober: 520-490




Listen, try as you might, you cannot stop the power of the force of nature called LIST. 

The following films each received one vote! Still! But hey, we broke that 500 barrier, y'all! 

520. The Sixth Sense -- 1999, M. Night Shyamalan
519. The Skin I Live In -- 2011, Pedro Almodóvar
518. The Slayer -- 1982, J.S. Cardone
517. The Spiral Staircase -- 1946, Robert Siodmak
516. The Strangers: Prey at Night -- 2018, Johannes Roberts
515. The Tenant -- 1976, Roman Polanski
514. The Thing from Another World -- 1951, Christian Nyby & Howard Hawks
513. The Thing That Couldn't Die -- 1958, Will Cowan
512. The Ugly -- 1997, Scott Reynolds
511. The Unknown -- 1927, Tod Browning
510. The Vampire Doll -- 1970, Michio Yamamoto
509. The Vampire Lovers -- 1970, Roy Ward Baker
508. The War of the Gargantuas -- 1966, Ishirô Honda
507. The Whip and the Body -- 1963, Mario Bava
506. The White Ribbon -- 2009, Michael Haneke
505. Wishing Stairs -- 2003, Jae-yeon Yun
504. The Witch in the Window -- 2018, Andy Mitton
503. The Wolf Man -- 1941, George Waggner
502. The X from Outer Space -- 1967, Kazui Nihonmatsu
501. Thesis -- 1996, Alejandro Amenábar
500. They Look Like People -- 2015, Perry Blackshear
499. Thirteen Ghosts -- 2001, Steve Beck
498. Three...Extremes -- 2004, Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, & Chan-wook Park
497. Tigers Are Not Afraid -- 2017, Issa López
496. Timecrimes -- 2007, Nacho Vigalondo
495. To Die For -- 1988, Deran Sarafian
494. The Tomb of Ligeia -- 1964, Roger Corman
493. Topper Returns -- 1941, Roy Del Ruth
492. Trilogy of Terror II -- 1996, Dan Curtis
491. Trollhunter -- 2010, André Øvredal
490. Tusk -- 2014, Kevin Smith


  • Yeah yeah yeah The Slayer! What a little gem. A creepy allegory about the creative process, and a bit of a sweet-ass predecessor to A Nightmare on Elm Street. More people should see The Slayer!
  • I admit, putting together these chunks o' list have given me a bit of a desire to watch 1960s Japanese monster movies. The monsters do not have to be oversized, necessarily. They all look like fun! Pastel-colored fun.
  • Of The Tomb of Ligeia, a reader said: "My favorite of Corman's Poe cycle of films benefits from location filming, stylish camerawork, and a great performance from Vincent Price, one of his best."
  • You'll be hearing a bit more about Wishing Stairs later in the month! *evil laugh*
  • The Skin I Live In, The Vampire Lovers, Trilogy of Terror II, and more good stuff on this chunk--it's true what they say, Final Girl has the best readers, only readers with discerning, superior taste!
  • I especially like that when they made Trilogy of Terror II, they basically said "Okay look, we know you guys just want the Zuni fetish doll, so here's some more Zuni fetish doll." Also, if you like Trilogy of Terror II, be sure to check out Dead of Night (1977) which features the original version of the story "Bobby" because man, in Dead of Night that story is les tits.

SHOCKtober: 520-490




Listen, try as you might, you cannot stop the power of the force of nature called LIST. 

The following films each received one vote! Still! But hey, we broke that 500 barrier, y'all! 
  • The Sixth Sense -- 1999, M. Night Shyamalan
  • The Skin I Live In -- 2011, Pedro Almodóvar
  • The Slayer -- 1982, J.S. Cardone
  • The Spiral Staircase -- 1946, Robert Siodmak
  • The Strangers: Prey at Night -- 2018, Johannes Roberts
  • The Tenant -- 1976, Roman Polanski
  • The Thing from Another World -- 1951, Christian Nyby & Howard Hawks
  • The Thing That Couldn't Die -- 1958, Will Cowan
  • The Ugly -- 1997, Scott Reynolds
  • The Unknown -- 1927, Tod Browning
  • The Vampire Doll -- 1970, Michio Yamamoto
  • The Vampire Lovers -- 1970, Roy Ward Baker
  • The War of the Gargantuas -- 1966, Ishirô Honda
  • The Whip and the Body -- 1963, Mario Bava
  • The White Ribbon -- 2009, Michael Haneke
  • Wishing Stairs -- 2003, Jae-yeon Yun
  • The Witch in the Window -- 2018, Andy Mitton
  • The Wolf Man -- 1941, George Waggner
  • The X from Outer Space -- 1967, Kazui Nihonmatsu
  • Thesis -- 1996, Alejandro Amenábar
  • They Look Like People -- 2015, Perry Blackshear
  • Thirteen Ghosts -- 2001, Steve Beck
  • Three...Extremes -- 2004, Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, & Chan-wook Park
  • Tigers Are Not Afraid -- 2017, Issa López
  • Timecrimes -- 2007, Nacho Vigalondo
  • To Die For -- 1988, Deran Sarafian
  • The Tomb of Ligeia -- 1964, Roger Corman
  • Topper Returns -- 1941, Roy Del Ruth
  • Trilogy of Terror II -- 1996, Dan Curtis
  • Trollhunter -- 2010, André Øvredal
  • Tusk -- 2014, Kevin Smith

  • Yeah yeah yeah The Slayer! What a little gem. A creepy allegory about the creative process, and a bit of a sweet-ass predecessor to A Nightmare on Elm Street. More people should see The Slayer!
  • I admit, putting together these chunks o' list have given me a bit of a desire to watch 1960s Japanese monster movies. The monsters do not have to be oversized, necessarily. They all look like fun! Pastel-colored fun.
  • Of The Tomb of Ligeia, a reader said: "My favorite of Corman's Poe cycle of films benefits from location filming, stylish camerawork, and a great performance from Vincent Price, one of his best."
  • You'll be hearing a bit more about Wishing Stairs later in the month! *evil laugh*
  • The Skin I Live In, The Vampire Lovers, Trilogy of Terror II, and more good stuff on this chunk--it's true what they say, Final Girl has the best readers, only readers with discerning, superior taste!
  • I especially like that when they made Trilogy of Terror II, they basically said "Okay look, we know you guys just want the Zuni fetish doll, so here's some more Zuni fetish doll." Also, if you like Trilogy of Terror II, be sure to check out Dead of Night (1977) which features the original version of the story "Bobby" because man, in Dead of Night that story is les tits.

SHOCKtober: 520-490




Listen, try as you might, you cannot stop the power of the force of nature called LIST. 

The following films each received one vote! Still! But hey, we broke that 500 barrier, y'all! 
  • The Sixth Sense -- 1999, M. Night Shyamalan
  • The Skin I Live In -- 2011, Pedro Almodóvar
  • The Slayer -- 1982, J.S. Cardone
  • The Spiral Staircase -- 1946, Robert Siodmak
  • The Strangers: Prey at Night -- 2018, Johannes Roberts
  • The Tenant -- 1976, Roman Polanski
  • The Thing from Another World -- 1951, Christian Nyby & Howard Hawks
  • The Thing That Couldn't Die -- 1958, Will Cowan
  • The Ugly -- 1997, Scott Reynolds
  • The Unknown -- 1927, Tod Browning
  • The Vampire Doll -- 1970, Michio Yamamoto
  • The Vampire Lovers -- 1970, Roy Ward Baker
  • The War of the Gargantuas -- 1966, Ishirô Honda
  • The Whip and the Body -- 1963, Mario Bava
  • The White Ribbon -- 2009, Michael Haneke
  • Wishing Stairs -- 2003, Jae-yeon Yun
  • The Witch in the Window -- 2018, Andy Mitton
  • The Wolf Man -- 1941, George Waggner
  • The X from Outer Space -- 1967, Kazui Nihonmatsu
  • Thesis -- 1996, Alejandro Amenábar
  • They Look Like People -- 2015, Perry Blackshear
  • Thirteen Ghosts -- 2001, Steve Beck
  • Three...Extremes -- 2004, Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, & Chan-wook Park
  • Tigers Are Not Afraid -- 2017, Issa López
  • Timecrimes -- 2007, Nacho Vigalondo
  • To Die For -- 1988, Deran Sarafian
  • The Tomb of Ligeia -- 1964, Roger Corman
  • Topper Returns -- 1941, Roy Del Ruth
  • Trilogy of Terror II -- 1996, Dan Curtis
  • Trollhunter -- 2010, André Øvredal
  • Tusk -- 2014, Kevin Smith

  • Yeah yeah yeah The Slayer! What a little gem. A creepy allegory about the creative process, and a bit of a sweet-ass predecessor to A Nightmare on Elm Street. More people should see The Slayer!
  • I admit, putting together these chunks o' list have given me a bit of a desire to watch 1960s Japanese monster movies. The monsters do not have to be oversized, necessarily. They all look like fun! Pastel-colored fun.
  • Of The Tomb of Ligeia, a reader said: "My favorite of Corman's Poe cycle of films benefits from location filming, stylish camerawork, and a great performance from Vincent Price, one of his best."
  • You'll be hearing a bit more about Wishing Stairs later in the month! *evil laugh*
  • The Skin I Live In, The Vampire Lovers, Trilogy of Terror II, and more good stuff on this chunk--it's true what they say, Final Girl has the best readers, only readers with discerning, superior taste!
  • I especially like that when they made Trilogy of Terror II, they basically said "Okay look, we know you guys just want the Zuni fetish doll, so here's some more Zuni fetish doll." Also, if you like Trilogy of Terror II, be sure to check out Dead of Night (1977) which features the original version of the story "Bobby" because man, in Dead of Night that story is les tits.

SHOCKtober: 553-521



Someday we will begin counting down movies that earned multiple votes. Today is not that day. Each of the following films received one vote!

553. The Last Exorcism -- 2010, Daniel Stamm
552. The Last Horror Film -- 1982, David Winters
551. The Last Horror Movie -- 2003, Julian Richards
550. The Last Man on Earth -- 1964, Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow
549. The Legacy -- 1978, Richard Marquand
548. The Legend of Hillbilly John -- 1972, John Newland
547. The Legend of Lizzie Borden -- 1975, Paul Wendkos
546. The Mad Magician -- 1954, John Brahm
545. The Mangler -- 1995, Tobe Hooper
544. The Manster -- 1959, George P. Breakston & Kenneth G. Crane
543. The Masque of the Red Death -- Roger Corman
542. The Moth Diaries -- 2011, Mary Harron
541. The Mummy -- 1999, Stephen Sommers
540. The Nest -- 1987, Terence H. Winkless
539. The New York Ripper -- 1982, Lucio Fulci
538. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave -- 1971, Emilio Miraglia
537. The Night Flyer -- 1997, Mark Pavia
536. The Night Strangler -- 1973, Dan Curtis
535. The Ninth Gate -- 1999, Roman Polanski
534. From a Whisper to a Scream (aka The Offspring) -- 1987, Jeff Burr
533. The Pit -- 1981, Lew Lehman
532. The Pit and the Pendulum -- 1961, Roger Corman
531. The Prophecy -- 1995, Gregory Widen
530. The Rage: Carrie 2 -- 1999, Katt Shea & Robert Mandel
529. Le Corbeau -- 1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot
528. The Raven -- 1935, Lew Landers
527. The Ruins -- 2008, Carter Smith
526. The Seduction -- 1982, David Schmoeller
525. The Sender -- 1982, Roger Christian
524. The Serpent and the Rainbow -- 1988, Wes Craven
523. The Seventh Victim -- 1943, Mark Robson
522. The Shallows -- 2016, Jaume Collet-Serra
521. The Shrine -- 2010, Jon Knautz


  • The Seventh Victim is one of those movies that'll haunt you long after it's over. Moody, gorgeous (Jean Brooks's iconic wig alone!), creepy, and very very sad. It's a classic for a reason.
  • I loves me some Lucio Fulci, but I've yet to see The New York Ripper. I've almost done it several times, but...I don't know, one of these days I'll be in the mood for some vicious sleaze with a whiff of misogyny. Probably. Maybe? Possibly. 
  •  The Shrine was a pleasant little creeptastic surprise. Again (x10000), I love a town with a secret!
  • Also again, no one can sum up The Pit better than this imdb comment: "I don't know if it's the greatest horror film ever, but it's definitely the greatest horror film in which a 12-year-old pervert is encouraged by his possessed teddy bear to push all his various enemies into a pit full of hungry troglodytes." I love The Pit

FAVE 20: Alexandra West


I'm sure I don't need to introduce you to Alex West, but I will anyway! She's a smart and prolific writer, with two books under her belt (so far, I should say): Films of the New French Extremity and The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle. Additionally she's got words all over the place, from essays in books like Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion, and Worship in the Horror Film to the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and everywhere in between. If you prefer using your earholes to your eyeballs, well, you can catch Alex on The Faculty of Horror, the podcast she co-hosts alongside Andrea Subisatti. Undoubtedly her greatest achievement, however, is providing a list of her favorite 20 horror movies for this here blog, right? RIGHT?!



BOXING HELENA (1993, Jennifer Lynch)
One of the most gloriously silly movies ever committed to film. Don't believe me? Kim Basinger went bankrupt just to get out of being in it. 

 
HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1995, Joe Chappelle)
I'll take the theatrical OR the Producer's Cut...I love this stupid movie that fills Michael with goo. 


PET SEMATARY II (1992, Mary Lambert)
I was indoctrinated on this one when it played repeatedly on AMC's Fear Fest. I think Anthony Edwards is super sexy (give me a bulky knit and an air of responsibility and I. Am. There.). 


THE INVITATION (2015, Karyn Kusama)
Karyn Kusama's moody adult dinner party horror doesn't get as much credit as it deserves, it's layered, creepy as fuck, beautifully made and accurately depicts my fear of small talk. I've seen it multiple times and look forward to watching it many more.


DARKNESS FALLS (2003, Jonathan Liebesman)
"I see you, bitch!" says it all... but the first ten or so minutes of this film are super affecting and then rest is delightfully stupid. 


HOUSE (aka Hausu; 1977, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
I have Andrea Subissati to thank for getting me on board the House train. Witch cats and witch ladies for the win. For as wild as it gets, it has a beating heart which hits a bit different each time I see it.


CRIMSON PEAK (2015, Guillermo del Toro)
This delightfully bonkers Del Toro film captures the twisty, nonsensical novels that he was inspired by so perfectly without being too precious with them.


CHERRY FALLS (2000, Geoffrey Wright)


I HAVE to watch this every few years to remind myself it's real.


PULSE (aka Kairo; 2001, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Another film that continues to grow in relevancy making it even scarier.


AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000, Mary Harron)
This film continues to reveal itself to me and since its release 20 years ago has only become more prescient since Patrick Bateman cypher Donald Trump has become President.


GHOSTWATCH (1992, Lesley Manning)
TV SPECIAL OR REAL?? I adore this British Gen X take on War of the Worlds.


INSIDE (aka À l'intérieur; 2007, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury)
A good reminder to always invite Beatrice Dalle in when asked nicely.


PYEWACKET (2017, Adam MacDonald)
This is one of those films that makes me proud to be Canadian and another one that Andrea put me on to. Adam MacDonald created a fully realized world that has stayed with me and haunted me since I first saw it.


THE FLY (1986, David Cronenberg)
Sometimes we all need a good cry and this film breaks me.


THE DEAD ZONE (1983, David Cronenberg)
Speaking of Cronenberg, I love this adaptation of Stephen King's work as it shares a coldness with Kubrick's version of The Shining that reaches me. Also Christopher Walken is...sexy.


SCREAM (1996, Wes Craven)
This was my gateway to horror. It holds a very special place in my heart and continues to be as watchable as it was formative.


THE SHINING (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
I love The Shining. I love it more the older I get. I love the mean-ness of it. I wish it didn't continue to resonate with me the way it does but here we are.


SUSPIRIA (2018, Luca Guadagnino)
I would call this one an imperfect-perfect film. For the bits I find a bit less than (the opening scene--I'm just not a Chloe Grace Mortez fan--and some of the weird camera effects at the end) it FLIES higher than the majority of other films horror could ever dare to. It is a treatise on many things and I love that everyone who "gets" this film, gets something different from it.


THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975, Bryan Forbes)
I love this fucking movie so hard. Yes, it may be peak white feminism but the allegory is so wonderfully insidious there's a reason Jordan Peele was influenced by it.


GET OUT (2017, Jordan Peele)
Speaking of Jordan Peele, I think this is a perfect film, beat-by-beat, shot-by-shot it was (and is) a searing wake-up call.

SHOCKtober: 553-521



Someday we will begin counting down movies that earned multiple votes. Today is not that day. Each of the following films received one vote!

553. The Last Exorcism -- 2010, Daniel Stamm
552. The Last Horror Film -- 1982, David Winters
551. The Last Horror Movie -- 2003, Julian Richards
550. The Last Man on Earth -- 1964, Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow
549. The Legacy -- 1978, Richard Marquand
548. The Legend of Hillbilly John -- 1972, John Newland
547. The Legend of Lizzie Borden -- 1975, Paul Wendkos
546. The Mad Magician -- 1954, John Brahm
545. The Mangler -- 1995, Tobe Hooper
544. The Manster -- 1959, George P. Breakston & Kenneth G. Crane
543. The Masque of the Red Death -- Roger Corman
542. The Moth Diaries -- 2011, Mary Harron
541. The Mummy -- 1999, Stephen Sommers
540. The Nest -- 1987, Terence H. Winkless
539. The New York Ripper -- 1982, Lucio Fulci
538. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave -- 1971, Emilio Miraglia
537. The Night Flyer -- 1997, Mark Pavia
536. The Night Strangler -- 1973, Dan Curtis
535. The Ninth Gate -- 1999, Roman Polanski
534. From a Whisper to a Scream (aka The Offspring) -- 1987, Jeff Burr
533. The Pit -- 1981, Lew Lehman
532. The Pit and the Pendulum -- 1961, Roger Corman
531. The Prophecy -- 1995, Gregory Widen
530. The Rage: Carrie 2 -- 1999, Katt Shea & Robert Mandel
529. Le Corbeau -- 1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot
528. The Raven -- 1935, Lew Landers
527. The Ruins -- 2008, Carter Smith
526. The Seduction -- 1982, David Schmoeller
525. The Sender -- 1982, Roger Christian
524. The Serpent and the Rainbow -- 1988, Wes Craven
523. The Seventh Victim -- 1943, Mark Robson
522. The Shallows -- 2016, Jaume Collet-Serra
521. The Shrine -- 2010, Jon Knautz


  • The Seventh Victim is one of those movies that'll haunt you long after it's over. Moody, gorgeous (Jean Brooks's iconic wig alone!), creepy, and very very sad. It's a classic for a reason.
  • I loves me some Lucio Fulci, but I've yet to see The New York Ripper. I've almost done it several times, but...I don't know, one of these days I'll be in the mood for some vicious sleaze with a whiff of misogyny. Probably. Maybe? Possibly. 
  •  The Shrine was a pleasant little creeptastic surprise. Again (x10000), I love a town with a secret!
  • Also again, no one can sum up The Pit better than this imdb comment: "I don't know if it's the greatest horror film ever, but it's definitely the greatest horror film in which a 12-year-old pervert is encouraged by his possessed teddy bear to push all his various enemies into a pit full of hungry troglodytes." I love The Pit

SHOCKtober: 553-521



Someday we will begin counting down movies that earned multiple votes. Today is not that day. Each of the following films received one vote!

553. The Last Exorcism -- 2010, Daniel Stamm
552. The Last Horror Film -- 1982, David Winters
551. The Last Horror Movie -- 2003, Julian Richards
550. The Last Man on Earth -- 1964, Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow
549. The Legacy -- 1978, Richard Marquand
548. The Legend of Hillbilly John -- 1972, John Newland
547. The Legend of Lizzie Borden -- 1975, Paul Wendkos
546. The Mad Magician -- 1954, John Brahm
545. The Mangler -- 1995, Tobe Hooper
544. The Manster -- 1959, George P. Breakston & Kenneth G. Crane
543. The Masque of the Red Death -- Roger Corman
542. The Moth Diaries -- 2011, Mary Harron
541. The Mummy -- 1999, Stephen Sommers
540. The Nest -- 1987, Terence H. Winkless
539. The New York Ripper -- 1982, Lucio Fulci
538. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave -- 1971, Emilio Miraglia
537. The Night Flyer -- 1997, Mark Pavia
536. The Night Strangler -- 1973, Dan Curtis
535. The Ninth Gate -- 1999, Roman Polanski
534. From a Whisper to a Scream (aka The Offspring) -- 1987, Jeff Burr
533. The Pit -- 1981, Lew Lehman
532. The Pit and the Pendulum -- 1961, Roger Corman
531. The Prophecy -- 1995, Gregory Widen
530. The Rage: Carrie 2 -- 1999, Katt Shea & Robert Mandel
529. Le Corbeau -- 1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot
528. The Raven -- 1935, Lew Landers
527. The Ruins -- 2008, Carter Smith
526. The Seduction -- 1982, David Schmoeller
525. The Sender -- 1982, Roger Christian
524. The Serpent and the Rainbow -- 1988, Wes Craven
523. The Seventh Victim -- 1943, Mark Robson
522. The Shallows -- 2016, Jaume Collet-Serra
521. The Shrine -- 2010, Jon Knautz


  • The Seventh Victim is one of those movies that'll haunt you long after it's over. Moody, gorgeous (Jean Brooks's iconic wig alone!), creepy, and very very sad. It's a classic for a reason.
  • I loves me some Lucio Fulci, but I've yet to see The New York Ripper. I've almost done it several times, but...I don't know, one of these days I'll be in the mood for some vicious sleaze with a whiff of misogyny. Probably. Maybe? Possibly. 
  •  The Shrine was a pleasant little creeptastic surprise. Again (x10000), I love a town with a secret!
  • Also again, no one can sum up The Pit better than this imdb comment: "I don't know if it's the greatest horror film ever, but it's definitely the greatest horror film in which a 12-year-old pervert is encouraged by his possessed teddy bear to push all his various enemies into a pit full of hungry troglodytes." I love The Pit

SHOCKtober: 553-521



Someday we will begin counting down movies that earned multiple votes. Today is not that day. Each of the following films received one vote!

553. The Last Exorcism -- 2010, Daniel Stamm
552. The Last Horror Film -- 1982, David Winters
551. The Last Horror Movie -- 2003, Julian Richards
550. The Last Man on Earth -- 1964, Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow
549. The Legacy -- 1978, Richard Marquand
548. The Legend of Hillbilly John -- 1972, John Newland
547. The Legend of Lizzie Borden -- 1975, Paul Wendkos
546. The Mad Magician -- 1954, John Brahm
545. The Mangler -- 1995, Tobe Hooper
544. The Manster -- 1959, George P. Breakston & Kenneth G. Crane
543. The Masque of the Red Death -- Roger Corman
542. The Moth Diaries -- 2011, Mary Harron
541. The Mummy -- 1999, Stephen Sommers
540. The Nest -- 1987, Terence H. Winkless
539. The New York Ripper -- 1982, Lucio Fulci
538. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave -- 1971, Emilio Miraglia
537. The Night Flyer -- 1997, Mark Pavia
536. The Night Strangler -- 1973, Dan Curtis
535. The Ninth Gate -- 1999, Roman Polanski
534. From a Whisper to a Scream (aka The Offspring) -- 1987, Jeff Burr
533. The Pit -- 1981, Lew Lehman
532. The Pit and the Pendulum -- 1961, Roger Corman
531. The Prophecy -- 1995, Gregory Widen
530. The Rage: Carrie 2 -- 1999, Katt Shea & Robert Mandel
529. Le Corbeau -- 1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot
528. The Raven -- 1935, Lew Landers
527. The Ruins -- 2008, Carter Smith
526. The Seduction -- 1982, David Schmoeller
525. The Sender -- 1982, Roger Christian
524. The Serpent and the Rainbow -- 1988, Wes Craven
523. The Seventh Victim -- 1943, Mark Robson
522. The Shallows -- 2016, Jaume Collet-Serra
521. The Shrine -- 2010, Jon Knautz


  • The Seventh Victim is one of those movies that'll haunt you long after it's over. Moody, gorgeous (Jean Brooks's iconic wig alone!), creepy, and very very sad. It's a classic for a reason.
  • I loves me some Lucio Fulci, but I've yet to see The New York Ripper. I've almost done it several times, but...I don't know, one of these days I'll be in the mood for some vicious sleaze with a whiff of misogyny. Probably. Maybe? Possibly. 
  •  The Shrine was a pleasant little creeptastic surprise. Again (x10000), I love a town with a secret!
  • Also again, no one can sum up The Pit better than this imdb comment: "I don't know if it's the greatest horror film ever, but it's definitely the greatest horror film in which a 12-year-old pervert is encouraged by his possessed teddy bear to push all his various enemies into a pit full of hungry troglodytes." I love The Pit

SHOCKtober: 553-521



Someday we will begin counting down movies that earned multiple votes. Today is not that day. Each of the following films received one vote!

553. The Last Exorcism -- 2010, Daniel Stamm
552. The Last Horror Film -- 1982, David Winters
551. The Last Horror Movie -- 2003, Julian Richards
550. The Last Man on Earth -- 1964, Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow
549. The Legacy -- 1978, Richard Marquand
548. The Legend of Hillbilly John -- 1972, John Newland
547. The Legend of Lizzie Borden -- 1975, Paul Wendkos
546. The Mad Magician -- 1954, John Brahm
545. The Mangler -- 1995, Tobe Hooper
544. The Manster -- 1959, George P. Breakston & Kenneth G. Crane
543. The Masque of the Red Death -- Roger Corman
542. The Moth Diaries -- 2011, Mary Harron
541. The Mummy -- 1999, Stephen Sommers
540. The Nest -- 1987, Terence H. Winkless
539. The New York Ripper -- 1982, Lucio Fulci
538. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave -- 1971, Emilio Miraglia
537. The Night Flyer -- 1997, Mark Pavia
536. The Night Strangler -- 1973, Dan Curtis
535. The Ninth Gate -- 1999, Roman Polanski
534. From a Whisper to a Scream (aka The Offspring) -- 1987, Jeff Burr
533. The Pit -- 1981, Lew Lehman
532. The Pit and the Pendulum -- 1961, Roger Corman
531. The Prophecy -- 1995, Gregory Widen
530. The Rage: Carrie 2 -- 1999, Katt Shea & Robert Mandel
529. Le Corbeau -- 1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot
528. The Raven -- 1935, Lew Landers
527. The Ruins -- 2008, Carter Smith
526. The Seduction -- 1982, David Schmoeller
525. The Sender -- 1982, Roger Christian
524. The Serpent and the Rainbow -- 1988, Wes Craven
523. The Seventh Victim -- 1943, Mark Robson
522. The Shallows -- 2016, Jaume Collet-Serra
521. The Shrine -- 2010, Jon Knautz


  • The Seventh Victim is one of those movies that'll haunt you long after it's over. Moody, gorgeous (Jean Brooks's iconic wig alone!), creepy, and very very sad. It's a classic for a reason.
  • I loves me some Lucio Fulci, but I've yet to see The New York Ripper. I've almost done it several times, but...I don't know, one of these days I'll be in the mood for some vicious sleaze with a whiff of misogyny. Probably. Maybe? Possibly. 
  •  The Shrine was a pleasant little creeptastic surprise. Again (x10000), I love a town with a secret!
  • Also again, no one can sum up The Pit better than this imdb comment: "I don't know if it's the greatest horror film ever, but it's definitely the greatest horror film in which a 12-year-old pervert is encouraged by his possessed teddy bear to push all his various enemies into a pit full of hungry troglodytes." I love The Pit

FAVE 20: Alexandra West


I'm sure I don't need to introduce you to Alex West, but I will anyway! She's a smart and prolific writer, with two books under her belt (so far, I should say): Films of the New French Extremity and The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle. Additionally she's got words all over the place, from essays in books like Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion, and Worship in the Horror Film to the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and everywhere in between. If you prefer using your earholes to your eyeballs, well, you can catch Alex on The Faculty of Horror, the podcast she co-hosts alongside Andrea Subisatti. Undoubtedly her greatest achievement, however, is providing a list of her favorite 20 horror movies for this here blog, right? RIGHT?!



BOXING HELENA (1993, Jennifer Lynch)
One of the most gloriously silly movies ever committed to film. Don't believe me? Kim Basinger went bankrupt just to get out of being in it. 

 
HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1995, Joe Chappelle)
I'll take the theatrical OR the Producer's Cut...I love this stupid movie that fills Michael with goo. 


PET SEMATARY II (1992, Mary Lambert)
I was indoctrinated on this one when it played repeatedly on AMC's Fear Fest. I think Anthony Edwards is super sexy (give me a bulky knit and an air of responsibility and I. Am. There.). 


THE INVITATION (2015, Karyn Kusama)
Karyn Kusama's moody adult dinner party horror doesn't get as much credit as it deserves, it's layered, creepy as fuck, beautifully made and accurately depicts my fear of small talk. I've seen it multiple times and look forward to watching it many more.


DARKNESS FALLS (2003, Jonathan Liebesman)
"I see you, bitch!" says it all... but the first ten or so minutes of this film are super affecting and then rest is delightfully stupid. 


HOUSE (aka Hausu; 1977, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
I have Andrea Subissati to thank for getting me on board the House train. Witch cats and witch ladies for the win. For as wild as it gets, it has a beating heart which hits a bit different each time I see it.


CRIMSON PEAK (2015, Guillermo del Toro)
This delightfully bonkers Del Toro film captures the twisty, nonsensical novels that he was inspired by so perfectly without being too precious with them.


CHERRY FALLS (2000, Geoffrey Wright)


I HAVE to watch this every few years to remind myself it's real.


PULSE (aka Kairo; 2001, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Another film that continues to grow in relevancy making it even scarier.


AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000, Mary Harron)
This film continues to reveal itself to me and since its release 20 years ago has only become more prescient since Patrick Bateman cypher Donald Trump has become President.


GHOSTWATCH (1992, Lesley Manning)
TV SPECIAL OR REAL?? I adore this British Gen X take on War of the Worlds.


INSIDE (aka À l'intérieur; 2007, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury)
A good reminder to always invite Beatrice Dalle in when asked nicely.


PYEWACKET (2017, Adam MacDonald)
This is one of those films that makes me proud to be Canadian and another one that Andrea put me on to. Adam MacDonald created a fully realized world that has stayed with me and haunted me since I first saw it.


THE FLY (1986, David Cronenberg)
Sometimes we all need a good cry and this film breaks me.


THE DEAD ZONE (1983, David Cronenberg)
Speaking of Cronenberg, I love this adaptation of Stephen King's work as it shares a coldness with Kubrick's version of The Shining that reaches me. Also Christopher Walken is...sexy.


SCREAM (1996, Wes Craven)
This was my gateway to horror. It holds a very special place in my heart and continues to be as watchable as it was formative.


THE SHINING (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
I love The Shining. I love it more the older I get. I love the mean-ness of it. I wish it didn't continue to resonate with me the way it does but here we are.


SUSPIRIA (2018, Luca Guadagnino)
I would call this one an imperfect-perfect film. For the bits I find a bit less than (the opening scene--I'm just not a Chloe Grace Mortez fan--and some of the weird camera effects at the end) it FLIES higher than the majority of other films horror could ever dare to. It is a treatise on many things and I love that everyone who "gets" this film, gets something different from it.


THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975, Bryan Forbes)
I love this fucking movie so hard. Yes, it may be peak white feminism but the allegory is so wonderfully insidious there's a reason Jordan Peele was influenced by it.


GET OUT (2017, Jordan Peele)
Speaking of Jordan Peele, I think this is a perfect film, beat-by-beat, shot-by-shot it was (and is) a searing wake-up call.

FAVE 20: Alexandra West


I'm sure I don't need to introduce you to Alex West, but I will anyway! She's a smart and prolific writer, with two books under her belt (so far, I should say): Films of the New French Extremity and The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle. Additionally she's got words all over the place, from essays in books like Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion, and Worship in the Horror Film to the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and everywhere in between. If you prefer using your earholes to your eyeballs, well, you can catch Alex on The Faculty of Horror, the podcast she co-hosts alongside Andrea Subisatti. Undoubtedly her greatest achievement, however, is providing a list of her favorite 20 horror movies for this here blog, right? RIGHT?!



BOXING HELENA (1993, Jennifer Lynch)
One of the most gloriously silly movies ever committed to film. Don't believe me? Kim Basinger went bankrupt just to get out of being in it. 

 
HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1995, Joe Chappelle)
I'll take the theatrical OR the Producer's Cut...I love this stupid movie that fills Michael with goo. 


PET SEMATARY II (1992, Mary Lambert)
I was indoctrinated on this one when it played repeatedly on AMC's Fear Fest. I think Anthony Edwards is super sexy (give me a bulky knit and an air of responsibility and I. Am. There.). 


THE INVITATION (2015, Karyn Kusama)
Karyn Kusama's moody adult dinner party horror doesn't get as much credit as it deserves, it's layered, creepy as fuck, beautifully made and accurately depicts my fear of small talk. I've seen it multiple times and look forward to watching it many more.


DARKNESS FALLS (2003, Jonathan Liebesman)
"I see you, bitch!" says it all... but the first ten or so minutes of this film are super affecting and then rest is delightfully stupid. 


HOUSE (aka Hausu; 1977, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
I have Andrea Subissati to thank for getting me on board the House train. Witch cats and witch ladies for the win. For as wild as it gets, it has a beating heart which hits a bit different each time I see it.


CRIMSON PEAK (2015, Guillermo del Toro)
This delightfully bonkers Del Toro film captures the twisty, nonsensical novels that he was inspired by so perfectly without being too precious with them.


CHERRY FALLS (2000, Geoffrey Wright)


I HAVE to watch this every few years to remind myself it's real.


PULSE (aka Kairo; 2001, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Another film that continues to grow in relevancy making it even scarier.


AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000, Mary Harron)
This film continues to reveal itself to me and since its release 20 years ago has only become more prescient since Patrick Bateman cypher Donald Trump has become President.


GHOSTWATCH (1992, Lesley Manning)
TV SPECIAL OR REAL?? I adore this British Gen X take on War of the Worlds.


INSIDE (aka À l'intérieur; 2007, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury)
A good reminder to always invite Beatrice Dalle in when asked nicely.


PYEWACKET (2017, Adam MacDonald)
This is one of those films that makes me proud to be Canadian and another one that Andrea put me on to. Adam MacDonald created a fully realized world that has stayed with me and haunted me since I first saw it.


THE FLY (1986, David Cronenberg)
Sometimes we all need a good cry and this film breaks me.


THE DEAD ZONE (1983, David Cronenberg)
Speaking of Cronenberg, I love this adaptation of Stephen King's work as it shares a coldness with Kubrick's version of The Shining that reaches me. Also Christopher Walken is...sexy.


SCREAM (1996, Wes Craven)
This was my gateway to horror. It holds a very special place in my heart and continues to be as watchable as it was formative.


THE SHINING (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
I love The Shining. I love it more the older I get. I love the mean-ness of it. I wish it didn't continue to resonate with me the way it does but here we are.


SUSPIRIA (2018, Luca Guadagnino)
I would call this one an imperfect-perfect film. For the bits I find a bit less than (the opening scene--I'm just not a Chloe Grace Mortez fan--and some of the weird camera effects at the end) it FLIES higher than the majority of other films horror could ever dare to. It is a treatise on many things and I love that everyone who "gets" this film, gets something different from it.


THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975, Bryan Forbes)
I love this fucking movie so hard. Yes, it may be peak white feminism but the allegory is so wonderfully insidious there's a reason Jordan Peele was influenced by it.


GET OUT (2017, Jordan Peele)
Speaking of Jordan Peele, I think this is a perfect film, beat-by-beat, shot-by-shot it was (and is) a searing wake-up call.

FAVE 20: Alexandra West


I'm sure I don't need to introduce you to Alex West, but I will anyway! She's a smart and prolific writer, with two books under her belt (so far, I should say): Films of the New French Extremity and The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle. Additionally she's got words all over the place, from essays in books like Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion, and Worship in the Horror Film to the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and everywhere in between. If you prefer using your earholes to your eyeballs, well, you can catch Alex on The Faculty of Horror, the podcast she co-hosts alongside Andrea Subisatti. Undoubtedly her greatest achievement, however, is providing a list of her favorite 20 horror movies for this here blog, right? RIGHT?!



BOXING HELENA (1993, Jennifer Lynch)
One of the most gloriously silly movies ever committed to film. Don't believe me? Kim Basinger went bankrupt just to get out of being in it. 

 
HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1995, Joe Chappelle)
I'll take the theatrical OR the Producer's Cut...I love this stupid movie that fills Michael with goo. 


PET SEMATARY II (1992, Mary Lambert)
I was indoctrinated on this one when it played repeatedly on AMC's Fear Fest. I think Anthony Edwards is super sexy (give me a bulky knit and an air of responsibility and I. Am. There.). 


THE INVITATION (2015, Karyn Kusama)
Karyn Kusama's moody adult dinner party horror doesn't get as much credit as it deserves, it's layered, creepy as fuck, beautifully made and accurately depicts my fear of small talk. I've seen it multiple times and look forward to watching it many more.


DARKNESS FALLS (2003, Jonathan Liebesman)
"I see you, bitch!" says it all... but the first ten or so minutes of this film are super affecting and then rest is delightfully stupid. 


HOUSE (aka Hausu; 1977, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
I have Andrea Subissati to thank for getting me on board the House train. Witch cats and witch ladies for the win. For as wild as it gets, it has a beating heart which hits a bit different each time I see it.


CRIMSON PEAK (2015, Guillermo del Toro)
This delightfully bonkers Del Toro film captures the twisty, nonsensical novels that he was inspired by so perfectly without being too precious with them.


CHERRY FALLS (2000, Geoffrey Wright)


I HAVE to watch this every few years to remind myself it's real.


PULSE (aka Kairo; 2001, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Another film that continues to grow in relevancy making it even scarier.


AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000, Mary Harron)
This film continues to reveal itself to me and since its release 20 years ago has only become more prescient since Patrick Bateman cypher Donald Trump has become President.


GHOSTWATCH (1992, Lesley Manning)
TV SPECIAL OR REAL?? I adore this British Gen X take on War of the Worlds.


INSIDE (aka À l'intérieur; 2007, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury)
A good reminder to always invite Beatrice Dalle in when asked nicely.


PYEWACKET (2017, Adam MacDonald)
This is one of those films that makes me proud to be Canadian and another one that Andrea put me on to. Adam MacDonald created a fully realized world that has stayed with me and haunted me since I first saw it.


THE FLY (1986, David Cronenberg)
Sometimes we all need a good cry and this film breaks me.


THE DEAD ZONE (1983, David Cronenberg)
Speaking of Cronenberg, I love this adaptation of Stephen King's work as it shares a coldness with Kubrick's version of The Shining that reaches me. Also Christopher Walken is...sexy.


SCREAM (1996, Wes Craven)
This was my gateway to horror. It holds a very special place in my heart and continues to be as watchable as it was formative.


THE SHINING (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
I love The Shining. I love it more the older I get. I love the mean-ness of it. I wish it didn't continue to resonate with me the way it does but here we are.


SUSPIRIA (2018, Luca Guadagnino)
I would call this one an imperfect-perfect film. For the bits I find a bit less than (the opening scene--I'm just not a Chloe Grace Mortez fan--and some of the weird camera effects at the end) it FLIES higher than the majority of other films horror could ever dare to. It is a treatise on many things and I love that everyone who "gets" this film, gets something different from it.


THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975, Bryan Forbes)
I love this fucking movie so hard. Yes, it may be peak white feminism but the allegory is so wonderfully insidious there's a reason Jordan Peele was influenced by it.


GET OUT (2017, Jordan Peele)
Speaking of Jordan Peele, I think this is a perfect film, beat-by-beat, shot-by-shot it was (and is) a searing wake-up call.

FAVE 20: Alexandra West


I'm sure I don't need to introduce you to Alex West, but I will anyway! She's a smart and prolific writer, with two books under her belt (so far, I should say): Films of the New French Extremity and The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle. Additionally she's got words all over the place, from essays in books like Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion, and Worship in the Horror Film to the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and everywhere in between. If you prefer using your earholes to your eyeballs, well, you can catch Alex on The Faculty of Horror, the podcast she co-hosts alongside Andrea Subisatti. Undoubtedly her greatest achievement, however, is providing a list of her favorite 20 horror movies for this here blog, right? RIGHT?!



BOXING HELENA (1993, Jennifer Lynch)
One of the most gloriously silly movies ever committed to film. Don't believe me? Kim Basinger went bankrupt just to get out of being in it. 

 
HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1995, Joe Chappelle)
I'll take the theatrical OR the Producer's Cut...I love this stupid movie that fills Michael with goo. 


PET SEMATARY II (1992, Mary Lambert)
I was indoctrinated on this one when it played repeatedly on AMC's Fear Fest. I think Anthony Edwards is super sexy (give me a bulky knit and an air of responsibility and I. Am. There.). 


THE INVITATION (2015, Karyn Kusama)
Karyn Kusama's moody adult dinner party horror doesn't get as much credit as it deserves, it's layered, creepy as fuck, beautifully made and accurately depicts my fear of small talk. I've seen it multiple times and look forward to watching it many more.


DARKNESS FALLS (2003, Jonathan Liebesman)
"I see you, bitch!" says it all... but the first ten or so minutes of this film are super affecting and then rest is delightfully stupid. 


HOUSE (aka Hausu; 1977, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
I have Andrea Subissati to thank for getting me on board the House train. Witch cats and witch ladies for the win. For as wild as it gets, it has a beating heart which hits a bit different each time I see it.


CRIMSON PEAK (2015, Guillermo del Toro)
This delightfully bonkers Del Toro film captures the twisty, nonsensical novels that he was inspired by so perfectly without being too precious with them.


CHERRY FALLS (2000, Geoffrey Wright)


I HAVE to watch this every few years to remind myself it's real.


PULSE (aka Kairo; 2001, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Another film that continues to grow in relevancy making it even scarier.


AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000, Mary Harron)
This film continues to reveal itself to me and since its release 20 years ago has only become more prescient since Patrick Bateman cypher Donald Trump has become President.


GHOSTWATCH (1992, Lesley Manning)
TV SPECIAL OR REAL?? I adore this British Gen X take on War of the Worlds.


INSIDE (aka À l'intérieur; 2007, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury)
A good reminder to always invite Beatrice Dalle in when asked nicely.


PYEWACKET (2017, Adam MacDonald)
This is one of those films that makes me proud to be Canadian and another one that Andrea put me on to. Adam MacDonald created a fully realized world that has stayed with me and haunted me since I first saw it.


THE FLY (1986, David Cronenberg)
Sometimes we all need a good cry and this film breaks me.


THE DEAD ZONE (1983, David Cronenberg)
Speaking of Cronenberg, I love this adaptation of Stephen King's work as it shares a coldness with Kubrick's version of The Shining that reaches me. Also Christopher Walken is...sexy.


SCREAM (1996, Wes Craven)
This was my gateway to horror. It holds a very special place in my heart and continues to be as watchable as it was formative.


THE SHINING (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
I love The Shining. I love it more the older I get. I love the mean-ness of it. I wish it didn't continue to resonate with me the way it does but here we are.


SUSPIRIA (2018, Luca Guadagnino)
I would call this one an imperfect-perfect film. For the bits I find a bit less than (the opening scene--I'm just not a Chloe Grace Mortez fan--and some of the weird camera effects at the end) it FLIES higher than the majority of other films horror could ever dare to. It is a treatise on many things and I love that everyone who "gets" this film, gets something different from it.


THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975, Bryan Forbes)
I love this fucking movie so hard. Yes, it may be peak white feminism but the allegory is so wonderfully insidious there's a reason Jordan Peele was influenced by it.


GET OUT (2017, Jordan Peele)
Speaking of Jordan Peele, I think this is a perfect film, beat-by-beat, shot-by-shot it was (and is) a searing wake-up call.