Sunday, October 03, 2010

Day 3

Horror Icons' Top 10 Horror Films
Part 1 - The Old School

George Romero
1. The Thing From Another World (1951)
"Because it was the FIRST horror flick that scared the shit out of me. Opening a door... any door... has, ever since, been a traumatic experience for me."

2. The Innocents (1961)
3. Repulsion (1965)
4. Cat People (1942)
5. Jaws (1975)
6. Alien (1979)
7. Poltergeist (1982)
8. Frankenstein (1931)
9. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
10. Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Tobe Hooper
1. Psycho (1960)
2. The Exorcist (1973)
3. The Haunting (1963)
4. Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers (1956)
5. Frankenstein (1931)
6. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
7. Pulse (2001)
8. Night Of The Demon (1957)
9. Mask Of The Demon (Black Sunday) (1960)
10. Suspiria (1977)

John Landis
1. The Exorcist (1973)
"As for THE GREATEST HORROR FILMS EVER MADE, I personally loathe "best" or "worse" lists of movies. I can rattle off some of the films that I think are terrific in the genre, if you want. I guess if I had to, I would say William Friedkin's film of the William Peter Blatty novel The Exorcist is up at the top, only because of the movie's ability to create "Suspension of Disbelief" is so profound. I am an atheist and certainly do not believe in Jesus Christ or in Satan. But during the running time of The Exorcist I bought into all of it! The Vatican should give Friedkin money or at least saint-hood for what he accomplished with that film."

In no particular order:
Frankenstein (1931)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Old Dark House (1932)
Dracula (1958)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Thing (both versions) (1951, 1982)
The Fly (1986)Dead Of Night (1945)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Psycho (1960)
Repulsion (1968)
Kwaidan (1964)
Onibaba (1964)
Kuroneko (1968)
The Innocents (1961)
The Haunting (1963)
Night Of the Living Dead (1968)
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
The Sixth Sense (1999)

John Carpenter
1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
"Tobe [Hooper] really hit the times when he did that movie, more than almost any other film. I remember going to see it when it was out here in Los Angeles - it was '74 or '75 - and I remember that experience of seeing it for the first time. Jeez. What makes it all the more effective is the fact it's so funny."

2. Suspiria (1977)
3. Psycho (1960)
4. The Exorcist (1973)
5. Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
6. The Mummy (1959)

Wes Craven
1. Nosferatu (1922)
2. The Exorcist (1973)
3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
4. Man Bites Dog (1992)
5. The Omen (1976)
6. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939)
7. Frankenstein (1931)
8. The Tenant (1976)
9. Repulsion (1965)
10. Rosemary's Baby (1968) - ("Yes, I'm a Polanski freak!")

Joe Dante
1. The Innocents (1961)
"I've just never been able to find another film that creeped me out as much as this one. It's a quiet, genteel, even Masterpiece Theater-type movie, but its implications are so dark and ambiguous that I never tire of it. Freddie Francis never topped his cinematography here and Deborah Kerr's tightrope-walk performance blurs the line between terror and madness. A great film."

2. Psycho (1960)
3. The Exorcist (1973)
4. Blood And Black Lace (1964)
5. The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
6. The Body Snatcher (1945)
7. The Black Cat (1934)
8. Night Of The Demon (1957)
9. Masque Of The Red Death (1964)
10. The Seventh Victim (1943)

Sean S. Cunningham
1. Alien (1979)
 "I saw it at a sold out DGA preview and I couldn't believe how I fell for every gag and every situation. I was sitting two rows behind OJ Simpson (he was "The Juice" back then) and I saw him come out of his seat more than once... ergo, I didn't feel like too much of a wuss. For me, Alien was the first of the new breed of fun, exciting and scary movies."

2. Halloween (1978)
3. Jaws (1975)
4. Frenzy (1972)
5. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
6. Misery (1990)
7. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
8. The Thing (1982)

"Too Good to Stay Off the Lists:"
1. Poltergeist (1982)
2. Aliens (1986)
3. Psycho (1960)
4. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
5. The Shining (1980)
6. The Omen (1976)
7. The Orphanage (2007)
8. The Exorcist (1973)
9. The Fly (1986)
10. Interview With The Vampire (1994)
11. Dead Alive (1992)
12. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
13. Carrie (1976)
14. See No Evil (1971)
15. Battle Royale (2000)

"Great Fun to Watch:"
1. Scream (1996)
2. Re-Animator (1985)
3. Teeth (2007)
4. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
5. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
6. Zombieland (2009)

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