Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Day 5

Horror Icons' Top 10 Horror Films
Part 2 - The New School

Eli Roth
1. Pieces (1982)
"Well, we all know that it's not the greatest horror film of all time... or is it? Over and over I have shown this film to people, and without fail, Pieces is the single most fun viewing experience one can have at the movies.It's just completely nuts, the gore is spectacular, the nudity plentiful and gratuitous, and it has the single greatest ending in movie history. Rent it with a group of friends and your favourite alcohol or smoking substance NOW."

2. The Wicker Man (1973)
3. Alien (1979)
4. Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
5. The Evil Dead (1981)
6. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
7. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
8. The Shining (1980)
9. Ju-On (videos from 2000)
10. Who Can Kill A Child? (1976)

Ti West
1. The Shining (1980)
"It's hard to say anything about this movie that hasn't already been said. Kubrick was the best... A filmmaker unlike anyone else that has ever picked up a camera."

2. The Exorcist (1973)
3. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
4. Jaws (1975)
5. The Changeling (1980)
6. Psycho (1960)
7. Alien (1979)
8. Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
10. Halloween (1978)

Lux
 1. The Shining (1980)
     An American Werewolf in London (1981)
     The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
In no particular order
2. The House of The Devil (2009)
3. Evil Dead II (1987)
4. Twin Peaks: Fire walks With Me (1992)
5. Tenebrae (1982)
6. Let the Right One In (2008)
7. Return of The Living Dead (1985)
8. The Omen (1976)
9. Scream (1996)
10. My Little Eye (2002)

Rob Zombie
1. Frankenstein (1931)
"Nothing reminds me more of why I love horror movies than this tight 70 minutes of classic fright. James Whale delivers the gold standard of which all horror films must aspire to. Iconic characters are instantly and seamlessly created by the great Boris Karloff, Dwight Frye and Colin Clive. As good as it gets."

2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
3. The Exorcist (1973)
4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
5. Freaks (1932)
6. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
7. Halloween (1978)
8. The Shining (1980)
9. Jaws (1975)
10. King Kong (1933)

Pascal Laugier
1. The Exorcist (1973)
"I am overly fascinated by this film. There's something unexplainable in the way it operates on the audience. The rhythm of the editing is strange, unexpected... The prologue in Iraq remains a mystery. Today, any studio would cut it out because it's not directly linked to the story. It seems useless. In fact, it brings layers and makes the film both riveting and impenetrable. An absolute and pure masterpiece of adult horror cinema."

2. Deep Red (1975)
3. The Innocents (1961)
4. The Tenant (1976)
5. Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
6. Full Circle (The Haunting Of Julia) (1977)
7. The Omen (1976)
8. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
9. The Beyond (1981)
10. The Other (1972)

Alexandre Aja
1. The Shining (1980)
"From the first aerial shot to Nicholson's final haunting smile, this is a seamless masterpiece of unforgettably shocking images. With more subtext than a lifetime could analyse and an acting performance that will pursue you with an axe into your subconscious, this operatic horror movie is a hypnotic manifesto of the dark side of our soul."

2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
4. Alien (1979)
5. The Exorcist (1973)
6. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
7. Evil Dead (1981)
8. The Thing (1982)
9. Maniac (1980)
10. The Fly (1986)

Edgar Wright
1. Carrie (1976)
"This movie is utter perfection for me. I can watch it over and over again. It's a rare horror film where one has total sympathy with its lead even as they wreak horrible retribution on their tormentors. It's a teen classic and pure cinematic opera."

2. An American werewolf in London (1981)
3. The Thing (1982)
4. Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
5. Don't Look Now (1973)
6. Halloween (1978)
7. The Wicker Man (1978)
8. Suspiria (1977)
9. The Brood (1979)
10. Evil Dead II (1987)

Greg McLean
1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
"For sheer balls out, mind-bending terror nothing can top TCM for me. I saw it when I was 14 years old (having not been exposed to anything so visceral and realistic before) and it blew my young brains out so hard I went to sleep and woke up in a nightmare state believing I was actually "in" the movie. And as full of brilliant storytelling and craft as the others on my list are, none of them got into my head and fucked my brain so badly I woke staggering around in terror in my Empire Strikes Back underpants, trying to find the door to escape from the nightmare that was TCM. That was five hours after the movie had stopped. Now THAT'S a horror movie!"

2. The Exorcist (1973)
3. Alien (1979)
4. Jaws (1975)
5. The Shining (1980)
6. The Evil Dead (1981)
7. Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
8. Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
9. Don't Look Now (1973)
10. The Blair Witch Project (1999)/Cat People (1942)

James Wan
1. The Exorcist (1973)
"Any movie that was made decades ago and still has the power to truly scare and offend in today's cynical, film-savvy world, is truly a genuine masterpiece: which this is. The Exorcist works on all levels of horror/thriller filmmaking. How often does a supernatural horror movie get nominated for Best Picture?"

2. Jaws (1975)
3. Poltergeist (1982)
4. The Sixth Sense (1999)
5. Deep Red (1975)
6 Black Christmas (1974)
7. Carnival Of Souls (1962)
8. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
10. Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Guillermo del Toro
1. Frankenstein (1931)/Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
Two of the most brilliant films ever made. Paradise lost – never regained. Karloff embodies the plea of Man in a way few have ever done. Whale is in a state of grace as a filmmaker.

2. The Birds (1963)/Jaws (1975)
The two greatest “malignant nature” horror films. Horror is meant to unsettle man’s place in creation, physically or spiritually. Both films succeed admirably at this.

3. The Shining (1980)/The Innocents (1961)
Two of the best “haunted house” movies of all times. In both instances, the scariest edifice is the human mind.

4. Vampyr (1932)/Nosferatu (1922)
The vampiric doctrine concerning the corruption of soul and body is perfectly represented by these two films. One presents us with a skeletal parasite, harbinger of the plague, and the other one with the vague spectre of impending death.

5. Alien (1979)/The Thing (1982)
The two best Science-Fiction/Horror hybrids. In both instances, the irrational horror elements rise above the scientific conceit and throw rational men and women into a paroxysm of terror.

6. Night Of The Hunter (1955)/Don’t Look Now (1973)
Two terrifying fables. Childhood as horror. Tales of innocence endangered or lost in mazes of mortar or trees.

7. The Tenant (1976)/Possession (1981)
Two parables about the dissolution of the self. The horror of an uncaring cosmos landing on the doorstep of domestic life and exposing social theatrics through overwhelming horror.

8. Martin (1977)/Let the Right One In (2008)
Two tales of youth angst as vampiric malady. Unglamourized tales of infinite loneliness and scavenging in the fringes… yet terribly poetic and fragile.

9. They Came From Within (Shivers) (1975)/Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
 Two tales about the sudden loss of humanity by the pulsating drive of either hunger or lust. Ambulating sacks of flesh that ache with insatiable apetites. Hell is the others indeed.

10. Eraserhead (1976)/The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Two tales of modern anxiety that manage to show us just how uncivilized our social structure really is. Tales of horror within the patriarchal structure that demonstrate that the most horrible place on earth is home.

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