FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

Oct 22, 2017

SHOCKtober: 191-170



Each of these movies received TWO VOTES!

191. The Legend of Boggy Creek -- 1972, Charles B. Pierce
190. The Loved Ones -- 2009, Sean Byrne
189. The Mad Magician -- 1954, John Brahm
188. The Midnight Hour -- 1985, Jack Bender
187. The Other -- 1972, Robert Mulligan
186. The Stepfather -- 1987, Joseph Ruben
185. The Strangers -- 2008, Bryan Bertino
184. The Wolf Man -- 1941, George Waggner
183. Train to Busan -- 2016, Sang-ho Yeon
182. Triangle -- 2009, Christopher Smith
181. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me -- 1992, David Lynch
180. Under the Skin -- 2013, Jonathan Glazer
181. Vamp -- 1986, Richard Wenk
180. We Are What We Are -- 2013, Jim Mickle
179. What We Do in the Shadows -- 2014, Jermaine Clement & Taika Waititi

What's this? A separate chunk o' list? Yes, because each of these movies got THREE VOTES!

178. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night -- 2014, Ana Lily Amirpour
177. Alice Sweet Alice -- 1976, Alfred Sole
176. Aliens -- 1986, James Cameron
175. Basket Case -- 1982, Frank Henenlotter
174. Black Sunday -- 1960, Mario Bava
173. Cold Prey -- 2006, Roar Uthaug
172. Curtains -- 1983, Richard Ciupka


Lawd amighty do I love We Are What We Are so much! And honestly, if I didn't force myself to watch it as part of the SHOCKtober 2015 Netflix-only movies I might have continued to avoid it because "cannibal family" makes it sound like a tired Texas Chain Saw Massacre rip-off and I avoid those as much as possible. But if my votes counted for this list, well, We Are What We Are would have had three votes. SHOCKtober: bringing people together since whenever the first time I did it was!

Oct 21, 2017

Death Count is on Kindle!

Hi there, I know you are probably tired of hearing about my new book Death Count but I am not tired of talking about it yet, so strap in!

The Kindle version is now available! It's taking a bit for Amazon to merge both print and futuristic cyber versions into one page, so for now CLICK HERE for the Kindle listing. If you're in the market for a print version, hey it's currently on sale for 10% off! CLICK HERE for that.

Hey look, it's all one listing now! CLICK HERE FOR PRINT OR FUTURISTIC KINDLE, YOUR CHOICE YES I'M YELLING.

I've got a mere ten SEVEN sketch edition slots remaining, and that's it! If you'd like one of those (or a signed edition), CLICK HERE for info.

And if you've picked it up already, first of all thank you! Let me know what you think and keep the pics coming, they're adding YEARS to my life!




SHOCKtober: 212-192



Ooh la la, today we break the 200 barrier with these films that received TWO VOTES EACH!

212. Race with the Devil -- 1975, Jack Starrett
211. Ravenous -- 1999, Antonia Bird
210. Revenge of the Creature -- 1955, Jack Arnold
209. Salem's Lot -- 1979, Tobe Hooper
208. Saw -- 2004, James Wan
207. Scream 2 -- 1997, Wes Craven
206. Shutter -- 2004, Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom
205. Sole Survivor -- 1983, Thom Eberhardt
204. Son of Frankenstein -- 1939, Rowland V. Lee
203. Spider Baby -- 1967, Jack Hill
202. Splinter -- 2008, Toby Wilkins
201. Street Trash -- 1987, James M. Muro
200. The Blob -- 1958, Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. & Russell S. Doughten Jr.
199. The Car -- 1977, Elliot Silverstein
198. The Children -- 1980, Max Kalmanowicz
197. The Collector -- 2009, Marcus Dunstan
196. The Devils -- 1971, Ken Russell
195. Eyes of Laura Mars -- 1978, Irvin Kershner
194. The Grudge -- 2004, Takashi Shimizu
193. The Initiation -- 1984, Larry Stewart & Peter Crane
192. The Lady in White -- 1988, Frank LaLoggia


I'm surprised to see Salem's Lot only got two votes! I watched it again after Tobe Hooper died in August and it's still so great. It's interesting that Mr. Barlow appears for only a few moments and doesn't actually do very much, yet he's still so imposing and terrifying. It's a testament not only to the way he's built up through the narrative, but also the way his brief appearances are shot by Hooper. That grotesque face in shocking closeup, the way he rises from the floor and takes up nearly the entirety of the Petrie kitchen...so, so good. I've never found vampires to be particularly frightening, but every one of 'em in Salem's Lot does it for me.

Glad to see The Initiation up there, and I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you that HEIDI HERSELF commented on my review back in the day. Read it again and bask...Heidi rules! Hopefully now that the film is out on Blu-ray her residual checks have increased.


Look, I haven't seen Stranger Things yet but I've seen plenty of pictures from it. If the world/internet gave Heidi even half the love it gives to ST's Barb, we'd all be better off.

Oct 20, 2017

SHOCKtober: Final Mom's Top 20


I know that sometimes you must read this site and wonder at my taste in horror movies. How did it get to be so good? Was I simply born this way, with perfect and impeccable opinions on what is good and what is not?

Of course I was! But while I would like to give myself sole credit for this, I must in fact give a shout-out to my mom, who obviously also has superior taste in horror movies. Just look at this list! It speaks for itself, so I'll shut up now.


Dracula (1958, Terence Fisher)


Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966, Terence Fisher)


Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968, Freddie Francis)


Night of the Living Dead (1968, George A. Romero)


Dawn of the Dead (1978, George A. Romero)


The Descent (2005, Neil Marshall)


Dog Soldiers (2002, Neil Marshall)


Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose)


Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)


Ju-on: The Grudge (2002, Takashi Shimizu)


Ringu (1998, Hideo Nakata)


A Tale of Two Sisters (2003, Jee-woon Kim)


Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)


Pitch Black (2000, David Twohy)


The Blair Witch Project (1999, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sánchez


Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)


Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento)


Demons (1985, Lamberto Bava)


Cold Prey (2006, Roar Uthaug)


Dark Water (2001, Hideo Nakata)

SHOCKtober: 233-213



You guessed it–each movie featured today received TWO VOTES.

233. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) -- 2011, Tom Six
232. I Walked with a Zombie -- 1943, Jacques Tourneur
231. Insidious -- 2010, James Wan
230. Interview with the Vampire -- 1994, Neil Jordan
229. Intruder -- 1989, Scott Spiegel
228. Island of Lost Souls -- 1932, Erle C. Kenton
227. It -- 2017, Andy Muschietti
226. Jeepers Creepers -- 2001, Victor Salva
225. Killer Party -- 1986, William Fruet
224. King Kong -- 1933, Merien C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack
223. The Lair of the White Worm -- 1988, Ken Russell
222. Lake Mungo -- 2008, Joel Anderson
221. The Last Man on Earth -- 1964, Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow
220. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue -- 1974, Jorge Grau
219. Ludlow -- 2010, Stacie Ponder (I DID NOT PAY FOR THIS AND YES IT'S OBVIOUSLY FLATTERING BUT POSTING IT MAKES ME FEEL WEIRD BUT WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO)
218. Maniac -- 2012, Franck Khalfoun
217. May -- 2002, Lucky McKee
216. Nightbreed -- 1990, Clive Barker
215. Night of the Comet -- 1984, Thom Eberhardt
214. Nosferatu the Vampyre -- 1979, Werner Herzog
213. Popcorn -- 1991, Mark Herrier & Alan Ormsby


What a nicely varied list we have here today! But only two votes for Lake Mungo, are you people nuts? That movie deserves two million votes!

Also, I love Killer Party so much. If you haven't seen it, well, this video spoils the last few seconds of it...but the song is so worth it!

Oct 19, 2017

SHOCKtober: 255-234



Aw yeah, firmly ensconced in the last of the twos. Each film got TWO VOTES EACH!

255. Demons 2 -- 1986, Lamberto Bava
254. Les diaboliques -- 1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot
253. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark -- 1973, John Newland
252. Don't Deliver Us from Evil -- 1971, Joël Séria
251. Don't Go in the House -- 1979, Joseph Ellison
250. Bram Stoker's Dracula -- 1992, Francis Ford Coppola
249. Eraserhead -- 1977, David Lynch
248. Final Destination -- 2000, James Wong
247. FleshEater -- 1988, S. William Hinzman
246. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed -- 1969, Terence Fisher
245. Friday the 13th Part III -- 1982, Steve Miner
244. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter -- 1984, Joseph Zito
243. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood -- 1988, John Carl Buechler
242. From Dusk Till Dawn -- 1996, Robert Rodriguez
241. Funny Games -- 1997, Michael Haneke
240. Ghost Ship -- 2002, Steve Beck
239. Green Room -- 2015, Jeremy Saulnier
238. Gremlins -- 1984, Joe Dante
237. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer -- 1986, John McNaughton
236. Honeymoon -- 2014, Leigh Janiak
235. Horror Express -- 1972, Eugenio Martin
234. Horror of Dracula -- 1958, Terence Fisher

Wow, check out all those Friday the 13ths on this chunk o' list! Why, you know would go great with all these Friday mentions? A copy of my new book, Death Count! Just think, you two people who listed Part III (only two? for shame!) could bond over the movie and all my illustrations of the deaths therein. Even more importantly, you could bond over how great Chris Higgins is! Because she's so great! I am just saying. Death Count. Yeah.

I mean heck, if I can't pimp the book here, then where can I pimp it? And look! Amazon finally got the 'look inside' feature running so now you can–yes–look inside. Woo hoo! Chris Higgins!




Oct 18, 2017

A reminder!

I've gotten quite a warm reception and some very kind words about Death Count. I'm delighted that folks are delighted! Some people have even gone so far as to post pictures of the book or of themselves with the book and I love it so much...not to be greedy, I'm definitely hoping for some pets-with-Death Count shots in the future.

This is courtesy of our forever pal Jason at My New Plaid Pants!
If you've yet to get in on the hot, hot Death Count action, it's available at Amazon–they even discounted the price to $19.07, what a deal! I'm still working on the Kindle edition, hopefully I'll have that soon and I'll update.

Signed copies are still available directly from me for $19.95, and there are also a few sketch editions left for $45. If you'd like a signed or sketched version, Paypal me at stacieponder (at) gmail dot com. If it's a sketch edition, be sure to tell me which character (from Part One–Jason X) you'd like! And be sure to include a mailing address. Sorry my dudes, sketch edition and signed copies are available in the US only.

I just really want to post pictures of people with my book forever. IT'S THE BEST THING. Tag me on "social" "media" or email the pics my way or something. Just keep 'em coming, man, I'm jonesin' for it!



SHOCKtober: 275-256



Whoa, I can't believe it...at last, we have arrived at the point in the list where each movie received TWO VOTES. That's right! So long, solo acts...we're in Twinsie Town. Just think–if you voted for one of these films and you meet the other person who voted for the same film, well, you'll have something to talk about. Won't that be nice?

275. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master -- 1988, Renny Harlin
274. A Tale of Two Sisters -- 2003, Jee-woon Kim
273. All Cheerleaders Die -- 2013, Lucky McKee & Chris Sivertson
272. Alligator -- 1980, Lewis Teague
271. American Mary -- 2012, Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska
270. Antichrist -- 2009, Lars von Trier
269. A Bay of Blood -- 1971, Mario Bava
268. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon -- 2006, Scott Glosserman
267. Black Swan -- 2010, Darren Aronofsky
266. Blue Velvet -- 1986, David Lynch
265. Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror -- 1981, Andrea Bianchi
264. Cannibal Holocaust -- 1980, Ruggero Deodato
263. Castle of Blood -- 1964, Sergio Corbucci & Antonio Margheriti
262. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things -- 1972, Bob Clark
261. Creep -- 2014, Patrick Brice
260. The Curse of Frankenstein -- 1957, Terence Fisher
259. Day of the Dead -- 1985, George A. Romero
258. Dead of Night -- 1945, Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
257. Deadgirl -- 2008, Marcel Sarmiento & Gadi Harel
256. The Deadly Spawn -- 1983, Douglas McKeown


A whole messa great movies on today's chunk o' list! I'm not gonna tell you which ones are great, though. You'll have to guess.

Oct 17, 2017

SHOCKtober: 297-276



Oooh we're still in the land of ONE VOTE EACH...hey over there, I think that's the way out! Wait, didn't we pass that tree already? Oh no, we're back at the beginning...WHY WON'T IT LET US LEAVE

297. Vampyres -- 1974, José Ramón Larraz
296. Visiting Hours -- 1982, Jean-Claude Lord
295. Wait Until Dark -- 1967, Terence Young
294. War of the Gargantuas -- 1966, Ishirô Honda
293. War of the Worlds -- 2005, Steven Spielberg
292. Warlock Moon -- 1973, Bill Herbert
291. The Watcher in the Woods -- 1980, John Hough & Vincent McEveety
290. We Are Still Here -- 2015, Ted Geoghegan
289. We Are What We Are -- 2010, Jorge Michel Grau
288. Werewolf of London -- 1935, Stuart Walker
287. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? -- 1962, Robert Aldrich
286. When a Stranger Calls Back -- 1993, Fred Walton
285. White Zombie -- 1932, Victor Halperin
284. Willow Creek -- 2013, Bobcat Goldthwait
283. Winterbeast -- 1992, Christopher Thies
282. Without Warning -- 1980, Greydon Clark
281. Wolf Creek -- 2005, Greg McLean
280. Would You Rather -- 2012, David Guy Levy
279. Wrong Turn -- 2003, Rob Schmidt
278. Xtro -- 1982, Harry Bromley Davenport
277. Zodiac -- 2007, David Fincher
276. Zombi 3 -- 1988, Lucio Fulci, Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragrasso


Apparently Wrong Turn 7 is in the works...? Wrong Turn 7. SEVEN. SEVENNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

I love the first film in the series so much, it's a great time. And then I am done! Seven Wrong Turns, what a world.

Oh, and When a Stranger Calls Back is actually pretty great, that is all.

Oct 16, 2017

SHOCKtober: 319-298



Hey hey, we're under 300! But we're still in the land of the onesies, films that got ONE VOTE EACH.

319. The Undead -- 1957, Roger Corman
318. The Unholy -- 1988, Camilo Vila
317. The Wailing -- 2016, Hong-jin Na
316. The Woman in Black -- 1989, Herbert Wise
315. The Woman in Black -- 2012, James Watkins
314. Theater of Blood -- 1973, Douglas Hickox
313. They Look Like People -- 2015, Perry Blackshear
312. Thirteen Ghosts -- 2001, Steve Beck
311. Thriller: A Cruel Picture -- 1973, Bo Arne Vibenius
310. Tomb of Ligeia -- 1964, Roger Corman
309. Tomie: Replay -- 2000, Tomijiro Mitsuishi
308. The Toxic Avenger -- 1984, Michael Herz & Lloyd Kaufman
307. Trick or Treat -- 1986, Charles Martin Smith
306. Trigger Man -- 2007, Ti West
305. Trilogy of Terror -- 1975, Dan Curtis
304. Trollhunter -- 2010, André Øvredal
303. Twilight Zone: The Movie -- 1983, Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg
302. Twins of Evil -- 1971, John Hough
301. Twixt -- 2011, Francis Ford Coppola
300. Urban Legend -- 1998, Jamie Blanks
299. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders -- 1970, Jaromil Jires
298. Vampire's Kiss -- 1988, Robert Bierman


Trilogy of Terror is a stone cold classic. The whole thing is terrific but of course it's the "Amelia" segment that's essentially one of the greatest horror films of all time, all on its own. And that shit was made for TV!

The official title of Thirteen Ghosts (2001) is apparently Thir13en Ghosts, but that reads as "Thirthirteenen Ghosts" and that is so ridiculous that I will not use it. I WILL NOT.

The end of the "You wanna see something really scary?" framing narrative in Twilight ZOne...you know, where Dan Ackroyd (of all people) turns into a ghoul used to scare the crap outta me.