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 4, 2010

SHOCKtober: 657-633



More members of Club Lonelyhearts today: each of the following films received ONE VOTE each.

657. Witchfinder General -- 1968, Michael Reeves
656. The Last Winter -- 2006, Larry Fessenden
655. Dagon -- 2001, Stuart Gordon
654. 13 Ghosts -- 1960, William Castle
653. Doctor X -- 1932, Michael Curtiz
652. Left Bank -- 2008, Pieter Van Hees
651. The Mummy's Hand -- 1940, Christy Cabanne
650. House by the Cemetery -- 1981, Lucio Fulci
649. When a Stranger Calls -- 1979, Fred Walton
648. Death Proof -- 2007, Quentin Tarentino
647. The Hidden -- 1987, Jack Sholder
646. Castle of Blood -- 1964, Sergio Corbucci & Antonio Margheriti
645. Dracula A.D. 1972 -- 1972, Alan Gibson
644. Comedy of Terrors -- 1963, Jacques Tourneur
643. Quatermass II: Enemy from Space -- 1957, Val Guest
642. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors -- 1965, Freddie Francis
641. Confessions of a Serial Killer -- 1985, Mark Blair
640. Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror -- 1981, Andrea Bianchi
639. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning -- 1985, Danny Steinmann
638. Brainscan -- 1994, John Flynn
637. The Signal -- 2007, David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry
636. The Hamiltons -- 2006, Mitchell Altieri & Phil Flores
635. Luther the Geek -- 1990, Carlton J. Albright
634. The Unnamable -- 1988, Jean-Paul Ouellette
633. The Dead Zone -- 1983, David Cronenberg

A few notes!
  • Seeing The Hidden and The Unnamable on here is seriously giving me some warm fuzzies. Ah, the video era. Hell, I'd forgotten all about The Unnamable's existence until I read it on the submitted list- then my brain immediately conjured up the box art. AH THE VIDEO ERA I SAY.
  • I've seen The Dead Zone so, so many times. One of the things I remember most about it is the sound of the cop's rubber raincoat before he...well, you know.
  • I'm surprised that House by the Cemetery got one wee vote. Unless my calculations are wrong- which, honestly, is entirely possible. There were...umm...a lot of votes to tally, as you can imagine, and I did it all old-school style in a spiral-bound notebook (yes, it was madness)- that lone vote belongs to B-Sol of The Vault of Horror.
  • The first 20-or-so minutes of When a Stranger Calls are horror movie perfection, the end.
  • Also, Carol fucking Kane. The end.

24 comments:

John Weddell said...

Dear whoever voted for Dracula AD 1972: don't feel so all a-lone. Apparently it's one of Tim Burton's favourite movies, too:
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/san_diego_comic_con_2010/news/1919534/five_favorite_films_with_tim_burton/
Not that you should live or die by somebody else's opinions, of course.

Andre said...

HAHA everybody laugh at B-sol. Just kidding. Jeez Stacie are you gonna tell everyone that I'm the one who voted for The Wicker Man remake????!

Sarah said...

The Hidden and Death Proof are interesting choices. So is The Last Winter. I don't see The Last Winter talked about very often.

I can't say that I'm a fan of The Signal and House by the Cemetery. The latter is not one of my favorite Fulci movies. I hope The Beyond scores higher, or even The Psychic or Lizard in a Woman's Skin.

Brainscan is the one with Edward Furlong, right? There's another movie called Brainscan that has the head'sploding combination of Bills Pullman and Paxton. Who I often got confused until I was 17.

Amanda By Night said...

Damn! I wish I'd thought of the Unnameable (or unspellable as I'm sure I screwed it up). I love that movie. I've even talked to the guy who played Howard, which was, like, the coolest thing that ever happened to me!

Synonymous said...

Man, Dagon. Reading these lists so far serves as a bitter reminder of the good movies I forgot to put on my own.

I will be sorely disappointed if Witchfinder General isn't a Puritan-era hospital drama.

Andreas said...

I have only seen the first 20 minutes of When a Stranger Calls. It seemed like such a perfect, compact short film that I saw no reason to go on. And yes, CAROL FUCKING KANE! Why can't she be in everything?

I'm liking the Doctor X and 13 Ghosts on there. Both seriously underrated, if also very ridiculous.

Barry said...

The Hidden is a bit more of a sci-fi action movie than horror. Otherwise it would've made my list too. I'm glad to see someone voted for it.

Always had a soft spot for The Unnamable. Rented it in '88 when I was 17. Love that white-haired demon goat-thing at the end! That was one freaky-looking monster.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised Death Proof only got one vote. I did not see Death Proof for the first time until after the deadline to submit our picks. Otherwise, I would have picked it, too.

Maynard Morrissey said...

Friday The 13th Part 5??? aw come on...

Stacie Ponder said...

Do not doubt the power of Ethel Hubbard!

dementia13 said...

Some of mine finally showed up, though I'm sorry that The Last Winter and Dagon only got the one vote. IMO, Dagon is the best Lovecraft film adaptation ever, and The Last Winter is shamefully obscure. Fessenden brought the Wendigo back, but this time went to concepts from the classic Algernon Blackwood story and the traditional legend, and tied them into an eco-terror thriller about global warming. Great stuff, and hard to go wrong with Ron Perlman making all corporate-evil.

spazmo said...

Re: The Last Winter - there's another one I gotta track down.

Blackwood's Wendigo is one of the most terrifying short stories ever put to paper. It's IDEAL for scaring the utter crap out of one's tent-mates while camping in the dark, chilly woods.

The Scream Queen said...

Ahhh, I think I was the ONE person who voted for When A Stranger Calls. I did a lot of babysitting when I was younger and that movie is SO scary for me!

Hopefully the other ones I picked didn't only get 1 vote, but I'm not holding out much hope for Maximum Overdrive ;o)

StuartOhQueue said...

I can't believe "The Dead Zone" only got one vote. I'm definitely going to have to throw it on soon!

Mike P said...

Did anyone else include "Grindhouse" on their list vs. separating "Death Proof" and "Planet Terror"? I know it hasn't been released on DVD like that (yet?) but, at least for me, its whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Neither "movie" would have made my list separately, but together (with the trailers), it was just so kick ass.

Stacie Ponder said...

Grindhouse, Planet Terror, and Death Proof all received votes- I tallied them the way people sent them to me, so all three will appear separately on the list.

Lazarus Lupin said...

Great ideas, I remember seeing the Hidden in the theaters and enjoying it greatly, I need to see it again I think.
Brainscan I also saw in a theater. It was a Con screening so we actually had a panel and everything. The running joke on the panel was that a certain actor who was "too busy" to appear should be renamed "not in this business for long."

Anyhoo.. i get to talking and I forget about the time like a lot of old folks. I was going to say I don't see "They Came from within" is that because folks here don't dig croenberg or because it has so many different titles that it is splitting the vote?

Lazarus Lupin
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Stacie Ponder said...

You don't see it because we still have over 600 movies to count down! :)

Jason said...

Aw, the Dead Zone was on my list. Glad someone else is totally creeped out by the sound of the Deputy's jacket! It's so simple an effect, but so damn awesome.

Rob said...

Death-Proof (the THEATRICAL version)is probably one of my all times favorites-if I didn't vote for it, it's just because I consider it more "terror" than "horror" (if that makes any sense at all), but damn, minus all the padding and pointless dialogue of the DVD, it's practically the perfect film.
And Ms. Ponder, never having seen The Dead Zone, this statement: "...the sound of the cop's rubber raincoat before he...well, you know..." makes me slightly nervous. I know it's all a matter of perspective, but as a gay man should I be excited to see it? Or just plain grossed out?
Seriously, all of the movies here are making me mentally smack myself in the metaphorical forehead for not choosing them-fascinating reading!

Stacie Ponder said...

Heh...well, the raincoat is a literal raincoat, and the "you know" doesn't refer to sex. So there you go. :)

Dale said...

Ha, two of mine (The Signal and The Hamiltons) popped up, I'm officially an outside-the-box thinker. Does this mean all the others I listed got at least two votes? Because that would be a little surprising, but cool.

digitaldd said...

Burial Ground is some awesomely wonderful cheese. Not a top 20 but way worth viewing. it has everything. italian Zombie flick.. check. Midget playing child.. check. midget playing child with Oedipal relationship with mom.. check.

mr. gordo said...

^Sarah- The movie of which you speak with Bills Pullman & Paxton is called "Braindead" and it is all kinds of awesome. (Not to be confused with Peter Jackson's "Brain Dead" aka "Dead/Alive", which is awesome in its own right). I believe Roger Corman was involved as well. It came close to making my list, too.