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 3, 2010

SHOCKtober: 682-658

Each of the following films received ONE VOTE. So give each of them a hug and a pat on the ass, won't you, and tell 'em they're still worthy. Or better one!

682. And Soon the Darkness -- 1970, Robert Fruest
681. Sweeney Todd -- 2007, Tim Burton
680. Night Watch -- 2004, Timur Bekmambetov
679. City of Lost Children -- 1995, Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet
678. Dark City -- 1998, Alex Proyas
677. 30 Days of Night -- 2007, David Slade
676. Underworld -- 2003, Len Wiseman
675. From Hell -- 2001, Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes
674. AVP: Alien vs Predator -- 2004, Paul WS Anderson
673. Screamplay -- 1985, Rufus Butler Seder
672. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark -- 1988, James Signorelli
671. Plankton -- 1994, Massimiliano Cerchi
670. Humanoids from the Deep -- 1980, Barbara Peeters
669. Paperhouse -- 1988, Bernard Rose
668. I, Madman -- 1989, Tibor Takacs
667. Land of the Dead -- 2005, George Romero
666. Jeepers Creepers 2 -- 2003, Victor Salva
665. Uzumaki -- 2000, Higuchinsky
664. My Little Eye -- 2002, Marc Evans
663. Antichrist -- 2009, Lars von Trier
662. Donkey Punch -- 2008, Oliver Blackburn
661. Eden Lake -- 2008, James Watkins
660. The Skeleton Key -- 2005, Iain Softley
659. The Entity -- 1981, Sidney J. Furie
658. Satan's Little Helper -- 2004, Jeff Lieberman

A few notes!
  • I saw I, Madman and it didn't do much for me. However, it's come highly recommended from some very trusted sources, and its appearance here makes me think that perhaps I should give it a second chance.
  • Like The Haunting of Julia, Paperhouse is desperately in need of a Region 1 DVD release. So there.
  • It would have been better if Antichrist had come in at #666. Ah, hindsight.
  • Uzumaki was a Final Girl Film Club choice, and tomorrow is Film Club day. COINCIDENCE?? Yes, and not a particularly startling one. The point is, getcher Onibaba on for tomorrow!
  • The fact that City of Lost Children came out in 1995 makes me feel very old for some reason. I think I'll drink away those feelings with a tall, cool vanilla Ensure.
  • Wait! I mean hooch. I'll be drinking hooch.
  • I'd never heard of Screamplay, but the person who listed it described it as such: "Imagine a black and white American version of Hausu / House that's acted by wildly gesturing silent-film era actors and directed by Luis Bunuel... It's craziness... but very enjoyable. The director went on to make optical illusions for a living after this if that tells you anything." See? I'm so psyched for all the movies you guys are introducing me to because of this. It makes me feel like this:



Anonymous said...

One thing that I love about this list thing, is that it's just so interesting that everyone has different favorite movies. I know that sounds really dumb, but.....I guess what I'm saying is that I love how every movie seems to connect with SOMEBODY, and even if everyone kind of "meh"s it or the world forgets about it, SOMEone out there might list it as one of their favorites! For example, Jeepers Creepers 2 and The Skeleton Key. Somehow it makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

Does that make sense at all? To anybody? Meh.

I'm hoping the only reason Elvira: Mistress of the Dark got one vote is because most people thought of it as more of a comedy. Because that movie is great!!

The Mike said...

I laughed a bunch at your hooch. Funny word.

Some odd choices here, but I love the randomness of it all. And that The Entity is there. Who doesn't want an unseen force raping Babs Hershey?

(Besides, of course, Babs Hershey.)

Kev said...

I probably would have had Elvira on my list but for that reason, Anonymous. That's a pretty name, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Oh Humanoids. I should have thrown you a vote for Ann Turkel's sake.

Mikey Sarago said...

I loved My Little Eye when it first came out. A very creepy, underrated movie. I really need to re-watch it. Glad to see it made someone's list.

The Skeleton Key isn't the greatest and definitely wouldn't make my top favorites, but I think people are too harsh on it. I love that Louisiana/voodoo setting. It's good stuff. Satan's Little Helper is a "good" one too, haha. A total cheeseball, but a fun watch for Halloween if you're in a childish mood.

Sarah said...

The Entity, nice choice.

Screamplay is on Netflix Autoplay now. I haven't gotten around to watching it. Up until this past month, I've been really iffy on watching horror on Netflix Autoplay because almost everything looked terrible. But they just dumped a bunch of good movies in, so it's looking better.

Tibor Takacs...didn't he direct Mansquito?

Banned In Queensland said...

Thanks Mikey, for defending The Skeleton Key. It is in my top twenty. I thought is was incredibly suspenseful and had an absolutle cracker of an ending.

I'm also surprised there not more love for Eden Lake.

Albert Cumberdale said...

I think that absolutely no movie in the history of movies could live up to expections created if one would believe the description they gave you of Screamplay...

Poli said...

I think my biggest problem with The Skeleton Key has to do with the marketing: They talked about the shocking 'twist ending' right out the gate. You know what takes the shock out of a twist ending? Knowing that there is going to be one.

Since I knew there was going to be one, I figured it out halfway through the movie. Which sucks, because I'm almost positive I would have been shocked had they not blown the secret.

Still surprised none of mine have made the list. Either I have a popular taste, or she just hasn't gotten to my 1-vote getters yet.

Stacie Ponder said...

Agreed- I hate how revealing that there's a twist ending has become a part of marketing. It's just ridiculous, and it ruins things because yeah, you just concentrate on trying to figure things out, rather than the story.

Stacie Ponder said...

Oh, and there are TONNNNSSSSSS more one-voters left.

Ray said...

Ah, Humanoids. Just saw that for the first time at a party a few weeks ago. I may need to re-watch it, since I wasn't really paying attention. But there was some pretty messed up stuff in there, especially for 1980.

Andreas said...

Yeah Dark City! It's really more sci-fi than horror, but still, CREEPY. Especially Kiefer Sutherland with his voice and his limp. (Plus a super-pale, raspy Richard O'Brien.)

More power to whoever voted it!

Mikey Sarago said...

I totally agree, PoliVamp. Revealing that there's gonna be a twist in a movie totally defeats the purpose of a twist and inevitably ruins the movie before you even see it. It pisses me off when they do that. But most, if not all marketing for a movie you care to see should be avoided anyway, as they tend to show way too much and ruin things, regardless of twists.

I actually wasn't aware that The Skeleton Key had a twist ending when I saw it, though, and I still figured it out. It was kinda obvious, so I don't think not knowing would have made much of a difference.

Dave S said...

Wow Stacie - This is a behemoth task, but thanks for doing it! I'm looking forward to seeing what else appears on the rest of the list(s).

Thomas Duke said...

Screamplay is quite good, although I wouldn't call it a horror film. I love Paperhouse, but didn't include it cause I don't exactly consider it horror either (although it's close). There was a good DVD of Paperhouse released in Australia, if the Vestron VHS isn't floatin your boat.

Also, that guy looks WAY too excited, and his crotch appears to be rubbing up against the grill. That's exactly the kind of misfit energy the Food Network needs to spice things up...OR NOT.

David Robson, Proprietor, House of Sparrows said...

Fans of THE ENTITY should know (if they don't already) about Peter Tscherkassky's OUTER SPACE (731, on this list), a 10-minute experimental film cut and radically remixed from THE ENTITY. You can watch it here:

It's best watched in the dark.

I really need to see PAPERHOUSE. And SCREAMPLAY.

Word verification: dangs

David Anderson said...

Only one vote for Dark City, From Hell and Uzumaki? Wow.

I am wondering how far up Donnie Darko will be?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Mikey, My Little Eye is a movie I always try to turn people onto, although they never seem to like it as much as me.

Dale said...

Throwing some love in the direction of City Of Lost Children and Antichrist, though I ultimately didn't vote for either. They both came close to being bumped up to the two votes section.

This is making me want to rent out Land Of The Dead again. Mostly for that scene with the zombie street carnival thingy, which was pretty much the coolest thing ever.

TheKungFuProfessor said...

Yey, I've seen 11 from this list, much more than the previous two lists.
Uzumaki & Eden Lake are on my to-watch list for October, Uzumaki still has the cellophane on the dvd!