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 1, 2010

SHOCKtober: 732-708

Each of the following films received ONE VOTE. To the people who listed these films: you clearly think outside the box, so to speak, and you're a true cinephile; you love what other people dismiss or, more likely, don't even know about. To the people who listed films that received more than one vote: let's laugh at these people who like what no one else likes. Internet power!

Just kidding. Liking things is awesome, no matter what.

732. Dust Devil -- 1992, Richard Stanley
731. Outer Space -- 1999, Peter Tscherkassky
730. Demon City Shinjuku -- 1988, Yoshiaki Kawajiri
729. C.H.U.D. -- 1984, Douglas Cheek
728. Séance -- 2000, Kiyoshi Kurosawa
727. The Black Imp -- 1905, Georges Méliès
726. Ju-on 2 -- 2003, Takashi Shimizu
725. Winter's Bone -- 2010, Debra Granik
724. Satan's Blade -- 1984, L. Scott Castillo, Jr.
723. RL Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It -- 2007, Alex Zamm
722. Paprika -- 2006, Satoshi Kon
721. Pandorum -- 2009, Christian Alvart
720. MirrorMask -- 2005, Dave McKean
719. Dark Tide -- 1994, Luca Bercovici
718. Devil -- 2010, John Erick Dowdle
717. The Box -- 2009, Richard Kelly
716. A Serbian Film -- 2010, Srdjan Spasojevic
715. The Omega Man -- 1971, Boris Sagal
714. Waxwork -- 1988, Anthony Hickox
713. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow -- 1949, Clyde Geronimi & Jack Kinney
712. Frankenstein Created Woman -- 1967, Terence Fisher
711. Night Warning -- 1983, William Asher
710. Versus -- 2000, Ryuhei Kitamura
709. Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II -- 1987, Bruce Pittman
708. The Lady in White -- 1988, Frank LaLoggia

This particular list has me jonesing to see Prom Night II again. It's been forever and I used to looooooove that movie. See? Already this experiment was worth it!


Thomas Duke said...

Wow...Satan's Blade? I love shitty 80's slashers, but that's gotta be in the bottom 5 (excluding shot on video), and it's also pretty damn obscure. Therefore, whoever picked that is a genius. Also, Waxwork was a finalist for my list, but didn't make it.

Sarah said...

To whomever put/voted for Versus (2000): I got your back. It's an awesome & totally boss movie. If I had remembered to contribute a list on time, I totally would've voted for Versus too!

Mikey Sarago said...

Of course two of my movies make the loser list, haha (Prom Night II, Lady In White). But it's nice to know I'm not the only one with a fondness for Prom Night II, Stacie. This makes me feel like much less of a loser.

I'm kinda surprised no one else voted for Lady In White, though. I mean, sure, it's a little corny, but it has such a great Halloween atmosphere. I can't let an October go by without a viewing of that movie.

Sean P Belcher said...

Ok, wait a minute - so you're telling me there's another person out there who had Leif Jonker's Darkness on their Top 20?
That's both stunning and delightful.

Stacie Ponder said...

Sorry, Sean. :D These aren't ALL the one-vote receivers by any stretch- there are TONS more. I'm just dividing the days up evenly- about 24/list/day so I don't lose my mind! :D

I'll indicate on each post what's up with the vote numbers.

I'm surprised at some of the stuff that got only one vote...but then making a top 20 list was damn hard! I'm sure plenty of people left out movies.

iasa said...

Yikes! I can't imagine how much bigger my must watch list is gonna grow by the end of the month.

Sean P Belcher said...

And here I thought I'd finally have something to show my wife that said, "See, I'm not the only one who likes this thing!"

Ah, well, it's not a popularity contest...oh wait, that's exactly what it is! Gah!

Verdant Earl said...

I don't agree with it, but I love the vote for C.H.U.D. in a big way. :)

The Mike said...

Funk, I should have picked CHUD. I'm kinda shocked, I figured there would be at least one I mentioned that I'd be the only person for. Glad to fail myself.

P. K. Nail said...

I almost - almost - put A Serbian Film on my list, but I chickened out. So whoever put that film, you are not alone it admiring it.

Danny Spoiler said...

Do i detect the presence of cameron diaz in that list? that must be a first in this particular blog.

Bryce Wilson said...

Wow. I am SHOCKED that CHUD got one vote.

Ray said...

Is anyone else puzzled by that vote for Winter's Bone? It's pretty dark, but definitely not a horror movie.

TheKungFuProfessor said...

Ahhhh, Night Warning, what a gem. It didn't make my top 20 but it would definitely make my top 50.

I've only seen 5 from that list; C.H.U.D, Pandorum, Waxwork, Night Warning & Versus.

Coincidentally, I had planned on watching Ju-On: The Grudge 2 this month, along with these other movies I still haven't seen...

Poli said...

CHUD was just off of my Top 20. I won't be surprised at if some get added in the next batch on one-vote getters.

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

I'm a failure and a fraud - the Melies film is actually called LE DIABLE NOIR, known alternately as THE BLACK DEVIL or THE BLACK IMP. It's probably only known as THE DEVIL IMP in my own weirdo memory. But it belongs on my list.

And it can be watched here:

Stacie Ponder said...

Yeah, I noticed that when I looked it up. I figured you were using another alternate title. In other words, I TRUSTED YOU TO KNOW THE NAME OF THE MOVIE YOU LIKE!

:) will change it now.

Mike McFarland said...

To whomever listed C.H.U.D - Thank You! To whomever thinks Pandorum is one of the top 20 horror films of all time - Really? If you are the same person then just - Wow!

Stacie Ponder said...

People were supposed to list their favorite films- while that may also mean it's their list of "best" or "scariest" or "top horror of all time", that may not essentially be the case.

I mean, I know Pieces is a terrible film, but it's one of my favorites. That sort of thing.

Mike McFarland said...

Thanks for setting me straight, SP. I didn't mean anything by it, really.

Stacie Ponder said...

Oh, I know! Don't worry about it. I just wanted the idea behind these lists to be clear. Personally, I think asking for favorites makes for more interesting choices than the plain old "best of all time" lists.

There are soooooo many movies in these 732 that I've never even HEARD of. So much to see!

Carrie said...

Oh man, I am so sad that C.H.U.D. got only one lonely vote! If this had been a 50 list, those crazy kids from SoHo would have been on it!

TheKungFuProfessor said...

I've never seen 'The Black Imp (1905)' before but that was pretty awesome. It's not exactly what I would class as horror myself, but saying that, I picked 'Mr. Vampire' (1985) as one of my top 20, which has is very similar in style and has the same vibe to The Black Imp with a mischievous being causing err...mischief?

BTW, Pieces, along with Death Wish 3 & Don't Go In The Woods Are known as the Trilogy of Awesomeness.

zombivish said...

stupid me didn't get my votes in, but i would have gladly seconded the vote for Dust Devil.

Sam said...

'places to go, people to kill!'
Best line from Prom Night 2. LOVE that movie!

David Anderson said...

Hey Stacie,

Could you make note on the lists of which movies you have not seen?

In the run up to Shocktober I watched and lot of stuff, including REC and Prom Night II and III. I look forward to hearing if Stacie finds the humor still working or not.

Only one vote for Versus, CHUD and Waxwork? Gee.

Satan's Blade was one of my first slashers. It made an impression with all of its craziness.

I like Pandorum better than Decent.

Have people been staying away from "Devil" because of M. Night Shyamalan's name? His involvement is minimal. Just the idea.
Someone else wrote the script. Someone else directed.
Surprisingly, good B movie. I like the cop a lot.

Oh, who voted for Demon City Shinijuku? * hug *

I do not know this Outer Space movie, have to track that down.

Synonymous said...

Seeing Hello Mary Lou on this list serves to remind me of how my mother let me watch it with her when I was way too young, resulting in that locker death being burned into my mind for nightmare fuel when I was ten.

As for Devil, I will note that Shyamalan does have a history of using other artists as his mouthpieces if it's advisable to put a cushion between himself and the work - take the supposed expose documentary aired on the Sci-Fi Channel that was actually a promo gimmick for The Village he himself engineered. Though it's nominally by another author, The Man Who Heard Voices, an account of the making of The Lady in the Water, is unmistakably his manifesto as well. It's not that I think he can't be an effective director - I did vote for one of his films on my own list - but I would suspect, given his history, that he was more directly creatively involved with Devil than a producer would be usually.