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 26, 2013

SHOCKtober: 60-51

The following film received three votes:

60. Halloween II -- 1981, Rick Rosenthal

Each of the following films received four votes:

59. The Grudge -- 2004, Takashi Shimizu
58. An American Werewolf in London -- 1981, John Landis
57. Friday the 13th Part 2 -- 1981, Steve Miner
56. The Woman in Black -- 1989, Herbert Wise
55. It -- 1990, Tommy Lee Wallace
54. Child's Play -- 1988, Tom Holland
53. The House of the Devil -- 2009, Ti West
52. Scream -- 1996, Wes Craven
51. The Brood -- 1979, David Cronenberg

What a sweet, sweet chunk o' list this is! So much goodness. More than anything, I think it simply reinforces my belief that 1981 was totally such an awesome year for horror. Although I have to admit, whenever I think about Halloween II, the first thing that comes to mind is that Dollar Tree wig Jamie Lee Curtis sports.

Okay, now here is some news you can use:

First and foremost, tonight is the night! The night of...The Re-Scare-ening, a one-night Scare-ening reunion special. Listen in! Call in! It'll be fun. And if you can't listen live (tonight at 8pm EST/5pm PST), it'll be available for download and streaming after it airs.

Also, it's time to choose a choice for the Final Girl Film Club. And this time, it's a film everyone won't shut up about so I'd might as well add my voice to the cacophony...The Conjuring! Can't wait to see how James Wan's fear of dolls and old women is manifested this time! Ah, don't worry, I'll give it a fair shake. I hope I enjoy it as much as most everyone else seems to.

Here lie the Film Club what-fors:

The movie: The Conjuring
The due date: Tuesday, November 12
The deal:

1. watch the movie
2. link to Final Girl somewhere in your review
3. email me the link: stacieponder at gmail dot com
4. bask in the warm embrace of your fellow Film Clubbers

If you wrote a review of the film previously, that's totally fine. Just add a link to Final Girl in there somewhere and send it along.


Diana Rogers said...

I just saw The Conjuring Wednesday and I loved it. If I'd seen it before I submitted my ten scares list it'd be on it. Believe the hype, it's an awesome movie.

Simon Wright said...

Watched the Halloween II Blu Ray for the first time last night as it happens and while it generally looks amazing, it really doesn't do that wig any favours, to say the least.

vampy said...

More like NOOSE you can use, amirite?

I'll be here all week folks.

Chris Otto said...

I saw Halloween II a ton on cable in the 1980s. The most implausible part is that Haddonfield needs to have its ASS sued off for its lack of hospital staffing and overall police presence on a night when it has been the scene of one of the worst killing sprees in US history -- AND THE CULPRIT HAS NOT BE FOUND. The laid-back atmosphere of the hospital's skeleton shift makes absolutely no sense, even in a suspension-of-disbelief world.

CashBailey said...

Yay for HOUSE OF THE DEVIL! I would have placed it much higher, but that's just me.

Ti West is the closest to being a REAL film-maker than any of those bro-y young horror directors.

Colleen said...

Dear God! The Conjuring is literally the worst film I have seen in years...years! As a Wiccan I am disgusted by this crap of a movie having the nerve to plaster "Based on a true story" everywhere while making disgusting claims that witches have babies so they can sacrifice them to Satan. I mean, get your facts straight. We have babies so we can eat them; Satan is a Christian thing not a Wiccan thing.

Also, I'm pretty sure that all of those men and women who lost their lives in Salem were victims of murder and not Satanic witches as the movie claims.

Also, also, we don't really get preggers so we can eat babies so relax Christian soldiers.

Stacie Ponder said...

I really have problems with Salem. I had to go there on a school trip and at the time, I enjoyed the kitsch. Sure, there are a few attractions that talk about the reality of the situation, but for the most part it's pointy-hatted witch paraphernalia.

Long after my trip I realized how disrespectful it all is. It's been a while since my trip (I'm old) and I'd kind of like to go back to see if I can actually learn anything more, to see some real locations, but I'm afraid all the campiness will be too depressing.

Colleen said...

Stacie, did you have a chance to see the memorial to the victims? I thought it was lovely and very well done. Unlike this abomination of a movie.

Stacie Ponder said...

Not that I recall, to be honest. It was quite a while ago...I'm old! :)

Dead In Hell said...

"Can't wait to see how James Wan's fear of dolls and old women is manifested this time!"
I found this funny enough when I first read it, immeasurably more so when the very first shot of the film was of some old "creepy" doll. One that looked as if it were straight out of every other film this guy has ever been involved in. CLASSIC WAN.

And I agree about the Salem stuff. Although I understand the impetus to ground horror in history, it's always rather tasteless when writers and filmmakers take this tragic persecution of innocents and justify their murder by making the supernatural element "real". It's not something we often do with other such events but for some reason we seem to be alright with the continued demonization and scapegoating of these people. Stupid Christian West.