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, 2017

It's SHOCKtoberin' time!

Can you feel it, pals? It is upon us at last! SHOCKtober is here! I hope you have stocked up on (fake) eyeballs and candy corns because we have a shitton of movies to count down this month! Why you would need a bunch of (fake) eyeballs and candy corns to read a list on a website I do not know. But that's your problem not mine!

Me when I woke up and realized it's October
Now look, before we get into the nitty and/or the gritty, lemme get a few things out of the way:
  • Again, THANK YOU to everyone who sent in a list! Without you...well, I would have had to come up with another idea for the month and that would have been a drag. Also it would have made me feel bad, so hooray.
  • The list is much bigger than I was anticipating! 630 movies, y'all, way to go!
  • That said, between the hundreds of votes, SHOCKtober 2017's list of 630 movies and SHOCKtober 2010's list of 732 movies, NOT ONE OF YOU voted for Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes. Exactly what does a possessed floor lamp have to do to get some respect around here?? I tell ya, when I realized it was going to be neglected again, I felt like canceling SHOCKtober, throwing my computer out the window, taking to my fainting couch for a while (aka my regular couch), finding the nearest cliff, throwing myself off said cliff, and exploding when I hit the ground. You know what else was thrown off a cliff and exploded at the bottom? THE POSSESSED FLOOR LAMP. But I guess none of you care about that. Harrumph! HARRUMPH I SAY.
  • Well, I'm going to try (or at least try to try) to soldier on regardless. It's true what they say on The Internet: no list is perfect.
  • Actually, it's more like they say "This list sucks you suck why do they even let you write here you don't even know anything about horror movies you're stupid"
  • Actually, it would be "your stupid"
  • Oh! Listen, for real, thank you for all the variations on "hooray" you included in your submissions, like "hooray Final Girl is back" and the such. Truly, made my day every time.
List...rules, I guess:
  • There's a super slim (I hope) chance that films may be listed twice, like if a movie has a weird alternate title and I didn't catch it before posting. We should be good! I am just saying.
  • Everything is ranked according to the number of votes received, but when multiple movies earned equal votes, the ranking is just mostly alphabetical. So if they each got one vote, there's really no difference between Movie #630 and Movie #200. I'm sure you could have figured that out. I am just saying.
  • I'll be linking to any reviews I've done. I'll be posting every day throughout the month–sometimes even more than once!–so keep your eyeballs (fake and real) at the ready! 
So! Without further ado or aduh, let's get down to it!

Each of these films received ONE VOTE. That's right–only one person in the whole world likes these movies!

630. 1408 -- 2007, Mikael Håfström
629. 10 Cloverfield Lane -- 2016, Dan Trachtenberg
628. 3 Women -- 1977, Robert Altman
627. 30 Days of Night -- 2007, David Slade
626. Five Million Years to Earth -- 1967, Roy Ward Baker
625. A Night to Dismember -- 1983, Doris Wishman
624. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge -- 1985, Jack Sholder
623. A Page of Madness -- 1926, Teinosuke Kinugasa
622. A Serbian Film -- 2010, Srdjan Spasojevic
621. Absentia -- 2011, Mike Flanagan
620. Alien 3 -- 1992, David Fincher
619. Alien Covenant -- 2017, Ridley Scott
618. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane -- 2006, Jonathan Levine
617. Amer -- 2009, Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

I didn't much care for the original Cloverfield and as such I was not enthusiastic about 10 Cloverfield Lane. Not even with its John Goodman-osity and its Mary Elizabeth Winstead-ness! But when I finally made a little time for it...hat-cha, it's some damn fine entertainment. I loved it.

3 Women! If you haven't seen 3 Women yet, what are you waiting for? Go watch it, it's fucking sublime. Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall should have appeared in more movies together. Many more. Many, many more. Every movie ever, actually.

If you have seen 3 Women then here, watch Doris effing Wishman and Roger effing Ebert on Conan O'Brien in 2002 and lament the fact that we used to be a society where people like Doris WIshman and Roger Ebert were on talk shows.


Chris Otto said...

David Fincher, Ridley Scott, Roy Ward Baker and Robert Altman. Holy vampires. I don't know if we're going to see many segments of the list with a better set of directors than THAT. ... Also, it's making me wonder if I should have expanded my personal definition of horror movies to include Fincher's Zodiac, though that would have potentially opened a whole can of serial-killer worms.

Stacie Ponder said...

I am pretty sure ZODIAC was on the list last time and I think it'll show up later this time...? (It's all a bit of a blur right now, really.) As long as someone's not being facetious, I'm super liberal with what folks submit as "horror" movies!

CashBailey said...

Nice to see ABSENTIA get some love. That movie creeped me the fuck out and definitely put Mike Flanagan on my radar as someone who has a natural grasp of atmosphere.

I haven't watched GERALD'S GAME on Netflix yet but I'm sure he did a great job with it.

Poli said...

So excited for this!

x said...

Oh dang, I always totally forget about Absentia in terms of its actual title (usually I end up googling bug + dead guy or something when I rec it). Phenomenal example of a movie that's incredibly effective on a teeny budget.

Stacie Ponder said...

I love that I've typed "movie where..." into Google so many times and I've come out with the right answer!