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, 2017

SHOCKtober: 104-83

Aww yeah, into the top 100! We're getting to the nitty and the gritty, children. Each of these movies received FOUR VOTES!

104. The Stepford Wives -- 1975, Bryan Forbes
103. The Void -- 2016, Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski
102. Wolfen -- 1981, Michael Wadleigh, John D. Hancock, Rupert Hitzig
101. Zombie -- 1979, Lucio Fulci

Each of the following movies got FIVE VOTES:

100. Audition -- 1999, Takashi Miike
99. Brain Damage -- 1988, Frank Henenlotter
98. Dawn of the Dead -- 2004, Zack Snyder
97. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI -- 1986, Tom McLoughlin
96. Ginger Snaps -- 2000, John Fawcett
95. Hausu -- 1977, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
94. High Tension -- 2003, Alexandre Aja
93. Inferno -- 1980, Dario Argento
92. Pieces -- 1982, Juan Piquer Simón
91. Shivers -- 1975, David Cronenberg
90. The Blob -- 1988, Chuck Russell
89. The Conjuring -- 2013, James Wan
88. The Legend of Hell House -- 1973, John Hough
87. The Lost Boys -- 1987, Joel Schumacher
86. The Slumber Party Massacre -- 1982, Amy Holden Jones
85. The Vanishing -- 1988, George Sluizer

These movies received SIX VOTES each:

84. Dead Alive -- 1992, Peter Jackson
83. Event Horizon -- 1997, Paul W.S. Anderson

Look, I don't want to be a pill or a sore sport here, but I checked out The Void because it's like the hottest thing and man, I just couldn't really get into it. The special effects were cool and I'm into the old school approach to gore and the such, but things were kept so dark it was hard to really appreciate them. The story felt like a rehash of several better movies, and I'm tired of useless women in horror movies. Well, everywhere and all movies, really, but horror especially. That doesn't mean they all have to be the Final Girl or lawd forbid "strong female characters" (I'd love to see that term go into fucking retirement), but...well, the breakdown of characters in the little ensemble of The Void just got me all riled up. Ah well, I don't want to spoil things for those who haven't seen it (or go on a forever tirade), so I guess I'll just go burn my bra.

But not before posting this absolutely obligatory scene from you-know-what:


James Lewis said...

Greatest kine reading ever.


Stacie Ponder said...

It is SUCH a gift!!

Matt said...

I voted for the Void, enjoyed it, but I feel ya 100%. Rewatching it I said to myself, "Matt, why is everything so dark? Is my TV dying? Am I dying?" If it helps more Carpenter/Yuzna/Gordon-esque things pass studio muster, I'll be happier (as subsequent films will probably be better, and can afford lamps or something),

Pokemon Postmon said...

Last night, I watched another movie starring Linda and Chris George, "Cruise into Terror". A TV movie with a great cast but a barmy story. Worth a look. Also featured Stella Stevens...seems cursed cruises were her bag. :)

Stacie Ponder said...

@Matt–it was really frustrating! I wonder if they were worried about the effects not looking great if we saw them in brighter light? Or they were just going for atmosphere? I don't know...I just wanted to see all the gross stuff that was happening haha

@Pokemon...well, another one to add to the watch list for sure!

Steve said...

I'm surprised people thought The Void was too dark, visually. I can be quite picky about that kind of thing and never thought it at all. I watched in the dark on my plasma TV, but even poking around the movie now on my laptop I don't see any really muddy shots. I thought the cinematography was a highlight!

Good point about the characters, though. I kept waiting for Kim to do something heroic and have a character arc, but then she just hid until everything was over (which still makes her smarter than most people in horror movies).