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Oct 27, 2020

SHOCKtober: 121-94

Holy moly, today we're cracking the top 100 faves! Holier molier, there are only a handful of days left. It's true what they say, SHOCKtober flies when you're something something whatever.

The following films received eight votes each!

121. Child's Play -- 1988, Tom Holland
120. Dead Alive (aka Braindead) -- 1992, Peter Jackson
119. Freaks -- 1932, Tod Browning
118. House on Haunted Hill -- 1959, William Castle
117. Interview with the Vampire -- 1994, Neil Jordan
116. Lake Mungo -- 2008, Joel Anderson
115. Mulholland Dr. -- 2001, David Lynch
114. My Bloody Valentine -- 1981, George Mihalka
113. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge -- 1985, Jack Sholder
112. Peeping Tom -- 1960, Michael Powell
111. Phenomena -- 1985, Dario Argento
110. Silver Bullet -- 1985, Daniel Attias
109. The Blackcoat's Daughter (aka February) -- 2015, Oz Perkins
108. The Craft -- 1996, Andrew Fleming
107. The Lords of Salem -- 2012, Rob Zombie
106. The Strangers -- 2008, Bryan Bertino

Each of the following films received nine votes!

105. A Tale of Two Sisters -- 2003, Jee-woon Kim
104. Black Swan -- 2010, Darren Aronofsky
103. Day of the Dead -- 1985, George A. Romero
102. Friday the 13th Part III -- 1982, Steve Miner
101. Paranormal Activity -- 2007, Oren Peli
100. Pontypool -- 2008, Bruce McDonald
  99. Ravenous -- 1999, Antonia Bird
  98. Re-Animator -- 1985, Stuart Gordon
  97. The Devil's Backbone -- 2001, Guillermo del Toro
  96. The Invitation -- 2015, Karyn Kusama
  95. The Wailing -- 2016, Hong-jin Na
  94. Videodrome -- 1983, David Cronenberg

  • FUCK YEAH THE WAILING. Epic movie, I love love love it. 
  • Of Re-Animator, a reader says: "Did green ooze before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and has the same energy, you can’t change my mind." 
  • Shout out to my eight Lake Mungo peeps, who clearly have exquisite taste in horror films.
  • "Even without a vibrator under your chair or a rubber skeleton floating across the room on a string, it still manages to be fun and creepy," says a wise reader about House on Haunted Hill. That movie is such a good-timey blast no matter how or where you see it, but man, I'd sure love to see it in a theatre and get the full William Castle experience!


goblin said...

It warms my heart to see The Blackcoat's Daughter so high on the countdown. The 2010's were arguably an amazing decade for horror, but out of all those great films which came out in the past ten years, The Blackcoat's Daughter is my personal favorite. I love it so much.

…But speaking of awesome horror movies from the 2010's, here's The Wailing too. A runtime of two and a half hours and not a single dull moment. What an incredible work of art and suspense.

goblin said...

Oh, and how could I forget about Mulholland Drive? The diner scene is quite possibly the best, most well-crafted jump scare in cinema history.

bla said...

woo hoo! My votes are in the top 100. I'm not fucking crazy! Yet.

Peter said...

How did I leave Pontypool off my list!? I am a total fraud. Also, why does my spellchecker know Pontypool? Will it correct “kill” to “kill?” ... oh, shit.

Peter said...

Ravenous is a very pretty movie, much more gorgeous than I remembered.

Unknown said...

Love seeing The Invitation up so high!

Susandoku said...

The glorious Invitation. I really really love that film.

Astroboymn said...

I stupidly left Blackcoat's Daughter off my list but she'll get on there next year, to be sure. It's a fantastic film, gets better every time I see it. I also love Pontypool: Stephen McHattie gives one of the best male lead performances in all of horror history.

Steve K said...

I saw Lake Mungo about a day after I submitted my list -- this month I've watched about a dozen movies, all on the basis of your and Anthony's podcast, so thank you. (I've gotten all the way back to August 2019, around #47, having skipped only one or two covering movies I want to watch first.) Literally this and jigsaw puzzles are the bulk of my free time anymore.

Anonymous said...

I was not expecting to see Lords Of Salem this high up on the list, as people tend to pelt you when you mention liking it. I still maintain that's due for reappraisal, and is not as bad as it was made out to be when it was released.

AE said...

Seriously, each day's list is more riveting than the last. Such a fascinating mix of classics and new stuff! I love it.