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, 2020

SHOCKtober: 150-122

Boy oh boy, things are getting ever more exciting by the day as we continue counting down 951 of your favorite movies, all the way to your #1 (by an overwhelming margin), Amityville: It's About Time

OH DANG, spoiler, sorry. had to expect it, right? The wordplay of the title alone is enough to earn it top spot. They could have called it Amityville: It's About a Clock, because it is, but It's About Time is so much classier and it also really makes u think. 

Well, I guess we should all try to maintain some excitement as we barrel through these last 150 movies. After all, it's the journey, not the destination, you guys. Final Girl: really makin' u think, as always.

Each of the following films received six votes!

150. Raw (aka Grave) -- 2016, Julia Ducournau
149. Shaun of the Dead -- 2004, Edgar Wright
148. Slither -- 2006, James Gunn
147. Society -- 1989, Brian Yuzna
146. The Funhouse -- 1981, Tobe Hooper
145. The Host -- 2006, Bong Joon Ho
144. The Hunger -- 1983, Tony Scott
143. The Night of the Hunter -- 1955, Charles Laughton

The following films received seven votes each!

142. Dawn of the Dead -- 2004, Zack Snyder
141. Friday the 13th Part 2 -- 1981, Steve Miner
140. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter -- 1984, Joseph Zito
139. Ghostwatch -- 1992, Lesley Manning
138. Gremlins -- 1984, Joe Dante
137. The House on Sorority Row -- 1982, Mark Rosman
136. Ju-on: The Grudge -- 2002, Takashi Shimizu
135. Messiah of Evil -- 1973, Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz
134. Mother! -- 2017, Darren Aronofsky
133. Repulsion -- 1965, Roman Polanski
132. Sleepy Hollow -- 1999, Tim Burton
131. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 -- 1986, Tobe Hooper
130. The Blob -- 1988, Chuck Russell
129. The Faculty -- 1998, Robert Rodriguez
128. The Howling -- 1981, Joe Dante
127. The Lighthouse -- 2019, Robert Eggers
126. The Love Witch -- 2016, Anna Biller
125. The Orphanage (aka El orfanato) -- 2007, J.A. Bayona
124. The Perfection -- 2018, Richard Shepard
123. Tucker and Dale vs Evil -- 2010, Eli Craig
122. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? -- 1962, Robert Aldrich

  • I admit, I am starting to feel a bit like I'm starring in a one-woman production of The Lighthouse
  • Also, Willem Dafoe should have been nominated for his performance in that film! His awards circuit snub should be talked about by bitter horror fans the same way we talk about Toni Collette's snub for Hereditary.
  • Love to see Messiah of Evil get so many votes (obviously). It got three votes in 2010's SHOCKtober and six in 2017's...after seeing it on so many special guest 20 Faves lists (which are not counted in the master list!), I can only hope that it'll keep getting in front of more eyeballs. What a gem of a movie.
  • You could hand today's chunk o' list to a horror newbie and feel confident you'd be giving them a great education in so many subgenres! There are superior titles from arthouse, slashers, ghosts, 90s teen horror, horror-comedies, creature features, zombies, classics, found footage...wowzee wow. I might be losing my mind in my lighthouse, but SHOCKtober is worth it!


Cappy said...

God bless the dumb fun that is The Faculty, a true star of the "what you will always watch when flipping through channels at a random hotel at 1pm or 1am" genre.

goblin said...

Not going to lie, I would actually love to hear your rendition of the "Hark, Triton!" monologue.

It's a crying, unfair shame indeed that Willem Dafoe wasn't nominated for any major awards for his performance in The Lighthouse. Same with Robert Pattinson, for that matter. They both acted the crap out of that film.

The scariest thing about SHOCKtober (aside from, you know, the pandemic) is how fast the month is breezing by. It's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact there are only five days left. I could've sworn we started counting down horror movies just yesterday.

John Klima said...

I watched Messiah of Evil over the weekend and LOVED it. It's so pretty! And creepy!

John Klima said...

Shoot! I was so excited to post about Messiah of Evil that I forgot to talk about The Love Witch. It almost made my list. I have a lot of love for that movie. It's a film that I'm always hesitant to recommend but giddy with excitement when a friend discovers it on their own. Another film that's very pretty to look at with a gorgeous cast (like Messiah of Evil).

Susandoku said...

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is such a fundamentally excellent film. Please don't sleep on the Peaches Christ tribute if you get the change.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a heartwarming classic.

Dark confession time: I still haven't seen Ghostwatch. Why isn't it streaming anywhere????

Stacie Ponder said...

@Susandoku -- Ghostwatch is actually available to watch on Internet Archive, of all places!

Peter said...

Truly, Shocktober is like the blink of an eye!

Susandoku said...

OMG BRB watching Ghostwatch immediatement! All Hail Shocktobra and her bounty of terrors and delights!

Peter said...

I really like the Perfection for its stubborn insistence that, whatever sort of horror film you think you are watching at any moment, you will soon realize that, no, it’s a different sort of horror film.

CashBailey said...

God, THE LIGHTHOUSE was amazing. Robert Pattinson obliterates the stench of TWILIGHT with that movie. He is the real deal.

It gives you hope that movies like that can still get made, as long as companies like A24 still exist.

Peter said...

The Lighthouse is very impressive. If definitely captures the distinct horror of watching two drunk New Englanders abuse each other over grievances they no longer recall. That is not a negative assessment; the film is an immersive delight.

Susandoku said...

Has someone already done a deep dive on the studio fireplace in Ghostwatch? Why are the flames basically horizontal or appearing to be in a tornado or something? Anyway, loved it from beginning to end.