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 24, 2020

SHOCKtober: 212-183

Embrace SHOCKtober while you can, for we are now under #200 and hurtling toward the abyss (November)!

Each of the following films received four votes:

212. Slumber Party Massacre II -- 1987, Deborah Brock
211. Spider Baby -- 1967, Jack Hill
210. Starry Eyes -- 2014, Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer
209. Tales from the Hood -- 1995, Rusty Cundieff
208. Tenebrae -- 1982, Dario Argento
207. The Abominable Dr Phibes -- 1971, Robert Fruest
206. The Bad Seed -- 1956, Mervyn LeRoy
205. The Burning -- 1981, Tony Maylam
204. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari -- 1920, Robert Wiene
203. The Gate -- 1987, Tibor Takács
202. The Hills Have Eyes -- 1977, Wes Craven
201. The Invisible Man -- 2020, Leigh Whannell
200. The Ritual -- 2017, David Bruckner
199. The Sentinel -- 1977, Michael Winner
198. The Taking of Deborah Logan -- 2014, Adam Robitel
197. The Uninvited -- 1944, Lewis Allen
196. The Vanishing (aka Spoorloos) -- 1988, George Sluizer
195. Tourist Trap -- 1979, David Schmoeller
194. What We Do in the Shadows -- 2014, Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi

The following films received five votes each:

193. Alice, Sweet Alice -- 1976, Alfred Sole
192. Annihilation -- 2018, Alex Garland
191. Dark Water -- 2002, Hideo Nakata
190. Daughters of Darkness -- 1971, Harry Kümel
189. Final Destination -- 2000, James Wong
188. Happy Death Day -- 2017, Christopher Landon
187. Hell House LLC -- 2015, Stephen Cognetti
186. In the Mouth of Madness -- 1995, John Carpenter
185. Inside (aka À l'intérieur) -- 2007, Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
184. It -- 1990, Tommy Lee Wallace
183. It -- 2017,  Andy Muschetti

  • Even if that mask was the only thing it had going for it, Alice, Sweet Alice would still be a classic!
  • One time a friend of mine mistakenly called In the Mouth of Madness "A Mouthful of Madness" and I think about that every time the movie comes up. And it comes up a lot, it's a pretty great film.
  • In his Fave 20 list, Ben Raphael Sher mentioned the attention Daughters of Darkness gets these days, and he's so right. It wasn't that long ago that it wasn't discussed in the mainstream at all, and now it seems like it's everywhere. It's a worthy film, of course, I just find these kinds of cycles interesting. The shifting zeitgeist will only become more apparent as we continue the countdown!
  • The Vanishing is devastating. That ending is an unparalleled gut punch, ay yi yi.


CashBailey said...

INSIDE is such a ball-tearer of a movie. And I still think I'm the only person who noticed that you see Beatrice Dalle just casually walk into the house in the background of a shot. I've not heard anybody else spot that, even when the movie is mentioned on these clickbait YouTube channels.

Astroboymn said...

Digital kisses to the 3 other Starry Eyes fans out there

Eric Riley said...

I love The Gate too. Young Stephen Dorff was great and I definitely crushed on his dorky friend Terry the death metal nerd as I was about the same age as them. The face-melting parents! And the claymation demons! AHHH!

matango said...

The Vanishing was one of my votes. Just one of the best.

Tourist Trap is so weird to me just because the Rifleman is the bad guy.

I first saw the Gate on VHS sometime in the late 80s, and I've always liked it.

Susandoku said...

The Vanishing totally almost made my list. I love that film!

Peter said...

Am I a bad person for not having watched Annihilation yet?

Anonymous said...

Tourist Trap is today's kick myself entry. Such an odd little film. Hillbilly stereotypes! Mannequins! Unexplained powers.....why not?

@Peter I have not watched it either, so if anything we're both due a cone of shame?

CashBailey said...

I remember Stephen King writing about TOURIST TRAP as his own little 'undiscovered gem' back in DANSE MACABRE. I still haven't seen it, though.

Patrick Russum said...

I'm so happy to see Happy Death Day getting the love it deserves, what a fun as heck movie! Also, I don't know how I forgot to put The Gate on my list, I saw it for the first time on tv after trick or treating when I was like eleven...chowing down on halloween candy at like midnight, makeup still not completely washed off...oh memories!

Cappy said...

Annihilation came sooooo close to making my list.

bla said...

Just watched Alice, Sweet Alice thanks to Kanopy streaming. I knew, just knew, it wasn't Alice. Ha. Wait...

LBk said...

Feeling despondent that the Paris Hilton version of House of Wax received more votes than The Sentinel.