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Oct 23, 2020

SHOCKtober: 244-213

Aw yeah, now it's gettin' real. Why, I can smell the top 200 from here! At least I hope that's the Top 200...

Anyway, each of the following films received four votes

244. All Cheerleaders Die -- 2013, Lucky McKee & Chris Sivertson
243. American Mary -- 2012, Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska
242. American Psycho -- 2000, Mary Harron
241. Army of Darkness -- 1992, Sam Raimi
240. Battle Royale -- 2000, Kinji Fukasaku
239. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon -- 2006, Scott Glosserman
238. Black Sunday -- 1960, Mario Bava
237. Brain Damage -- 1988, Frank Henenlotter
236. Climax -- 2018, Gaspar Noé
235. Creature from the Black Lagoon -- 1954, Jack Arnold
234. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight -- 1995, Ernest R. Dickerson
233. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark -- 1988, James Signorelli
232. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood -- 1988, John Carl Buechler
231. Frankenstein -- 1931, James Whale
230. Funny Games -- 1997, Michael Haneke
229. Grabbers -- 2012, Jon Wright
228. Grave Encounters -- 2011, Colin Minihan & Stuart Ortiz
227. Hellbound: Hellraiser II -- 1988, Tony Randel
226. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer -- 1986, John McNaughton
225. I Know What You Did Last Summer -- 1997, Jim Gillespie
224. I Walked with a Zombie -- 1943, Jacques Tourneur
223. Jacob's Ladder -- 1990, Adrian Lyne
222. Just Before Dawn -- 1981, Jeff Lieberman
221. Krampus -- 2015, Michael Dougherty
220. The Lair of the White Worm -- 1988, Ken Russell
219. Martin -- 1977, George A. Romero
218. Misery -- 1990, Rob Reiner
217. Nightbreed -- 1990, Clive Barker
216. Onibaba -- 1964, Kaneto Shindô
215. Orphan -- 2009, Jaume Collet-Serra
214. Scanners -- 1981, David Cronenberg
213. Scream 2 -- 1997, Wes Craven

  • (crowd chants) Or-phan! Or-phan! Or-phan! She sure is different! I still love that bonkers movie so much. I'm also still waiting for Esther's head to fall off when she removes her velvet choker...
  • Of Nightbreed, a reader says: "The monsters-as-good-guys angle was still pretty fresh at the time, and as the years have passed I've grown to love it as an LGBTQIA parable."
  • Can me pathetic if you will ("Oh don't worry, I will!" -- you), but I'm still hanging onto a sliver of hope for that All Cheerleaders Die sequel. What a fun movie, I'm glad more folks are getting hip to it.
  • "Yes, it's a comedy, but there is 100% a dark supernatural event at the heart of it. The best cast you could ever want, and dialogue that is forever memorable," says a reader about Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, and so say we all.
  • Upon seeing Jacob's Ladder in today's list chunk, I thought "Hmm. What has that purveyor of lite-n-sexy sleaze Adrian Lyne been up to? Sure has been a while." It turns out he has a new movie coming next year (or whenever), his first since 2002: Dark Water, an adaptation of a very "Patricia Highsmith" Patricia Highsmith novel, if you know what I mean. Love the book and I'm looking forward to it...Ben Affleck is perfect casting, same as he was for Gone Girl.


Susandoku said...

My precious Lair of the White Worm! You guys. Can we just discuss Lady Sylvia Marsh until the end of time? Maybe a quick break to visit Midian on a Nightbreed re-watch. I totally agree that it works as a parable.

Gummyfredo said...

Orphan 4ever

Peter said...

Lair of the White Worm is a goddamn treasure. Peak Ken Russell, a mountain we should all long to climb.

CashBailey said...

ORPHAN is one of the best acted and directed pieces of trash I've ever seen.

Susandoku said...

@Peter - IT'S SO GOOD!!!! I never stop hoping Lady Sylvia Marsh will defeat the squares. With those boots, how can she fail?

matango said...

I'm one of the weirdos who voted for Climax. How can you not like an dance/horror movie with improvised dialogue?

I am a little surprised that Black Sunday is more popular than Black Sabbath. Great movie though. I almost picked it.

Friday the 13th Part VII is probably my favorite for sentimental reasons in that it was the first one I saw and it scared the shit out of me when I was eight or nine. Plus Jason vs. Carrie is just too good.

I love the Lair of the White Worm.

Eric Riley said...

My love for Elvira Mistress of the Dark the Movie knows no bounds. I have seen it more times than I can count and will forever sing its praises.

And WOW, Lair of the White Worm! Dang I love that movie.

Peter said...

Because the game is rigged! Hugh Grant is such a cheater!

Susandoku said...

@Peter - Fucking Hugh "Patriarchy" Grant. There, I said it.

Leah Richards said...

I nearly included both Climax and Lair of the White Worm, and now I am full of regret that 20 doesn't come after 21 and 22.