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 18, 2020

SHOCKtober: 397-365



I love the chunks o' list that covers the two vote films for I love to imagine the voters finding each other and being like...


So nod away, you unlikely duos...each of the following films received two votes!

397. ParaNorman -- 2012, Chris Butler & Sam Fell
396. Pet Sematary II -- Mary Lambert
395. Prevenge -- 2016, Alice Lowe
394. Prom Night -- 1980, Paul Lynch
393. Prometheus -- 2012, Ridley Scott
392. Puppet Master -- 1989, David Schmoeller
391. Quatermass and the Pit -- Roy Ward Baker
390. Safe -- 1995, Todd Haynes
389. Saw -- 2004, James Wan
388. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark -- 2019, André Øvredal
387. Scream 3 -- 2000, Wes Craven
386. Season of the Witch (aka Hungry Wives) -- 1972, George A. Romero
385. Seven -- 1995, David Fincher
384. Shadow of the Vampire -- 2000, E. Elias Merhige
383. Shivers -- 1975, David Cronenberg
382. Signs -- 2002, M. Night Shyamalan
381. Sinister -- 2012, Scott Derrickson
380. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers -- 1988, Michael A. Simpson
379. Sorority House Massacre -- 1986, Carol Frank
378. Spring -- 2014, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
377. Strait-Jacket -- 1964, William Castle
376. Strangeland -- 1998, John Pieplow
375. Street Trash -- 1987, James M. Muro
374. Summer of 84 -- 2018, François Simard, Anouk Whissell, & Yoann-Karl Whissell
373. The Amityville Horror -- 1979, Stuart Rosenberg
372. The Bay -- 2012, Barry Levinson
371. The Blob -- 1958, Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr & Russell S. Doughten Jr
370. The Borderlands (aka Final Prayer) -- 2013, Elliot Goldner
369. The Brides of Dracula -- 1960, Terence Fisher
368. The Cell -- 2000, Tarsem Singh
367. The Children -- 1980, Max Kalmanowicz
366. The Company of Wolves -- 1984, Neil Jordan
365. The Conjuring 2 -- 2016, James Wan

  • Ah yes, Amityville. I totally understand the love, for a love of all things Amityville is embedded in my DNA. It doesn't have much to do with the quality of the films or believing the story is true or whether or not one thinks the Warrens were a couple of con artists or anything...it's just...there. Part of it, I think, owes to when one first sees the '79 film or reads Jay Anson's book (or both). To a youth, they are about the epitome of terror--especially that ridculous oversized purple demon pig Jody. It's also the sheer bizarreness of it all as a pop culture phenomenon and the way we've all sort of silently agreed to act like it's all real and we're afraid of it while secretly we all know it's a big dumb crock of shit. It feels even more uniting than Hands Across America, which was...okay, that was a big dumb crock of shit, too. Shhh!
  • Safe! I will be first in line any time Todd Haynes wants to make a movie about a woman named Carol.
  • As for Strangeland, a reader says: "Dee Snider has played with my heart over a sequel for the last 20 years. I believe him every time he says he's making it and I am disappointed every time, yet I WANT TO BELIEVE!"

11 comments:

Peter said...

Borderlands and The Cell are two films that shouldn’t work but somehow do. Shadow of the Vampire is a fine film, although I gather Max Schreck was a well-know actor with a fairly well-documented career and not, as the film would have us believe, Willem Dafoe. “Season of the Witch (aka Hungry Wives)” has two of the less-likely titles to be found on one film. To whom were they marketing, one might ask.

Astroboymn said...

"It's also the sheer bizarreness of it all as a pop culture phenomenon and the way we've all sort of silently agreed to act like it's all real and we're afraid of it while secretly we all know it's a big dumb crock of shit. It feels even more uniting than Hands Across America, which was...okay, that was a big dumb crock of shit, too."

It's passages like the above that make this blog so spesshul. Also that 2 people put Safe on their lists, b/c that is one amazing film.

Leah Richards said...

I'm secretly hoping that my 3 (maybe 4, we'll see tomorrow) 2-votes are all the same person and that they're hoping the same thing, and we find each other and become BFFs because of a shared passion for dead things that don't stay dead.

Unknown said...

I love seeing all these movies that I forgot about while making my list that I totally love and honestly would have put in above some higher profile ones that I did vote for. (Sorry, Summer of '84)
I was a ParaNorman vote if whoever the other one was sees this

Susandoku said...

Holy crap I just saw that Jessica Harper is also in Safe.

Leah Richards said...

To complicate things further, I'm writing about the Romero right now and using its third title, Jack's Wife.

Peter said...

Oh no!

Unknown said...

I would like to believe that the same person shared my votes for Anguish and Safe. We could watch a movie in a scent-free theater in the future, eye drops on me!
Phillip

CashBailey said...

Some people say STRANGELAND was essentially the first 'torture porn' movie. I'm sure Dee would agree. He likes taking credit for things.

Patrick Russum said...

I'm so delighted someone else loves 1958s The Blob as much as I do, although I would be surprised if the reason was the same, aka, it's a beautiful film full of romance

Jillian82 said...

Yay! Someone else likes Spring! So this is what is sounds like when doves cry.