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 7, 2020

SHOCKtober: 752-720

There is no Final Girl, only List!

Each of the following films received one vote.

752. Jennifer -- 1978, Brice Mack
751. John Dies at the End -- 2012, Don Coscarelli
750. Ju-on 2 -- 2003, Takashi Shimizu
749. Killer Party -- 1986, William Fruet
748. King Kong -- 1933, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack
747. Kingdom of the Spiders -- 1977, John "Bud" Cardos
746. Klute -- 1971, Alan J. Pakula
745. Knives and Skin -- 2019, Jennifer Reeder
744. La noche del virgen (aka The Night of the Virgin) -- 2016, Roberto San Sebastián
743. Lady in White -- 1988, Frank LaLoggia
742. Lake Bodom -- 2016, Taneli Mustonen
741. Land of the Dead -- 2005, George A. Romero
740. Lasso -- 2017, Evan Cecil
739. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (aka The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue) -- 1974, Jorge Grau
738. Life -- 2017, Daniel Espinosa
737. Link -- 1986, Richard Franklin
736. Lips of Blood -- 1975, Jean Rollin
735. Little Otik (aka Greedy Guts) -- 2000, Jan Svankmajer
734. Lo -- 2009, Travis Betz
733. Lord of Illusions -- 1995, Clive Barker
732. Lovely Molly -- 2011, Eduardo Sánchez
731. Ma -- 2019, Tate Taylor
730. Madhouse -- 1974, Jim Clark
729. Madman -- 1981, Joe Giannone
728. Magic -- 1978, Richard Attenborough
727. Mama -- 2013, Andy Muschietti
726. Manos: The Hands of Fate -- 1966, Harold P. Warren
725. Mausoleum -- 1983, Michael Dugan
724. Midnight Offerings -- 1981, Rod Holcomb
723. Mimic -- 1997, Guillermo del Toro
722. Monday -- 2000, SABU
721. Monster House -- 2006, Gil Kenan
720. Morgiana -- 1972, Juraj Herz

  • MAU-SO-MOTHERFUCKING-LE-UM! If you've been around these parts for a while, I don't need to tell you about my love for Mausoleum. But maybe you're new, or maybe you don't need to hear about my love for Mausoleum but you want to hear about my love for Mausoleum? Regardless, my love for Mausoleum: it is deep, it is wide, it is true. Neon crypts, corn teeth (my favorite), Marjoe fucking Gorner disco-dancing, a show-stealing LaWanda Page, wanton use of the term "facial fantasy"...Mausoleum has it all and much more. I am so glad to see it here.
  • This chunk o' list is so good! Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, Lovely Molly, Jennifer, KILLER PARTY...there are a lot of my beloveds on display today.
  • There's also some very intriguing films I have yet to see! Morgiana, Monday, and Midnight Offerings, which I have not seen despite the fact that it is a made-for-TV horror movie starring Melissa Sue Anderson, Marion Ross, and Gordon Jump as "Sherm!" What is wrong with me?? (Don't answer that.)
  • I always think Lord of Illusions is a Wes Craven movie but it never is!
  • Klute is today's genre-bending "Wha? Huh?" title, but who cares? If its inclusion here gets someone to watch Klute for the first time, then the whole dang month is worth it. 
  • I cannot let Mama appear on this page and not give a shout out to Hot Topic Jessica Chastain. Hot Topic Jessica Chastain 4ever!


Peter said...

I enjoyed John Dies at the End. It captures pretty much all of the menacing unreality of the novel, and it goes by much faster. I’m not sure it’s a good movie, but it leaves an impression.

Peter said...

I also remember being sort of nonplussed by Lord of Illusions when I saw it in the theater, but Horror Queers did an episode about it that made me think I need to see it again.

Susandoku said...

OMG how did I miss Klute on my list? AND STACIE I am so thrilled for you to experience Midnight Offerings for the first time!!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhh I'm so jealous!

Steve K said...

La noche del virgen was me! I got to see this at a festival at Philamoca in Philadelphia. There's basically only 3 characters in the film, the movie is awash in every kind of humour/liquid that can come from the human body, and I learned so many Spanish swear words.

matango said...

I am surprised at how many good movies there have been in the one votes. Most of the ones I have seen I have legitimately liked.

The Lady in White is such a weird mix, and I remember seeing ads for it when I was a kid. I enjoyed it a lot.

Lake Bodom was fun. More Finnish horror.

Land of the Dead was the only one of the Nu-Romero movies that I really liked. The other two were meh, if interesting because at least they were different from the general zombie movies.

I like Ma just because Octavia Spencer seemed to be having a blast. If Octavia Spencer as Ma became a new Jason or Freddy, I would be ecstatic.

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue is so good.

I think this is the last page for me to have had a chance at a one vote movie. I am ashamed for being so terribly basic.

mulholland said...

I feel so proud every time I see one of my "one vote only" picks on here.

And this time it was...Klute!

I first heard of Klute because it was included in Terror in the Aisles so I've thought of it as horror from the very beginning. Not to mention it's a super scary (and great!) movie. Maybe Fonda's Oscar win for this pulls it more towards the thriller/drama side for most people.

Patrick Russum said...

I was about to post something along these same lines! I loved the book so much though and anytime that happens, no matter the quality of movie, Im always like 'at least it was enjoyable!' I had the same reaction to Annihilation tbh, and in both cases I think the true triumph was just being able to actually adapt the books' absurdity relatively well (more so for the latter)

Unknown said...

I watched Ma with a friend recently and it was honestly the most fun I've had watching a movie in ages. I'm in the market for other horror movies that match the energy of Ma, both in terms of atrocity and pure entertainment value. Much love for Octavia and the ever-changing length of her wig.

Stacie Ponder said...

@Unknown -- Ma is such a good time! You might like Happy Death Day if you haven't seen it yet. Lots of fun.

Astroboymn said...

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue & Ma - yes yes yesyesyes

Steve said...

No other "Lo" fans? Here's what I wrote to Stacie: "Found this randomly on Netflix one time. I'm not sure it's *good*, it's a little Theater Kid, but damn, it gets me in my wheelhouse, the part of me that loves a good simple Hellblazer story."

Unknown said...

I'll check out Happy Death Day! Been on my list for a while, I've heard many positive reviews. Thanks for the recommendation!

Diandra said...

yay my vote for Morgiana! the ending might be an interest downer but the experience is quite the ride

Valerie A. Higgs said...

Based on that photo ALONE, I knew I had to get my eyeballs Mausoleum. And it was great! And totally out of control.

What's hilarious is that I forgot the name of it, and watched Mortuary by accident first, which is a whole different movie, BUT features BILL FREAKING PAXTON skipping through the graveyard, giddy with love. Totally worth the mistake.