THE VAULT OF ILX Top 100 HORROR Movies Poll Voting Thread (voting closes May 9)

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xp Its going to place for me on the final scene alone. Also my inherent weakness for foamy, pink blood.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

re: The Beyond - it's funny how the plot is so non-existent, characters are established but then they do things and go places for no apparent reason, there's no discernible logic to the sequence of events etc

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Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

edward III otm re: the beyond. i nominated it for its reputation, gore and atmosphere, and for its terrific conclusion, not cuz it's a conventionally good movie.

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

that was a joke Tuomas

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Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's funny how the plot is so non-existent, characters are established but then they do things and go places for no apparent reason, there's no discernible logic to the sequence of events etc

this is actually a good description of a lot of horror movies from the 1980s onwards ...

onibaba o'reilly (Eisbaer), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Beyond might be the only Fulci film from that era I love, much less like.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

(xx-post)

To me the Isle just felt melancholy and beautiful, I can't remember any suspense in it. Sure, there's that one icky scene, but if something is horror because of an icky scene, regardless of the context, that sounds like a way too technical definition to me.

Tuomas, Monday, 16 April 2012 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

interesting that The Sixth Sense wasn't nominated. I guess it it technically more of a thriller or whatev, though there is enough spooky haunted house stuff, zombie-ghosts and what not, to qualify it imo. Personally, I do like it, but I prob wouldn't have voted for it in this. That's valuable real estate!

yeah, that does seem like a pretty surprising oversight. i'd meant to nominate it, but forgot. it's certainly not that i wouldn't be willing to rep for it. i love that movie.

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Beyond might be the only Fulci film from that era I love, much less like.

yeah, that was the other reason i nominated. i felt that fulci deserved representation on this list, and the beyond is the only film of his that i've ever really enjoyed.

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

The City of the Living Dead is awkward. Zombie is lugubriously paced and then there's a shark vs. zombie battle that's awesome in concept but *yawn* in execution. New York Ripper is grimy without being truly disturbing like Maniac.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh come on contenderizer, Zombie is plenty entertaining. a zombie punches a shark! underwater!

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol xp to Eric

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

only saw the sixth sense once in the theaters and I have to give it props as a well-done horror film, I think most of the resistance to it is actually horror at what shamalama did afterwards

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's a few grindhouse nasties I forgot to nominate but probably that's for the best. Goodbye Uncle Tom is definitely some *kind* of horror movie, but maybe not this kind.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's funny how the plot is so non-existent, characters are established but then they do things and go places for no apparent reason, there's no discernible logic to the sequence of events etc

every italian horror film

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Grim Reaper with Tisa Farrow probably should've been at least given a mention tho.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am simultaneously cursing and thanking you for cutting off the nom process eric

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Paperhouse! I totally need to rewatch that. I remember renting it from my local video shop as a kid and thinking I was all smart and fancy b/c a blurb on the box advertised it as 'the thinking person's Nightmare on Elm Street.' I don't remember much about it at all, save for that it creeped me out sufficiently, despite there not actually being some intellectually sophisticated version of Freddy (lol which I guess is what said blurb made me envision back then).

picture jean rollin (Pillbox), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I consider something horror if some supernatural element or unexplained phenomenon is intrinsic to the plot, or the movie was designed to invoke a sense of horror (even if it doesn't). The only controversial nomination I made was Fire Walk With Me, but I stan for that as a horror movie because it is full of supernatural/unexplained things, it succeeds in evoking horror, and also it scares the bejeepers out of me.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's funny how the plot is so non-existent, characters are established but then they do things and go places for no apparent reason, there's no discernible logic to the sequence of events etc

every italian horror film

― diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, April 16, 2012 5:55 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yes! I kept trying to reply with "That's so Fulci!" but I was getting xposted into oblivion.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know I know, it just seemed especially pronounced in this case. I kept laughing every time someone went down under the house by themselves just to, y'know, wander around.

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have no idea why Stalker was nominated either, unless it was a different one than the Tarkovsky movie. Or maybe the final shot (SPOILER ALERT?) tipped someone off into Carrie territory?

― jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, April 16, 2012 1:46 PM (9 minutes ago)

this was a carry over from darin's yearly horror polls, which were awesome and comprehensive but sometimes too broad in their inclusions. pretty sure I bitched about the stalker nom at the time.

see also: equus. one of my fave films but in no way a horror movie. unless you're a horse.

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

also, is testament the 1983 film about nuclear war?!?

Yup.

Testament is possibly the scariest movie I've ever seen

And yup. It's going to be very high on my ballot. I'm gonna limit my hardcore nominee stumping to Testament and Possession. If at least some of y'all made a point of seeing those two before voting, I'd be over the moon.

Harried Ice Craw (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can't decide if the fact that I can't bring myself to watch it as an adult means I should include it or not.

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I meant to make this point on the horror thread, but I think if a future sci-fi poll is a "sci-fi and fantasy" poll, that will allow for some glaring misses to be rectified (e.g. king kong, godzilla).

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

*horror nom thread*

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, as weird as The Beyond is, the House by the Cemetery is completely incomprehensible. But should have placed in the comedy poll for the Little Bob's voice dub acting.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

also, still finding movies missing from the nom list that have a shot on the lower echelons of my ballot *sniff*

burnt offerings (1976)

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Zombie is lugubriously paced and then there's a shark vs. zombie battle that's awesome in concept but *yawn* in execution.

Is Zombie the one where the girl has her eyeball impaled on a jutting wooden splinter in super slow-motion, or was that COTLD? Either way, that is one most harrowing death scenes ever iirc.

picture jean rollin (Pillbox), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can't decide if the fact that I can't bring myself to watch it as an adult means I should include it or not.

I will tell you this: I found it just as horrifying and devastating as an adult as I did when I saw it as a kid. Feel free to take that as a recommendation or a dissuasive argument.

Harried Ice Craw (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

If I were going to vote in this*, I'd put Testament at #1 and fill the rest of the ballot out with 19 films I didn't think would get any votes.

(*which I'm not; I don't like horror films and haven't seen many)

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

What does "horror film" mean, then? Any movie with a supernatural element? Is that why movies likes like The Isle or Stalker, which have absolutely no scary scenes at all, are on the list?

― Tuomas, Monday, April 16, 2012 1:40 PM (25 minutes ago)

any movie nominated which eric h allowed as "horror" is a horror film for purposes of this poll. thank you and have a nice day!

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd recommend you to vote, then, WmC! Do it for Testament's sake!

Harried Ice Craw (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought Testament was a very powerful movie and all, but am a little weirded out at how many people are calling it one of their likely top vote-getters.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is Zombie the one where the girl has her eyeball impaled on a jutting wooden splinter in super slow-motion,

Yeah! It's great!

Zombi's the only Fulci film i rate that highly, although Lizard In A Woman's Skin is better from a technical perspective.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost In a horror movie poll.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

also as eric pointed out on the nom thread, "scary" is a terrible barometer for what is a horror film, since he's only ever been frightened by a handful of films

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

maybe wikipedia can help

Horror films are a movie genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's most primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer through the means of macabre and the supernatural, thus they may overlap with the fantasy and supernatural genre. Horrors frequently overlap with the thriller genre.[1]

Horror films deal with the viewer's nightmares, hidden worst fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Although a good deal of it is about the supernatural, if some films contain a plot about morbidity, serial killers, a disease/virus outbreak and surrealism, they may be termed "horror".[1]

Plots written within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world. Themes or elements often prevalent in typical horror films include ghosts, torture, gore, werewolves, ancient curses, satanism, demons, vicious animals, vampires, cannibals, haunted houses, zombies, sadism and serial killers. Conversely, stories of the supernatural are not necessarily always a horror movie as well.

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd recommend you to vote, then, WmC! Do it for Testament's sake!

― Harried Ice Craw (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, April 16, 2012 1:10 PM (32 seconds ago)

Nah, it would feel dishonest. I haven't looked at the whole noms list, but I'd be surprised if I've even seen 20 of them.

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Horror films are a movie genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's most primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer through the means of macabre and the supernatural

ergo, patch adams, i accidentally domed your son and the john-travolta-in-drag hairspray should've been nominated as well ...

onibaba o'reilly (Eisbaer), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna limit my hardcore nominee stumping to Testament and Possession. If at least some of y'all made a point of seeing those two before voting, I'd be over the moon.

enthusiastically second possession. one of the few films i really think more people need to see before voting. pontypool too!

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought Testament was a very powerful movie and all, but am a little weirded out at how many people are calling it one of their likely top vote-getters.

In the stew of elements that I feel make for an effective horror film, 'dread' is probably the most prominent. Testament is one of the most dread-full films I've ever seen. It's not a boilerplate horror film and probably all the more effective because it was never intended as such and because it doesn't use any tired formulae in its pursuit to make you feel dread.

Harried Ice Craw (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

lastly, there are 734 movies in the nom list, maybe a dozen of them are not horror movies, that still leaves over 700 real live horror movies for you to choose from

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

It is pretty horrible how dark the sky gets by the end.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

If I did 50, The Sixth Sense wd certainly make ballot

however, I have a Big Poll project due 2 days after this one, so even 20 will be hard.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

people can vote for whatever they want on the list ... and i haven't seen testament so i can't judge. it just seemed a bit odd to be included on a horror film poll, and i was curious as to why it was so included!

onibaba o'reilly (Eisbaer), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

at least come and see isn't on our list

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

the beyond is kind of like suspiria's slow brother, it tries to leap over yr aesthetic concerns by going for a similar pervasive atmosphere of terror, which translates to an almost poetic surrealism in some scenes, and a final sequence that is truly haunting. but it is a deeply stupid movie.

Yes, joining in the OTM fest on this. I love The Beyond, particularly the ending, but overall it is silly silly silly. Also gonna OTM carl agatha on the ludicrousness of the dub in The House by the Cemetery.

Please, please, anyone who is thinking of voting for Testament, make sure you watch Threads before you vote. It is far superior, and far far far scarier.

emil.y, Monday, 16 April 2012 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

also as eric pointed out on the nom thread, "scary" is a terrible barometer for what is a horror film, since he's only ever been frightened by a handful of films

I wish scary movies scared me more. I LOVE being frightened in a controlled context, but the emotional callouses one can develop indulging in such things have long since dulled any actual sense of visceral fear I once got from horror. Every once in a while, though. something will genuinely give me the heebie-jeebies. I've found that it usually has just as much to do w/ the context in which something is seen as it does the film (or book etc.) itself.

picture jean rollin (Pillbox), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't mind the inclusion of films that have almost no relationship to horror as a genre, hell i nominated a bunch of them, but i'll be disappointed if they dominate the results. can't imagine they will, though, so no need to worry about it.

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

oooh, so close. i am Bruno Mattei. who is Morbo Channing? oh and ballot submitted. apologies to two directors who just didn't make the cut. you know who you are.

silent ouzo eclipse (Mr. Hal Jam), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 20:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

damn, that was fast. took me like three weeks!

The term or title antichrist, in Christian theology, refers to (contenderizer), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 21:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I want to be sure to be around to complain abt pontypool when it places

I got yr back on this, don't worry

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 21:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

and i'll sink your battleship

The term or title antichrist, in Christian theology, refers to (contenderizer), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 21:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

hey guys - just fyi for those wondering abt my continuing progress on the screencap tiles & how it might be effected by the unexpected late-game Hal Jam factor, I'm happy to report that only some slight numerical rejiggering will be required & there will be no substantial revision otherwise - a small price to pay inho for the sagelike contributions and general presence of ilx's most elusive titan of horror standom!

In other words, it is still game-on in my corner. Let's do this thing!

Troll 3 (Pillbox), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am feeling antsy and impatient, but it isn't gonna kill me. Or at least, it might not. I dunno. I might have caught some sort of rage disease which will explode inside my head, splattering my brain across the entire poll.

emil.y, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

yay

xps

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 01:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

So are results rolling out tomorrow then?

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 01:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also I will have to be out of the loop on Friday, but that is because I will be hanging out at the site of one if minnesotas most infamous murders so I will be here in spirit

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 01:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think all systems are likely go for a Wednesday launch imo.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 03:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Set your alarm for 5:00 a.m.: you must start it up sometime during the hour of the wolf.

clemenza, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 03:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Which, by the way, I think the images Pillbox has worked up are gorgeous. He's going to deserve the lions share of credit for the success of this poll.)

― jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:05 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

the procurement of thematically resonant and illustrative visual materials is something this poll, of all polls, deserves especially - i have simply tried to rise to the occasion, the process of which has been frankly a blast, if also rather exhausting. But make no mistake, Eric. I am but a bit player to your cackling ringleader in this Grand Guignol of delirium and atrocity!

Troll 3 (Pillbox), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 07:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think all systems are likely go for a Wednesday launch imo.

yay! hopefully during Vargtimmen too!!

Boris Kutyurkokhov (Eisbaer), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 07:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just need to get on my feet at work and then I can begin.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

YESSSSS

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:00 (2 years ago) Permalink


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