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

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Whittling it down to 50 was so painful I've made a list of 51-100 too, just to calm myself down.

O00O0O00O (Matt #2), Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

i called dibs on doing the stills, but if any of you have any nice screengrabs you'd like to have included, plz feel free to email them to s t g e r t z @gmail
― picture jean rollin (Pillbox), Wednesday, April 18, 2012 8:03 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yes. I am eternally grateful too, btw.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Thursday, 19 April 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Obviously this is Eric's and Pillbox's call, but my own feeling on stills: atmospheric/moody rather than bloody corpses/exploding heads. I know many would strongly disagree.

clemenza, Thursday, 19 April 2012 14:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

atmospheric/moody would keep things unambiguously SFW, for those for whom that's a consideration

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

(although I'm not sure atmospheric/moody would capture what people were attracted to with movies like "Dead/Alive")

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

It is possible to like more than one style within a genre. I consider Dead/Alive more of a comedy, but might put it in the 40s if I get that far.

That some of you you are sufficiently immersed to make an individual list of 100 top horror films might give you an idea of my emotions during the comedy poll, when ppl were throwing their votes together in 15 minutes.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm not pissed off at the people who are throwing their horror movie ballots together in 15 minutes. I'm happy they feel enthusiastic enough to contribute to a horror movie poll.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

sure, but Matt #2 may feel differently.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am struggling with my ballot, probably largely because of the many movies I know I liked but that I don't remember very well. I would like to rewatch some things, especially Anguish, Night of the Demon/Curse of the Demon, Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and Dementia/Daughter of Horror, but also Black Cat, Blood on Satan's Claw, Burn Witch Burn, Kill Baby Kill, God Told Me To and others.

I think I nominated the 1926 Student of Prague but really meant the 1913 version.

I watched Apaches last night.

Sadly, netflix seems to have neither Threads nor Testament on dvd (I don't have streaming). Not that I would probably vote for them here anyway but after what people have been saying I would really like to see them.

MrDasher, Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Link posted upthread by strongo - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2023790698427111488

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Threads)

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I saw Testament on PBS when it was new. It was OK; it's not horror. It's not "top" material list, except maybe Top Jane Alexander Films.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

She sorta vanished after becoming SAG prez, no?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

my first pass has 123 movies, yikes. time to get out the scissors. and the butcher's knife. and the axe. and the scythe. and the chainsaw.

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jane does tons of theatre, always has. You remember theatre, tha thing nobody goes to.

xp

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I only meant movies since that's the poll; she's a Living Legend onstage.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jane Alexander missed her window of opportunity to be the next Linnea Quigley.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Taking my time. I appreciate a slow heart sinking reveal as much as a quick scream out loud scare.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I also regret not participating in the nomination stage :(

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Will survive

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

what would you have nommed that isnt there? i could be convinced to do some write-ins (although its not like i need more movies on my shortlist but whatever)

Badu and a sax run hand-in-hand (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

no wicker man 2

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha i still haven't seen cowboys for jesus!! can you believe that?

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

anyway let me collect my thoughts (i am enlisting a lurker as well) and will post when i have a list

for instance, is whoever slew auntie roo? on there?

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Shelley Winters plays an eccentric widow who loves her children to death. A modern retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had a list of around 15 films I was about to nom when the voting opened

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

That reminds me of the existence of What's the Matter with Helen? Not that I remember if it's good or not but I think it's in the same vein?
There were actually a number of things I was thinking of nominating but didn't for some reason or another. Some of them got nominated but other people, some didn't.

MrDasher, Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

the only thing on the missing list I thought I would've voted for was burnt offerings, but looking at my ballot now it didn't have a chance tbh

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

What's the Matter with Helen?

B- psychobiddy

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have this at home but haven't watched either one.

clemenza, Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hag horror! I love it.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Was going to mention What's the Matter with Helen next!!! I think it's better than Auntie Roo by a pretty wide margin.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Neither are as good as Baby Jane -- not even Charlotte -- but for color + splashy + crazy old ladies, you can't go wrong with Helen or Roo.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

and don't forget mark lester as a murdering preteen sociopath in night hair child, possibly the best name for a film ever

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Which is a good time to mention a dreadful TV movie that scared me silly in the early '70s: The Devil's Daughter, with Shelly in the Ruth Gordon role.

Abe Vigoda!

clemenza, Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Watched Marebito last night on jjjusten's recommendation. It's a low-budget Japanese horror film by Takashi Shimizu, director of both the Japanese and American vesions of Ju-On/The Grudge, and starring Shin'ya Tsukamoto, director of Tetsuo, the Iron Man and its sequels. Pretty great! I don't know that it's a masterpiece, but it reminded me a lot of Kiyoshi Kurosawa films like Cure and Pulse, spliced together with Tsukamoto's punk experimentalism, Shimizu's finely-honed creepiness, and lots of nods to Lovecraftian pulp horror. Dreamlike, strange and quite unpredictable.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Holy shit, must see The Devil's Daughter!!

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was pleased that Watcher in the Woods was on there. It was My First Horror Movie!

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

xxp - The international title, A Stranger from Afar, gives a pretty good idea of the film's themes and tone, plus sounds very much like something Lovecraft or one of his contemporaries might have written.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

watched Repulsion (finally) last night. awesome. was this controversial/a big deal when it was released? It seems several steps beyond Psycho, which was just a few years earlier.

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was pleased that Watcher in the Woods was on there. It was My First Horror Movie!.

yeah, I nommed it cuz it was one of my first, too. loved it at the time, though i haven't seen it in forever.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

LL, The Pit is on the nomination list and a certain person you live with wasn't even involved in the process.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

See, I knew you all would take care of me.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Another film I really want to go to bat for here is Dementia, aka Daughter of Horror. One of the most remarkable films I've ever seen, an hour-long, dialogue-free, first-person Freudian head trip from 1955 that follows a frightened and disturbed young woman down a rabbit hole of her own making. It's similar in many ways to Polanski's Repulsion, dealing as it does with sexual psychosis, and also to the films of David Lynch, especially Mulholland Dr. and Inland Empire. It's hard to believe, in fact, that Lynch and Polanski didn't crib heavily from it. The soundtrack is gorgeous, and the stylized, deliberately artificial imagery recalls German expressionist filmmakers like Weine and Murnau. It's scary, brave, campy, arguably feminist and deliriously surreal. Hard to believe that it was made five years before Hitchcock's Psycho. Would make my top 10 list even if this poll wasn't limited to horror films.

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yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

holy crap will watch!

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow great stills

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

thx

not quite horror but I would recommend Suddenly Last Summer for the atmosphere/sense of terror as well

Chris S, Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

one of the charms of marebito is that shimizu shot it in 8 days and basically was using it as a palate cleanser between ju-on and the usa grudge, which obv doesnt add merit to the film inherently but does make the result kind of amazing. it def doesnt feel like a speed run film at all.

Badu and a sax run hand-in-hand (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Re Watcher in the Woods, it was an earlyish scary movie for me, too -- I guess I was 10 or so. Remember it being spooky but not much else about it. The movie that did scare the living hell out of me at that age (or maybe a year earlier?) was the Body Snatchers remake, which is definitely going on my ballot. I think I literally didn't sleep for a few nights afterward. (Actually, the original Body Snatchers might make the ballot, too.)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I still feel the terror when I see Mitch McConnell

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink


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