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

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harry potter

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

etc

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

Speaking of things that are on youtube in fairly poor quality, I would like to rep once more for The Signalman. It's a 40-minute film, so possibly bearable in this format, but I haven't watched it through myself. Almost certainly my favourite Ghost Story for Christmas.

emil.y, Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think "fantasy" is a suitable label for non-horror films featuring ghosts

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

there are plenty of movies with ghosts I wouldn't consider horror, anything from ghost to fanny and alexander

...harry potter

yeah, that's why i threw in "almost" and "moderately creepy" as qualifiers. like if creepiness and scariness seems to be a substantial part of the point, and if it's got non-comedy ghosts, then i'll probably a horror movie. of course it's arguable that creepiness and scariness are "a substantial part of the point" in the later harry potter films, so it's a judgement call more than a hard-and-fast rule.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

"seems"

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

ugh

"...then i'll probably consider it a horror movie"

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

I did cut Pan's Labyrinth cuz it feels more like "dark fantasy" than horror to me, so the distinction I'm observing is obviously vanishingly thin.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Courtesy of my lurker, these movies were ;_; missing from the nom list (I take responsibility for not participating, just answering the question from like a zillion posts ago)

Wicked, Wicked
I Can See You
From a Whisper to a Scream
Just Before Dawn
Who Can Kill a Child?
Wendigo

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

never seen any of those, and three of the first four are completely unfamiliar to me. i'm curious, though.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ugetsu, along with a few things on the nomination list that I also excluded because I don't really consider them horror, would probably, if I were to include them, displace items in my current top 5-10. I would probably be more willing to consider them if they would occupy lower positions. I guess I don't want to have my top horror movies to be things I don't strongly feel are horror. But I will think about it some more.
The stuff that is at the top of my list is not all stuff that is unambiguously considered horror either so I am also not sure what distinction I am using exactly. It's just intuitive I suppose.

MrDasher, Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

ok who can kill a child? is a big oversight. crap.

Badu and a sax run hand-in-hand (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Who Can Kill a Child?

Damn it! That's such a good film and totally didn't occur to me.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Also missing, and not really obscure at all: Dementia 13.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

^ was on my late nom list

wendigo's the fessenden film? I did nom his habit but I doubt it will make my ballot.

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

I thought of Who Can Kill a Child? but I didn't nominate it because I don't really like it. I guess I should have nominated it anyway. Oh well.

MrDasher, Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

I stopped compiling this list once the voting thread opened, but I would've nommed these in addition to some ones already mentioned above

awakening of the beast (1970)
baby blood (1990)
willard (1971)
beware! the blob (1972)
body snatchers (1993)
castle of blood aka danza macabra (1964)
children of the damned (1964)
crawlspace (1986)
curse of frankenstein, the (1957)
dracula aka horror of dracula (1958)
frakenstein created woman (1967)
revenge of frankenstein, the (1958)

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

Children of the Damned is the only of the not-nominees mentioned so far that I'd have seriously considered, but I would have wound up cutting it anyway. I've avoided Who Can Kill a Child? because it doesn't sound like the sort of thing I'd like. Is it really all that great? Murderous moppets is a great idea, but I figure that Village of the Damned is hard to top on that score.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Curse of Frankenstein is nominated, isn't it?
I could have sworn Castle of Blood was as well, but it doesn't seem to be on the list upthread. Odd.

MrDasher, Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Who Can Kill a Child gets extra points for being a super grim movie in a really pretty setting, so that is something I like about it.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's really, really good. Quite different to Village Of The Damned - less of a sci-fi element.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

what i mostly hear is that it is "disturbing"

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

when it comes to 21st century horror fandom, i find that "disturbing" is generally code for "do not watch this"

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

that a hard line to toe

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Any film in which children kill and are killed is going to be a struggle for some people but it's not gratuitously shocking for the sake of it.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

No, and when people can't stretch their imaginations enough to include the possibility of an island of evil children, I'm not sure I care what they think anyway.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

contenderizer, you liked shankland's the children didn't you?

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

Any film in which children kill and are killed is going to be a struggle for some people but it's not gratuitously shocking for the sake of it.

cool. i'm sort of itching to see it now.

as far as the "disturbing" thing goes, i don't mean it as a rule. i just think that the incorporation of super-transgressive, gutter-dwelling exploitation aesthetics into mainstream horror fandom has had a terrible effect on the genre. i mean, i'm a gorehound and a fan of extremes, but i am beyond sick of attempts to find and make "the most disturbing ever". not saying that who can kill a child? belongs in that company, btw, but i have seen it described in similar terms.

i hate to say this, but i think that horror, when taken as a form of pop-cultural entertainment, is inherently trivializing, inherently desensitizing. there's nothing really wrong with that, but i don't like the fact that films like salo and a serbian film have become an important part of pop horror's fan culture. personal taste, you understand.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

contenderizer, you liked shankland's the children didn't you?

oh hell yeah! great movie. i'm not opposed to child-harm in films, and not opposed to grim and distressing content. i've just learned to be wary.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

I just wanna quickly stump for Images, which is probably Robert Altman's most overlooked film (like, I've literally never heard/seen anyone talk about it ever). It probably would've been another director's greatest film, but Altman had the poor judgment to make it in the midst of making some of the best movies ever, so it was a bit overshadowed. It's very much of a kind with Polanski and Lynch's "am I losing my mind?" films (although much more subdued), and it's really gorgeous to look at. And you can apparently watch the whole thing on YouTube.

Harried Ice Craw (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 20 April 2012 02:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

as far as the "disturbing" thing goes, i don't mean it as a rule. i just think that the incorporation of super-transgressive, gutter-dwelling exploitation aesthetics into mainstream horror fandom has had a terrible effect on the genre.

twas always thus in the lifetimes of just about everbody posting in this thread. except maybe the good doctor.

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Friday, 20 April 2012 02:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

i do think the search for "extremes" can easily lead to freebasing terrible torture gore nonsense in the horror fandom crackhouse. but i dunno if i want a horror movie to not "disturb" me on some level.

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Friday, 20 April 2012 02:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

I dunno, I'd say extreme horror has produced more interesting films than the dozens of post-scream ironic bullshit outings

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 20 April 2012 03:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Shit I just realized I forgot to nom "don't torture a duckling" goddamnit

Oh and also, another Netflix streaming recommendation - despite looking like it is going to be crap due to the box art, you should all really give "dead end" a shot

Badu and a sax run hand-in-hand (jjjusten), Friday, 20 April 2012 03:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

twas always thus in the lifetimes of just about everbody posting in this thread. except maybe the good doctor.

― jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:17 PM (56 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

is that true? maybe i've just been sheltered. seemed to me that this sort of thing went mainstream in the late 90s, when the DVD boom took off, boosted by the increasing access to internet fan communities and later by torrent-based downloading. before that, interest in the really hard stuff seemed the province of a pretty small cult w/in horror fandom. your local "video store" (lol, remember?) might have had the faces of death movies, some herschell gordon lewis titles andi spit on your grave, maybe a bootleg of cannibal holocaust or something, but it's not like most horror fans were even aware of the sleazier european grindhouse fare, 70s porn roughies, or way-out asian extremes. easy access to such stuff and to an online culture dedicated to sickness for its own sake really changed horror fandom, imo, and we've only been seeing the effects for a decade or so. i do like disturbing stuff, but i don't like the culture dedicated disturbing stuff. like i said, it's made me wary of certain films, perhaps unfairly.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 04:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think its true, i knew about faces of death and extreme horror films by hanging out with metal kids and their older brothers, and this was in a small east texas town in the mid90s. before the internet, mail order was huge for people looking.

JacobSanders, Friday, 20 April 2012 04:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

I dunno, I'd say extreme horror has produced more interesting films than the dozens of post-scream ironic bullshit outings

― diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:13 PM (55 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i i i have to admit that this is true. the way international horror exploded in the late 90s and early 00s, the fact that every curious fan now has instant access to the whole history of the genre, these are undeniably good things. hell, at good third of the movies i'm considering for my ballot were basically unknown in america until the era of netflix and torrents. i don't know how many of them will actually make it, but still. though they wouldn't ruffle the feathers of the toe tag crowd, a lot of people would probably describe films like audition and trouble every day as "disturbing" and "extreme", and there's a good chance that i'll vote for both. if i hadn't forgotten to nominate baise-moi, i'd likely be voting for for that, too.

i guess i'm just letting my distaste for so-called "torture porn" turn me into a prudish crank. over the last few years, i've often found myself angry about having subjected myself to films that other fans seem to love. i'm still pissed about funny games, eden lake and martyrs. just in the last few weeks, i've watched a bunch of seriously nasty shit out of a sense of obligation to "keep up" with the genre, including a serbian film, kidnapped (which i'd been looking forward to) and the human centipede 2. a decade of nihilistic torment-wallowing has left me with a chip on my shoulder, i guess. maybe the lesson is that i should avoid things i'm almost certain i'll hate.

"maybe" he says...

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 04:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

I can see yr beef w/ A Serbian Film and torture porn but what did Martyrs ever do to you???

Time, a group with Jam and Lewis (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 20 April 2012 04:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

bugged me. i don't wanna get into it cuz maybe i was in a mood or something. i will grant that it's an interesting and unusual film and that the editing in the first half made it quite a ride.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 05:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

more and more i feel like ebert's original straw dogs review (written when he was a good deal younger than i am now). i know it's nagl, but i can't help it.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 05:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

i will also grant that in retrospect it could be read as extremely misogynistic

Time, a group with Jam and Lewis (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 20 April 2012 05:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

that's part of it, yeah. though i know that horror films are fictional, i find the experience of watching helpless women brutalized at length a genuinely horrible experience. the more i'm encouraged to sympathize, the greater my distress and anger, especially if things end on a hopeless note. this makes me a very bad audience for certain films.

there are exceptions. though it wasn't perfect, i did like lucky mckee's recent the woman, and it pushed a lot of the buttons that ordinarily repel me.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 05:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

i've also liked several of lars von trier's "female martyr" pictures, especially breaking the waves. that he manages to achieve the kind of catharsis martyrs can only talk about helps a lot.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 05:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

^ probably not helping my horror cred

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 05:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

lvt is such a shit though

Time, a group with Jam and Lewis (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 20 April 2012 06:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah, he's a handful

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 06:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

URGENT: ilxors voting in this poll who have not seen the original 1988 Dutch version of The Vanishing (aka Spoorloos) owe it to yourselves to do so before submitting your ballots. Please proceed directly to your Netflix queue & do not look up any info on the film b/c the less you know, the better.

picture jean rollin (Pillbox), Friday, 20 April 2012 11:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

i find the experience of watching helpless women brutalized at length a genuinely horrible experience. the more i'm encouraged to sympathize, the greater my distress and anger, especially if things end on a hopeless note. this makes me a very bad audience for certain films.

That's really OTM for me as well. I am also still angry (like, if I think about it, I will get actually angry) about Breaking the Waves.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Friday, 20 April 2012 12:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

martyrs seems much more honest about wanting to get to the same place as lvt tbh

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Friday, 20 April 2012 12:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

like i think if lvt was honest with himself he'd just end with [HORRIBLE ACT REDACTED] to bring his female characters to "enlightenment."

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Friday, 20 April 2012 12:17 (1 year ago) Permalink


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