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

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It is no coincidence that a good chunk of my top 10 came out while I was between 8 and 14.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

any thoughts on whther to start w/the extended or the european cut? pretty sure the one that i have seen is the american theatrical

also buying that set was another moment of horrible ballot facepalming for me because dawn of the dead didnt make it, although i love it

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

just sent mine

sarahell, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

My noms-by-decade. I didn't realize I repped for so many from the 00s. I guess it was a good era!

1920s - 2
1930s - 2
1940s - 0
1950s - 1
1960s - 8
1970s - 8
1980s - 12
1990s - 5
2000s - 12

fishermen are coveted by whores & stoners (Pillbox), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

noms-by-decade - er, votes obv

fishermen are coveted by whores & stoners (Pillbox), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

my favorites represent a pretty narrow window in time. what can i say, i like what i like...

my favorites are in the same window as yours!

sarahell, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

was surprised by how lamestream my list turned out. i dig lots of the classics what can i say.

btw the director's cut of dawn of the dead is the one i usually go for but tbh that's mostly just bc it was the cut i played all the damn time on (double!) vhs in high school.

(⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

any thoughts on whther to start w/the extended or the european cut? pretty sure the one that i have seen is the american theatrical

extended

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

my top 10 -

60s: 1
70s: 3
80s: 6

(⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

tbh that's mostly just bc it was the cut i played all the damn time on (double!) vhs in high school.

Yes! My rad zombie birthday in hs: Day and the double-down Dawn on VHS and the Zombies Heaven box set.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

47 ballots in as of (almost) midnight. Very close to my own personal goal of 50!

I don't want to call any holdouts on this thread, and I won't. But there are a couple big holdouts I'll be disappointed to not see a ballot from, is all I'm saying.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

(Though I draw the line at emailing them directly.)

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

honestly, i think the best version of DotD is the unrated american theatrical original that you probably grew up with. moves, contains all the essential business, became a classic for a reason. extended version is a nice companion piece, but the movie was hardly a model of efficiency to begin with (unlike NotLD), so the extension does it no real favors. european version is cool too, but substantially different, reedited and rescored by argento, a curiosity.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

One argument for watching Argento's cut is that it lays the emotional and philosophical groundwork that gives one a richer appreciation of watching a zombie wrestle a shark.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 05:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

(I would never in a million years claim that Zombi 2 is an even remotely good movie, but that particular scene is in the top 100 of film history.)

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 05:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

and "they are going to eat you" is one of the better tag lines for a film

(⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 05:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

prob of interest to no-one but me, but some stats:

20s: 2
30s: 3
40s: 1
50s: 3
60s: 12
70s: 13
80s: 7
90s: 3
00s: 4
10s: 2

ended up selecting only 1 Val Lewton and 1 Dario Argento (which i'll probably come to regret). also, i have 2 pairs of originals/remakes (both of which are blindingly obvious b/c lol i'm not a horror stan) and several art-house chestnuts (again lol non-horror stan).

Nu Metal is the best music there is, the rest is pussy shit. (Eisbaer), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 06:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

Here's how mine broke down:

Celebrating, rather than dreading, difference: 25
Pausing to reflect on murder and the desecration it visits on societies: 10
Chaos theorems: 10
Camp: 15
Featuring buckets: 2
Allegories about repressed homosexuality: 1
Allegories about the terror Gen X faces growing up: 1
Allegories about Marxism (supposedly): 1
Starring Joan Crawford: 2
The loudest film ever made: 1

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 06:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Holy shit this dawn of the dead transfer is O_O

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 06:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Celebrating, rather than dreading, difference: 25

lol, this is my favorite theme in horror. why i love stuart gordon's dagon so much. course that's dread leading to acceptance, not quite celebration, cept in my own private rituals, but still...

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 06:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think my decade breakdown is:

1940s - 1
1960s - 6
1970s - 25
1980s - 9
1990s - 8
2000s - 1

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 07:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Handed in my ballot last night, 8mins before my personal deadline at midnight CEST.

From my absolutely-definitely-must-see-before-voting-list posted way above I found the time to cover exactly: 0.
Whis is a pity cause some of them I suppose are candidates for my personal Top20 and I'm sure I will painfully regret the omission in more than one case.

Instead and of all possible stuff lying around I watched The Mephisto Waltz some days ago, oddball satanist/pianist thriller in the wake of Rosemary's Baby, with an incredibly (in a good way) corny Curd Jürgens and an almost equally (but in a bad way) corny Alan Alda.

Added it at the end of my ballot, for laughs, a rather good silvester-orgy scene and the sight of always delightful Jaqueline Bisset.

the europan nikon is here (grauschleier), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 09:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Breakdown by nationality

US 25
UK 15
Italy 2
1 each from Canada, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Korea and Australia.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 10:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

hey eric, can you just confirm that you got the two addendums to my ballot last night?

second only to popcorn (or something), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 11:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

I ended up cutting some of the more avant-garde stuff from my ballot, sadly. I think my last ten were more for me to rep for some silly things that I have a lot of affection for. Regretting not voting for Street Trash now, too...

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

considered voting for street trash for its excellent melting sequences but then I remembered that long rape scene set to benny hill music

(⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

So as if to sanctify the end of the horror poll, I went into a pawn shop tonight and they had an unopened copy of the 4 disc ultimate edition of dawn of the dead that was unpriced, and when I brought it up to the counter the kid just looked up "dawn of the dead" and charged me 99 cents.

― O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:47 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

DO NOT WATCH THIS. IT IS CURSED.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

I mean, what are you thinking?

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

If these people show up and ask for the movie back, GIVE IT TO THEM.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Instead and of all possible stuff lying around I watched The Mephisto Waltz some days ago, oddball satanist/pianist thriller in the wake of Rosemary's Baby, with an incredibly (in a good way) corny Curd Jürgens and an almost equally (but in a bad way) corny Alan Alda.

hah, just queued this and netflix recommended death bed: the bed that eats

(⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

hey eric, can you just confirm that you got the two addendums to my ballot last night?

I did. Thanks.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

OK so my complete decade count goes as follows:

'20s: 1
'30s: 5
'40s: 2
'50s: 1
'60s: 9
'70s: 12
'80s: 12
'90s: 4
'00s: 4

Non-American: 21, of which 12 aren't in English

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

(Three directors got 2 entries, other than that it's all one-offs.)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

Pretty sure my full country list would be a tad spoilery, so just gonna say:

UK: 16
US: 12
Non UK/US: 22

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

I saw Mephisto Waltz some years ago and it was kind of hilarious! I put that in the same category as Race with the Devil only the latter is way better on account of dirt bikes, "mobile home parks" and rituals. Neither of them appeal to me as much as Psychomania.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

Noooooooo! I forgot Psychomania! Bums...

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

I have ten on my list that could be considered non-US, I think. A couple of possible US/other country co-productions in there.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

They all feature people with non-US accents and/or inept dubbing, so I'll say they count.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

As I've indicated before, I was expected to read a lot of Robin Wood when I did a course on horror films in university. As I remember it, he only valued those films that questioned/undermined/subverted the dominant culture (the nuclear family, patriarchy, Christianity, etc.)...I hate writing this way; I managed to get it out of my system 25 years ago...and hated anything that reinforced/celebrated those things. With that in mind:

Films on my list Wood approved of, or I think he'd approve of: 23
Films he disapproved of, or I think he'd disapprove of: 8
Films that confound/blur his litmus test: 4

I just made those numbers up. I actually did start tabulating, but there was way too much thinking involved so I gave up.

clemenza, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

I feel like there should be a separate thread for soundtracks to these movies because so many of them are SO GOOD.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

Not the least of which Wicker Man, obvs, but Blood on Satan's Claw, Carrie, Nosferatu...how could I possibly choose?!

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Valerie! That soundtrack is awesome.
Also why was Beyond the Valley of the Dolls not on here? Is that not horror enough? I should have written that one in just to have done it.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Haha, I suppose it does have some horror tropes, but I'd consider it melodrama rather than horror, really. But then if it'd been nominated I'd have torn myself apart trying to decide whether to include it.

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

(Oh, yeah, I should point out my country list was worked out by imdb - I'd take the first country listed if there was more than one, and obviously some non-UK directors would be listed as UK and vice-versa depending on production etc...)

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think i have sixteen or seventeen Italian films on my list.

Vampyros Lesbos, Suspiria and The Wicker Man would be the predictable soundtrack picks from me but there are so many great ones that don't get enough love (Fabio Frizzi's Zombi 2 theme, Morricone's score for Who Saw Her Die?, etc).

Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think some of you are going to judge the shit out of my ballot. That's okay, though. I like what I like.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love the Creepshow soundtrack too, and Carnival of Souls, and The Shining, and I'm listening to Children of the Corn right now and guess what -- it's great.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

This seems like an unusual spread:

20s: 4
30s: 6
40s: 1
50s: 2
60s: 5
70s: 8
80s: 5
90s: 4
00s: 15

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think i have sixteen or seventeen Italian films on my list.

I was surprised by how few Italian films I had. I guess I was relatively ruthless about going 'nah, that's a giallo, I'll leave it off my ballot' (aside from when it came to Argento).

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't know that I would've voted for it, but I definitely would've nominated Martha Marcy May Marlene if I'd seen it in time. It's very close to my ideal with respect to a very specific type of oblique not-quite-horror, wherein very little (or nothing) is shown but much is implied. As I mentioned before, I love the sort of "horror" (scare quotes due to this type of movie hardly ever being marketed as such) that strives to ease the viewer into the same off kilter headspace as the protagonist. The tension of the movie was driven by paranoia and implications of threat, and I wish more horror movies would go that route.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:37 (1 year ago) Permalink


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