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

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Holy shit this dawn of the dead transfer is O_O

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 06:45 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, what are you thinking?

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:30 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Noooooooo! I forgot Psychomania! Bums...

emil.y, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:35 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh man, Silent House was pretty good! Elizabeth Olsen is making a name for herself in that one role she keeps playing.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

And she might as well -- she's really good at it.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

i would kill all of you for a copy of the score to the original tcm.

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

A relatively homogeneous decade split for me, apart from '70s peak and '90s dip:

30s: 8
40s: 5
50s: 5
60s: 6
70s: 14
80s: 6
90s: 1
00s: 5

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

20s: 2
30s: 1
60s: 6
70s: 12
80s: 14
90s: 3
00s: 10
10s: 2

I won't do a country count because that will be a dead giveaway on a couple, but my list skews heavily American.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i only wound up voting for three 90s films, and two of them were big budget slick mainstream some-might-argue-its-not-horror movies, and the other was an arty foreign thing by a noe hugely successful mainstream director. i dont remember it as a great decade for the genre, even tho its when i was consuming this stuff most rabidly.

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had no idea I supported so many movies in the aughts. This has been a good millenia for horror movies.

a la bouquet marmoset (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

More of the stats porn everybody loves: with the exception of '75, every year from '73 to '86 is represented in my top 25. '78-'82 seems to be a hot stretch, with ten of my top 25 falling in that range. There's a five year span ('87-'91) with no representatives in my top 25. Which is funny, because that was probably the time in my life (jr. high-ish) when I was most into horror. Although, yeah, I guess a lot of the stuff from that era was pretty shit.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

funniest statlet about my ballot is that my top [number] are from the same year, but nothing else on my ballot is from that decade

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

the other was an arty foreign thing by a noe

irreversible?

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Speaking of which - oh man, I forgot Innocence by Lucile Hadzihalilovic. Sorta horror? Eerie, nonetheless.

I serve at the pleasure of Dr. Dre and a team of Sorbonne scientists. (R Baez), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:21 (2 years 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, May 8, 2012 9:53 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Seriously! I was already thinking the same thing... (I may have only seen like 20% of these movies but I've probably listened to 50% of their scores)

Hierophantiasis (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

one I've been hunting for years is shock waves. great electronic score by richard einhorn, it turns up on blogs once every couple of years but I always seem to miss out.

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

also strongo no need to hulk out here

http://www.mediafire.com/?dqs6t4yauqu68zu

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Edward, his score for Dead Of Winter got a CD release last year on the Kritzerland label but yeah Shock Waves seems to remain orphaned...

Hierophantiasis (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

You guys need to check out La La Land records too -- they have good sales and a lot of oop horror sdtks. That's where I got Creepshow and May (which is really good btw!) among others.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

CDs, but better than nothing.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would wig out if someone could provide me with David Munrow's music from The Devils -- I don't think it's commercially available, is it? I've never found it.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink


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