TOP 5: Horror Films

Joseph’s Picks:

1. Psycho

2. Let the Right One In

3. Halloween

4. Rosemary’s Baby

5. Nosferatu

Guilty Pleasure: Army of Darkness

Daniel’s Comments:

I think it takes time before a film can truly be called a classic. But what defines a classic? A film that stands the test of time and is still effective.

I enjoy  Saw, Paranormal Activity, and even Drag Me to Hell, but am curious to see how they stand the test of time. That being said, I think its too early to tell if Let the Right One In is a classic. I won’t deny that it is a magnificently made film. I’m just wondering if it will stand the test of time.I think a good chunk of its popularity is that its also true to the classic vampire myths. I will always contend that Nosferatu is one of the best vampire movies ever made.

I have yet to see Rosemary’s Baby, but I’m certain that Polanski’s film has stood the test of time. It is obviously a heavy influence on the upcoming Black Swan.

I am going to be a minority when I say that Halloween has NOT stood the test of time. I have seen it twice, and it is just cheesy to me by this point. I do love the opening first person shot. The score is still as chilling today as it was back then. I can admire it as a well-crafted film, but I don’t count it among my favorites.

Psycho is on everybody’s list. It has to be. It’s the granddaddy of all horror films.

A thought to leave with: is Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie?

Joseph’s Response:

A good point about classics, Daniel, But I have come from the future, and Let the Right One In is indeed a classic. Also, we still don’t have jetpacks and re-hydrated food. :(

But seriously, it is true that it’s too soon to declare LtROi a ‘classic’ in a broad sense, but for me it already is.

And as far as Halloween is concerned, I think I should save my response for a proper blog post. But I will leave you with your own term: If Psycho is the granddaddy of all horror films, Halloween is…well, it’s the…favorite uncle of the last 30+ years of horror films.

Daniel’s Picks:

1. The Exorcist

2. The Shining

3. Signs

4. Psycho

5. Nosferatu

Runner Up: Scream

Joseph’s Comments:

Horror definitely isn’t my genre of choice. I’ve been dabbling in it for the last few years, and have a lot more to catch up on. All that to say, I’m embarrassed that I haven’t watched The Exorcist yet.

The Shining is a good choice; I watched it for the first time recently. In a few years, that would probably be on my list as well.

I’m surprised to see Signs on your list. It may be my favorite M. Night Shyamalan film (a constant debate in my mind), but I’ve always thought of it as a drama foremost, with the horror element used as a setting.

And come on, Psycho deserves a higher placement. Granted, the dialogue is weak at times and the ending tries to fill in too many gaps best left un-said, but it’s a masterpiece in maturing suspense and use of music.

Daniel’s Response:

I think once you watch The Exorcist, the majority of everything else will pale. THAT’S how much i love it.

Speaking of love, you have to remember that this is a personal ranking. If the list were, say, five greatest horror films of all time, i’m sure the list would be different.

That being said, Signs sill scares me. Even as a kid, it terrified me. I love the movie, despite its flaws. That’s also why Psycho isn’t so high; because it’s the ranking of my favorites.

Horror Fest: Day 1

These are the films that I watched today as a part of my “Horror Fest” this week. I will be posting my initial ratings each day and will make a larger post when the week is done and talk about the films. Looking forward to tomorrow’s crop…

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Anthony Perkins / Janet Leigh

Directed By: Tod Browning
Starring: Bela Lugosi

The Phantom of the Opera
Directed By: Rupert Julian
Starring: Lon Chaney / Mary Philbin

Week of HORROR Fest

Fall break starts this Friday for me, and I will be staying in the dorm for the next week for work and what-not. During that time I will be catching up on a genre that has so far managed to elude me: Horror. I recently learned from a friend that he’s planning on seeing the following films this October, and the timing couldn’t be better. We’re focusing more on classic horror, including some thrillers and creature films. I hope to write up quick reviews each day (we’re planning on three a day at present) and posting them here.

Here’s the list:

  • Psycho
  • Dracula
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Frankenstein
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • The Mummy
  • The Wolf Man
  • House on Haunted Hill
  • House of Wax
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Last Man on Earth

What classics are we missing that HAVE to be on the list?