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My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 2/10/2012 10:45:05 PM   
siegfried


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The horror genre is the one that is my weakest area. I have fewer horror films in my collection than any other genre. Fortunately, I have a couple of friends who are horror buffs, and over the past few months I've been raiding their collections. Of the 250 or so that I've watched over that time, these are the ones which have made the strongest impression.

50. Them! (1954) Dir: Gordon Douglas (Edmund Gwenn, James Whitmore, Joan Weldon, James Arness)

49. Nosferatu (1922) Dir: F. W. Murnau (Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder)

48. Black Sunday (1960) Dir: Mario Bava (Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi)

47. Comedy Of Terrors (1963) Dir: Jacques Tourneur (Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Joyce Jameson)

46. Suspiria (1977) Dir: Dario Argento (Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bose)

45. The Wicker Man (1973) Dir: Robin Hardy (Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt)

44. The Omen (1976) Dir: Richard Donner (Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw)

43. Zombieland (2009) Dir: Ruben Fleischer (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin)

42. The Black Cat (1941) Dir: Albert S. Rogell (Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert, Broderick Crawford, Bela Lugosi)

41. Dracula (1931) Dir: Tod Browning (Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan)




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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 2/10/2012 11:11:08 PM   
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The Omen is one of the few films that has ever scared me. It's just very creepy.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 3:49:50 AM   
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It would be much higher on the list if it wasn't for the ending, which I feel kind of lets it down. However, I agree it has some genuinely frightening moments.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 4:59:55 AM   
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Them! is one of my favourite films
Nosferatu is great
Suspiria is pretty good, but I prefer Deep Red
Wicker Man's one of the best horror films I've ever seen
The Omen is decent
Zombieland is great fun
Dracula starts off well, then becomes a stagey bore

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 5:12:28 AM   
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Them! is a lot of fun
Nosferatu is excellent
Black Sunday is not my favourite Bava, but it's a remarkable horror
Comedy of Terrors, yeah, so much fun.
Suspiria - TOOO LOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW!!!
The Wicker Man - See Suspiria
The Omen is ok, I just never had the love for it that lots of people do. It feels one of those trashy blockbuster novels, just very bloated.
Zombieland - Good performances, funny, one film stealing cameo.
The Black Cat - Thought it was the Ulmer for a moment and got all excited.
Dracula - It's disappointing. None of the energy of Browning's other films. Would have loved to have seen the results if Chaney had lived to make the film.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 7:19:30 AM   
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Suspiria is AMAZING,

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 7:44:33 AM   
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Them is amazing, the Wicker man is genuinely chilling and I love The Omen. I can't stand Nosferatu or Suspiria though.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 10:23:54 AM   
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Them! - loads of fun.

Nosferatu - great, but prefer the Herzog version.

Suspiria - soundtrack's amazing, film slightly less so.

The Omen - really like it, Full of creepy bits. The nanny - brr....

The Wicker Man - great, but freaky rather than scary.

Zombieland - very funny.

Dracula - brilliant set design, some nice moments but it's pretty dull for the main part.


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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 10:53:08 AM   
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The Omen - really like it, Full of creepy bits. The nanny - brr....



You mean Billie Whitelaw or the demise of the first nanny? "It's all for you!" is probably my favourite bit of the film.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 11:07:35 AM   
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Yeah, the second bit. Best bit of the film.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 1:08:24 PM   
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The Omen - really like it, Full of creepy bits. The nanny - brr....



You mean Billie Whitelaw or the demise of the first nanny? "It's all for you!" is probably my favourite bit of the film.


That's a great scene. The Omen has an awesome score too - it's so dramatic.

However, I still crack up everytime at the scene when Mrs Baylock arrives and the parents have the whole "I didn't hire her, I thought you did" conversation - it's so silly.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 3/10/2012 4:40:37 PM   
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That's a great scene. The Omen has an awesome score too - it's so dramatic.



It's a brilliant score, Ave Satani is incredible.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 4/10/2012 3:28:50 AM   
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40. The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari (1920) Dir: Robert Wiene (Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover)

39. Phantom Of The Opera (1925) Dir: Rupert Julian (Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry)

38. Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931) Dir: Rouben Mamoulian (Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert)

37. Freaks (1932) Dir: Tod Browning (Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates, Henry Victor)

36. The Cat And The Canary (1927) Dir: Paul Leni (Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Tully Marshall)

35. Frankenstein (1931) Dir: James Whale (Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff)

34. Psycho (1960) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam)

33. Black Friday (1940) Dir: Arthur Lubin (Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges, Anne Nagel)

32. The Wolf Man (1941) Dir: George Waggner (Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William)

31. I Walked With A Zombie (1943) Dir: Jacques Tourneur (James Ellison, Frances Dee, Tom Conway, Edith Barrett)




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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 4/10/2012 6:23:47 AM   
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Frankenstein and Psycho are my favourite in that lot, probably would both make my own top 10.


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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 4/10/2012 7:39:56 AM   
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Caligari I find more important than good
Ditto Phantom of the Opera
Freaks is great
Frankenstein is greater
Psycho is brilliant, but that damn psychologist almost sinks it
Wolf Man's good fun

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 4/10/2012 7:46:45 AM   
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Caligari - very influential and still stands up.

Frankenstein is great.

Psycho is amazing.

The Wolf Man is decent.


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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 5/10/2012 5:49:27 AM   
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Nice to see so many positive comments so far. Thanks, guys.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 6/10/2012 8:45:56 AM   
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I'm looking forward to seeing what makes your top 10.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 6/10/2012 11:43:21 PM   
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30. The Seventh Victim (1943) Dir: Mark Robson (Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Kim Hunter)

29. Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) Dir: James Whale (Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Elsa Lanchester)

28. Island Of Lost Souls (1932) Dir: Erle C. Kenton (Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Bela Lugosi)

27. The Old Dark House (1932) Dir: James Whale (Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Ernest Thesiger, Lilian Bond, Gloria Stuart)

26. The Mummy (1932) Dir: Karl Freund (Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron)

25. Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933) Dir: Michael Curtiz (Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrrell, Frank McHugh)

24. Black Sabbath (1963) Dir: Mario Bava (Michelle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon)

23. Halloween (1978) Dir: John Carpenter (Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P. J. Soles, Charles Cyphers)

22. The Fly (1958) Dir: Kurt Neumann (David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall)

21. Night Of The Demon (1957) Dir: Jacques Tourneur (Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham)




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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 6/10/2012 11:55:51 PM   
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Suspiria is completely nuts but I love it. Waaaaaaaay to low, though.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 7/10/2012 5:47:12 AM   
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Nice to see The Mummy, often tends to be overlooked. The Fly and Night Of the Demon are ace.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 7/10/2012 6:40:00 AM   
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Nice to see The Mummy, often tends to be overlooked. The Fly and Night Of the Demon are ace.


Not by me. It's my favourite of the classic Universal horrors. Glad also to see someone else who thinks as highly as I do of Night Of The Demon.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 7/10/2012 9:10:41 AM   
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Bride of Frankenstein is the greatest horror sequel to not have the words Evil Dead in the title

Island of Lost Souls is amazing - good to see it get some love

Halloween is one of Carpenter's best (I hope the film he made straight after is still to come)

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 7/10/2012 9:35:40 AM   
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The Seventh Victim - decent

Bride of Frankenstein - excellent

The Old Dark House - good, ghoulish fun

The Mummy - probably prefer the other Universal films (aside from Dracula), but still good.

Halloween - brilliant

The Fly - it's OK, but the remake is vastly superior

Night of the Demon - a masterpiece.


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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 7/10/2012 10:50:50 AM   
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Halloween is one of Carpenter's best (I hope the film he made straight after is still to come)


I hope it isn't


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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 7/10/2012 8:25:53 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

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Halloween is one of Carpenter's best (I hope the film he made straight after is still to come)


I hope it isn't


Don't worry, Gimli. It isn't.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 7/10/2012 8:52:14 PM   
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*Sigh*

And the list was going so well...

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 7/10/2012 10:41:24 PM   
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Can't please everybody. Sorry about that, but I hope there's still some that you'll like among the ones that are still to come.

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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 8/10/2012 5:29:43 AM   
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20. The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) Dir: Robert Florey (Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen)

19. Jaws (1975) Dir: Stephen Spielberg (Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton)

18. Hour Of The Wolf (1968) Dir: Ingmar Bergman (Max Von Sydow, Liv Ullmann)

17. Brotherhood Of The Wolf (2001) Dir: Christophe Gans (Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Jeremie Renier)

16. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) Dir: Don Siegel (Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates)

15. Dead Of Night (1945) Dir: Alberto Cavalcanti / Charles Crichton / Basil Dearden / Robert Hamer (Mervyn Johns, Roland Culver, Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Sally Ann Howes)

14. The Haunting (1963) Dir: Robert Wise (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn)

13. The Innocents (1961) Dir: Jack Clayton (Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin)

12. Repulsion (1965) Dir: Roman Polanski (Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furnaeux, Patrick Wymark)

11. Sleepy Hollow (1999) Dir: Tim Burton (Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon)





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RE: My Top 50 Favourite Horror Films - 8/10/2012 5:40:35 AM   
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Seen all of those. Jaws is in my top 20 films. I love Sleepy Hollow and The Innocents. The only two I don't like are The Haunting and Repulsion.

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