|Robert Englund with Jer|
The classic 1931 trailer for the original DRACULA! Enjoy!
|Jer and Alex Winter (Marco) THE LOST BOYS|
JOHNNY CHAZZ: Much agreed Jer - this is without a doubt the right time of the year to dive into the horror-film genre. I will try to respond with my top-10 here spanning a wide array of decades.
I will mention off the bat that "Nightmare on Elm Street” does not make my top-10 list and probably does not even reach my top-100 for a variety of reasons...primarily comprising a poor script, a dull pace and tone and performances that are sub-par to marginal at best.
Now for Chazz's Top-10:
10. "HALLOWEEN": This film is certainly a favorite running topic of my C.C. "Counterpart" Jer - and rightfully so. This perhaps ranks as one of the top American horror films ever made for so many reasons. The "teen" aspect of it hurts the ranking on my list however - and the plot is somewhat predictable. Still, the film is intense, graphic, horrifying and leaves you looking over your shoulders and around every corner on the way home. Also, how can we ever replace that chilling piano "melody" pieced together and holding the audience in a strangle for the duration of the film? The lighting is effective, the sets are purposeful and the performances and the script work for, well - for what the film stands for. Not rocket-science, but Carpenter developed a classic in 1978 for all ages and for many, many generations of film-makers and supporting cast to come...
A wonderful video tribute for HALLOWEEN
9. "BLACK SUNDAY"(1960): Another wonderful, yet amazingly horrifying Italian masterpiece. Bava directs this classic which most film students have either studied in class or without a doubt during their spare time. The film is disturbing as the cover-art and the direction, hues, sound and performances as well as the sparkling script work on a high level. I always thought that this film would play at Midnight somewhere in every big city with such a cult-like and chilling aspect to it.......perhaps one day. Imagery is crucial to this film and it's resonance: the blood, the mask with the spikes, the coffin and the crucifix are all prime examples of tools used to engage the audience into the very aspect of Italian cinema: symbolism, Catholicism, romanticism and eroticism......what a bizarre list, but how honest should I be here? Bava created a virtual masterpiece here and forced audiences to stare right into the eyes of a demon for nearly 2 hours......just incredible stuff here.
8. "THE RING":
#5. "JAWS": Did any horror film have the impact on summer beach crowds more than this one? Nobody went near the water after such terror was placed on screen. The script is quite good - very underrated on numerous counts; the sound is classic; the performances are real and genuine and the story thickens and involves all generations and film-goers. Is it a great film or a great movie? Movie probably - but that does not keep it out of the top-5 on my list. Thumbs way, way up here.......
#4. "THE FLY" (1986) Here is remake (refer to previous C.C. blogs) that tops the original 30 years prior. Cronenberg (director) succeeds in creating a dark, hallowing (not Halloween....ahem) and creepy atmosphere through subtle and evasive touches of tone, sound, language, lighting, crisp editing, timing and camerawork.
JER: OK, I totally missed JAWS and THE FLY... I deserved to be flogged! Please continue, JC...
JOHNNY CHAZZ: #3. "SUSPIRIA": Haunting, creepy, bizarre, eerie, very 70's, hip, cultish, Italian, sexy, erotic, very Foreign a bit corny and disturbing. A must-see for any "to-be" horror-film director of the future.
#2. "THE SHINING": Kubrick amazed us with prior works during “Fahrenheit’ and “A Clockwork
#1: "THE EXORCIST": Beautifully and carefully filmed, edited with performances that remain the most fruitful part of the film. “The Exorcist” is honest, plot-focused, emotional, spiritual, passionate, freaky and flat-out phenomenal. The effects are simply amazing, not to mention the wonderful Director's Cut released a few years back. It is, beyond a doubt one of the best period pieces ever filmed in this genre (Georgetown and the college / church & priesthood atmosphere) during the late 60's and early 70's. Let's call this film what it really is - the Horror film of all-time.