Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Meme

Tagged by Hugo Fuchs.

Top 10 Holloween Movie
List your top 10 selections and reasons for the selections.

I'm going with movies that actually scared/haunted me. I love and respect the shamanistic job of horror to reveal and expunge our deepest fears, so I'm not going to order them.

ENDURING LOVE
The single best male portrayal of autoerotomania. If this one doesn't push your buttons, check for a pulse.

I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU NOT
The single best female portrayal of autoerotomania. That it is Audrey Tatou obsessed and out of her mind makes it all the more chilling.

SCREAM
Really scary. Really funny. Really genius.

POLTERGEIST
Remember when you thought your parents could save you from anything and the trees outside your bedroom window made funny noises at night when you were alone? Yeah. So does Steven Spielberg, who legendarily took the directing helm away from Tobe Hooper. For an added scare, rent the TWILIGHT ZONE episode that inspired it: "Little Girl Lost"

CARRIE
Jesus. Jesus Jesus Jesus. Who hasn't been the mean kid/been teased by the mean kid at school?

THE WICKER MAN
Gleefully pushes your buttons, with the most intelligent breaking-of-rules to provoke a response in its audience this side of PULP FICTION.

HALLOWEEN
It's been copied to death, but the original low-budget slasher is pure genius.

DON'T LOOK NOW
Just look. Now. Oh, and the thirty-year-old sex scene still won #1 of all time in last year's poll. Which all just adds to the horror when Donald Sutherland...oh, but that would be telling.

BLAIR WITCH
A masterpiece. Was scared the whole way coming home, and for weeks after. I will never look at sticks or handprints the same way.

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
The ultimate subversion: The single most purposefully feminist film ever made, and deservingly one of only three films to ever sweep the Oscars. 100% from a woman's point of view. Watch the behind the scenes with Jodie Foster, Jonathan Demme and Ted Tally at the many movie tricks they used to root the audience in a female protagonist's shoes without once ever inspiring the dirty words "chick flick". They refused to participate in the horrible sequels because of their pure love and understanding of Clarice Starling.


Need more rental inspirations for this holiday weekend? Try any of these masterworks:

BUG
GINGER SNAPS/GINGER SNAPS BACK
THE DESCENT
FRAILTY
JACOB'S LADDER
THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW
THE SHINING
ROSEMARY'S BABY
ANGEL HEART
THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS
THE HUNGER
PSYCHO
MANHUNTER
THE HOWLING
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
THE GAME
REPULSION
SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
MIRACLE MILE
APT PUPIL


Want fun scares for a party or a good MST3K? Try:

THE HOST
SLEEPY HOLLOW
TREMORS
THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM
BLUE VELVET
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE
ARACHNOPHOBIA
SLITHER
THE PROPHECY/2
THE LOST BOYS
THE BEGUILED
THE FRIGHTENERS
POPCORN
SISTERS
MAGIC
THE SEVENTH SIGN
THE HAPPENING
MANIAC COP
NIGHT OF THE COMET

Recent decent releases?

THE ORPHANAGE
THE SIGNAL
SWEENEY TODD
RISE: THE BLOOD HUNTER
P2
BAGHEAD
AWAKE
CATACOMBS
JOSHUA
THE MIST
CACHE
RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
CURSED

If you're just looking for unenjoyable brainscars my list is:

COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE, HER LOVER
DEAD RINGERS
THE FLY
NANKING
TRAINSPOTTING
SCHINDLER'S LIST
TRAINSPOTTING
KIDS
HAPPINESS
HOSTEL

3 comments:

Hugo Fuchs said...

Glad to see you survived the perils of Europe and made it home.

I forgot about The Serpent and the Rainbow. Good Film. Zombinol.

could you pass the peace please said...

I think it's HE LOVES ME HE LOVES ME NOT - Coral declared it the most disturbing movie she's ever seen. I LOVE IT!

Kid Sis said...

I love it too!!! Hahaha you're right. And it's technically Blair Witch Project. Oh whatever, I was answering a meme from memory... :)