Saturday, September 18, 2004

Cats in bomber jackets

Someone asked me what my favourite horror films were. I couldn't work out a top ten, but I think my top five favourite, in no particular order, are

The Shining - Stanley Kubrick
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - John McNaughton
Halloween - John Carpenter
Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock
Dawn of the Dead - George A. Romero

Perhaps interestingly, only one of the above films -The Shining- features explicitly supernatural forces.


horace goes skiing said...

My top ten would probably involve Evil Dead, American Werewolf in London, Mathew Hopkins Witch Finder General and Rosemary's Baby all of which (appart from mathew hopkins) involve supernatural stuff to a greater or lesser extent.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a top ten. I'm just bitter about travelling to France to see Gravenhurst this summer with my sister and her boyfriend, and not having the right festival ticket to get in. Bloody French, piss-up, brewery grrrr.

Anonymous said...

I saw Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer the other week, a bit late in the day, but it's probably the best film of the ones listed . . . the one least compromised by the need to entertain . . . the one truest to the word horror.

I saw a film some years ago called Carnival Of Souls, made in the late sixties. It's a powerful and haunting work, unlike any other horror film I can recall seeing. Hardly anyone's seen it, I reckon.


Nick Talbot said...

Carnival is great; it's quite respected in horror circles; the imagery is very powerful.

Nelson Shuss said...

Reruns of the sitcom Friends can be enormously improved if one pretends that Joey is in fact a serial rapist. Bear this in mind when the jokes about his numerous dates and girlfriends start flowing, and you'll see what I mean. Darkness and hilarity ensue in equal measure.

Similarly, enjoyment of the sitcom Home Improvement can be enormously advanced if one pretends that the neighbour (who talks through his fence to the main characters, but whose face we never actually see) is in fact a paedophile with designs on the Tim Allen character's children. Again, terror and hilarity follow.

Likewise, in Only Fools and Horses, pretend that Del Boy and Rodney serially beat and starve Uncle Albert, and that everytime he tells one his war stories and they pretend to be bored, what they're actually doing is planning to put him in 'naked lockdown' in his room for a week.

Dad's Army: Captain Mainwaring beats his wife because his frustration at his repressed homosexuality. Young recruit Pike is his lover.

Medea said...

you're horrific Nelson:-)