Entertainment Weekly just did one of their slideshows listing their top 20 horro movies of the past 20 years. I agree with some of their picks, disagree with others. HEre’s my take.
First off, without commenting on their position on the list, here are the movies that I agree are deserving to be listed:
- Dead/Alive: Gory, funny, and even more gory.
- The Descent: THis movie really creeped me out… and it has a great “Boo” moment.
- Misery: Not really a horror movie, but it was quite horrifying. Get that sledge hammer away form me.
- Planet Terror: Cool movie. Love the attitude…
- The Sixth Sense: I was lucky enough to be in Korea when this came out so the twist wasn’t spoiled.
- Scream: Rejuvenated the slasher genre; deserves to be here.
- The Blair Witch Project: It has its haters, but I found it be quite scary.
- The Silence of the Lambs: No doubt…
- Audition: Fuck yea…
The following movies I saw but disagree with their inclusion:
- Darkman: Saw it once; didn’t impress me.
- Event Horizon: Had some creepy moments but a pretty lame movie all-together.
- SHaun of the Dead: A good movie, but seemed more like a comedy than a horror movie.
- From Hell: I have vague memories of seeing this. It was OK.
- Ring: I saw the Korean version. So-so…
- Alien 3: Not sure why this is here. The worst ALien movie…
- Drag me to Hell: Again, not sure why this qualifies as one of the best. Good movie, but…
- What Lies Beneath: I vaguely remember seeing this movie and liking it. But top 20?
- 28 Weeks Later: I liked the first one more.
The following two movies I have not seen so can’t comment:
- The Kingdom: THe Euopean one.
- Hostel: 2: Saw the first one… it was OK.
SO, I have 9 movies I agree with and 11 that I either disagree with or can’t comment on. What 11 movies would I add to complete my own top 20 list? Here goes:
- The Others: This movie provided some great scares. Loved it.
- Quarantine: Non-stop suspense… great use of the hand-held shaky-cam.
- House of a 1,000 Corpses: Rob Zombie did a better 70’s horro film than many directors in the 70’s. Great film…
- Ichi the Killer: The Japanese make good horro movies.
- Dawn of the Dead (remake): I had concerns about remaking such a classic but Zack Snyder did a really good job. He helped breathe some new life into the zombie genre.
- Cloverfield: Some might bicker with my classification of this movie as a horror movie, but I think it qualifies.
- Cabin Fever: Nothing says horror like flesh-eating bacteria.
- Slither: Sort of like Dead/Alive for a new generation. Both funny and gory.
- 28 Days Later: BTW, it’s not a zombie movie. But it’s still a good horror movie.
- For the last two spots, I’m not quite sure. As for now, I think I’ll list Saw and The Ruins, both of which were very good.
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