My Top 100 Horror Films: 50-41

Catch-up with the end of the second half of my list #60-51 and continue on with even more awesomeness.

#50 – The Collector (2009)

I knew nothing about this film prior to watching it and was blown away at how amazing it was. The tension and atmosphere created was fantastic – I’m rarely on the edge of my seat watching a film, but when Arkin is creeping around with The Collector nearby, I couldn’t help myself. I loved the concept of the villain not even being aware of the hero for most of the film. Unfortunately it gets a tacked on Hollywood ending and the sequel is lame, but the rest of it is so great I don’t care.

#49 – Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Although predictable, it’s highly enjoyable. Nathan Baesel is a great and charismatic lead, and allows Leslie Vernon to be likable, yet keeps you on edge. Good humour and good fun.

#48 – Psycho (1960)

I love Psycho, it’s a perfect 10/10 for me – BUT I don’t think of it as being a horror film. This ranking was a compromise between the two conflicting feelings. Anthony Perkins’ performance is one of my all-time favourites and Norman Bates is one of my favourite characters ever. Scene 16 on my DVD is one of my most-played scenes – that scene being the awkward stuttering between Bates and the detective, which I absolutely love. An amazing film, but not scary, and will always be a thriller in my eyes.

#47 – Day of the Dead (1985)

I didn’t go crazy over it the first time I watched it, but it’s definitely one of the all-time best. The tension in the bunker is amazing. I liked that it dealt with cabin fever and power abuse within a small community (as opposed to strangers coping with each other during an initial outbreak – these are people who have been stuck with each other for a long time). Bub is also a great character, brilliantly acted and strangely sympathetic.

#46 – Alligator (1980)

80s cheese to the max, but very solid 80s cheese. The whole thing is ridiculous fun with generous alligator-ness and a cool and charismatic lead.

#45 – Fright Night (1985)

I spent half the film complaining to myself about how gross Chris Sarandon was, then the Good Man in a Bad Time scene came out of nowhere and I was entranced. The film is enjoyable regardless, with a campy sense of fun and some cool effects. And an awesome soundtrack.

#44 – Hausu (1977)

Bizarre fun. A cool soundtrack. I’m not entirely sure there is a plot, but I don’t even care.

#43 – American Psycho (2000)

A stylish thriller/horror/black comedy. Christian Bale is great – the Allen scene is just amazing. I love the cat in the ATM thing as well.

#42 – Detention (2011)

I went into this expecting a mediocre highschool slasher. Instead I got an amazing slasher/sci-fi/time-travel/comedy/bizarro thing. A weird mix of genres and subplots, with hyper editing and non-stop pop culture references might sound like a nightmare but whatever Kahn does here, he does it amazingly well. It’s an absolutely hilarious blast.

#41 – Final Destination (2000)

I rewatched this recently and hadn’t realised how cheesy and melodramatic it is, but underneath that is a strong ‘supernatural’ horror. The plane crash vision is creepier than it should be and unlike the sequels, it never plays out like a slasher film with death as the killer. It takes itself seriously, but it does have a sense of humour.

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