My Top 100 Horror Films: 60-51

See my previous post of #70-61 and then let’s get halfway done…

#60 – Duel (1971)

A film about a car following another car doesn’t seem like something that would be effective. However, Duel keeps the tension at a high and its firmly placed in ‘realism’. We never see the other driver, we don’t know anything about him and we don’t need to. But we see the fear in Dennis Weaver’s eyes and we see the truck getting closer in the side windows and can’t help but feel equally terrified.

#59 – Dawn of the Dead (2004)

One of the few remakes that actually works because it respects the original enough to take the concept, modernise it and remain a solid stand-alone film. It works in a completely different way than the original film – it’s fast-paced, with a constant sense of urgency, a sense of humour and ups the gore. Its focus is more on the immediacy of the situation and giving the audience a thrilling time, which it does.

#58 – Popcorn (1991)

A good little slasher, thanks to an entertaining plot and Tom Villard’s awesomeness. And I have a thing for horror films set in a cinema.

#57 – Magic (1978)

Possibly my favourite Hopkins’ performance – subtle, yet effective. It’s a tense and taut film with a really interesting and engrossing ‘mystery’.

#56 – Profondo rosso (1975)

After trudging through numerous Argento films without being impressed, Deep Red was the first one I saw that I really liked. I love the way the plot unfolds and it’s a good looking film.

#55 – Misery (1990)

A childhood favourite of mine. Kathy Bates gives one of my favourite performances. The film is hammy in places, but it’s also very effective and has great atmosphere.

#54 – Dolls (1987)

I don’t even know why this film works as well as it does. I love the atmosphere of the film and the acting is really crappy, but somehow adds to it all.

#53 – Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

A ridiculously fun anti-slasher that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Tudyk and Labine have good chemistry and fit their parts perfectly, the kids are typical slasher victims so it’s fun to see it all unfold.

#52 – Dead Set (2008)

I had hoped it would’ve been focused entirely on the Big Brother aspect of the show, but even after leaving the compound it keeps a sense of humour and fun. Setting the ‘break out’ scene to Grace Kelly was a genius decision.

#51 – The Shining (1980)

As much as I love this film, I don’t find it entirely effective as a horror film. I actually find the mini-series (ranked lower than this one) scarier, but this is still a strong horror film thanks to Jack Nicholson. And Stanley Kubrick, the master. Jack Nicholson’s entire performance in this film is amazing.

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