My Top 100 Horror Films: 70-61

Want to see more of my favourites? Make sure you read #80-71.

#70 – Intruder (1989)

Though not particularly strong on the acting or story front (and to be fair, how many slashers are?), its creativity – from the camerawork to the kills – is what makes it noteworthy. Another thing that makes it stand out is the fact that it’s not a commentary on ‘irresponsible youths’ – they are not out drinking, having sex and doing drugs – these kids all seem like regular, nice people who are working the nightshift as they meet their doom.

#69 – Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)

I like to pretend the last 10 minutes don’t exist, so I rarely watch them, but up until that point, it makes a strong case of being the strongest of the Corn series. Although the actors are pretty crappy, Daniel Cerny is exceptionally good considering what it is and his age. And I must admit that part of my love for this is due to the fact I had a massive crush on Cerny (I was 12, I’m not a pedo) and I’ve seen the film so many times that I know most of the dialogue.

#68 – The Others (2001)

Once again, a haunted house film with atmosphere. Though I hate Nicole Kidman in general, here she’s tolerable and suits the part (as an irritating over protective mother). It’s well paced, slowly building tension and then scaring the poop out of me in one certain scene no matter how many times I see it.

#67 – The Innkeepers (2011)

Amazing build-up and chemistry between Paxton and Healy. I would’ve been happy just watching those two talking for the entire film. The tension is good, the humour is good. The end is a bit wobbly. But the rest of it is so much fun that it doesn’t matter.

#66 – You’re Next (2011)

Was good the first time, but improved massively on a rewatch – all the little details are much more obvious the next time around. Works brilliantly as a home invasion film for the reason that both the villains and victims are portrayed as human – usually the villains are mysterious, unkillable monsters, but in this film, they are human. The cast is amazingly strong with great chemistry, and a ‘final girl’ who deserves her place. Great sense of humour as well.

#65 – Stalled (2013)

I’ve gone on about how amazing this film is non-stop for over a year and I don’t know what else there is to say about it now. I went into it with very high expectations and it didn’t let me down. It’s funny, fresh, uses the toilet location to the fullest (without ever dipping into toilet humour) and doesn’t waste a second.

#64 – Evil Dead II (1987)

I don’t consider the first one a comedy in any way whatsoever, but this is clearly a campy comedy. It’s not scary, but funny, gory and pretty crazy and memorable.

#63 – The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

One of the few films which manages to mix ‘logic’ and ‘belief’/’science’ and ‘religion’ without disrespecting either side and being effective. It is somewhat creepy at times and really keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wait for a verdict.

#62 – The Haunting (1963)

And yet again – a haunted house with atmosphere. Unlike most, it effectively manages to turn the house into a character itself. I like the cinematography and the group of characters is an interesting mix.

#61 – Carrie (1976)

The role of Carrie is one of those that I think couldn’t have been played by anyone except Sissy Spacek. Spot-on casting there. She allows Carrie to be frightening and sympathetic at the same time. And the ‘villains’ – just regular high school students – are given realistic treatment too, they might do some nasty things but at the same time you feel some sympathy towards them. Yet, we still mostly sympathize with Carrie and her revenge.

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