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#80 – Lo squartatore di New York (1982)
One of the few Fulci’s that I like. The whole duck thing is bizarre and weird and it twists and turns more than it needs to, but is a solid gorefest and thriller.
#79 – Love Object (2003)
A quiet character study about loneliness. Desmond Harrington is fantastic as the lead (and I really hate him in Dexter, so I was surprised he was so good here) and extremely sympathetic – those who know me will know that I am rarely sympathetic to characters so this is a huge deal. Watching this made me understand what loneliness means and feels like.
#78 – Alien Raiders (2008)
A great low-budget sci-fi/horror, making brilliant use of lighting and shadows to create tension. It doesn’t flaunt its aliens, it keeps them hidden in the dark – and while they look quite good for the budget, in this case not seeing and not knowing is a lot creepier. Some people have called it a rip-off of The Thing – and one scene in particular is a pretty obvious reference – but it holds its own.
#77 – Prince of Darkness (1987)
A strange, yet highly atmospheric film. Although the story seems like it would fall apart, it remains creepy and ominous throughout. I don’t think I’ve seen many films that ‘feel’ like this film at all.
#76 – The Loved Ones (2009)
On paper, it’s a pretty typical ‘kidnap and torture’ film, but its black sense of humour, the performances and the weirdness in general lift it higher than the average film. Yet another example of Australia making us look good.
#75 – Castle Freak (1995)
I’m sure I’d seen this film at video stores as a kid, but we never rented it. Whilst making my way through Stuart Gordon’s filmography, I honestly didn’t have much hope for this made-for-video creature movie. It was, however, an odd mix of being funny and creepy and weird.
#74 – Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Kick the Can is pointless, the Vic Morrow one is disturbing for the wrong reasons, but the last two are so amazing it doesn’t matter. Joe Dante’s ‘It’s a Good Life’ is absolutely bizarre and colourful (and the girl with no mouth used to creep me out) and George Miller’s ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’ is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen (though also hilarious at the same time). I’ve had a fear of windows my whole life – whether that stemmed from this segment or was just made worse by it. And ‘Do you wanna see something really scary?’ is one of the best things ever.
#73 – Grave Encounters (2011)
Surprisingly effective found footage film about a haunted psychiatric home – I generally like found footage, don’t care for haunted things. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It also helped that I had not heard of the film prior to watching it and some of the ‘scares’ actually made me pee my pants a little. It also doesn’t disrespect the found footage style, like a lot of films do.
#72 – Rubber (2010)
Some complain that it makes fun of the people who would like the film and in turn the film’s a big joke or just a big bore, but I say no. It’s absolutely hilarious. Stephen Spinella is amazing. Why is this film so good? No reason.
#71 – Taste of Fear (1961)
The only Hammer horror that I like. Very tense thriller, and oddly not overly predictable. A good looking film with good performances.