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Top 25 2011: Horror Films: Nomination (Closed) and Discussion

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Let's come up with a list of the Top 20 Horror films.

I'm delighted to say that Scott Derrickson, director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, has agreed to write a blog post / introduction / summation to go along with this list.

Same procedures, same rules as the Top 100 nominations.

Begin!

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Title: 28 Days Later

Director: Danny Boyle

Running time: 118 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289043/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBZnuUZIbBQ

A&F: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=20 (looks to be one of the oldest threads on the board, BTW)

Title: Sunshine

Director: Danny Boyle

Running time: 107 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448134/

YOuTube:

A&F: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=9789&st=40

Title: Kwaidan

Director: Masaki Kobayashi

Running time: 183 min

Language: Japanese

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058279/

YouTube:

A&F: n/a

Title: Ugetsu (1953)

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi

Running Time: 94 min

Language: Japanese

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046478/

YouTube:

A&F: http://artsandfaith....=1&#entry123718

Title: Night of the Living Dead

Director: George A. Romero

Running Time: 96 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063350/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfShkumjeq8 (full movie)

A&F: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=25705

Title: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Director: George A. Romero

Running Time: 126 min

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077402/

YouTube:

A&F: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=3684

Title: Vampyr

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Running Time: 83 min

Language: German

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023649/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUZihZPiyGU (Full Movie)

A&F: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=9551&st=0&p=208214&hl=vampyr&fromsearch=1&#entry208214

Title: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Director: Robert Wiene

Running Time: 71 min

Language: German

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0010323/

YouTube:

A&F: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=3497&st=0&p=45253&hl=caligari&fromsearch=1&#entry45253

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Title: The Others

Director: Alejandro Amenabar

Running Time: 101 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0230600/

YouTube:

A&F: n/a

Title: The Orphanage

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Running Time: 105 min

Language: Spanish

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464141/

YouTube:

A&F: http://artsandfaith....=1&#entry212567

Title: Shaun of The Dead

Director: Edgar Wright

Running Time: 99 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365748/

YouTube:

A&F: http://artsandfaith....h=1&#entry82389

Title: Let The Right One In

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Running Time: 115 min

Language: Swedish

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=sZJUgsZ56vQ

A&F: http://artsandfaith....=1&#entry229465

Title: Frailty

Director: Bill Paxton

Running Time: 100 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264616/

YouTube:

A&F: n/a

Title: Vertigo

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Running Time: 128 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=D0bV2gh4E7Y

A&F: http://artsandfaith....=1&#entry237044

Edited by Tyler

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Title: Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922)

Director: F.W. Murnau

Running Time: 94 min.

Language: German, Silent

IMDB

YouTube

A&F Thread

Title: Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Director: Werner Herzog

Running Time: 107 min

Language: German

IMDB

YouTube

A&F Thread

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Vertigo?

Horror?

I don't think so...

Save it for the future Top 20 Falling Blondes list.

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Is this the place to discuss how we are defining "Horror"? (I know there has been some discussion elsewhere about Thriller/Horror; will that discussion continue here or can we link to it?)

A related question: can a documentary be considered a horror film?

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Second Night of the Living Dead, Vampyr and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Is this the place to discuss how we are defining "Horror"? (I know there has been some discussion elsewhere about Thriller/Horror; will that discussion continue here or can we link to it?)

If films like Vertigo are going to get seconded, I guess it's all going to have to come down to the vote. I will only give Vertigo a ONE on a horror vote. I would give it a FIVE on a classic vote.

A related question: can a documentary be considered a horror film?

Are you thinking of something like Cropsey or something like The Last Exorcism?

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Title: The Addiction (1995)

Director: Abel Ferrara

Running Time: 82 min.

Language: English

IMDB

YouTube

A&F Thread

Title: Eraserhead (1976)

Director: David Lynch

Running Time: 89 min

Language: English

IMDB

A&F Thread

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Title: The Haunting (1963)

Director: Robert Wise

Running Time: 112 min.

Language: English

IMDB

YouTube

A&F Thread

Title: The Innocents (1961)

Director: Jack Clayton

Running Time: 100 min

Language: English

IMDB

YouTube

No dedicated thread. Some A&F discussion Here.

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Title: Eraserhead (1977)

Director: David Lynch

Running time: 89 minutes

Language: English

IMDb

A&F

Title: The Thing

Director: John Carpenter

Running time: 109 minutes

Language: English - Norwegian (briefly)

IMDb

A&F (mostly about the sequel, but some mention of John Carpenter's film)

Title: Begotten (1990)

Director: E. Elias Merhige

Running time: 78 minutes

Language: None (Sound FX)

IMDb

edit: Well damn, stef beat me to Eraserhead. Consider my post a seconding of that film.

A related question: can a documentary be considered a horror film?

Are you thinking of something like Cropsey or something like The Last Exorcism?

Heh... my first thought was Crumb.

Edited by Baal_T'shuvah

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I would say just nominate it and see if it gets seconded. I haven't seen Crumb. Maybe I should.

I will second The Thing, having recently watched and written about it.

So who is going to make the effort to nominate Psycho and The Exorcist? Might as well just get it over with...

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Title: The Face of Another

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara

Running Time: 124 min

Language: Japanese

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061065/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOg2zwB0_dI

A&F: n/a

Title: Onibaba

Director: Kaneto Shindo

Running Time: 103 min

Language: Japanese

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058430/

YouTube:

A&F: n/a

Title: House

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi

Running Time: 88 min

Language: Japanese

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076162/

YouTube:

A&F: n/a

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Title: Psycho (1960)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Running Time: 109 min.

Language: English

IMDB

A&F Thread

Title: The Exorcist (1973)

Director: William Friedkin

Running Time: 122 min

Language: English

IMDB

A&F Thread

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My Hitchcock horror nomination is The Birds.

I second/third Night of the Living Dead, Let the Right One In, The Orphanage and The Thing (1982).

I nominate Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, [REC], Scream, The Mist, Freaks, Eyes Without A Face, Diabolique (?), Alien (?), and... for my one exploitive horror, I really feel it right to nominate... Re-Animator.

And, for the pure chutzpah, I nominate Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

Eta: I just saw Black Christmas (1974) for the first time last night. Not ready to nominate it yet...

Edited by Nick Alexander

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Title: The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Director: Scott Derrickson

Running Time: 119 min.

Language: English

IMDB

A&F Thread

Title: Requiem (2006)

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid

Running Time: 93 min

Language: German

IMDB

A&F Thread

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Title: The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Director: Scott Derrickson

Running Time: 119 min.

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0404032/

YouTube:

A&F Thread: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=3894

Second.

And, A&F thread link added.

With Derrickson being so intimately involved with this, isn't this a Ted Baehr-ish thing to do? Wouldn't his very participation automatically rule this out?

I'd rather see Carnival of Souls nominated. And Cronenberg's Scanners, if only for the first five minutes.

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Title: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Director: William Dieterle

Running time: 116 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031455/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPWj0KfRTtw

A&F Thread: N/A

Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Director: Victor Fleming

Running time: 113 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033553/

YouTube:

A&F Thread: N/A

Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

Director: Albert Lewin

Running time: 110 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037988/

YouTube:

A&F Thread: N/A

Title: Fallen (1998)

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Running time: 123 min

Language: English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119099/

YouTube:

A&F Thread: N/A

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With Derrickson being so intimately involved with this, isn't this a Ted Baehr-ish thing to do? Wouldn't his very participation automatically rule this out?

I'd rather see Carnival of Souls nominated. And Cronenberg's Scanners, if only for the first five minutes.

I would have nominated it and Requiem together whether he is participating or not.

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I thought I'd just watch this from afar, but I want to put in a somewhat controversial proposal for inclusion. We'll see if it garners a second.

Title: An Inconvenient Truth

Director: Davis Guggenheim

100 minutes

English

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497116/

Trailer:

A&F discussion: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=9398

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