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Top 25 Horror Films 2011: Results and Discussion

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Hello friends,

Voting closed last night. 25 people voted, as opposed to 65 for the Top 100. Still, that's a pretty decent amount of voters.

Here, tabulated the same way as the Top100 with weights according to post count, is the final list of Arts and Faith's Top 20 Horror Films:

1 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

2 Vampyr (1932)

3 The Exorcist (1973)

4 Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922)

5 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

6 Let Me In (2010)/Let the Right One In (2008)

7 Psycho (1960)

8 Night of the Living Dead (1968)

9 The Fly (1986)

10 Frankenstein (1931)

11 Peeping Tom (1960)

12 The Shining (1980)

13 Repulsion (1965)

14 The Thing (1982)

15 I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

16 The Haunting (1963)

17 Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

18 Freaks (1932)

19 Alien (1979)

20 Eraserhead (1976)

21 Don’t Look Now (1974)

22 Dracula (1931)

23 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

24 Curse of the Demon (1957)

25 Onibaba (1964)

We will be featuring this list on its own webpage in conjunction with the new Top100, accompanied by an introduction from Scott Derrickson.

We need volunteers willing to write brief, 2-3 sentence (NOT 2-3 paragraph) blurbs about the films that are new to this year's list. See here for more.

Edited to add: The full list (including the films that didn't make the cut) is now attached to this post.

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Wow.

With the exception of the #6 dilemma (I still wince at equating those two movies), and the fact that I would place Alien much higher, I think it's a pretty good list.

Yay, Eraserhead! Way to grab onto the list!

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Better than I expected, honestly. That's a pretty classy list.

I'm a bit saddened that DON'T LOOK NOW didn't make the cut, but ah well. You can't have it all. At least PEEPING TOM made it!

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Cool list. I'll have to catch up with the four I haven't seen: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Freaks, Peeping Tom, and

I Walked With a Zombie. I'm happy Don't Look Now didn't make the list, but kinda iffy on Repulsion, but whatever. The Top Ten looks stellar.

How many people voted in this? Odds are, a lot less than the Top 100, right?

PS And THANK GOD there's no stinking Wicker Man.

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Oh, I forgot about THE WICKER MAN. Wish that one had made it, too.

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Cool list. I'll have to catch up with the four I haven't seen: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Freaks, Peeping Tom, and

I Walked With a Zombie. I'm happy Don't Look Now didn't make the list, but kinda iffy on Repulsion, but whatever. The Top Ten looks stellar.

How many people voted in this? Odds are, a lot less than the Top 100, right?

PS And THANK GOD there's no stinking Wicker Man.

I gave THE WICKER MAN (1973) a 5, but it wasn't enough. :(

That said, I'm pretty happy with the list.

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I'm pretty sure I also gave The Wicker Man a 5.

Glad to see The Fly made the top ten.

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25 people voted.

I'm going to post the full list (all the nominees that didn't make the cut) tomorrow.

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That's a pretty cool list, and it's well-representative of the A&F aesthetic, I think. I'm super-pleased to see I Walked with a Zombie made the cut.

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That's a pretty cool list, and it's well-representative of the A&F aesthetic, I think.

I think so, too. I was admittedly a little worried it wouldn't be.

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Cool list. I'll have to catch up with the four I haven't seen:...

I Walked With a Zombie.

You're going to HATE it.

Anna, I'll write something up for I Walked With a Zombie.

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Cool list. I'll have to catch up with the four I haven't seen:...

I Walked With a Zombie.

You're going to HATE it.

Well that's it. Now I'm going to like it just to spite you. ;)

Actually, if it really is only 69 minutes, it really can't be that bad, right?

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Alright, I'll be the one to ask.

Did The Exorcism of Emily Rose not make the list because some of you were voting low on it to avoid the appearance of favoritism, did it not make the list because Derrickson or the A&F administrators decided it keep it off, or did it not make the list simply because older classics like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kept it out of the top 20?

I won't be mad or anything if it's any of the above reasons, I'm just curious is all.

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I'm curious, too. I gave it a four, same score I gave it at Netflix.

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There were a lot of nominees. This list is tough competition enough that Alien came in at #19. 'Nuff said.

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What a terrific list. So perfect for A&F.

The most pleasant surprises for me were seeing that Croneberg's The Fly cracked the top ten, and that both Freaks and Eraserhead made the list.

Also great that after all of our discussion about what's horror and what's not, every film here clearly qualifies.

Edited by Scott Derrickson

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I can't believe I forgot to vote in this poll. Ah well. I like the results and look forward to catching up on the winners I haven't seen yet.

Interesting to see that the list includes a couple 1980s remakes of 1950s horror (Carpenter's The Thing, Cronenberg's The Fly), but no actual films from the 1950s themselves.

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There were a lot of nominees. This list is tough competition enough that Alien came in at #19. 'Nuff said.

Precisely.

I'll be interested to see what the runners up were.

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Those of us who do not think Alien is any more a horror film than Cries and Whispers or An Inconvenient Truth or Vertigo would have been happier if Alien were left off the list completely.

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Those of us who do not think Alien is any more a horror film than Cries and Whispers or An Inconvenient Truth or Vertigo would have been happier if Alien were left off the list completely.

Anyone who doesn't think ALIEN is a horror film is crazy.

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Those of us who do not think Alien is any more a horror film than Cries and Whispers or An Inconvenient Truth or Vertigo would have been happier if Alien were left off the list completely.

Anyone who doesn't think ALIEN is a horror film is crazy.

Agreed. If it is not a horror film...what is it?

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Sci-fi.

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It's sci-fi horror. Like THE THING. But you can't drop "horror" from the description, really. It's a slasher flick set in outer space.

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The full list of ranked nominees is now attached to my first post in this thread here.

By the way, 25 people voted. Less than half as many for the Top100 this year. Still, I think that's pretty good considering that this is a "niche" list. Great job, voters!

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The full list of ranked nominees is now attached to my first post in this thread here.

Fantastic. Thanks for this.

Knowing DON'T LOOK NOW was film #21 makes me both happy and sad. So close.

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