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My Personal Top 100 Movies

In no particular order…

  1. Blazing Saddles
  2. Bull Durham
  3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  4. The French Connection
  5. The Station Agent
  6. The Sixth Sense
  7. The Crow
  8. The Terminator
  9. Pan’s Labyrinth
  10. The Wizard of Oz
  11. Bad Santa
  12. About a Boy
  13. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  14. The Sweet Hereafter
  15. True Grit
  16. Boogie Nights
  17. Near Dark
  18. The Empire Strikes Back
  19. Almost Famous
  20. L.A. Confidential
  21. Citizen Kane
  22. Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)
  23. Apocalypse Now
  24. The Verdict
  25. Ghostbusters
  26. The  Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
  27. The Producers
  28. Caddyshack
  29. Dark City
  30. The Hangover
  31. Donnie Darko
  32. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  33. Eraserhead
  34. Schindler’s List
  35. Some Like it Hot
  36. Quiz Show
  37. The Karate Kid
  38. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  39. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  40. Taxi Driver
  41. Wall-E
  42. The Thing
  43. Glengarry Glen Ross
  44. Sleeping Beauty (Disney
  45. Goodfellas
  46. Howl’s Moving Castle
  47. Akira
  48. Bambi
  49. A History of Violence
  50. No Country for Old Men
  51. Picnic at Hanging Rock
  52. Unforgiven
  53. Ferris Bueller’s Day off
  54. Paris, Texas
  55. M*A*S*H
  56. Alien
  57. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  58. Mulholland Drive
  59. Michael Clayton
  60. Poltergeist
  61. Blade Runner
  62. The Hustler
  63. There Will Be Blood
  64. Super Size Me
  65. The Hurt Locker
  66. The Thin Blue Line
  67. Watership Down
  68. Pulp Fiction
  69. The Dark Knight
  70. Frailty
  71. Amadeus
  72. Double Indemnity
  73. Jaws
  74. Say Anything…
  75. The Third Man
  76. The Silence of the Lambs
  77. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  78. Psycho
  79. The Departed
  80. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  81. A Clockwork Orange
  82. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  83. The Shawshank Redemption
  84. Diabolique
  85. Nosferatu
  86. Grave of the Fireflies
  87. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
  88. Wall Street
  89. Full Metal Jacket
  90. Se7en
  91. Oldboy
  92. The Blair Witch Project
  93. Atonement
  94. Fargo
  95. To Live and Die in L.A.
  96. Beetlejuice
  97. At Close Range
  98. Robocop
  99. Walkabout
  100. Primer
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Scary Monsters–Some Reads for the Halloween Weekend

If I can recommend one horror hidden gem for you to read over the Halloween weekend, I’d recommend you take a look at Karl Edward Wagner’s short story ‘Sticks’.

It’s about a man and his wife who, on a jaunt through the woods, start finding all these strange little constructions consisting of twigs configured in a peculiar manner. Eventually, they stumble upon a house in the middle of the forest constructed out of sticks. They go inside (of course) where they encounter a ghoul in the darkness and then flee.

And then things actually start to get scary.

I love the story for a few reasons. First because it is a finely crafted piece of horror fiction in its own right. But secondly, because it’s a basically a bridge text, linking the Cthulu mythos of Lovecraft to modern creepers like ‘The Blair Witch Project’ and ‘In the Mouth of Madness’. Both of those films (and others) lean on tropes established by Wagner in ‘Sticks’.

And if that doesn’t do it for you, you might try some of these:

  • The Man in the Black Suit– Stephen King
  • Rawhead Rex– Clive Barker
  • Young Goodman Brown– Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • We Ate the Children Last– Yann Martel
  • The Mindworm– C.M. Kornbluth
  • The Open Window– Saki
  • Annabelle Lee– Edgar Allen Poe
  • August Heat– W. F. Harvey
  • The Lottery– Shirley Jackson
  • In a Dim Room– Lord Dunsany
  • In the Middle of the Night– Robert Cormier
  • A Study in Emerald– Neil Gaiman
  • Pickman’s Model– H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Damned Thing– Ambrose Bierce
  • The Willows– Algernon Blackwood
  • Don’t Look Now– Daphne du Maurier

What about you? Got any favorite horror short stories worth sharing?

Horror Best of the Best: Battle Royale

I love horror movies. I make no secret of that fact. Finding good horror–the hidden gems, the sublime, the over-the-top–is a quiet obsession for me. I know I’m not alone. So… with Halloween upon us, I’ve decided to have a little fun.

What I’ve done here is taken about 500+ horror movies and broken them down into heats of about 50 or so. The object: vote for your 10 favorites in each heat. The movies are in no particular order and are not broken down by category or any such thing. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but alas, 500 is not as much as one might think. So if a favorite of yours wasn’t included, let me know and I’ll try to squeeze it in next year. There may also be redundancies and errors. We’ll just deal with these as they come up. I’m working at a pretty fast clip here and I’m far from perfect.

In any case, I’ll keep these open until midnight Oct. 29, at which point I’ll take the top ten from each heat and put them into a final grouping of 100 from which we’ll derive the winner.

Keep in mind, this is unscientific as hell and in no way validates or invalidates the quality of any one movie or your taste in horror cinema. It’s just a way to waste a little time and have a little fun. So vote away and enjoy!

Horror Best of the Best: Battle Royale Heat 9

I love horror movies. I make no secret of that fact. Finding good horror–the hidden gems, the sublime, the over-the-top–is a quiet obsession for me. I know I’m not alone. So… with Halloween upon us, I’ve decided to have a little fun.

What I’ve done here is taken about 500+ horror movies and broken them down into heats of about 50 or so. The object: vote for your ten favorites in each heat. The movies are in no particular order and are not broken down by category or any such thing. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but alas, 500 is not as much as one might think. So if a favorite of yours wasn’t included, let me know and I’ll try to squeeze it in next year. There may also be redundancies and errors. We’ll just deal with these as they come up. I’m working at a pretty fast clip here and I’m far from perfect.

In any case, I’ll keep these open until midnight Oct. 29, at which point I’ll take the top ten from each heat and put them into a final grouping of 100 from which we’ll derive the winner.

Keep in mind, this is unscientific as hell and in no way validates or invalidates the quality of any one movie or your taste in horror cinema. It’s just a way to waste a little time and have a little fun. So vote away and enjoy!

Horror Best of the Best: Battle Royale Heat 8

I love horror movies. I make no secret of that fact. Finding good horror–the hidden gems, the sublime, the over-the-top–is a quiet obsession for me. I know I’m not alone. So… with Halloween upon us, I’ve decided to have a little fun.

What I’ve done here is taken about 500+ horror movies and broken them down into heats of about 50 or so. The object: vote for your ten favorites in each heat. The movies are in no particular order and are not broken down by category or any such thing. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but alas, 500 is not as much as one might think. So if a favorite of yours wasn’t included, let me know and I’ll try to squeeze it in next year. There may also be redundancies and errors. We’ll just deal with these as they come up. I’m working at a pretty fast clip here and I’m far from perfect.

In any case, I’ll keep these open until midnight Oct. 29, at which point I’ll take the top ten from each heat and put them into a final grouping of 100 from which we’ll derive the winner.

Keep in mind, this is unscientific as hell and in no way validates or invalidates the quality of any one movie or your taste in horror cinema. It’s just a way to waste a little time and have a little fun. So vote away and enjoy!

Horror Best of the Best: Battle Royale Heat 7

I love horror movies. I make no secret of that fact. Finding good horror–the hidden gems, the sublime, the over-the-top–is a quiet obsession for me. I know I’m not alone. So… with Halloween upon us, I’ve decided to have a little fun.

What I’ve done here is taken about 500+ horror movies and broken them down into heats of about 50 or so. The object: vote for your ten favorites in each heat. The movies are in no particular order and are not broken down by category or any such thing. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but alas, 500 is not as much as one might think. So if a favorite of yours wasn’t included, let me know and I’ll try to squeeze it in next year. There may also be redundancies and errors. We’ll just deal with these as they come up. I’m working at a pretty fast clip here and I’m far from perfect.

In any case, I’ll keep these open until midnight Oct. 29, at which point I’ll take the top ten from each heat and put them into a final grouping of 100 from which we’ll derive the winner.

Keep in mind, this is unscientific as hell and in no way validates or invalidates the quality of any one movie or your taste in horror cinema. It’s just a way to waste a little time and have a little fun. So vote away and enjoy!

Horror Best of the Best: Battle Royale Heat 6

I love horror movies. I make no secret of that fact. Finding good horror–the hidden gems, the sublime, the over-the-top–is a quiet obsession for me. I know I’m not alone. So… with Halloween upon us, I’ve decided to have a little fun.

What I’ve done here is taken about 500+ horror movies and broken them down into heats of about 50 or so. The object: vote for your ten favorites in each heat. The movies are in no particular order and are not broken down by category or any such thing. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but alas, 500 is not as much as one might think. So if a favorite of yours wasn’t included, let me know and I’ll try to squeeze it in next year. There may also be redundancies and errors. We’ll just deal with these as they come up. I’m working at a pretty fast clip here and I’m far from perfect.

In any case, I’ll keep these open until midnight Oct. 29, at which point I’ll take the top ten from each heat and put them into a final grouping of 100 from which we’ll derive the winner.

Keep in mind, this is unscientific as hell and in no way validates or invalidates the quality of any one movie or your taste in horror cinema. It’s just a way to waste a little time and have a little fun. So vote away and enjoy!

Horror Best of the Best: Battle Royale Heat 5

I love horror movies. I make no secret of that fact. Finding good horror–the hidden gems, the sublime, the over-the-top–is a quiet obsession for me. I know I’m not alone. So… with Halloween upon us, I’ve decided to have a little fun.

What I’ve done here is taken about 500+ horror movies and broken them down into heats of about 50 or so. The object: vote for your ten favorites in each heat. The movies are in no particular order and are not broken down by category or any such thing. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but alas, 500 is not as much as one might think. So if a favorite of yours wasn’t included, let me know and I’ll try to squeeze it in next year. There may also be redundancies and errors. We’ll just deal with these as they come up. I’m working at a pretty fast clip here and I’m far from perfect.

In any case, I’ll keep these open until midnight Oct. 29, at which point I’ll take the top ten from each heat and put them into a final grouping of 100 from which we’ll derive the winner.

Keep in mind, this is unscientific as hell and in no way validates or invalidates the quality of any one movie or your taste in horror cinema. It’s just a way to waste a little time and have a little fun. So vote away and enjoy!

Horror Best of the Best: Battle Royale Heat 4

I love horror movies. I make no secret of that fact. Finding good horror–the hidden gems, the sublime, the over-the-top–is a quiet obsession for me. I know I’m not alone. So… with Halloween upon us, I’ve decided to have a little fun.

What I’ve done here is taken about 500+ horror movies and broken them down into heats of about 50 or so. The object: vote for your ten favorites in each heat. The movies are in no particular order and are not broken down by category or any such thing. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but alas, 500 is not as much as one might think. So if a favorite of yours wasn’t included, let me know and I’ll try to squeeze it in next year. There may also be redundancies and errors. We’ll just deal with these as they come up. I’m working at a pretty fast clip here and I’m far from perfect.

In any case, I’ll keep these open until midnight Oct. 29, at which point I’ll take the top ten from each heat and put them into a final grouping of 100 from which we’ll derive the winner.

Keep in mind, this is unscientific as hell and in no way validates or invalidates the quality of any one movie or your taste in horror cinema. It’s just a way to waste a little time and have a little fun. So vote away and enjoy!

Horror Best of the Best: Battle Royale Heat 3

I love horror movies. I make no secret of that fact. Finding good horror–the hidden gems, the sublime, the over-the-top–is a quiet obsession for me. I know I’m not alone. So… with Halloween upon us, I’ve decided to have a little fun.

What I’ve done here is taken about 500+ horror movies and broken them down into heats of about 50 or so. The object: vote for your 10 favorites in each heat. The movies are in no particular order and are not broken down by category or any such thing. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but alas, 500 is not as much as one might think. So if a favorite of yours wasn’t included, let me know and I’ll try to squeeze it in next year. There may also be redundancies and errors. We’ll just deal with these as they come up. I’m working at a pretty fast clip here and I’m far from perfect.

In any case, I’ll keep these open until midnight Oct. 29, at which point I’ll take the top ten from each heat and put them into a final grouping of 100 from which we’ll derive the winner.

Keep in mind, this is unscientific as hell and in no way validates or invalidates the quality of any one movie or your taste in horror cinema. It’s just a way to waste a little time and have a little fun. So vote away and enjoy!