Tuesday, 30 October 2007

The 31 Flicks That Give You the Willies

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Fun project over at Ed Hardy, Jr site Shoot the Projectionist with the list of The 31 Flicks That Give You the Willies (nomination list) The list of winners will be posted on Halloween - I am so curious!

Tallying up my final list to submit was quite the ordeal and involved an spreadsheet with such factors as if it was so scary I couldn't watch it again (increased to top of the list), how I would rate the film as a film itself regardless of genre (grouped by ratings, then compared films within the same rating) and I scaled down films that didn't make me jump or yelp as well as films that were less scary upon multiple viewings due to twist endings. Here are my selections in order of scariness from the nominations list:

1. The Changeling (1980; Peter Medak)
2. The Shining (1980; Stanley Kubrick)
3. The Exorcist (1973; William Friedkin)
4. The Ring (2002; Gore Verbinski)
5. The Blair Witch Project (1999; Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez)
6. Seven (1995; David Fincher)
7. Frailty (2001; Bill Paxton)
8. Saw (2004; James Wan)
9. The Haunting (1963; Robert Wise)
10. Poltergeist (1982; Tobe Hooper)
11. Alien (1979; Ridley Scott)
12. Jaws (1975; Steven Spielberg)
13. Signs (2002; M. Night Shyamalan)
14. Aliens (1986; James Cameron)
15. Ginger Snaps (2000; John Fawcett)
16. 28 Days Later (2002; Danny Boyle)
17. The Others (2001; Alejandro Amenebar)
18. Psycho (1960; Alfred Hitchcock)
19. Ringu (1998; Hideo Nakata)
20. A Nightmare on Elm St. (1984; Wes Craven)
21. Carrie (1976; Brian de Palma)
22. Ju-On: The Grudge (2003; Takashi Shimizu)
23. Sixth Sense (1999; M. Night Shyamalan)
24. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956; Don Siegel)
25. Dead Ringers (1988; David Cronenberg)
26. Jeepers Creepers (2001; Victore Salva)
27. Rosemary's Baby (1968; Roman Polanski)
28. An American Werewolf in London (1981; John Landis)
29. People Under the Stairs (1991; Wes Craven)
30. Friday the 13th (1980; Sean S. Cunningham)
31. The Serpent and The Rainbow (1988; Wes Craven)

I was suprized that out the 180 or so nominee's I had only seen 62 of the films. I have many to add to my list to see before Halloween next year! Also surprizing, although less so, is how few made it from my submissions to the nominee list (nominee list required 3 votes to get in). This is less surprizing as I know I can have an odd sense of what I find scary, and they certainly made appearences on the runner up list. My original submission list looks fairly similiar to my list of the Scariest Movies of all Time:

2001: A Space Odyssey
28 Days Later
Abandoned, The (Dir: Nacho Cerdà)
American History X
Blade Runner
Cape Fear (1991)
Changeling, The
Dark City
Dead Ringers
Donnie Darko
Haunting, The (1963)
Ju-On: The Grudge
Man Who Fell to Earth, The
Miyazaki's Spirited Away
Nightmare on Elm Street, A
Others, The
Serpent and the Rainbow, The
Shallow Grave (1994)
Terminator, The
Tightrope (1984)

I knew some of those wouldn't make it due to limited releases, not techincally horror films, etc but they all were willie-ish to me! This has been a fun challenge, especially seeing everyones picks, and I am looking forward to the final results (to be posted here on Oct 31/07).


Suzie Ridler said...

It is very similar a list isn't it Shannon? Interesting you have American History X on that list, I can totally understand that. You saw Saw?! Have you see the Omen? I didn't see it on your list, I think that's a classic 70s horror movie.

What on earth is in that photo? Is that a pumpkin?

I didn't get the chance to come up with a list of my own but it would probably be similar to yours.

Jaws would be up there at the top for me! Along with Alien. I have a hard time watching both of those yet I actually enjoy watching The Shining.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I watched Alien as I snoozed off to sleep last night. Yes, I know I'm crazy.

The pic is a pumpkin! A styrafoam one from the inn in Cape Cod. Isn't it great? So expressive!

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