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    Posted: 23 Oct 2006 at 23:55
Taken from total film magazine - Do you agree?

1 THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 1974
Cutting deep: Tobe Hooper takes horror to the bleeding edge.

2 HALLOWEEN 1978
Hawks meets Hitchcock as the slasher cycle finds true Shape...

3 SUSPIRIA 1977
Sighs and whispers (and screams) in Argento’s baroque bloodletter.

4 DAWN OF THE DEAD 1978
George A Romero’s definitive document of the walking dead.

5 THE SHINING 1980
Loving family man tries to put an axe through his son’s head.

6 PSYCHO 1960
Come on up to the house. Oh, and don’t mind Mother...

7 THE WICKER MAN 1973
Creeping pagan terror on a remote Scottish island.

8 ROSEMARY’S BABY 1968
The horny Devil hits home and hearth...

9 DON’T LOOK NOW 1973
Nicolas Roeg’s clammy elegy to love and loss.

10 CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 1980
Horror doesn’t get any harsher than this.

11 THE THING 1982
Snatched bodies and reheated Cold War paranoia.

12 CARRIE 1976
Memo to all bullies – Stop. Picking. On. The. Quiet. Ones.

13 THE EXORCIST 1973
The Devil rides into the mother of all religio-horrors.

14 THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT 1999
If you go down to the woods today... take a camcorder.

15 WITCHFINDER GENERAL 1968
Lyrical English landscapes are painted red with torture.

16 THE HAUNTING 1963
You are invited to a born-bad house. Bring your own ghosts.

17 THE EVIL DEAD 1981
Five go bloody in the woods in Raimi’s splatter-punk debut.

18 PEEPING TOM 1960
Cameraman fi lms as he kills. Such a nice young man...

19 ALIEN 1979
The ultimate hack’n’slash bad-boy monster.

20 BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1935
Karloff’s monster lumbers towards matrimony.

21 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1968
A bunch of amateurs stake out a home in horror history.

22 CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE 1944
A haunting, shivery study of childhood loneliness.

23 SWITCHBLADE ROMANCE 2003
Modern horror grows some bloody big balls.

24 A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 1984
Horny teens get fingered by the son of a thousand maniacs.

25 AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON 1981
More than just a shaggy dog story.

26 NIGHT OF THE DEMON 1957
Cat People helmer brings that ol’ black magic to Blighty.

27 HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER 1986
String vests and death by screwdriver.

28 BAY OF BLOOD 1971
Everyone kills everyone else in once-banned video nasty.

29 AUDITION 1999
A woman’s revenge, served with relish by Takashi Miike.

30 SHIVERS 1975
Zombies run riot in an early slab of Cronenberg meat.

31 THE INNOCENTS 1961
Subtle scares in Henry James’ clammy ghost tale.

32 THE DEVIL RIDES OUT 1968
It’s Christopher Lee versus soul-stealing Satanists!

33 LES DIABOLIQUES 1955
Murderous schemes in a French boarding school.

34 DEAD RINGERS 1988
Love, addiction, separation. Nausea guaranteed.

35 INFERNO 1980
Blood and thunder in Argento’s frenzied trip of the brain.

36 MARTIN 1977
Growing pains for bloodsucking teen sociopath.

37 THE HOWLING 1981
A tongue-in-cheek werewolf pic that likes its meat rare.

38 VAMPYR 1932
Gather, darkness: a vampire film like no other.

39 CANDYMAN 1992
Dare you to look in the mirror and say his name five times! No? Thought not...

40 THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES 1966
City quack investigates dying country bumpkins.

41 SCREAM 1996
Wes Craven rewrites the slasher textbook.

42 TARGETS 1968
Trad horror confronts modern terror in Bogdanovich’s debut.

43 THE SECT 1991
Infernal pits, Devil-worship and the son of Satan!

44 THE DESCENT 2005
Six chicks with picks. Be afraid, be very afraid.

45 BRAINDEAD 1992
Quite possibly the bloodiest movie ever made.

46 HOUR OF THE WOLF 1968
Father Merrin must exorcise a few demons of his own.

47 ERASERHEAD 1977
David Lynch presents an argument for sterilisation.

48 NEKROMANTIK 1987
Dead and loving it in a truly sick flick.

49 THE BEYOND 1981
Director Lucio Fulci goes to Hell and back.

50 HELLRAISER 1987
Demonically kinky splatter-smut in Clive Barker’s deviant debut.





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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 11:52
hmmm not sure about the order and there is a fair few I have never heard of in the top 20, but all the contenders are there
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  Quote Laura Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 12:00
only seen 3 or 4 but Dawn of the Dead is hilarious rather than scary.

Carrie's cracking but Blair Witch is one of the most disappointing films i've been to see (except the end!)
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  Quote bazil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 12:17
what about the skeleton key and the house of wax
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  Quote Laura Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 12:29
oooh i've seen skeleton key! that was quite good, but the ending felt a tad too contrived for me.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 12:48
Originally posted by Laura

Blair Witch is one of the most disappointing films i've been to see (except the end!)


Even the end was shit! What a let down that film was.

Best genuine, fright I ever got was at the theatre watching The Woman in Black (might be still on, if so GO!)

Premise sort of similar to Blair Witch Project in that your imagination provides the fear. No real props or set plus it was a two hander. When it started I thought Oh bollocks, not one of these plays where two people perform multiple characters and pretend to drink from an imaginery cup - I couldn't be more wrong.

I sat in the theatre and TWICE the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and I was rooted to my seat - apart from the bit where I jumped a mile up and screamed like a big girl as if I'd been electrocuted.

Plus if you want scary you should've watched that surgery prog on last week showing a guy's face being peeled off
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  Quote Bren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 12:54
I just don't watch Horror films dont like em
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 12:58
Not a real fan either Bendy, I find the spoof films more scary
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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 14:05
Originally posted by bazil

what about the skeleton key and the house of wax


tsk SCARY not funny!!
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  Quote CPie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 15:29
I'm no horror fan either, friend of mine expressed genuine amazement that I had no interest in the Saw films. Enjoyed the first couple of Scream films mind, and even the first I Know What You Did Last Summer. They don't really class as 'horror' though.
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  Quote Lizzyloo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 16:52

ive hardly seen any of these, but the ones i have seen out of em are really gd, but i dnt know about the order

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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 16:57
I bought saw and saw 2 at the weekend havent seen them yet
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  Quote Lizzyloo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 17:00
ooooooooooo i cnt wait to see saw 2!!!!!!! me friend told me bout it nd we both had a major spaz out!!!!! watching it for halloween so its gonna be kl, also gonna watch hostel which is a nother gruesome film, I CNT WAIT!!!! haha !!!
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  Quote mi jakey baby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 17:16
HELLO!!!! where is THE GRUDGE?!?!?!? and SAW?!
the grudge scared the hell outta me!!!!!! band saw was scary but it made you think genuis film! where are they?
the texas chainsaw massacre?! what the hell?! no way is that the scariest! noone dies for ages then they all die at once! the remake is waaaaaaaaaaaay scarrier!
my name is about jake gyllenhaal.im a girl btw just to clear that up!
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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 17:37
do you mean the original grudge or the american remake?

If you liked the ring and the grudge you should REALLY watch the Asian cinema versions, and see how horror is meant to be done.
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  Quote mi jakey baby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Oct 2006 at 17:45
i know ive seen some of the original grudge but i found the american one scarier.
my name is about jake gyllenhaal.im a girl btw just to clear that up!
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