Sunday, October 27, 2013

Reader Top Ten Greatest Horror Films circa 1960 - 2000: William Johnson of The Paxton Configuration


My friend and fellow blogger (At The Paxton Configuration), William Johnson, contributes our next Sunday list (preceding results later this afternoon). 
Vis-à-vis horror films circa 1960 – 2000, Will writes:
“Honorable Mention: Though I do consider Alien a horror film, I still like to consider it primarily a hybrid (at the most) and sci-fi (at the least) so it is not included here. I also haven't seen The Exorcist!!!! So I can't include it (don't hurt me).

When I think of horror, I think of slashers/monsters/social commentary films using excessive and unbelievable beings of evil (or similar). I must say, though, that horror is not a genre I am well versed in:
01).Halloween (1978)

The rest are in any order:
02) Hellraiser (1986)
03) Dawn of the Dead (1978)
04) Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1996)
05) Scream (1996)
06) Army of Darkness (1992)
07) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
08)Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1993)
09) Near Dark (1987)
10) Tales from the Hood (1995)
11) Bordello of Blood (I can't help it ... I love it)

Will, I think you would love The Exorcist (1973), but don't worry...I won't hurt you for not having seen it. But if you still haven’t seen it by next Halloween, watch out…  :)
I especially love that your list includes Wes Craven's New Nightmare, a brilliant re-imagination of the Elm Street mythos, with a Pirandello-esque, 1990s "meta" twist.  My hat is also off to you for your inclusion of Tales from the Hood (1995), one of my all-time favorite horror movie anthologies.  

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