October's here, your favorite haunted house is about to open its creaky doors, and the esteemed New Yorker magazine has just published its list of "the five scariest movies ever." And the winners are...Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, The Body Snatcher, Night of the Hunter and Mulholland Drive...to which I say, huh?
No disrespect to David Lynch - I love Mulholland's sordid, eerie L.A. underbelly as much as the next movie buff - but his film is one of the all-time scariest? Scarier than John Carpenter's Halloween, or The Thing? Scarier than Kubrick's The Shining?
The same goes for Night of the Hunter. Yes, it's creepy. Yes, it's a classic. But is it really scarier than what the New Yorker calls too "obvious" selections (i.e. - Rosemary's Baby and Psycho)? What about less obvious, but infinitely more terrifying titles like The Changeling and Don't Look Now, or Dario Argento's Suspiria, or the super creepy The Company of Wolves, or--if atmospherics are all that count--modern suspense classics likeThe Sixth Sense?
I'll take Wes Craven's original Nightmare on Elm Street or Craven's thoroughly disturbing The Last House on the Left (which I hate, but admit deserves full props), or Brian DePalma's Carrie over Hunter for pure "scariness."
What do you think of the New Yorker list? Did they get it right? Let us know if any of your favorite scary movies were passed over...and for more horrific (or at least contemporary) Halloween thrills and chills, check out some new and exclusive clips for Clive Barker's ingeniously titled The Midnight Meat Train over at our Comcast partner site, FearNet.
It doesn't seem like they put much thought in the New Yorker top 5 list. The scariest movie I've ever seen, and still holds up today has got to be the Excorist. That film was so ahead of it's time. After it's release every other horror film had to catch up. Among my top five: The Excorist, Poltergiest, The Shinning, The Innocents with Deborah Kerr, and The Changeling with George C. Scott, and I'd love to squeeze in Rosemary's Baby if I could. Most recently I found The Excorcism of Emily Rose to be about a 81/2 on the creep-o-meter. These days with all the Saw and Hostel type movies that I personally don't find scary, they're just butchering people. I wish they'd bring back the creepy aspect. The suspense with a good story line.
That is a ridiculous list Texas Chainsaw and silence of the lambs are the only deserving movies on that list. How about High Tension, it is French and fairly newer but truly disturbing. I also agree the exorcist belongs on that list and last house on the left(seriosly sometimes hard to watch). I love horror movies and I havent ever heard of night of the hunter, so how about Dead Birds, it shouldnt be on this list but its mood and story line is scarier than silence of the lambs. What about ROB ZOMBIE, HOUSEOFTHOUSANDCORPSES is just as good as T.C.M. ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT A CLASSIC. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE?
What happened to The Exorcist in this list? IT may seem old hat now but when it first hit theaters, it was terrifying business.
Any list that doesn't mention George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead obviously doesn't know ****.
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