MonsterGirl’s 150 Days of Classic Horror!

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Good Evening… MonsterGirl here, to let you know that I’ve decided to give myself a challenge. I know I write a lot about obscure gems and I do love shining my flashlight on the deep cobwebby corners of cinema throwing a little Joey radiance on films you might not ordinarily think of.

But I got to pondering… people don’t truly know what my personal favorite films are. I do have lists on IMDb but I don’t spend a consistent enough amount of time here at The Last Drive In showing you who I am through those particular films that have absolutely resonated with me over the years. Masterpieces or little artistic offerings that I love so much I often find it hard to articulate the way I feel about them, and wind up chickening out like Don Knott’s Luther Heggs (The Ghost & Mr. Chicken) for fear my post just won’t do them justice.

So I thought to myself, it’s really time I start posting at least little snippets of the films that are my chosen favorites, but because I go off on tangents and get so easily distracted by the glorious regalia of schlock, cult and melodramatic fanfare out there, the challenge to myself would be to list my TOP classic horror films, YET use only ONE photo, and ONE brief paragraph about the film working through my list til the end of the summer.

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I started out with trying to list 100. I failed miserably. Then I thought okay let’s do 120. Again that was as big a flop as Barney Fife’s sidecar or one of Grandpa Munster’s wily inventions!

Grandpa and Herman in the lab

I managed to come up with 150, with my sneaky way of fitting in a bunch of extras by making certain films pairings. Some I chose to couple because they just naturally seem to be companion pieces for each other. The stories somehow connect, or the imagery or confluence of vision seem to match up with the filmmakers who made them.

What ever the reason, it’s my list so you’ll have to just accept that I am not one who can narrow down her loves to one thing… It can’t be done. I’ve tried. Even with that proverbial gun to my head, I had to keep the list rolling. How can I leave out certain films, that I just adore. I was like that as a little MonsterGirl with my stuffed animals. I’d pile each and every one of them into my bed at night with no room left for me, for fear that even one might feel abandoned. That’s the kind of gentle and thoughtful  MonsterGirl I am. So 150 ‘errr… or so, is truly an accomplishment for me, truly it is…

Now, I can tell you that Rosemary’s Baby and The Haunting are my all time obsessions, and soon I really do need to talk about both of them as well as Tourneur’s Curse of the Demon and expand on Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s beautifully Gothic The House That Screamed 1969 with Lili Palmer And there’s a few others that are absolutely going to wind up being examined extensively here at The Last Drive In at some point. But if long winded me waited til that got done, you’d never learn which classic horror films are my beloved total favs. The ones I’d pick to show as a marathon on Halloween or at my own real Drive- In Movie Theater if I ever won the lottery and managed to open up a fabulous retro Drive-in Theater/Cat Sanctuary. That’s a dream of mine you know…

3D Audience

And you know, something funny happens when you post YOUR list on IMDb. People leave the most delightful (exasperating) unsolicited comments like, “why didn’t you include…” or “nice list but, what about … ” And I find myself becoming like Daffy Duck who uncovers the pearl in the giant clam and goes off on his little tirade spewing, “It’s mine, it’s mine, it’s all mine, you understand.”

That’s the point of making my own list. Because it’s MINE….. So if you don’t see a film here that would be YOUR choice, don’t take it personally. Make a list of your own, and I’ll be the first to come and toast it, bring it slippers and pet it’s head. In fact, please feel free to let me know what YOUR favorites are. I encourage you to do just that. But this is MY LIST, mine, mine all mine… get the picture?

Another essential thing to take note of here is that I can not possibly qualify which films are better than the rest. I won’t nor can’t do that. I think It’s theoretically impossible to compare different films and decide which is the best in order of rank. Each has it’s own unique set of qualities and inherent atmosphere. All I know is that I love them, so they made my list. To facilitate things, I’ve put them in alphabetical order. Not from better to worse. I hate qualifying things anyway or lists that try to elevate one film by diminishing another by quantifying them.

Some could be considered Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy hybrids, or Suspense/Horror hybrids. The one’s I’ve chosen seem to fall nicely into the classic horror realm even if their is a science element to them because there is the presence of the supernatural. Also within the contexts of what makes a suspense film delve into a horror narrative , I consider if it contains a rather grotesque, brutal or savage set of details, that’s how I’ve chosen to elevate them to the rank of horror film and not just a suspense story. This again is my own personal opinion.

So don’t think that I love 13 Ghosts the most and White Zombie the least, or that I’m batty because I think that anyone who carries around a hat box containing a women’s severed head as was the case in Night Must Fall, qualifies as horrific. That’s just how I’ve organized things here. And I’m certain someone will over look this little explanation anyway and argue with me that Night of The Living Dead should be Number 1. It’s inevitable that the peanut gallery will speak out…

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Again, this challenge is just a way of forcing myself to fill my blog with the films that fascinate, titillate and inspire me. A personal challenge to only write ONE paragraph, with ONE defining photograph from that film, ONE image that sums up the narrative and nothing else. No long-winded synopsis or MonsterGirl’s theorizing to the four directions and not my usual visual presentation that goes on til the cows come home…

So now that I’ve finished my post for the Mary Astor Blogathon I’ll start this, and of course I’ll still be releasing a few features and smaller running posts like A Trailer a Day keeps the Boogeyman Away and Postcards From Shadowland etc. I’ve had a bunch of interesting ideas on the slab since the House of Usher crumbled and fell, so I’m looking to present these 150 little posts throughout the summer. I’ll watch and tell you– as if we were in an elevator only going up a few floors– about my favorites as I count down through the 150 or so, (er, hum) classic horror films.

If all goes well, I might just do the same for my top Classic Film Noir, Classic Suspense/Thriller, and Classic Sci-Fi/Fantasy films.

Here’s a sneak peek at the list is in alphabetical order: I hope some of your favorites are on here too!

  1. 13 GHOSTS
  2. ALICE SWEET ALICE
  3. AND SOON THE DARKNESS
  4. ASYLUM/TALES FROM THE CRYPT
  5. AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL
  6. BABA YAGA / NECROMANCY
  7. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  8. BEDLAM
  9. BEFORE I HANG / THE MAN THEY COULD NOT HANG
  10. BELL FROM HELL
  11. BLACK CHRISTMAS
  12. BLACK SABBATH
  13. BLACK SUNDAY
  14. BLACULA / COUNT YORGA VAMPIRE
  15. BLOOD AND ROSES / SPIRITS OF THE DEAD
  16. BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN / FRANKENSTEIN
  17. BURNT OFFERINGS
  18. CARNIVAL OF SOULS
  19. CASTLE OF BLOOD (DANZE MACARBRA)
  20. CAT PEOPLE / CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE
  21. CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS
  22. CORRIDORS OF BLOOD
  23. CRY OF THE BANSHEE
  24. CURSE OF THE DEMON
  25. DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS
  26. DEAD AND BURIED
  27. DEAD OF NIGHT /FLESH AND FANTASY
  28. DEATHMASTER
  29. DEMENTIA 13
  30. DR. BLOOD’S COFFIN
  31. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
  32. DON’T LOOK NOW
  33. DRACULA (1931) / THE WOLF MAN
  34. DRACULA’S DAUGHTER
  35. EYE OF THE DEVIL
  36. EYES WITHOUT A FACE
  37. FIEND WITHOUT A FACE / FROM HELL IT CAME
  38. FOUR SKULLS OF JONATHAN DRAKE / THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE
  39. FREAKS
  40. FRENZY / PEEPING TOM
  41. GAMES / WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?
  42. GARGOYLES
  43. GOD TOLD ME TO
  44. GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE
  45. HALLOWEEN
  46. HATCHET FOR A HONEYMOON
  47. HOMEBODIES / THE EVICTORS
  48. HORROR EXPRESS
  49. HORROR HOTEL(CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD)
  50. HOUSE OF USHER
  51. HOUSE OF WAX
  52. HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
  53. HOW AWFUL ABOUT ALLAN / A TASTE OF EVIL
  54. HUSH… HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE / WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?
  55. I BURY THE LIVING
  56. I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE / ISLE OF THE DEAD
  57. ISLAND OF LOST SOULS
  58. KILL BABY KILL / LISA AND THE DEVIL
  59. LEMORA: A CHILD’S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL
  60. LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE / TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD
  61. LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH
  62. M/MAD LOVE
  63. MESSIAH OF EVIL (DEAD PEOPLE)
  64. MR. SARDONICUS
  65. NIGHT GALLERY – (PILOT MOVIE) / TRILOGY OF TERROR
  66. NIGHT MONSTER
  67. NIGHT MUST FALL / SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR
  68. NIGHT OF THE EAGLE (BURN WITCH BURN)
  69. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD / DAWN OF THE DEAD
  70. NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
  71. PHANTASM
  72. PIT AND THE PENDULUM
  73. PLAY MISTY FOR ME
  74. PSYCHO/THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
  75. PSYCHOMANIA
  76. RACE WITH THE DEVIL
  77. REPULSION / DIABOLIQUE
  78. ROSEMARY’S BABY
  79. RUBY
  80. SALEM’S LOT
  81. SANTA SANGRE
  82. SCREAMING MIMI / THE STRANGLER
  83. SHE (1935)
  84. SHOCK WAVES
  85. SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT / DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT
  86. SISTERS
  87. SPIDER BABY
  88. SQUIRM/FROGS
  89. SSssss
  90. STRAIT-JACKET
  91. STRANGLER OF THE SWAMP / FäHRMANN MARIA
  92. SUSPIRIA / DEEP RED
  93. TARGETS
  94. THE ABOMINABLE DR.PHIBES
  95. THE AMITYVILLE HORROR
  96. THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF / THE HORRIBLE DR. HITCHCOCK
  97. THE BAD SEED
  98. THE BEAST IN THE CELLAR / THE SHUTTERED ROOM
  99. THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS
  100. THE BIRDS
  101. THE BLACK CAT/BLACK FRIDAY
  102. THE BLOOD SPLATTERED BRIDE
  103. THE BRAINIAC
  104. THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN
  105. THE CAR
  106. THE CHANGELING
  107. THE DEVIL COMMANDS
  108. THE DEVIL’S RAIN
  109. THE DUNWICH HORROR / DIE MONSTER DIE
  110. THE EVIL DEAD
  111. THE EXORCIST
  112. THE FOG
  113. THE HAUNTED PALACE
  114. THE HAUNTED STRANGLER
  115. THE HAUNTING
  116. THE HAUNTING OF JULIA
  117. THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED
  118. THE INNOCENTS
  119. THE INVISIBLE RAY / THE WALKING DEAD
  120. THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE
  121. THE MAN WHO LAUGHS / THE UNKNOWN
  122. THE MAN WHO TURNED TO STONE
  123. THE MASK
  124. THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
  125. THE MAZE/NIGHT TIDE
  126. THE MEPHISTO WALTZ
  127. THE MUMMY / THE INVISIBLE MAN
  128. THE NANNY/DEAD RINGER
  129. THE NIGHT STALKER / THE NIGHT STRANGLER
  130. THE NIGHT WALKER
  131. THE NORLISS TAPES / HORROR AT 37,000 FEET
  132. THE OMEGA MAN / THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
  133. THE OTHER
  134. THE PREMONITION/ PSYCHIC KILLER
  135. THE QUEEN OF SPADES
  136. THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD
  137. THE SCREAMING SKULL
  138. THE SENTINEL
  139. THE SEVENTH VICTIM
  140. THE SHINING
  141. THE STEPFORD WIVES
  142. THE TINGLER
  143. THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN
  144. THE UNINVITED / THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
  145. FIEND WITHOUT A FACE / FROM HELL IT CAME
  146. THE VELVET VAMPIRE
  147. THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA / MARY MARY BLOODY MARY
  148. TOURIST TRAP
  149. TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE (BLOOD BATH)
  150. VAMPYR / WHITE ZOMBIE

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