Top 100 Horror Flicks #100-91


Directed by Alan Rafkin
Genre:  Comedy
Last Year’s Rank:  100
Rating:  4 stars

Don Knotts stars in this movie that always puts me in a Halloween mood.  There aren’t a whole lot of genuine scares, but it’s a nice take on the haunted house genre, complete with an organ that plays itself, secret passages, and garden shears stuck in a portrait.  Well worth checking out any time of year.



Directed by Robert Guenette
Genre:  Docudrama
Last Year’s Rank:  99
Rating:  2 stars

I saw this when I was seven years old and it scared the bejeezus out of me.  This is a pseudo-documentary that examines Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Abominable Snowman.  I don’t remember much about this movie, but I do remember I had nightmares for a month after I saw it.  Probably wouldn’t scare me quite so much now.


#98 – FEAST (2005)

Directed by John Gulager
Genre:  Monster
Last Year’s Rank:  NEW
Rating:  2.5 stars

A fairly decent monster movie with a healthy splash of gruesome gore.  This sort of reminded me of Maximum Overdrive, except, you know, scary.  I guess I should note this was a Project Greenlight winner.  The plot revolves around a group of strangers trapped in a diner by monsters who want to eat them and the ensuing blood soaked battle waged between the two forces.


#97 – THE FUNHOUSE (1981)


Directed by Tobe Hooper
Genre:  Slasher
Last Year’s Rank:  90
Rating:  3.5 stars

Tobe Hooper makes his first of three appearances on the list.  I always did like this movie.  It captures that feel of the small town carnival pretty well.  A group of teens witness a murder and subsequently get trapped inside the funhouse.



Directed by Jack Starrett
Genre:  Devil
Last Year’s Rank:  88
Rating:  3 stars

I was totally freaked out when I first saw this movie.  I was probably around 10 years old.  It’s similar to Duel, except the bad guys are devil worshippers.  Two couples on an RV road trip accidentally witness a satanic ritual and are then chased by the Satanists.  I re-watched this a couple of weeks ago and I’m happy to report that it holds of fairly well, with some pretty disturbing stuff.



Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
Genre:  Slasher
Last Year’s Rank:  NEW
Rating:  3 stars

I’ll state right now that I’m a big fan of Cliver Barker.  I first read the story this movie is based on back in the late-80s in one of the Books Of Blood.  Great stuff.  Check it out.  This is a fairly faithful adaptation, but it kind of loses a little something in the translation.  Much of what I liked in the story was about Mahogany’s inner monologue.  None of that is explored here.  But you do get some truly horrific gore, shockingly brutal violence, and a surprisingly suspenseful film.    As of this writing, playing for free in On Demand.



Directed by Nimrod Antal
Genre:  Snuff
Last Year’s Rank:  NEW
Rating:  3 stars

I’m not a huge fan of Luke Wilson and, while stunningly beautiful, I’m afraid Kate Beckinsale has been in some really, really shitty movies.  But I like this one.  It’s sort of an amalgamation of stuff we’ve seen before, but it’s done really well and there are enough surprises to keep things tense.



Directed by Steve Beck
Genre:  Ghost
Last Year’s Rank:  87
Rating:  2.5 stars

There’s one reason this movie is included on this list:  the opening 10 minutes.  The rest of the movie is pretty standard fare, but that opening scene is incredible.  Definitely worth checking out.


#92 – DEMENTIA 13

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Genre:  Psycho
Last Year’s Rank:  83
Rating:  2.5 stars

Years before directing The Godfather, Coppola made this film for cult producer Roger Corman.  Dementia 13 is all about atmosphere and Coppola does a great job of creating a spooky atmosphere to place his crazy characters in.  A classic.


#91 – THE HITCHER (1986)

Directed by Robert Harmon
Genre:  Psycho
Last Year’s Rank:  NEW
Rating:  2.5 stars
Sequels:  The Hitcher II (I’ve Been Waiting) (2003, Louis Morneau, 1 star)
               The Hitcher (Remake) (2007, Dave Meyers, 2 stars)

The original version was a fairly standard 80s horror movie elevated by the performance of Rutger Hauer, with a passable turn by C. Thomas Howell.  The sequel was terrible.  The remake wasn’t great, but somewhat entertaining.  Stick with the original.



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