I was appalled with myself yesterday. I flicked through my new copy of 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die (ABC Books, 2009 ) only to discover I’d only seen about 30 of them. 30! That’s a bit less than a third – and these are apparently the best horror movies of all time. What have I been doing all these years?
In my defence, some of the titles chosen are still quite difficult to get a hold of on DVD (who has a VCR player these days?) and sadly I wasn’t around in the 60s to catch the classics of the genre at the drive in (patent on time machine pending). But it did make me realise how much there is still to explore.
So while my two all-time favourites made the editor’s cut: Polanski’s suspenseful Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and British occult masterpiece The Wicker Man (Hardy, 1973), I was like a kid in a candy store deciding what to try out next. The German expressionist classic The Golem (1920)? Or the notoriously exploitative Freaks (1932)? I mean, who could resist that tagline: Can a full grown woman truly love a midget? Perhaps the Italian Dellamorte Dellamore (1994) – probably worth it just to see Rupert Everett battle zombies!
I’m going to do my best to track some of these down – so stay tuned!