Dead Of Night

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One of My Favorite Horror Films of All Time, I was thrilled to see Dead of Night playing as part of FilmLinc’s Scary Movies series.  I first saw this 1945 British horror anthology about 5 years ago and have been recommending it to people ever since.  A group of people gathered together recount their brushes with the supernatural after one man believes he has dreamed this exact circumstance before.  It’s a great setup for the film to unspool several spooky stories, some funnier, some creepier, almost all of them great. 

Anthologies are usually a mixed bag as some stories are bound to be more successful than others, but Dead of Night’s tales are pretty much all winners.  (The golfing segment is the weakest link but also the most humorous of the bunch.)  The best story features a ventriloquist and his dummy (or is it the other way around?), but the highlight of the film is the climax, which weaves the stories together in an inventive and ingenious way.  Definitely worth adding to your Queue for next Halloween, you’ll be surprised at how creepy the film is for being 65 years old. 

Listomania: My Top Horror Films of All Time (Runners Up)

As you may have noticed, I get pretty excited about horror movies during October.  I’ve already listed My Top 10 Horror Movies Of The Decade, but what about All Time?  While making my Top 10 list for All Time I realized it just left off too many great films.  Some are not strictly horror (Aliens is more action, Young Frankenstein is a spoof, etc.), but all are great for watching this month.  So here is the list of runner-up’s: 24 films I love almost (but not quite) as much as the final 10.  Here they are alphabetically. 

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Can you figure out which films made My Top 10?

TOP HORROR FILMS OF ALL TIME (RUNNERS UP) (ALPHABETICALLY)

  1. Aliens (1986) James Cameron
  2. Bride of Frankenstein(1935) James Whale
  3. Dead of Night(1945) Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
  4. Dracula(1931) Tod Browning
  5. The Evil Dead(1981) Sam Raimi
  6. The Fly(1986) David Cronenberg
  7. Frankenstein(1931) James Whale
  8. The Frighteners(1996) Peter Jackson
  9. Horror Of Dracula (1958) Terence Fisher
  10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1956) Don Siegel
  11. Let The Right One In(2008) Tomas Alfredson
  12. The Lost Boys(1987) Joel Schumacher
  13. The Monster Squad(1987) Fred Dekker
  14. Near Dark(1987) Kathryn Bigelow
  15. Psycho(1960) Alfred Hitchcock
  16. Re-Animator(1985) Stuart Gordon
  17. The Ring(2002) Gore Verbinski
  18. Rosemary’s Baby(1968) Roman Polanski
  19. Se7en(1995) David Fincher
  20. Shaun of the Dead(2004) Edgar Wright
  21. The Silence of the Lambs(1991) Jonathan Demme
  22. Sleepy Hollow(1999) Tim Burton
  23. The Thing(1982) John Carpenter
  24. Young Frankenstein(1974) Mel Brooks