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the unholy corpse of john w. lehtonen

My 100 favorite horror films. Ranked, in the spirit of pain. Some personal, and probably contradictory, decisions were made regarding what counts and what doesn't.

Every horror fan has their reasons for obsession: expunging or working through traumas, venting bloodlust, stimulating the adrenal gland, genre nostalgia, etc.

I come to horror because it's transformative, or suggests transformation. Its fear, destruction, degeneration, have, for me, creative energy, demented slides on Heraclitean scales between would-be values. Horror is as much absurdity as it is fear -- that's why a laugh is as likely as a gasp, the pleasure/pain division erased to make an uncut feeling, sensation. It stimulates far edges and weird corners of the intellect, blending ideas, materializing abstractions, giving emotions…

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    1

  • A Bay of Blood

    2

  • Tenebre

    3

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    4

  • Cure

    5

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    6

  • The Leopard Man

    7

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    8

  • Halloween

    9

  • Lisa and the Devil

    10

  • The Blair Witch Project

    11

  • Torso

    12

  • A Page of Madness

    13

  • The Mummy

    14

  • Blood and Black Lace

    15

  • Pulse

    16

  • Love Massacre

    17

  • Day of the Dead

    18

  • The Thing

    19

  • The Whip and the Body

    20

  • I Walked with a Zombie

    21

  • Suspiria

    22

  • Lifeforce

    23

  • Prince of Darkness

    24

  • Splatter: Naked Blood

    25

  • Eugenie

    26

  • The Black Cat

    27

  • Videodrome

    28

  • Opera

    29

  • Loft

    30

  • Kill, Baby... Kill!

    31

  • All the Colors of the Dark

    32

  • Vampyr

    33

  • Black Sabbath

    34

  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet

    35

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    36

  • Dawn of the Dead

    37

  • God Told Me To

    38

  • The Psychic

    39

  • Audition

    40

  • Scream

    41

  • The Devil Rides Out

    42

  • Vampyros Lesbos

    43

  • White of the Eye

    44

  • Pieces

    45

  • The Hitcher

    46

  • Retribution

    47

  • New Blood

    48

  • Martin

    49

  • Halloween II

    50

  • Christine

    51

  • Knock Knock

    52

  • Black Sunday

    53

  • The People Under the Stairs

    54

  • Nosferatu

    55

  • Inferno

    56

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    57

  • The Exorcist

    58

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    59

  • Re-Animator

    60

  • The Lords of Salem

    61

  • Night of the Demon

    62

  • The Ghost of Yotsuya

    63

  • Exorcist II: The Heretic

    64

  • Dracula

    65

  • Celluloid Nightmares

    66

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    67

  • The Addiction

    68

  • My Soul to Take

    69

  • Beyond the Darkness

    70

  • The Gorgon

    71

  • Scream 4

    72

  • Lust of the Vampire

    73

  • The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh

    74

  • Shocker

    75

  • Night Terrors

    76

  • Ganja & Hess

    77

  • The Unknown

    78

  • Sleepaway Camp

    79

  • The House by the Cemetery

    80

  • The Wolf Man

    81

  • The Mangler

    82

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    83

  • A Night to Dismember

    84

  • The Fly

    85

  • Matango

    86

  • Island of Lost Souls

    87

  • The Happening

    88

  • The Funhouse

    89

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    90

  • See No Evil

    91

  • The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'

    92

  • Toolbox Murders

    93

  • Stage Fright

    94

  • The Fog

    95

  • Bloody Moon

    96

  • The Witch

    97

  • The Church

    98

  • House on the Edge of the Park

    99

  • Blood Rage

    100