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October 27 2014

The 30 best American independent horror films. Guess which Whedon project showed up in this list by The Dissolve?

I'm amazed at the specificity of lists these days. To qualify for this one, for example, it must be 1) American, 2) independent, and 3) horror.

And then with all that specificity, they still couldn't limit themselves to anything less than the THIRTY best?
ETA, having now read the list, I have to say I don't get it at all. How is the first evil dead movie not on here?

ETA again, I haven't seen all these yet, so the good news is I can add them to my Netflix list. 😺

[ edited by Squishy on 2014-10-28 03:21 ]

[ edited by Squishy on 2014-10-28 03:24 ]
I think the list is solid from number 11 through the end. Orders are always subjective, but those eleven films are all more than deserving of inclusion. It's great to see Martin included too. People tend to forget about that one. Which is a shame, because it's just as wonderful as Romero's first two Dead films. I'd even go as far as saying that Martin and Dawn of the Dead are tied for his best work.

Numbers 30 through 12 are a mess though. Friday the 13th? Really!? I love that they even come right out and say, "Letís make this clear: Phantasm isnít a particularly good movie." And yet they still not only include it on the list, they place it higher than Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer too! Come on!!! Seriously!!!??? If there's a darkly negative opposite to geeking out, that's exactly what I'm doing right now. Is this what nerd rage feels like?

I'd replace the earlier choices that aren't The Cabin in the Woods, The House of the Devil and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer with movies like Slither, Drag Me to Hell, Zombieland, the 2013 remake of We Are What We Are, The Guest, Only Lovers Left Alive and Willow Creek. And maybe Tucker & Dale vs Evil, although I feel like I need to rewatch it to see how it holds up the second time around.

The House of the Devil is really amazing by the way. It's like the great '80s John Carpenter follow-up to Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween that could have been, but unfortunately never was.

[ edited by JesusSavedIn01 on 2014-10-28 14:19 ]
I don't get what qualifies as "independent." Nightmare on Elm Street is independent?! Apparently, that adjective doesn't really narrow things down very much.

Are slither and Drag me to Hell independent? If so, then I agree they should have been included.

I also think that Basketcase shouldve made the top 30.

I'll check out House of the Devil.
It Follows (number 12) looks like it might potentially be good too. The fifteen reviews from film festivals that are up on Rotten Tomatoes are mostly glowing. It gets theatrically released sometime next year, so we'll see how the reception holds up.
I'm guessing they're going by production companies (or lack thereof) in terms of what they deem "independent". New Line was a small independent studio when they made the first Nightmare.

I think that's why The Cabin in the Woods seems to be included. They're considering it a Mutant Enemy film and not a MGM film. But you're right. They're definitely using the term kind of loosely here. Mutant Enemy might have made Cabin, but a major studio funded it.

[ edited by JesusSavedIn01 on 2014-10-28 06:37 ]
Nightmare on Elm St was super independent. It was so strong that it established New Line Cinema before they sold it to Warner Bros. They called the company, "The house that Freddy built.

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