EPISODE 345: TOP 50 HORROR MOVIES

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  1. Steven says:

    I am very disappointed in my fellow BP listeners. Where, I must ask, is Candyman???….Candyman…..Candyman…Candyman…Candyman…Oh Shit!!

  2. Hudsucker says:

    Good episode guys! Also, on the new podcast app, it only says powered by Feedburner, not the BP logo. Is anybody else having this problems?

  3. Roy says:

    I have no idea whether this is completely out of place, but during the episode David’s idea of horror really reminded me of the word “unheimlich”. It’s a German word that most closely relates to the English word “uncanny”, but is more inherently filled with dread. The Dutch version of the word translates to “not home”. A wrong sort of familiar. An atmosphere that’s opppressive, uncomfortable, creepy and ominous, and yet familiar.
    It’s a term I mostly know due to studying philosophy, so there’s like a million interpretations and everything.

    I felt like putting it here so maybe, just maybe, David can now go forth and annoy horror fans by saying “I prefer my horror… unheimlich.”

  4. andyluvsfilms says:

    Fun and interesting episode chaps, thanks for your efforts. I would love to hear about any movies nominated that were worthy honourable mentions, one vote wonders or just plain ridiculous.

  5. C Mosher says:

    So great list but I have to respond to your defense of Jaws as a horror movie. Jaws is a horror film but only for the first hour. As the deaths pile up the John Williams score ratchets up the tension to an unbarable level and then they get on the boat. John Williams ruins the horror element completely by introducing his rousing action adventure score that belongs in Star Wars or Raiders. The second half is pure adventure of man verse nature and IMO not even Quint’s death changes that for me. This is the odd thing for me, Jaws is both horrific for an hour and then adventurous for the second half but despite this wildly divergent tone it is one of the greatest movies I have seen.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      I like the use of the “adventure” music because it actually lulls us into what turns out to be a false sense of security. Once Brody is on board a big, sturdy boat with the shark expert and the shark hunter, he feels about a safe as can be. He’s still out of his element, but he’s not actually in the water with the shark. So, really, it comes down to what seems like a fun adventure.
      You’ll notice that the adventure music is no longer used once it becomes clear that the shark is a danger to the boat itself (pounding the hull and causing a leak). Once that is established, the primal horror musical tones return, and the situation is once again dire.
      And how anybody can come away from the Hooper-in-the-cage sequence and not be genuinely terrified is beyond me. The Quint death comes shortly after that, with the boat then sinking and Brody’s worst nightmare coming true: despite his best efforts, he is now in the water with the shark.

      • C Mosher says:

        I haven’t seen the film in about half a year so I may not be remembering it all that well. My problem with seeing jaws as horror is what scares me personally . I am scared of what I can’t see.
        Though well I find “Bruce” menacing I find him no more menacing then say Dirty Harry’s Scorpio or the dentist from the Marathon Man. Also Hooper’s resolution defangs (pun intended) the horror of the second part of he film. I know the history of how this came about. If they had kept Hooper’s original fate may have made the film more of a horror film. This is just my oppinion and i can certainly see your point.I am curious though, do you think Jurassic Park is a horror film or an adventure film because tonally I find the second half of Jaws the same as Jurassic Park.

  6. Steve says:

    Could it be that Silence of the Lambs and Seven don’t feel like horror films (to some) because the protagonists are not, more or less, helpless and they aren’t really in danger for most of the film?

    In Texas Chainsaw, any slasher flick, The Exorcist, etc, films that are clearly horror films, the protagonist is almost always in danger for much of the film and can’t get away. Foster, Pitt and Freeman are all highly trained officers of the law, capable of defending themselves in most instances. They are putting themselves in harm’s way of their own accord, so I can’t really buy that they are up against some unspeakable horror. They are doing a job that just so happens to pit them against bad guys. They could get away if they wanted.

    I think to be horror, the main character(s) need to be clearly in danger and unable to get out of it, plus all the other factors of mood, lighting, sense of dread, etc. play into it too.

    Just a theory – I’d have to weigh it against more films.

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