Top Ten – Richard Crouse

Canadian film critic Richard Crouse seems to have his hands full with regular gigs in mainstream television, radio and print journalism, yet still manages to find the time to indulge in his lifelong passion for cult cinema. His most recent tome is The Son of the 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a follow-up to The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, both of them containing a heavy amount of the macabre.

Making up a list like this is tough. I’m sure I’ll remember a classic or two that I should have included after I hit the send button, but, off the top of my head, here are my faves…

1. The Exorcist 1973, Directed by William Friedkin. The single scariest night at the movies this ten year old ever experienced.
2. Let the Right One In 2008, Directed by Tomas Alfredson. A vampire film without a castle, a cape or coffin. Loved it.
3. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948, Directed by Charles Barton. Perfect mix of corny laughs and scary stuff.
4. Ginger Snaps 2000, Directed by John Fawcett. Great reinvention of the werewolf myth.
5. Frankenstein 1931, Directed by James Whale. For my money the best of the classic Universal monster movies.
6. Dawn of the Dead 1978, Directed by George A. Romero. Probably the greatest zombie flick ever.
7. Rosemary’s Baby 1968, Directed by Roman Polanski. Evil atmosphere you could cut with a knife.
8. Psycho 1960, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I still get creeped out in the shower.
9. May 2002, Directed by Lucky McKee. Really underrated horror film that deserves to be better known than it is.
10. The Host 2006, Directed by Joon-ho Bong. Big bug movies don’t get much better than this.

42 Responses to “Top Ten – Richard Crouse”

  1. Henry Says:

    What? No Herschell Gordon Lewis? C’mon, he’s the godfather. I guess we can’t have it all…

    I haven’t seen “Let the right one in.” Guess I’ll have to check it out.

    Nice blog, by the way.

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  3. Brett Says:

    Thanks! There are some I haven’t seen on this list, I’m gonna check em’ out!

  4. Gory Films Says:

    I have seen some of it. I would love to check them out. Thanks for the share.

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  8. Martin Says:

    Nice list! I’ve never heard about #2, so I guess I’ll have to see this one!
    Thanks for the tip!

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  10. Bryan Says:

    I never understood the appeal of Rosemary’s Baby. It’s just a really long, slightly creepy movie. I always thought “The Omen” was much better.

  11. Mark Says:

    Nice list dude

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  13. Heavy Street Says:

    I still get chills watching Rosemary’s Baby. The aura created has not been replicated since then.

  14. Horror Man Says:

    Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, those two. Eventually Psycho! Need to see May 2002, following your recommendation.

  15. Horror Says:

    Great list, Let the Right One In – still to be seen. I think you forgot about another Polansky’s movie, and now I forgot its title :)

  16. Near Dark Says:

    I love lists of movies. What about the classic Halloween from John Carpenter?

  17. William Castle Says:

    I am delighted to see Rosemary’s Baby made the top ten. I must say the Excorist scared the daylights out of me.

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  19. Sack Says:

    The Exorcist is great shame they had to re-cut the film.

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  22. Patrick Nottingham Says:

    Seen them all but May 2002. I’ll have to see if Netflix has it.

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  27. Ryan. C Says:

    What about Alien! That is probably my favorite horror movie, but it is a good list except for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, that be more of a comedy other than that the movies are good.

  28. Mina Jade Says:

    Perhaps I got used to horror films too well, but they could not really frighten me. Like Psycho and all, they were interesting, but not fearsome. I still can be afraid of books, but films cannot really touch me any longer.
    As for Alien – it could not scare me, not even in my mid teens, but I loved it, and back then, Sigourney Weaver had been my role model for a long while (blame it on Aliens, I loved that part). It was a great film; a great tetralogy.

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  31. Mr. Deadman Says:

    The list summed it up nicely. May stands as very fortunate find and I did everything I could to persuade horror lovers and haters to watch it.

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  32. Dan R Says:

    This is actually a pretty good list. The only one I question is Ginger Snaps. I liked it, but I didn’t love it.

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  34. Steve Says:

    Ginger Snaps…terrible, terible movie. The rest? win.

  35. cyberschizoid Says:

    An interesting list…I’m currently trying to compile a Top 50 movies list … cyberschizoid/psychotronic/horror/cult movies that have inspired and entertained me over the years…my opinions are forever changing though…

  36. Jon Says:

    Ginger snaps was a great film…but its probably up there because its Canadian. But at least there’s no Cronenberg. The squeals were a total let down.

    The Abbot Costello doenst fit.

    Also, Exorcist and Psycho? Who hasn’t seen these

  37. Mutantville Productions Says:

    I’ve always been a fan of Rosemary’s Baby. After listening to Robert Evan’s book, it took a lot to get Mia Farrow to do the film since Sinatra didn’t want her to.

    That also made the IMDB horror forum horror movie list!

  38. Horrorfilme Says:

    Nice List of Horrormovie Classic!

  39. Chris Larsen Says:

    The American version of “Let the Right One In” (entitled “Let Me In”) is in nearly all ways superior, and it surprises me to say it. American versions of foreign films (horror or not) are almost always dumbed down or committeed to death. This one is actually better, and not just because you don’t have to read subtitles.

  40. George Moser Says:

    I’m so glad someone put up Abbott and Costello, I love those guys!

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    Great list- I’m gonna have to grab some of these movies for the weekend :)

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