A few days ago the Candyman reboot hit, and I thought, “I should go see that.” But then I realized, I’ve never seen the original either. Whaaat? Yeah, I’m as shocked as you are. As The Neverending Movie List and my Letterboxd account demonstrate, I’ve seen and collected a couple of horror movies in my time. As with anyone else’s cinematic proclivities, though, there are some gaps.
For that reason, I’ve collected a few of what folks might consider some of my more egregious omissions. I’ve avoided mentioning franchises I never finished because the first movie was too dumb and/or overrated, and focused instead on movies that people who know me would be surprised to learn I haven’t seen. Here then are my Top 10 Horror Movies I’ve Never Seen.
Yep. It’s a classic. And I do love me some Tony Todd. But there’s just something about this that keeps me from pullin’ the trigger and watching it. It’s something I come across when I’m scrolling through stuff to watch, and something always pops up that I’d rather see. I dunno. I have no rational explanation.
This one does have a rational explanation. I hate Lanthimos. But he’s also like a bad tooth you keep pokin’ at with your tongue. Despite hating every second of The Lobster, I went back for The Favourite, and while I love Rachel Weisz and some of the individual set pieces in The Favourite, I ultimately didn’t like it any more than The Lobster. And yet, on one hand, I’ll probably force myself through The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. But this one? Probably not.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
In my defense, I don’t like musicals. In the movie’s defense, I love Neil Patrick Harris. I do own it, so it’s ultimately just a matter of time…probably.
Faces Of Death
I saw Faces Of Death II, and that’s enough. Not “enough” as in I was emotionally and psychologically scarred by it, but “enough” in the sense that it’s pointless and boring. Plus a good bit of it was faked or staged. It’s also enough to tell me that the Faces Of Death movies in general are in the same overhyped, sensationalistic vein as Mondo Cane.
This may not be horror in its truest sense (whatever that is), but it certainly has some horrific elements to it. It’s another timeless classic that seems eternally stuck on the back burner. Seems right up my alley though: the revolution of an oppressed race against a population that has all the power, control, technology, and information? Sign me up.
Even I don’t know how I’ve managed to miss this one for this long.
Man From Deep River
This one might be a little obscure, but it’s probably one of the top 5 in the cannibal movie pantheon. As subgenres go, cannibal flicks are not among my favorites. But I slogged through the far-too-touted Cannibal Holocaust and its ripoff Cannibal Ferox. I even suffered through Green Inferno, the first Eli Roth movie I ever hated (one of those movies where, 20 minutes in, I hate everyone and can’t wait for them to get killed). My point is, I’m in no hurry.
This one might legitimately surprise people. It was so balls-to-the-wall shocking for its day that you’d think I’d have rushed out to see it the first chance I got. And I probably would have, but I don’t remember it ever showing anywhere near any place I’ve ever lived. The know Buttgereit’s reputation as a director but have only seen his segment in the German Angst anthology. It was okay. I found it the least effective part of the movie—a little too gratuitous with a couple violent, splattery bits, so I’m not really jumpin’ up and down to see this.
Night Of The Comet
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only horror nerd who’s never seen this. I get the appeal I guess: comets, zombie apocalypse, 80s hair. Being a not huge zombie fan, it hasn’t risen very high in the Must See ranks.
I didn’t even know this movie existed until probably about 10 or so years ago, but I did get the Criterion version recently, so I should be able to correct this rather egregious oversight. Also, I’m a sucker for movie books, so the equally major reason I bought the Criterion Blu-ray for the booklet that comes with it entitled Writing Vampyr.
So…have I shocked and appalled anyone? What’s on your “surprising I haven’t seen this” list? Let me know in the Comments so I’m not the only shamefaced outcast.