100 Greatest Horror Movies (pt.5): 50-26

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.


50: Thundercrack!

Directed by Curt McDowell

Written by George Kuchar

1975, USA

Thunderstruck! is by far the most obscure film you will find on this list. It is without a doubt one of the true landmarks of Underground cinema. With a screenplay by veteran underground film maker George Kuchar (story and characters by Mark Ellinger) and directed Curt McDowell (than student of Kuchar),

Thundercrack! is a work of a crazed genius.
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Move over, ‘Total Recall’: 10 more remakes you’ll want to avoid

Whether you measure your movies by box office, reviews, or popular appeal, Sony’s $125 million remake of the 1990 Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger interplanetary action fest Total Recall looks like a strike-out. The movie opened with a lethal softness; a $25.7 million first weekend meaning Recall won’t even come close to making back its budget during its domestic theatrical run. In fact, despite 22 years of ticket price increases, it’s doubtful the movie will even match the original’s $119.3 million haul.

And for those of you who think maybe the problem is Total Recall was outgunned opening while The Dark Knight Rises was still sucking up box office coin, entertain, at least for a moment if you will, the possibility the movie just plain sucks. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ canvas, almost 70% of reviewers – and over three-quarters of “top critics” – gave Total Recall a thumbs-down. Those who went to see the movie didn’t
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Reminder: 2012 Hugo Awards Voting Deadline Approaching Fast

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A press release from Chicon 7:

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), would like to remind members that the voting deadline for the 2012 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award is July 31, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. Pdt (Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at 2:59 a.m. Edt). The same deadline applies for access to the 2012 Hugo Voter Packet, which can currently be downloaded via the Chicon 7 website.

Hugo Award voting, and access to the Hugo Voter Packet, is open to all Adult, Young Adult and Supporting members of Chicon 7. Convention memberships can be purchased online via the Chicon 7 website at Full Adult Attending memberships currently cost $215 (rising to $230 from August 1), Young Adult Attending memberships cost $100, and Supporting memberships cost $50.

Members can submit their Hugo Award ballots online via the Chicon 7 website at, or by postal mail. Postal ballots must be received before the voting deadline.
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Luke Skywalker Says Mitt Romney Is Not Actually Human

Luke Skywalker Says Mitt Romney Is Not Actually Human
The actor who played Luke Skywalker in the original "Star Wars" trilogy has some choice words for Mitt Romney. Speaking at this weekend's Comic-Con in San Diego, Mark Hamill said the Republican candidate for president "is not actually human."

Here's the full quote, courtesy of On the Red Carpet (via Newsbusters): "If you don't vote for Barack Obama, you're insane. 'Cause without him, I think the middle class will completely disappear. And you look at Romney and I'm sure he's a nice guy, but I think he's like The Thing -- he only imitates human behavior. He's not actually human himself ... So God bless him, I'm enjoying him running for office but -- I just came out as a lifelong Democrat." (Watch video of Hamill's comments above, starting about one minute in.)

The Thing is a character from a movie by the same name which is based on a novel by John W. Campbell.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About John Carpenter's 'The Thing'

June 25, 1982, was a good day for genre fans. Hell, that summer saw a spate of genre classics released, including "The Road Warrior," "Poltergeist," and "E.T." But June 25th in particular saw not only the release, as we discussed earlier today, of "Blade Runner," but also another legendary sci-fi picture, which like Ridley Scott's film, wasn't well-received at the time, and flopped at the box office, but went on to be enshrined in the geek hall of fame. No, it's not Barry Bostwyck vehicle "MegaForce," but John Carpenter's terrifying "The Thing," which despite the efforts of last year's poor retread/prequel, remains one of the greatest sci-fi/horrors ever made.

Technically a remake of Howard Hawks' well-loved 1951 "The Thing From Another World," which Carpenter pays tribute to in the opening moments, the new film took a very different approach, ramping up both the paranoia and the eye-popping physical effects,
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Even More Awards You Probably Know About Already

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Once again, those few benighted souls relying on Antick Musings for their skiffy-world news have been poorly served, but here’s the most recent clutch of awards given out in our realms:

Robert A. Heinlein Award

This is both a fairly new award — barely a decade old — and one given for a body of work, rather than a specific piece of fiction, which means it has gone to pretty much exactly who we all would have predicted it would, in pretty much the same order. The award is given, officially, for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space” — Nasa propaganda, essentially.

This year’s winner is Stanley Schmidt, long-time editor of Analog, and, in best Heinlein fashion, the award itself is a whopping great medallion that Schmidt will be expected to wear as much as he can — or, at least, the
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Awards! Awards! Awards!

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The lingering memory of my year of blogging for the Sfbc — which ended five years ago, so I really should be over it by this point — still compels me to post SFnal awards, even when I do so far too late to benefit anyone. What can I say? I’m a flawed person.

Anyway, here’s some recent awards that you probably already know about:

2011 Aurealis Awards

The Australian national awards for Sf and other imaginative literature were given out three weeks ago (I know, I know!), and the full list has been available since then.

Here’s the novel-length awards, just because:

Young Adult Novel: Only Ever Always, by Penni Russon Fantasy Novel: Ember and Ash, by Pamela Freeman Science Fiction Novel: The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood

(via Sf Signal)

Analog and Asimov’s Reader’s Awards

The same weekend as the Nebulas (suddenly suspicious — did I blog about the Nebulas?
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Was 1982 the best ever year for fantasy and sci-fi movies?

1982. The best year for sci-fi and fantasy movies? The year that home video gave second life to films that otherwise would have flopped? Join the celebration here...

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of 1982, a year widely considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, years ever for science fiction and fantasy movies.

Going by original Us release dates, there are indeed few years in cinema history that can boast the release of so many classic, cult, influential, popular and, in some cases, all of the above, Science Fiction and Fantasy movies.

1982 is certainly a year that the Sf/fantasy genre really came into its own, both in terms of its own cinematic aesthetic and as a viable source of commercial success. In the wake of hit Sf/fantasy films like Star Wars and Alien, the genre was finally breaking free of its previous status as predominantly schlocky low budget B-movies and kiddie fare.
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Blu-ray Review – The Thing (2011)

The Thing, 2011.

Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Eric Christian Olsen.


A group of scientists at a remote Antarctic research station stumble upon a frozen alien spacecraft and face a fight for survival after taking its inhabitant back to their base camp.

Considering the revered status of John Carpenter’s cult 1982 sci-fi horror The Thing, it doesn’t really come as much of a surprise that Matthijs van Heijningen’s 2011 feature of the same name struggled to make much of an impact at the box office when it was released in cinemas towards the back end of last year. Overlooking the fact that Carpenter’s effort is itself a remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World, the current trend for sub-standard ‘reboots’ (Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street et al) has certainly taken its toll on audiences
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Review: "Horror Express" Comes To Blu-ray From Severin Films

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By Todd Garbarini

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My love of horror films didn’t start until I was twelve, but as a child in 1974 I recall seeing scenes from a film that featured a white poodle and a monster with eerie, red eyes. I didn’t know the name of it until my grandmother bought a VHS copy of Horror Express in September 1985 from K-mart for the then unheard of amount of eleven dollars. I immediately recognized the images and was delighted to finally know the film that had unnerved me years earlier.

Horror Express takes place at the turn of the 20th Century. Sir Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee), a British anthropologist, discovers frozen fossils during an archeological dig and takes them aboard the Tran-Siberian Express en route to England. Accompanying him are his colleague Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing) and his assistant Mrs. Jones (Alice Reinheart). Almost immediately,
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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made Part 7: The 62 Greatest (# 31-1)

31 – Rosemary’s Baby

Directed by Roman Polanski

USA, 1968

Roman Polanski’s brilliant horror-thriller was nominated for two Oscars, winning Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Gordon. The director’s first American film, adapted from Ira Levin’s horror bestseller, is a spellbinding and twisted tale of Satanism and pregnancy. Supremely mounted, the film benefits from it’s strong atmosphere, apartment setting, eerie childlike score and polished production values by cinematographer William Fraker. The cast is brilliant, with Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes as the young couple playing opposite Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer, the elderly neighbors. There is ominous tension in the film from first frame to last – the climax makes for one of the greatest endings of all time. Rarely has a film displayed such an uncompromising portrait of betrayal as this one. Career or marriage – which would you choose?

30 – Eraserhead

Directed by David Lynch

USA, 1977

Filmed intermittently over the course of a five-year period,
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The Thing (2011)

Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Written by: Eric Heisserer, Ronald D. Moore, John W. Campbell

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eric Christian Olsen

Bad things often follow a funny joke.

A group of Norwegian scientists stumble upon the frozen remains of an alien spacecraft buried deep in the ice of the Antarctic. A team is rushed together, including paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Dr. Sander Halversen (Ulrich Thomsen), Adam Goodman (Eric Christian Olsen). The rest consist of other Norwegians, along with a couple of Americans, and all together they manage to find one of the frozen occupants of the alien ship and cut it out of the ice. Not realizing what they have - the title of the film makes it pretty obvious to us - they haul it back to base, ogle it for awhile, and then get down to getting drunk
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Sound Off: Matthijs van Heijningen's 'The Thing' - Your Thoughts?

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The Thing has a long history. Its origins are in John W. Campbell's short story "Who Goes There?"; there's a 1951 adaptation; and there's John Carpenter's beloved cult classic 1982 version. In theaters today is Matthijs van Heijningen's prequel to Carpenter's film, also titled The Thing, telling the story of the Norwegian camp that first discovers a creature from another world in the ice. So how is it? Is it a worthy follow-up to Carpenter's classic? How are the effects? What about the characters and performances? Once you've seen it, leave a comment and tell us your thoughts on The Thing! To fuel the fire, while there are some good moments in this new The Thing, overall I was honestly let down. It felt like it was missing a lot, some pieces that would've made it feel a lot more complete.
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Review: Universal's 'The Thing' is a Loud Imitation That Doesn't Work

Cheap imitations should all be burned in an icy wasteland. Even expensive looking but soulless knockoffs should feel the flames wrapping around them deep in the Arctic circle. That's precisely what the new version of The Thing is, a flashy retread that looks and feels like a film we've seen before, but it's not. Something is missing. Actually a lot is missing in the movement from John Carpenter's 1982 film - itself an adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr's short story "Who Goes There?" which was adapted once before in 1951 - to this one, a prequel in essence, but one with a new car smell of a big budget remake. What is absent here is swept under a blanket of slick CGI in hopes that the audience, more specifically fans of Carpenter's film, won't notice. Sadly, The Thing 2011, your tentacles and body teeth are showing. The film begins with ...
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The Thing Review

Full disclosure: John Carpenter's The Thing is one of my favorite movies of all time. I also have a great deal of respect for "Who Goes There?," the original story by John W. Campbell, Jr., and believe that The Thing From Another World, directed by Christian Nyby and/or Howard Hawks, is well-made and a good deal of fun. Each stands on its own, each reflects a strong creative vision, and each is a product of its time. Nonetheless, I was fully prepared to follow the new version of The Thing, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., as it charted its own distinctive course. The film's biggest problem, it turns out, is not that it fails to reach the heights established by its predecessors -- it...
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Movie Review: 'The Thing' (2011)

Movie Review: 'The Thing' (2011)
It began in 1938 with a John W. Campbell novella entitled "Who Goes There?" In 1951 that story was adapted by Howard Hawks into a movie called The Thing from Another World. In 1982 John Carpenter and Bill Lancaster delivered a rendition called, simply enough, The Thing. That film died a miserable death at the box office (mostly because of a different sort of alien film, one called E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial) and the critics were none too kind to the flick either.  But the early '80s were the golden era of the video cassette (in addition to heavy rotation play on HBO), and so John Carpenter's The Thing has gone on to become one of the most widely-adored horror films of the past fifty years. Often just...
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Film: Movie Review: The Thing

Horror thrives in isolation. In the case of the new science-fiction thriller The Thing, that principle applies heavily to the Antarctic setting, where inclement weather cuts off a tiny science station from potential rescuers, darkness and bitter cold make even closely huddled buildings seem forbiddingly far apart, and circumstances set everyone in the area against each other. But the same principle also applies to the film as an artifact. It would work much better if it could be isolated from its predecessors: John W. Campbell, Jr.’s 1938 novella “Who Goes There?”, the 1951 film adaptation The Thing From Another ...
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Watch Now: ‘John Carpenter’s The Thing: The Musical’

"I'm the Thing....from another world, baby."

Jon and Al Kaplan, the singing and songwriting brothers who brought The Silence of the Lambs to the Off-Broadway stage in the form of Silence! The Musical, have struck gold once again.

The brothers have been blitzing the Internet in recent months with a series of viral video musical adaptations, taking on Conan the Barbarian and Fright Night (released to coincide with the release of the 3D remakes of both). And with the prequel to the 1982 version of The Thing due in theaters this weekend the Kaplan brothers have gone back to the John Carpenter-directed classic take on John W. Campbell's short story "Who Goes There?" and worked their musical magic. You can watch the video below after the jump. [...]
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Weekend Horror Trivia

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1. Halloween III: Season of the Witch: Jamie Lee Curtis is the voice of the operator that talks to Dr. Dan Challis when he tries to make a call out of Santa Mira.

2. Aliens: In the extended director’s cut, the image of Ripley’s daughter is Elizabeth Inglis, Sigourney Weaver’s mother.

3. The Thing: Both John Carpenter’s version and The Thing From Another World (1951) are based off of the short story “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr.

4. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare Peter Jackson had originally written a screenplay for this film, but it was rejected by the studio.

5. Event Horizon: The first cut of the film contained longer “Visions of Hell” scenes and much more gore than what made it into the theatrical cut. Additional footage was removed after test screenings and to receive an R-rating.

6. Two Thousand Maniacs: The story
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From "Alien" to "Dune", the Illustrated Legacy of Chris Foss

If you’ve ever wandered through the Sci-Fi aisle at your local bookstore, you’re probably familiar with the work of Chris Foss, even if you don’t know it. His artwork has been featured on so many classic and modern Sci-Fi novel covers that his aesthetic is nigh impossible to separate from the genre’s imagery. Isaac Asimoc, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Rick Raphael, Michael Moorcock, John W. Campbell, Jack Vance, Edmund Cooper, and other Sci-Fi authors all have books bearing Foss’s artwork. Unless Foss is ambidextrous, it’s fair to say he singlehandedly altered the public notion of how Sci-Fi looked on the page. For fans of his work or Sci-Fi art in general, Titan Books has recently released Hardware: The Definitive Sf Works of Chris Foss. Oh, complete (and tangentially convenient) afterthought, Foss was also the visual design consultant on a little movie called Alien.
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