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I'm not quite sure why this special was so under-seen. I suppose most
people either don't get AMC or aren't so aware of it if they do, and it
wasn't exactly promoted the way, say, Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie
Moments special was. I myself didn't know it was going to be on until
literally just minutes beforehand. (Luckily I had a tape handy, and
threw it into the VCR just in time.) Anyhow, this special was
wonderfully entertaining, mostly due to host Bruce Campbell. He fills
his hosting gig from the inside of a dilapidated house a la Texas Chain
Saw Massacre, set upon by zombies, an escaped lunatic, and a sewing
machine. The segments with Bruce were not only hilarious, but very
cleverly presented - the camera work and editing often near-seamlessly
integrate movie scenes with Bruce's scenes from the house; it's quite
The films chosen as the scariest were indeed some of the most frightening ever made, with far-reaching influence and reputation. I liked the fact that the films weren't ranked, but rather just a gathering of twenty very scary movies. Interviews with John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and others were very short, but interesting nonetheless. All in all, "20" is a very fun, well-done and entertaining special all around.
I may not have agreed with the placing of each film (the final five
could do with some switching around), but by and large I had no
complaints about the rankings and enjoyed seeing many older movies and
a few good lost-in-the-shuffle films featured. Several of the films
were those not generally considered horror per se, and it was nice to
see them included.
Many of the commentators had insightful, interesting or just plain entertaining observations. It's rare that a show such as this is devoid of particularly annoying participants, but everyone here was fun and lively. If Bravo decides to give this special another run this upcoming Halloween season, I'd certainly recommend catching it.