The Book of Lists - Horror: Barry Gifford's Fifteen Favorite Late-Night Tinglers (in No Particular Order)by MinaGrentham | created - 05 Sep 2014 | updated - 05 Sep 2014 | Public
Essays by Barry Gifford on these films may be found in his books Out of the Past: Adventures in Film Noir (2001) and The Cavalry Charges (2007). His novels include Wild at Heart (1990), which was filmed by David Lynch, Night People (1992), and Memories from a Sinking Ship (2007). He has written screenplays for numerous films, including Lost Highway (1997), Perdita Durango (1997), and City of Ghosts (2003).
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1. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Passed | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
2. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Approved | 69 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.
4. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
Approved | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An aspiring reporter is the key witness at the murder trial of a young man accused of cutting a café owner's throat and is soon accused of a similar crime himself.
7. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Votes: 79,037 | Gross: $0.65M
8. Repulsion (1965)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.
9. Cult of the Cobra (1955)
Approved | 82 min | Fantasy, Horror
American G.I.s who trespass on a Hindu ceremony are hunted down by a beautiful woman who has the power to transform herself into a cobra.
11. Lost Highway (1997)
R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.
Votes: 125,991 | Gross: $3.80M
14. Série noire (1979)
Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama
Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona, a teenager, who's been made a prostitute by her own aunt. Franck would like ... See full summary »
15. The Red House (1947)
Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandoned farmhouse, located deep in the woods.