The Book of Lists - Horror: Joe Lynch's Ten Movies My Mother Should Have Never Let Me Watch (But Thankfully Did!)by MinaGrentham | created - 05 Sep 2014 | updated - 05 Sep 2014 | Public
Joe Lynch was born in Long Island, raised on a steady diet of horror films, novels, comics, and dirty-water hot dogs. Upon graduating from Syracuse University, Lynch was named "Filmmaker of the Year" in The Village Voice's Best of Long Island issue for his short films and his first real first film job was as a grip/actor/third unit director/writer on the Troma cult classic Terror Firmer, which led to an in-house writing position at "The House that Toxie Built."
My mother, Marina, will not be so keen on me exposing this list, but no matter. See, my mom, herself a horror nut as a teenager, is the red-handed culprit who passed on the virus of horror to me (as well as my two younger brothers) at a very susceptible age. It was that early exposure to the ghoulish that made me fall in love with horror, be it good, bad, or ugly. Yet, it was watching these movies that first clamped my eyes open like a reformed droog to the power of manipulative cinema and visual storytelling, and to how profoundly the medium had its grip on an audience.
So, this is the epitome of a "subjective list"--it's not for you to agree or disagree with...frankly, it's a chance for me to possibly embarrass my mom, but also thank her for giving me the gift of appreciating great genre filmmaking, both by watching and appreciating it, and now by making it.
Thanks for scaring the *beep* out of me, Mom...I wouldn't have had it any other way.
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1. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Votes: 101,141 | Gross: $5.10M
3. The Toxic Avenger (1984)
R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.
5. Scream Greats, Volume I: Tom Savini (1986 Video)
60 min | Documentary, Biography, Horror
A documentary detailing the career of makeup artist Tom Savini, including clips from the various movies he's worked on.
7. Videodrome (1983)
R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
Votes: 72,201 | Gross: $2.12M
9. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Three trappers protect the daughters of a British Colonel in the midst of the French and Indian War.
Votes: 132,107 | Gross: $75.51M
10. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 514,618 | Gross: $32.00M