Horror is the only genre with an annual holiday all its own, and here we are: happy Halloween. Last week, I pointed out that contributors to both Slant and IndieWire had drawn up annotated lists of the greatest horror films of all time, and, perhaps tiring of the usual suspects, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich has now asked thirty critics for a few words on their favorite “terrifyingly under-appreciated horror movies.” You’ll find twenty-five more unsung freak-outs at RogerEbert.com.
And the list-making rolls on. Open Culture has reminded us today that Martin Scorsese spoke about eleven of the scariest movies ever a few years ago, and designer Dilara Findikoglu talks to AnOther about five more. Michael Atkinson recommends fourteen titles available to stream right now, and for the BFI, Adam Scovell has selected ten, one from each decade, from 1928’s The Man Who Laughs, Paul Leni’s silent classic with Conrad Veidt, on through this year’s Hereditary, Ari Aster’s feature debut, which offers “some of the spookiest visuals produced this side of the millennium.” Writing for Vulture, Bilge Ebiri presents a primer on postwar Japanese horror, which naturally includes Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla (1954), “one of the saddest, most bluntly brutal monster movies ever made.” And in the South China Morning Post, Elaine Yau writes about five Chinese ghost movies that are “surprising not only for having slipped through the net of censors, but also for showing the macabre creativity of Chinese directors.”
2018 marks the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, and for the New York Times, Mekado Murphy looks back on ten cinematic riffs on the tale. In the video below, MoMA Film curator Anne Morra, focusing on the Frankensteins from the Hammer Horror series, asks, “Who is the real monster,” the doctor or his creature?