I figured we could use at least one more top ten list. Here's my "unofficial" one to mark my eight happy years on this forum.:banana: 10. Uncle Sam Seems the most appropriate thing for an election year like this one. Lustig's film from a Larry Cohen script is a bit slow-moving at times and is more clever than scary, but it has visual execution and invention to spare. I was happy to watch this again recently, and the costume is Halloween perfection. 9. Silent Rage Yes, I was excited to see this film become the first inductee into our recent Norris/Bronson poll. It's a shitkicker of a Bronson classic that blends martial arts and monster movie with a slasher-flick sensibility. Fuckin' classic. We never did get the damn sequel that is teasingly hinted at in the closing freeze frame. Here's hopin'. 8. Vamp Makeup and tight clothing work wonders on the ultra-fit body of Grace Jones. She's so sexy as the title Vamp that I was blown away when I first saw this. It's a great film to revisit on Halloween. Dark turns around every corner, and I actually really like Chris Makepeace. I mean the guy was in My Bodyguard and Meatballs. Those are classics from my childhood. 7. "Go to the Head of the Class" from Amazing Stories This was the Halloween episode of Spielberg's anthology series in its sophomore season. A special one-hour edition; it remains my favorite episode. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Christopher Lloyd as a sadistic high school teacher who creatively punishes students. This aired with a parental warning on NBC back in 1986, and I was creeped out. Perfect Halloween viewing. Only available on VHS (and LD, as Paff has informed me). 6. After Hours This is actually my favorite Martin Scorsese film. He made it in 1985 during that rather odd time in his career between The King of Comedy and New York Stories. For some reason, I've always enjoyed these films the most. This isn't a horror film, but it's one dark journey with Griffin Dunne's character essentially longing for a wet dream and winding up in a nightmare. Funny cameos by the likes of Cheech & Chong. *Scorsese also directed an episode of Amazing Stories this same year called "Mirror, Mirror" and it's worth a look, too. 5. Hell House Every October in Dallas, the Trinity Church puts on a haunted house to "scare" the demons out of the young people who visit it. Instead of offering the traditional ghouls, witches and goblins...visitors are treated to graphic scenes of botched abortions, suicides, domestic violence, and rape. This documentary chronicles the elaborate undertaking from the scripting and casting to the construction of the house itself...there are even incidents staged around the building, such as a smashed car with drunk driving victims. Not everyone's cup of tea perhaps, and I'm certainly not a fan of religion, but this haunted house is creepy and dare I say, so are its operators. Intriguing documentary. 4. The Hillside Stranger Chuck Parello's version of this creepy story is one of the better exploitation serial killer films I've seen in recent years. C. Thomas Howell and Nicholas Turturro unleash their inner demons in this sleazy, satisfying film that captures its period detail well within its modest budget. As much as I love Fincher's Zodiac, I'm a real fan of true crime pics that don't skimp on the nastiness. 3. End of the Line Maurice Deveraux's excting underground creepshow was just voted one of Canada's all-time top ten best horror films. I couldn't agree more, and am so happy this has finally arrived on DVD. If the real-life religious extremists in Hell House were too passive for you, then maybe you'll find the warped cultits in this balls-to-the-wall ride more fun. Some of the best jump scares in recent memory are in this film. Import it if you're looking for a real treat from the North. 2. The Nightmare Before Christmas I just fell in love with Henry Selick's animated film when I saw it on the big screen. Forget Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Incredible...Jack Skellington may be the most overlooked animated character of the past twenty years. He sings and dances with the class of Fred Astaire, and he's from Halloweentown for Cripes sakes! I've heard the blu-ray looks terrific, so I'll be picking it up eventually. This is truly a Halloween film that everyone can enjoy, and it has a wicked sense of humor, too. 1. Shadow of a Doubt Hitchcock films are great on Halloween. I've always been partial to this one because it's possibly the creepiest noir I can think of (next to J. Lee Thompson's Cape Fear). The performances by Teresa Wright and, particularly, Joseph Cotten stand the test of time. If you want atmosphere and classic Hollwywood storytelling, look no further. Hitchcock has lots of fun with symbolism here, and there are more than a few links between uncle Charlie and a certain vampire from Transylvania. Must-see cinema! Thanks for reading, and Happy Halloween to everyone on the boards. Play safe.