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rhett
10-30-2009, 07:32 PM
In what's coming a quick tradition of HORROR DIGITAL, we've once again lined up a horror director to close off this year's top ten lists. Last year we had Maurice Devereaux from END OF THE LINE and this year it's Paul Solet of GRACE fame. In addition to GRACE (now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay), Solet has also
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In what's coming a quick tradition of HORROR DIGITAL, we've once again lined up a horror director to close off this year's top ten lists. Last year we had Maurice Devereaux from END OF THE LINE and this year it's Paul Solet of GRACE fame. In addition to GRACE (now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay), Solet has also recently completed acting in the Halloween short, JACK CHOP (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPyyiiH76Kw) by Adam Green (HATCHET). I'd like to welcome Paul to the site, and without further adieu, his picks:

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10. Videodrome (1983)

I saw Videodrome as a kid and couldn't believe my eyes. I felt like this guy totally understood what was going on in my head creatively. Which was some pretty strange shit. Body horror, the idea of losing control over your own facilities, is one of the final frontiers of fear, for me. Not much gets under my skin anymore, but the stuff that already lives under the skin still does the trick to this day. "Long live the new flesh!"

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9. Deathdream (1974)

Anyone looking to make a smart genre film on a budget needs to study what Bob Clark did with Deathdream. He shot this one in 1974 for a quarter million bucks in Florida, but still created one of the most emotionally effective films of the time. I absolutely love this movie. I have a signed copy sitting proudly on my mantle and a second one available to loan out to anyone I care about on hand at all times.

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8. Dead & Buried (1981)

One of the most under appreciated pieces of horror brilliance around. Aesthetically and atmospherically, this is just an extremely mature, ambitious film. If you're looking for a genuinely chilling movie, this one is for you. On a craftsmanship level, the effects here are pretty damn stunning, too. A great film to point to when arguing for the merits of practical effects.

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7. The Tenant (1976)

The word I hear most when people talk about this one is flawed, but it's one of Polanski's greatest successes visually and tonally. It brilliantly twists a contained environment over time to reflect its protagonist's state of mind in a way that few other than Polanski have achieved. Just a gorgeous film in so many ways.

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6. Jacob's Ladder (1990)

This film may have scared me more than any other. You really care about this character, and you don't want him to have to suffer. He doesn't deserve to suffer. He's kind, and compassionate and so fragile and human, and yet we are forced to literally go to hell with him in one of the most inspired depictions of damnation I've ever encountered. This movie is fucking genius.

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5. Audition (1999)

When Audition is at its most disturbing, it's as disturbing as any film out there. When that bag moves.... Ugh. You know Miike's got you by the balls. Just when that slow burn structure has your guard down, this movie hits you with a relentless barrage of some of the most insane shit you have ever seen. "Kiri kiri kiri..."

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4. Cure (1997)

Another twisted Japanese film. Kiyoshi Kurosawa could teach American genre filmmakers a hell of a lot about a lot of things, but his sound design always stands out most of all. When you finish watching a Kurosawa film, you literally hear the world differently. Aesthetically, he stylizes reality with a beautifully unintrusive grace.

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3. Diabolique (1955)

Classic thriller storytelling genius. Visually gorgeous, while remaining absolutely motivated. This is how films ought to be made.

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2. Benny's Video (1992)

I love Haneke. Narrowing down my favorite for this list was tough, but Benny's video is one of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. This guy proves that fast cutting and photographic gimmickry are not the key to a successful genre film. He will take your breath away in a five minute master shot without cutting or moving the camera a single time.

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1. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

I love Fulci, but he only actually got to work with scripts that were effective in themselves a handful of times, and this is one. Giving this guy some actual story material to work with really shows that Fulci could do. This is a great little giallo, and a must see for any fan of the Italian maestros.

Hatchetwarrior
10-30-2009, 08:47 PM
I have to say, Paul picked out an amazing selection for his top ten. Nice to see someone giving "The Tenant" the credit it deserves.

Hellbilly
10-30-2009, 09:09 PM
I have to say, Paul picked out an amazing selection for his top ten. Nice to see someone giving "The Tenant" the credit it deserves.
I'll second that. Great list indeed.

Ash28M
10-30-2009, 09:52 PM
Now this is a tradition we can look forward too and be proud of. Great list Paul, I just watched The Tenent the other day as I was in the mood for something subtle and creepy and it was calling my name. Possibly the pacing could have been a tad tighter but it's a great film with an eerie atmosphere.

Caspar2112
10-31-2009, 12:50 AM
Wow what a list. Fantastic choices and I am so happy to see THE TENANT get some much deserved praise. JACOBS LADDER made me walk around in a daze thinking about what had transpired over the course of this spectacular film; Pena and Robbins are brilliant. Great choices!!
Happy Halloween.

Ptflea2
10-31-2009, 01:10 AM
Any top ten list is made better when Jacobs Ladder is on it. What a great movie.

indiephantom
10-31-2009, 01:45 AM
Excellent list! Love THE TENANT, VIDEODROME and DEAD & BURIED as choices.

Anubis
10-31-2009, 02:31 PM
Great list! Jacob's Ladder is definitely my favorite and deserves a place on any Top Ten List.

CrazyFatEthel
10-31-2009, 04:38 PM
The best Top 10 list this year!

eric_angelus
10-31-2009, 05:04 PM
I was just thinking about Diabolique is just about the perfect thriller last night. Great list!

spawningblue
11-02-2009, 08:53 PM
What everyone else is saying really good list! I prefer a little more fun to my Halloween viewings but a lot of great movies on there none the less.

Workshed
11-03-2009, 04:49 AM
Wow, Benny's Video? I'm unfamiliar with this one. Will seek it out.

And great list.

therealmogwai
11-29-2009, 06:39 AM
best top 10 i've seen in a long long time! Excellent selections. Especially Don't torture, videodrome and jacobs!
and my friends mother is the women getting tortured and killed in Videodrome!