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100- The Wicker Man
99- Return of the Living Dead
98- To Kill A Mockingbird
97- Frankenstein
96- Blue Velvet
95- Diabolique
94- Jaws
93- Creepshow
92- Confessions of an Opium Eater
91- The Hills Have Eyes
90- Dumbo
89- The Blair Witch Project
88- Heavy Metal
87- The Shining
86- Night of The Hunter
85- Audition
84- Scanners
83- The Legend of Boggy Creek
82- The Birds
81- Tombs of the Blind Dead
80- Invasion of the Body Snatchers
79- The Crying Game
78- The Exorcist III
77- Event Horizon
76- The Shining
75- Wait Until Dark
74- Silent Scream
73- Gates of Hell
72- Poltergeist II
71- Akira
70- The Evil Dead

69- Zombie
68- Freaks
67- Prince of Darkness
66- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
65- Marathon Man
64- Poltergeist
63- The Wizard of Oz
62- When A Stranger Calls
61- The Shining
60- Pee Wee's Big Adventure
59- Jaws
58- A Clockwork Orange
57- The Exorcist
56- Psycho
55- It
54- The Changeling
53- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
52- The Ring
51- Jaws
50- An American Werewolf In London
49- Trilogy of Terror
48- The Exorcist
47- Eraserhead
46- Salem's Lot
45- Poltergeist
44- Repulsion
43- Friday The 13th
42- Seven
41- Reservoir Dogs
40- King Kong
39- The Thing
38- 28 Days Later
37-
Deliverance
36- Silence of the Lambs
35- The Grudge
34- The Ring
33- Indiana Jones Temple of Doom
32- The Evil Dead 2
31- The Exorcist
30- Alien
29- Phantom of the Opera
28- The Shining
27- Full Metal Jacket
26- Dracula
25- Halloween
24- Suspiria
23- A Nightmare on Elm Street
22- The Serpent and the Rainbow
21- Invasion of the Bodysnatchers
20- Jaws
19- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
18- Nosferatu
17- Misery
16- The Thing
15- Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
14- The Blair Witch Project
13- Night of the Living Dead
12- The Exorcist
11- Psycho
10- The Shining
9- The Exorcist III
8- Night of the Living Dead
7-
Jacob's Ladder
6- Un Chien Andalou
5- Poltergeist
4- Alien
3- The Shining
2- Carrie
1- Mulholland Drive

 

#18 NOSFERATU (1922)
SHADOWS OF THE VAMPIRE

9 years before Universal Studios released Dracula, FW Murnau made an unauthorized version of Bram Stoker's classic novel called Nosferatu.  The character's name was changed to Count Orlock, but it stole enough of the original tale to invoke the wrath of Stoker's widow.  After a successful lawsuit, the judge ordered all copies of the film destroyed.  Luckily a few prints survived for the world to enjoy.


shots like this show an influence that lasted 60 years later for Nightmare On Elm Street

The silent film is grainy and spooky as hell!  The use of shadows, typical of many German films of the time, creates a sense of dread not possible with a more crisp color film.  There's actually quite a few cool scenes in this film, but my favorite is when the guy is cringing above and you see the eerie long fingernails of Orlock creeping up the wall, revealing the shadow of his bald head and pointy ears, ready to strike.


not only was the look of Orlock swiped for the Stephen King "Salem's Lot" film, but this image of the vampire hanging out by the window was borrowed as well

By the way, since this film is in public domain, there's a TON of shitty versions of it available for sale.  If you'd like to buy it, make sure you get THIS version, which has about as complete of a copy of the film you can get, with a nice added soundtrack and a commentary track as well (some of the cheaper versions have the crappy American title cards that refer to the character as Dracula and are missing some key scenes.


Francis Ford Coppola paid tribute to Nosferatu's brilliant use of eerie shadows when he made Bram Stoker's Dracula

 

-Robert Berry
rberry@retrocrush.com