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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
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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

 

#22 THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (1988)
BURIED ALIVE WITH A TARANTULA


The Serpent and the Rainbow is a nice change of pace from your typical zombie movies, as it discards the comet or secret army gas type source of creating the living dead, and explores the true origins of the zombie mythology within Haiti.  Based on a true story from a book of the same name (and highly fictionalized in the actual movie), it's full of some creepy funky voodoo action.  In real life, a researcher found that a poison made from a local blowfish could be used by a Voodoo Priest to bring someone to a near death state.  The funeral would be held and the subject subsequently buried.  The Priest would then bring the subject back to life, still drugged and zonked out of his mind, and the poor victim's families would soon be hit up for cash by the Priest so he could finally put the man's "undead" soul to rest.

Wes Craven adapted the book to film, and it starts with tremendous promise, but devolves into your standard cookie cutter kill the unstoppable bad guy flick at the end.  Regardless, the movie has one of my personal favorite scary scenes.

Bil Pullman plays a scientist named Dennis Alan who gets in over his head.  Alan eventually becomes victim and is paralyzed, and while he's laying down in a coffin, about to be buried alive, a tarantula is dropped on his face while his eyes are wide open.  He can't move as the creature crawls and then stays there.  Soon the coffin lid is shut leaving Alan to suffer with the hair companion on his face, unable to get it off, or escape.

 

-Robert Berry
rberry@retrocrush.com