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THE LIST

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

 

#24 SUSPIRIA (1977)
THE MOST ARTISTIC DEATH OF ALL


Suspiria is one of the most atmospheric horror films of them all.  Made by genius Italian director Dario Argento, the film starts off as a ballet dancer from New York arrives in Italy on a stormy night.  She's driven to the dance studio by a creepy cab driver, and is mysteriously turned away by the proprietor via the intercom on the porch.  Suddenly, we shift gears to a completely different who runs to a friend's place, in a panic.  We don't get the whole story, but apparently she needs to leave first thing in the morning because of some unspeakably disturbing events she's been through.

She seeks refuge in the bathroom and keeps sensing something is outside the window.  She's about 3 stories up, so even as the viewer, you think she's pretty safe.  Out of nowhere a set of creepy eyes appear in the night air.  A hand grabs her through the glass and begins smothering her face against the pane while her friend struggles in vain to get in the room to help.

She's then dragged to the top of a stained glass window, and stabbed repeatedly, at one point with her heart fully exposed, you have to see th blade plunge directly in.  A noose is wrapped 'round her neck, then she's kicked through the window, falling down, killing both her and her friend who watches it all unfold underneath.

Argento's use of color and artistic eye makes this one of the more beautifully composed death scenes ever filmed.  Here's a small gallery of some stills from the sequence so you can see what I mean.

 

 

 

-Robert Berry
rberry@retrocrush.com