Monday, September 15, 2014

Shameless Self-Promotion: Hidden Horror

Because I'm lousy at self-promotion, I don't think I've touted this book I was in at the start of the year. It's Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks and it was put together by all-around good guy Aaron Christensen. My piece for the book was about X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, which you can read at Filmmaker Magazine's web site. I know that one criticism of the book so far has been that a lot of the films discussed aren't nearly that "underrated" or "overlooked," but that sniping comes from inside horror fandom itself, so it shouldn't be taken too seriously. If May was well-known for example, it would have been a much bigger hit and Lucky McKee wouldn't have had so many problems getting films made ever since.  And, you know? There's stuff in the book that even I haven't seen and I'm an obsessive, so you get no qualms from me about the films my colleagues selected. More than that, though, I'm shocked at how few of the films in the book that I have seen are films that I've written about. A lot of those are films that I saw pre-internet. I may have written about them in the spiral notebooks I used as film diaries when I was a teen, but I'll be damned if I'll let any of that writing onto the web. Be that as it may, I recognize a challenge when I see it.

This is the full list of films in the book. The ones with links are films I've written about. The ones in italics are films I haven't seen:

At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul
Bad Taste
The Beast Must Die
The Blob (1988)
Blood For Dracula
Brain Damage
Brimstone and Treacle
The Brotherhood of Satan
Carnival of Souls
The Changeling
The City of the Dead
City of the Living Dead
The Company of Wolves
Crimes at the Dark House
The Curse of the Werewolf
Dark Night of the Scarecrow
Dark Waters
Dellamorte Dellamore
The Devil Rides Out
The Devils
Django Kill!..If You Live, Shoot!
Dust Devil
Eden Lake
The Entity
Event Horizon
The Eye
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
The Gore Gore Girls
Halloween III: The Season of the Witch
The Hands of Orlac
The Hills Have Eyes
The Hitcher
The Horror of Party Beach
The House that Screamed
Humanoids from the Deep
The Hunchback of the Morgue
Ichi the Killer
In A Glass Cage
In the Mouth of Madness
Isle of the Dead
I Spit on Your Grave
Kill, Baby, Kill
The Legend of Hell House
Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
Let's Scare Jessica To Death
The Living and the Dead
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue
The Man Who Laughs
The Mothman Prophecies
A Night to Dismember
Night Warning
The Old Dark House
The Other Side
The Penalty
Phantom of the Paradise
Pretty Poison
Psycho II
Quatermass and the Pit
The Reflecting Skin
The Sadist
Santa Sangre
Season of the Witch
The Sender
The Seventh Victim
Shock Waves
The Signal
Silent Scream
Spider Baby
The Spiral Staircase
A Tale of Two Sisters
The Tenant
Tombs of the Blind Dead
Tourist Trap
Venus in Furs (1969)
Violent Midnight
The Werewolf of London
X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes

At least part of my participation in this year's October Challenge will consist of watching and writing about some of the movies in Hidden Horror. Meanwhile, anyone who loves horror should pick up a copy of the book. It's chock full of good writers, and they all brought their "A" game. Seriously, any book that can make me re-evaluate I Spit On Your Grave has some serious chops.

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Unknown said...

For those who own a Region 2 or multizone player, Studio Canal put out a while back The Best Of Hammer Collection, which is a boxed st of the following films: The Nanny,
Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Quatermass And The Pit, Frankenstein Created Woman and The Devil Rides Out.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Indeed! That set's awesome. Good prints, too.