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The Art of Horror
List creator: dwilliams666
Created on: November 17, 2006 - 3:37 PM PST
Description: This on-going list focuses on horror films that do not so easily fit under any of horror's subgenres: vampires, zombies, slasher, etc. They are horror films that inhabit a dark universe all their own. All evoke a bleak essence of inescapable dread.

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Eraserhead (1977)
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  An atmospheric dreamscape created via such familiar images from psychoanalysis as spewing liquids and worm-like organisms, an arguably incoherent set of messages about the interconnectedness of sexuality, identity, violence and loss.
The House with Laughing Windows (1976)
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  An intelligent, refreshingly original horror film that has stood the test of time very well, directed by a master craftsman of the cinema.
Vampyres (1974)
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  The most erotic vampyre film ever made. And one of the best vampyre films ever made.
Valerie & Her Week of Wonders (1970)
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  An exultant celebration of the young heroine's power to dream, and the necessity of those dreams as a refuge from obtuse parents and rampaging hormones.
Nosferatu (1922)
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  The best vampyre film ever made.
Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)
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  Enter a darkly fascinating world full of curiosity and frights; the foreboding evil that threatens to corrupt the innocent; and the enthralling sense of wonderment to make it all seem real.
Gothic (1986)
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  A lurid and highly fictionalized tale based on the famous challenge to write a horror story, made while the Shelleys were staying at Byron's villa on Lake Geneva, that led to Mary Shelley's writing Frankenstein.
Funny Games (1997)
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Not Rated
  Funny Games is like driving down a dark highway punctuated by billboards posting advertisements for provocative local landmarks...only to learn those landmarks are really dead-ends.
Irreversible (2002)
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  One of the most reactionary and politically incorrect films in years...sex as pure life-destroying phallic violence.
Cronos (Criterion) (1993)
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  A surreal variant on the classic vampire tale...sombre and restrained.
The Devil's Backbone (Criterion) (2001)
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  Imbues every detail with residual nuances that relate to other cultural objects, such as poetry, literature, painting, film, and by implication and explication, historical and contemporaneous issues concerning memory, family, society and the political.
Vampyros Lesbos (1970)
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Not Rated
  Vampyres on Acid
Repulsion (1965)
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  Repulsion is central to that vital, pop modernist moment in world cinema that has left a lasting legacy in experimental and horror-thriller sectors alike.
Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
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Not Rated
  Watching films like this I often wonder, is this what the filmmakers intended or is this what happened? Or was it the drugs?
Viva la Muerte (1971)
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  A surrealist allegory equating organized religion with fascism, both of which the filmmaker finds perverse. Dark, funny and troubling, all at the same time.
In a Glass Cage (1985)
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  For those looking to understand the concept of the Art of Horror, this deeply disturbing film is one of the films that must be seen.
Blind Beast (1969)
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  Utterly amazing. Proves that horror can be intelligent, thought-provoking, nerve-wracking and erotic.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
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  Neo-noir feed through Lynch's patented nightmare-scape.
Lost Highway (1997)
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  Robert Blake in Lugosi drag is the scariest thing I've seen in decades.
The Wicker Man (Extended Version) (1974)
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  Possibly one of the best horror films ever made.
Requiem (2006)
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Not Rated
  Is Michaela insane? repressed? Or possessed? Not a horror film by any means, but a film about the horrors of insanity and repression and mothers made of ice.

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