But Time Magazine's list of "Top 25 Horror Films" by Richard Corliss is so awful, so wrong and bad for so many reasons that I just can't sit by idly and not comment on it. Let's enumerate just a few things wrong with this list:
- Corliss tries to be "perverse" by including Bambi. Oh! Aren't you clever, Mr. Corliss! Fuck you!
- He includes Frankenstein (a film I love), when anybody who knows anything about horror movies knows that Bride of Frankenstein is far superior in every way.
- He tries to be intellectual by throwing in foreign films like Men Behind the Sun and Diabolique (again, films I love) and Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat, even though they just aren't horror films.
- His list has several items which simply don't deserve to be there: Carrie, Red Dragon (seriously: WTF?), Audition (incorrectly-chosen token Japanese film), Halloween (wouldn't The Thing be a better John Carpenter choice?).
- Blood Feast? I mean... come on! I love Blood Feast, but there's simply no reason for this idiotic movie to be on the list other than to show how "hip" the author is.
- Corliss selects Black Sunday as his token Italian film. Hello? Suspiria?
- He includes Night of the Living Dead (correct!), but then is redundant and includes Shaun of the Dead and Dead Alive* (both of which I love, OK?) over Dawn of the Dead, which is funnier, scarier, and more subversive.
- He only manages one correct surprise: Peeping Tom.
*Bad fact checking: in the entry for Dead Alive, he mentions Peter Jackson's Meet the Feelies, but I wasn't aware that Jackson had done a documentary about the New Jersey post-punk band of "Crazy Rhythms" fame. Perhaps he meant Meet the Feebles?