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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


ATLANTA – Feb. 23, 2015 – Big World Pictures announces its latest production, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS, will be shot on 35mm motion picture film. The producers have unearthed 20,000 feet of unexposed Kodak Vision 3 film stock leftover and carefully stored from a major Hollywood production. FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS is the sequel to the award-winning internationally distributed Super 16mm film DEAR GOD NO! and will be shot with Arri cameras and Zeiss lenses.
“We’re really excited to extend our love affair with film.The medium injects our production crew with a hand-crafted sense of pride that we don’t often experience from using digital equipment,” explains director James Bickert.  “Film is a real motivator; it reminds me of soda made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. You forget what you’re missing until you experience it.”
35mm Film Brings New Challenges
With film becoming obsolete, development and telecine post-production houses disappearing, the race is on to start principal photography on what may be the last “shot on film” horror genre picture for the production team. Big World Pictures has started a Kickstarter campaign to help get the project in motion.
“We don’t want to waste this opportunity on teenagers stalked in the woods or flying CGI sharks,” adds Bickert. “Our script is very ambitious with a production design that will maximize the natural properties of the medium. We’re using practical effects and we really hope the fans of our previous film will contribute to getting this unique vision in the can. We believe there is a market for the films we love, making the public aware of what we’re doing is the hurdle and hopefully the Kickstarter campaign can bring attention to our cause. We’re offering some really great rewards for investors. ”
Old School Ballyhoo and a Twisted Vision
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS centers on the re-animation of the South's most notorious biker gang - The Impalers. Dr. Marco and his assistant are performing gruesome experiments in their asylum lab and have resurrected the thrill-kill Motorcycle Club to capture a Bigfoot containing a pathogen that will allow them to perform a human head transplant. When news of the gang resurrection draws the attention of bounty hunters, law enforcement and rival gangs, the lofty aspirations of these mad scientist starts to spiral out of control. Things get even worse for the occupants when past failed- experiments escape from the basement and the lab is attacked by a bomb-happy femme fatale named Val. Stylistically FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS pays homage to several of the production team’s favorite films such as the Hammer Studio's Frankenstein series, FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL KILL!, THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE, HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB, THE RE-ANIMATOR and Biker drive-in pictures from the 70s. Blood, scares, nudity, action, weirdness and real explosions are on the menu, and the dessert is an underlying theme about addiction and what hampers humanity from feeling fulfilled in life. These issues are explored through the actions of really rotten characters doing rotten things - all in the context of a fun-filled smorgasbord of entertainment.
Dedicated Professionals
The self-proclaimed team of "awesome" fanatics at Big World Pictures are made up of crew members from other productions, including THE WALKING DEAD, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, CONSTANTINE, Adult Swim's YOUR PRETTY FACE IS GOING TO HELL and TOO MANY COOKS. The camera crew worked on HBO’s THE WIRE and the grip department has worked on productions that include the HUNGER GAMES and THE FAST & THE FURIOUS series. Cast members include Laurence Harvey (HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 & 3), Celebrity Chef Jim Stacy (DEEP FRIED MASTERS, OFF BEAT EATS) and Ellie Church (TIME TO KILL, HEADLESS). The majority of the DEAR GOD NO! cast will be returning to reprise their roles.
For the Love of the Genre
The Atlanta based Big World Pictures was formed to create films by horror fans for horror fans. Shooting on film has been a binding force for the group who enthusiastically tour the country to horror conventions, festivals and theatrical screenings.
“It’s all about comradery and being part of a bigger community.  Due to the bottom line of larger productions, the horror genre gets stuck in trends. Our fan base is growing quickly, and we hope to keep delivering the solid entertainment that we enjoy making. We have a deep sense of pride in what we’re doing and love sharing the experience with like-minded audiences. FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS is going to electrify them,” concludes Bickert.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

If Someone Makes You Toast, You Don't Fuck Another Man: A Look At Science Team By Drew Bolduc

Science Team starts off like an instructional video you would watch if you got an internship in Silicon Valley. Granted this video is way cooler. It is full of babes with lasers, acid trips, and amazing effects. After this, we meet our protagonist. He is a real peach. He leaves his girlfriend , and goes to live with his mom. He spends his time there ranting and raving, watching tentacle porn, and spraying down his walls with his man juice. He is so occupied covering his walls in spunk, he doesn't hear his mom getting the shit killed out of her by a vagtastic alien that is basically a cross of Xtro, and The Abomination.

This is where the Science Team comes in. They are sent in to clean up, and sweep this shit under the rug. Is their science tight? I guess you will have to see for yourself.

Going in all I knew is that this was from the people that brought us "The Taint." That was definitely a selling point, as it has become one of my favorite modern films. At the same time, I try really hard to not judge a film based off the creators previous efforts. Good or bad. Is this anything like its predecessor? Only in spirit.

It is easy to get lost in the twisted sense of humor, or the effects that are so slimy, excessive, and for lack of a better word, amazing, but hidden deep inside all of this awesome, is a pretty smart film. The way the story unfolds is brilliantly subtle. Think Hitchcock with a bit more human fluid humor. Around every corner I didn't know if I was going to get a shot in the face, or twist that would make M. Night retire(I wish).

Science Team is part sci-fi, part horror, part comedy, part fifties atomic, part low budget sleaze, but all awesome. It revels in its juxtaposition. It is as much excessive, as it is subtle. It will send you down a wormhole of excitement, and hilarity. All while keeping you guessing what is coming next.



Monday, January 26, 2015

New Label RENTUM TORMENTUM To Release First Cassette SEPOLTE VIVE : Hear It First On Guts & Grog

The first release from new label, RENTUM TORMENTUM, will manifest in February 2015. SEPOLTE VIVE'S 'The rats in the Walls' will be available on cassette limited to 150 copies. 40 minutes of 70's/80's inspired synth strangeness. Preview 2 tracks here!

A World Of Limitless Mystery And Horrible Suggestion' 

To Glimpse It's Unwholesome Features


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tromeric's Top 500: The Entire list

500. My Own Private Idaho
499. The Ice Cream Man
498. Faces of Death
497. Honey I Shrunk the Kids
496. Psychomania
495. Lionheart
494. Sometimes they Come Back
493. Dagon
492. Nazis at the Center of the Earth
491. The Nail Gun Massacre
490. Best Worst Movie
489. Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
488. Halloween II(Rob Zombie)
487. Class of 1999
486. Hard Target
485. The Tenant(Roman Polanski)
484. Peeping Tom
483. Rumble in the Bronx
482. Silent Night, Deadly Night
481. Madman
480. Grizzly Man
479. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
478. Friday the 13th(1980)
477. Nightmare Sisters
476. The Social Network
475. The Wizard of Gore(Herschell Gordon Lewis)
474. Natural Born Killers
473. The Theatre Bizarre
472. Red Scorpion
471. Snow Day
470. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
469. Dudes
468. Orgazmo
467. Amélie
466. The Abomination
465. Tarnation
464. The Hidden
463. Birdemic
462. Blood Feast/Blood Feast 2
461. Hesher
460. Paranorman
459. The Virgin Spring
458. Man of Steel
457. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
456. Brokeback Mountain
455. Bloodsport
454. The Passion of the Christ
453. Murder Set Pieces
452. Storytelling
451. Red Dawn(1984)
450. Adjust Your Tracking
449. Split Second
448. Trainspotting
447. Private Eyes
446. Reform School Girls
445. Class of 1984
444. The Departed
443. I Come In Peace
442. Death Wish
441. Super
440. Sleepwalkers
439. Rubin and Ed
438. Black Christmas(1974)
437. Cyborg
436. Christine
435. Squirm
434. The New York Ripper
433. JFK
432. Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen
431. Road House
430. Hate Crime
429. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
428. Walk the Line
427. Deathstalker II
426. Monster House
425. The Devil’s Backbone
424. Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
423. Q: The Winged Serpent
422. Bad Boy Bubby
421. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
420. Laid to Rest
419. Club Dread
418. Red(2008)
417. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
416. Freaks
415. God Bless America
414. Idle Hands
413. Spider Baby
412. Scarface(1983)
411. Exterminator 2
410. Slither
409. Memento
408. Bad Santa
407. Blood and Black Lace
406. Marked for Death
405. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
404. Silver Bullet
403. The Running Man
402. Synecdoche, New York
401. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
400. Donnie Darko
399. Superbad
398. Embodiment of Evil
397. Them(1954)
396. Friday After Next
395. Rituals
394. Surveillance
393. Deep Red: The Hatchet Murders
392. Antiviral
391. Super Troopers 
390. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
389. Livide
388. Slaughterhouse
387. Dear God No!
386. Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS
385. The Wizard of Gore(2007)
384. In the Mouth of Madness
383. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht
382. Mallrats
381. The Deer Hunter
380. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
379. The Video Dead
378. Razorback
377. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
376. Things(1989)
375. Pet Semetery
374. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
373. Eastern Condors
372. Motel Hell
371. Repo Man
370. Eaten Alive(Tobe Hooper)
369. Shocker
368. The Boneyard
367. Heathers
366. Friday
365. Re-Animator
364. Torso
363. I Spit on your Grave(1978)
362. Rock and Roll High School
361. Rear Window
360. Never Sleep Again
359. Alien
358. The Room
357. Serenity
356. Zodiac
355. The Wraith
354. Candyman
353. Frailty
352. At Midnight I’ll Take your Soul
351. Batman Returns
350. We are What we Are
349. Sling Blade
348. Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1
347. Crystal Lake Memories
346. The Hills Have Eyes(1977)
345. Short Bus
344. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama
343. Six String Samurai
342. Freaked
341. Ghost World
340. Toad Road
339. Werewolves on Wheels
338. The Gate
337. Jodorowsky’s Dune
336. The Raid
335. The Wrestler
334. The Dark Backward
333. Troll 2
332. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
331. The Lost
330. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
329. Voyage of the Rock Aliens
328. I Am Divine
327. Platoon
326. Pulp Fiction
325. Castle Freak
324. Ed Wood
323. Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
322. Grandma’s Boy
321. American Mary
320. The Last Temptation of Christ
319. Maniac(2012)
318. Shock Corridor
317. The Punisher(1989)
316. Bellflower
315. Blood Freak
314. Haute Tension
313. An American Werewolf in London
312. Cannibal: The Musical
311. Hot Tub Time Machine
310. Wet Hot American Summer
309. Where the Truth Lies
308. The Doom Generation
307. The Mist
306. Riki Oh: The Story of Ricky
305. Terrorvision
304. The Raid 2
303. Carrie(1976)
302. From Beyond
301. Gojira
300. The Driller Killer
299. Tremors
298. Fight Club
297. Phenomena
296. The Last House on Dead End Street
295. Super 8
294. Meet the Feebles
293. Gremlins
292. Tucker and Dale VS Evil
291. Subspecies
290. Psychos in Love
289. Porky’s
288. Beavis and Butthead Do America
287. Pieces
286. Boyz n the Hood
285. Happiness of the Katakuris
284. T2: Judgment Day  
283. Near Dark
282. Deadbeat at Dawn
281. Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America
280. The Killer
279. Buffalo 66
278. Stand By Me
277. Basket Case
276. American Beauty
275. Night of the Living Dead(1968)
274. The Fly(1986)
273. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
272. I Saw the Devil
271. UHF
270. Ernest Goes to Jail
269. Ginger Snaps
268. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
267. Scorpio Rising
266. The Stoned Age(1994)
265. Casino
264. Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
263. Postal
262. Dust Devil
261. Nowhere
260. Cabin Fever
259. Clerks 2
258. Critters 2: The Main Course
257. Robocop(1987)
256. Black Swan
255. Dazed and Confused
254. Citizen Kane
253. The Skin I live In
252. No Country for old Men
251. House on the Edge of the Park
250. The Hurt Locker
249. Casablanca
248. Auschwitz
247. Clerks
246. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
245. The Slumber Party Massacre
244. The Girl Next Door(Ketchum)
243. Point Break
242. Boxing Helena
241. Rock and Roll Nightmare
240. The Dark Knight Rises
239. Basket Case 2
238. Big Trouble in Little China
237. Bride of Re-Animator
236. Found
235. Sin City
234. Scanners
233. It
232. Silence of the Lambs
231. Easy Rider
230. Goodfellas
229. Hard Boiled
228. The WIllies
227. Amer
226. The Exorcist
225. Ernest Goes to Camp
224. Brazil
223. Popcorn
222. The Burning
221. Pumpkinhead
220. Battle Royale
219. The Big Lebowski
218.  Jackie Brown
217. The Warriors
216. The Exorcist III
215. The Evil Dead(1981)
214. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
213. Man Bites Dog
212. Boogie Nights
211. Frankenhooker
210. Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter
209. Faust(Svankmajer)
208. The Shinning(Kubrick)
207. Fargo
206. Requiem for a Dream
205. Bad Taste
204. Dogtooth
203. The Wild Bunch
202. The Garbage Pail Kids
201. The Blob(1988)
200. The Dark Knight
199. The Thin Blue Line
198. Magnolia
197. Harry and the Hendersons
196, Drive
195. Blood Diner
194. Good Burger
193. Aftermath
192. The Prowler
191. Strange Brew
190. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
189. SLC Punk
188. Puppet Master
187. The FP
186. Gleaming the Cube
185. Brain Donors
184. Black Roses
183. Mysterious Skin
182. Grapes of Death
181. Mystery Train
180. Christmas Evil
179. The Taint
178. A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984)
177. Trick or Treat
176. Funny Games(1997)
175. Sleepaway Camp
174. Night of the Hunter
173. Seven
172. Dawn of the Dead(1978)
171. Whoopie Boys
170. Street Trash
169. Dead Alive
168. Valhalla Rising
167. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers
166. Escape from New York
165. House of the Devil
164. FDR: American Badass
163. Hail Mary
162. Alice in Wonderland(Disney)
161. Hardware
160. City of the Living Dead
159. Serial Mom
158. Lucifer Rising
157. Father’s Day
156. Martyrs
155. The Woman
154. John Dies at the End
153. Happiness
152. What Is It?
151. Day of the Dead(1989)
150. The Burb’s
149. Apocalypse Now
148. Alice(Svankmajer)
147. Wolf Creek
146. Down By Law
145. The Deadly Spawn
144. Hobo With a Shotgun
143. May
142. Jaws
141. The Gore Gore Girls
140. Hellraiser
139. Calvaire
138. Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge
137. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
136. Night of the Demons(1987)
135. Lords of Salam
134. Fascination
133. They Live
132. The Toxic Avenger
131. Opera
130. The Beyond
129. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
128. Real Killers
127. The Brood
126. Deliverance
125. Bride of Frankenstein
124. Chopping Mall
123. The Crow
122. Predator
121. Friday the 13th V: A New Beginning
120. Creature from the Black Lagoon
119. Bad Channels
118. Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV
117. Sid and Nancy
116. Night Breed
115. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
114. The Seventh Seal
113. Vertigo
112. Full Metal Jacket
111. Rosemary’s Baby
110. Enter the Void
109. 2000 Maniacs
108. Let the Right One In
107. Terror Firmer
106. Oldboy(2003)
105. The Thing(1982)
104. Cecil B. Demented
103. Trick r Treat
102. The Convent
101. Inside
100. The Manson Family
99. Homeward Bound
98. 8 1/2
97. Pollyester
96. Crash(Cronenberg)
95. The Wizard of Oz
94. Dellamorte Dellamore
93. Straw Dogs(1971)
92. Nymphomaniac Volume 1 and 2
91. It is Fine! Everything is Fine.
90. Phantasm 2
89. I Stand Alone
88. Night of the Creeps
87. C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud
86. The Trial of Joan of Arc
85. Seven Samurai
84. Phantasm: OblIVion
83. Dogville
82. The Bunny Game
81. Ghoulies III: Ghoulies go to College
80. Fitzcarraldo
79. To the Wonder
78. Vivre Sa Vie
77. Red, White, & Blue
76. Wings of Desire
75. Begotten
74. Repulsion
73. Supervixens
72. House by the Cemetery
71. Frenzy
70. Melancholia
69. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
68. Heart of Glass
67. Chinatown
66. Rad
65. Combat Shock
64. Santa Sangre
63. Maniac(1980)
62. Belle De Jour
61. Last House on the Left(1972)
60. Possession
59. Fire in the Sky
58. Days of Heaven
57. Spaced Invaders
56. Rabid
55. Rivers Edge
54. Bubba Ho-Tep
53. The Monster Squad
52. El Topo
51. Nekromantik
50. The Last Picture Show
49. Eyes Wide Shut
48. Tenebre
47. Psycho(1960)
46. Dead Man
45. Visitor Q
44. Prince of Darkness
43. Breathless(Godard)
42. A Serbian Film
41. Ernest Saves Christmas
40. The Thin Red Line
39. The Outsiders
38. Spring Breakers
37. Au hasard Balthazar
36. Paris, Texas
35. The Holy Mountain
34. Subconscious Cruelty
33. Irreversible
32. Trash Humpers
31.  Zombi
30. Dancer in the Dark
29. Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!
28. The Devil’s Rejects
27. Desperate Living
26. Shivers
25. Inland Empire
24. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
23. Aguirre, the Wrath of God
22. The Tree of Life
21. Julien Donkey Boy
20. Taxi Driver
19. Antichrist(2009)
18. Cannibal Holocaust
17. Pink Flamingos
16. Even Dwarfs Started Small
15. Ernest Scared Stupid
14. A Clockwork Orange
13. Gummo
12. Lost Highway
11. Phantasm
10. Audition
9. Blue Velvet
8. Mulholland Dr.
7. Videodrome
6. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
5. Suspiria
4. Halloween(1978)
3. Female Trouble
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(1974)
1. Eraserhead

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Greatest Flicks I’ve Ever Seen By Kristopher Triana of Tavern of Terror

I’m happy to be invited to share my peculiar tastes for Tomeric’s massive favorite film marathon over here at Guts and Grog. When he asked me to make a list of my top 10 favorite films, I didn’t realize just how difficult that would be. You really have to think. Ever meet someone who can’t name a few of their favorite movies, and just shrug and name a genre? I can’t put my mind around feeling that way. Movies are a passion of mine, and so I had to ponder my choices and go over my decisions very painstakingly.

I can’t say exactly that these are the best movies ever made. That’s all opinion anyway. But I have never been swayed by popular opinion. Most of the time if the majority likes something it is bound to suck. Look at it this way: Titanic, Forrest Gump and The English Patient all won Oscars for best picture, and those movies blow dog dick.

The movies I’ve picked may be snubbed by film snobs and too bizarre for mainstream audiences. Fine. To each their own. Go away. That’s why I call this the greatest flicks I’ve ever seen. It’s my list. Nothing’s going to change my choices.


Lynch is hit or miss for me. I love his earlier work that is surreal and yet tells a clear tale (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks) but I can’t stand the gibberish of Inland Empire or Mulholland Drive. For me, his best work is Lost Highway, a very dark story of a mental breakdown that sends a wife murder into a spell of mental delusion that transforms his reality. But this psychogenic fugue state (Google it) begins to fall apart for him as the terrible truth about what he has done refuses to allow him to escape into fantasy.

While the film is very nebulous and leaves much for the viewer to assemble, I do believe this is still a straightforward Lynch film.  It is beautiful nightmare created through creepy visuals, a bizarre cast, moody pacing and generous nods to noir and horror cinema.



This is a down-to-earth portrait of a former wrestling superstar who finds his life in shambles now that he’s past middle age. He longs to regain his former glory and to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Even as his inner demons prove to be self-destructive, his desire for triumph carries his wounded heart as he presses on to an incredibly moving finale.

Mickey Rourke is one of my favorite actors, and this was a great comeback for the real life ex-boxer. He gives us some bone-breaking fight scenes in this, as well as moments that will make even the toughest dude tear up, such as this scene between father and daughter…


I have been a Batman nerd for as long as I can remember. I don’t read the comics anymore but I still cherish the realm of Gotham and love the animated series and some of the films. I really enjoy Nolan’s saga. The Dark Knight is a powerful movie, and is in most regards the best Batman movie ever made.

However, I derive the most enjoyment from Tim Burton’s dark, brooding Batman Returns, with its fatalistic perspective, bondage references, child-killing mutants and a Christmas backdrop for circus-like violence. I appreciate the suggestions of split personalities, and the tragic Romeo and Juliet style approach to Batman’s relationship with Catwoman.

Michael Keaton is my all-time favorite man behind the mask and he outshines his other roles in this flick. DeVito is wonderfully repulsive and Pfeiffer has never been more delicious as the ultimate femme fatale.


This is the greatest movie about the human spirit ever made.

Most of you have seen this, and I’m sure you’ll agree that this film, like its protagonist, is all heart. It is inspiring, moving and the grueling match climax is just about the most suspenseful thing you’ll ever see on screen. If you haven’t seen this you need to get your shit together, bro.


I am a horror writer because of John Carpenter’s Halloween. When I saw this classic for the first time I was 12 years old and it completely changed my life. I became obsessed with horror films and books and began to devour as much of the culture as I could. I wanted to tell stories as scary as this, and have spent my entire life since perfecting my craft and studying the genre.

Telling the seemingly simple tale of a psychotic murderer coming home for Halloween (and the anniversary of his first kill) this remains one of the most tense and incredible pieces of horror movie history.



This is an excellent Coen brothers’ film that is much truer to the book than the John Wayne version. Jeff Bridges is marvelous as the surly U.S. Marshall, Rooster Cogburn, in this classic western tale of revenge out on the open range.

In this film, a young girl hires the help of the aging gunman, Cogburn, who teams up with a Texas Ranger so they can hunt down the man who killed her father. The retribution-focused film is not just a celebration of bravado, but rather a powerful and moving film that deals with the bond of family as well as the integrity of even the most scruffy, drunken cowboy.

If this trailer doesn’t entice you, nothin’ will, son:


Based off of one of my favorite books of all time, this Coen brothers epic deals with subject matter as topical as drug smuggling on the border while also tackling themes as profound as the nature of fate, embodying death, facing a changing world as one ages, and what is to be man in today’s America, as well as yesterday’s.

Focusing on a trio of cowboys in 1980 (one a welder/antelope hunter, one an aging sheriff, and one a relentless, ghost-like manhunter), this is the story of bad money found by a desperate man, which leads to an ultraviolent chase across Texas. Particularly memorable is the character of Anton Cigurh, played by Javier Bardem, who - in my opinion -is easily the most frightening character in a non-horror film.

Poetic, intense, chilling, and extremely thought provoking, this is easily one the greatest films I have ever seen and the most interesting to debate the true meaning of.


John Carpenter is one of my favorite filmmakers. He has a style that is uniquely his own and he has given us some of the most incredible films in the genres of cult and horror (In the Mouth of Madness, They Live, Prince of Darkness).

In this apocalyptic nightmare, a shape-shifting creature slowly begins to infiltrate a remote research team in rural Antarctica. It takes over the men, kills them, and then replaces them. One by one we get to watch the men unravel, turning against each other as the alien being shuts down their only safe-haven.

This movie deals with so many terrors: the fear of losing one’s identity, the fear of contagion and plague, claustrophobia, the fear of the cold and the dark, xenophobia, the fear of mistrust and betrayal. All of this and more makes it a glorious sci-fi horror achievement.


Most people hail Sergio Leone’s fantastic Man With No Name trilogy. While I love those films, they don’t come anywhere near the majesty of this epic western saga. Often hailed as an opera of violence, this movie centers on a lonely widow and the three different men who enter her life: all of them men of the gun.

Charles Bronson shines as Harmonica, the mysterious stranger who is fast on the draw, Robards is filthy and fantastic as the outlaw Cheyenne, Fonda is pure evil as the villainous Frank, and the gorgeous Claudia Cardinale really mystifies in her role as the headstrong widow, Jill.

The film’s hypnotic style and exceptional cinematography capture a movie as big as the Wild West itself, bursting with all the passion, bloodshed and determination that encompassed that lost age.  

Just watch this mesmerizing opening scene:

And number one for me is…


Sure it’s not the most intense, gorgeous, or cinematically stunning or anything like that. But this Carpenter vehicle has everything: comedy, monsters, sorcery, martial arts, big trucks, intense action, gun fights, knife fights, gang wars and, best of all, the greatest movie character of all time: Mr. Jack Burton.

He’s the big-rig trucker who found himself in the wrong place at the right time to help save the day in his own bumbling way.

Kurt Russell should have gotten every award in the world for his portrayal of the hero who lets his sidekick do most of the ass-kicking against an ancient demon who must marry a girl with green eyes to become flesh. Sound like the best plot ever? Damn right it does!

John Carpenter scores again, and having three of his films on this list, I think it’s safe to say he’s my favorite filmmaker. The reason I love his films so much is presented best with Big Trouble in Little China. It is a film that stands up to an exceptional amount of viewings without ever getting old or boring. I have been watching this almost yearly since I was 8, and for the years ranging 8 to 12 I watched it monthly, at least.

Big Trouble in Little China is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful freakin’ movie. Simply the best flick ever to bless my old TV set.

So there is my top 10 list, but as I mentioned in the opening you didn’t read, picking a top ten was difficult. So here are some very honorable mentions: The Proposition, Angel Heart, Broken Flowers, Unforgiven, About Schmidt, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Big Lebowski, Inside, Behind the Mask, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Bad Santa, I Saw the Devil, They Live, National Lampoon’s Vacation, First Blood and almost all horror movies from the 80’s.

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Calvin Cushman's Top 10

In no order

Dark Crystal
 Naked Lunch 
The Thing
Hellbound Hellraiser   
Event Horizon
 Grosse Point Blank 
Santa Sangre
Bad Taste 

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Michael Melton's Top 10

10) Alien
 9) The Midnight Swim 
8) Nosferatu 
7) Antichrist 
6) Royal Tenenbaums 
5) Grand Budapest Hotel 
4) Let the Right One In 
3)Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 
2)Pulp Fiction 
1) A Clockwork Orange

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Tromeric's Top 500: The Final 50


This is one of my favorite looking movies. I can always put this in, and instantly be hooked. The story, the acting, the look. They all excite me. 


I saw this in the theater opening weekend. I shit. I still shit when I see it. The atmosphere is thick, and I love getting lost in it. 


Some of the most beautiful slashing, also my favorite score by Goblin. Getting to drunkenly dance to it in person is a highlight of my life, that won't easily be topped. 


It may be cliche to have Psycho as your favorite Hitchcock film, but there is a reason for that. 


Holy fuck! This movie! Easily my favorite Jarmusch flick. 


There are things in this movie that blow my mind. The milking  being high on that list.


In all honesty I wasn't a huge fan of this the first time I watched it. Something that still bothers me. I must have just been in a weird spot. I finally revisited it, and fell so in love with it. It is one of my favorite scores, and the opening credit sequence gives me chills every time. 


The dialogue is this traps me within minutes. If it comes on, I can't turn it off. Godard is hit or miss with me, this is the biggest hit. 


Often considered the most disturbing film of all time. Something I don't agree with. If it wasn't for one scene, it wouldn't get the reputation it has. Take that scene out, and it is beautiful. Sure, it will still rip your soul out, but baby rape is what really makes people talk. Well played sir. 


Ernest! I love and miss you. I can't go a Christmas without watching this. 


This came out around the same time as a whole grip of war movies, that were action packed. I think people expected that with this. It is definitely not. Like all of Malick's film. It is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. 


I have always loved the book, and the movie for this. It is easily to identify with the greasers. It is beyond crazy to watch it now, with the success that most of the cast found. Easily one of the most addicting movies out there. 


This is a love it or hate it film. Not many seem to be indifferent to it. I of course love it. I love Korine, and think this is his most accomplished film. The Brittney Spears montage is possibly the greatest montage in history. 


So there is this movie about a donkey. It is the one of the most interesting films I have ever watched. I can't look away. Those are things I never assumed I would say, until I saw this. 


Wim Wenders masterpiece. A road movie like no other road movie. 


Any movie that makes me feel like I am on LSD, without actually being on LSD is going to become a favorite. 


Uncomfortable, and beautiful. People fuck the earth, incest, abortion, Jesus gets a golden shower, while naked woman take the definition of communion to a whole new level. Of course I love this. 


People think the nine minute rape scene, or the face bashing scene are the most disturbing parts of this. I feel that it is the ending, when you realize it's the beginning. That is what crushes me. You have a moment of it being a happy ending, until you realize the fucked up chronology of it, and reality kicks in of what's to come. That and how fucking beautiful it is.


The look of death that my two friends I brought with me to the theater gave me when this was over is something I will never forget. The whole theater was silent, my friends wanted to kill me, and I had a cinema boner. 


The slow motion eye gouge, a zombie fighting a shark, and an amazing score. What else do you need to know? 


Von Trier is a pretentious fuck. I love him. This movie tears my soul out in ways I wasn't aware of. 


I love badass woman. There aren't many more badass then these babes. They will crush you. 


My favorite modern American horror film. Definitely not straight horror, but fits for me. The Freebird ending owns my soul. 


I love the whole world Waters created for this. So gross, and awesome. 


Lynn Lowry is one of the sexiest woman in horror. She was also one of the nicest when I met her at a convention. Even without that, this movie is so good. Slugs that make you sex crazy. Cronenberg does things to me, that I can't explain. 


Laura Dern should have one an Oscar for this. I was lucky enough to be at the premiere for this, and it blew my mind then, and has since blown it over and over.


Trains and shit eating. Sold. 


Holy shit Kinski kills it in this. So fucking beautiful. 


Like a pretentious science documentary. The score is phenomenal, and the feeling it gives me is indescribable. 


Hearing Herzog talk about Dirty Harry as poetry is one of the greatest things I have ever experienced.


One of the movies that got me into movies. A classic in every sense of the word, that could also fit in with other gritty New York sleaze such as Combat Shock, or even Maniac. 


Soul shattering to say the least. Willem Dafoe helped Cannibal Corpse write a song once. 


The juxtaposition of some of the most shocking things put to celluloid, with the most beautiful score known to man is probably my favorite thing about this. That, and when I took my mom to see it the guy next to us puked. She called him a sissy. My mom is more bad ass then you dude in a Mayhem shirt. 


Divine has the best speeches in this. 


Some of the craziest shit I have ever seen. So ahead of its time. 


Not many things in life make me as happy as this movie. The troll is so fucking terrifying, and goddamn I miss Jim Varney. 


The movie that got me into movies. At least as an art form. I loved them before this, but this made me pay attention to directors, and actors. It made me seek out things based on things other then how gory the cover was. 


The bathtub scene is one of the scenes in cinema that makes me cringe the most. Nothing really happens, but it grosses me out in ways I can't describe. 


Probably the movie I have seen the most times. When I first saw it, I was on a mission to figure it out. I would watch it, rewind it, watch it, rewind it. You get it. Robert Blake scares the shit out of me. 


Booooooyyyyyyyy! So dreamlike, and awesome. The Tall Man is such a bad ass, and the score gives me chills. 


I will never forget the first time the ending of this punched me right in the dick. 


Frank Booth is one of the most terrifying villains in film.


The monster in the Winkies alley is so goddamn frightening. Like most of Lynch's films, this gets better each time I see it. 


The effects still hold up incredibly well, and Debbie Harry. Long live the new flesh. 


Probably the most beautiful ending in any film ever. With that said, most of the film is devastatingly terrifying. 


Holy shit! The colors in this have never, and can never be topped. That along with one of the greatest scores in cinema history. 


The only thing more haunting then the score, is the simplicity. It always holds up. I have watched it so many times, and I never tire of it. 


Divine absolutely owns this. I love all of Waters' films, but it always goes back to this one for me. 


There is basically no blood in this, yet I always remembered it as one of the goriest films ever made. This is one of the few movies that actually fucked with me the first time I watched it. Granted I was young as shit, but was already pretty versed in horror. I felt dirty after, and I loved it. 


It had to be this. This movie does things to me I can't describe. 

Thanks to everyone for going with me on this epic journey. Film has always, and will always be a huge part of my life. I could have done a top 1500, but hey. I didn't want to be excessive. 

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