|The League of Gentlemen's Tubbs & Edward Tattsyrup|
As my regular readers should know, over the years I have done a few top ten list. The majority of them are normally part of my "Top 10 Countdown to Halloween." But alas, life has been full, hectic and pretty damn good, so my blog some somewhat been on the back burner. Anyway, I'm catching up on a couple of things over the next week. I'm posting now, what should've been last year's countdown to Halloween!
As per usual, I took to Facebook, to gather the votes, take the survey etc. But this time I only used my own group on Facebook and it's members for their opinions. The group is called UK Horror Fans United and is made up of horror fans that live in the United Kingdom and Ireland. As the picture says "ARE YOU LOCAL?" The idea was to bring together "local" fans of the genre in one place, unlike every other Facebook group which is made up of anyone and everyone. Anyway, I digress...
This top ten is the best of British horror films from across the decades. There's a couple on the list that are co-productions, but that's fine, they still had British backing and finance. Let's begin...
Eden Lake (2008)
Written and Directed by James Watkins.
Starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell, Finn Atkins, Jumayn Hunter, Thomas Turgoose.
28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Starring Cillian Murphy, Toby Sedgwick, Naomie Harris, Noah Huntley, Christopher Eccleston.
The Desent (2005)
Written and directed by Neil Marshall.
Starring Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone.
Mum & Dad (2008)
Written and directed by Steven Sheil.
Starring Perry Benson, Dido Miles, Olga Fedori, Ainsley Howard, Toby Alexander, Micaiah Dring.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun doesn't have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse... But for him, it's an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive... And get his ex back.
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Starring Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Nicola Cunningham, Peter Serafinowicz.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Written and directed by Neil Marshall.
Starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham, Thomas Lockyer, Darren Morfitt, Chris Robson.
The Wicker Man (1973)
Director: Robin Hardy
Writer: Anthony Shaffer
Starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, Lindsay Kemp.
Written and directed by Clive Barker.
Starring Doug Bradley, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Grace Kirby, Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kirsty Cotton, Sean Chapman.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Written and directed by John Landis.
Starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, David Schofield, Brian Glover, Rik Mayall.
|Sometimes the scariest things come from within|
In the near future, during its return to the earth, a commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress SOS from a distant moon. The seven-member crew are woken up from the hypersleep and the spaceship subsequently descends on the moon. While exploring the moon, a three-member team of the crew discovers a derelict spaceship and a huge chamber inside it containing thousands of eggs. When a curious team member goes too near the egg the parasite inside the egg attacks him, rendering him unconscious. He is brought back aboard, the spaceship takes off. After a little while the parasite dies and his host wakes up seemingly unruffled. Everything returns back to normal - but not for long.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
Written by Dan O'Bannon & Ronald Shusett.
Starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Bolaji Badejo.
There you go. What do you think to the list? Agree, disagree? Leave a comment below.
Honourable mentions: Nina Forever, The Shining and Dracula (1958) were just outside the top ten.
Thanks to everyone that took part on UK Horror Fans United Facebook group.
(source for film plot summary: IMDB)