Araki Hirohiko’s Bizarre Horror Film Essays (2011)
Speaking of JoJo: I keep meaning then forgetting to mention that I bought this book in Japan (in lieu of getting the Dio or Fugo novels, basically). I haven’t read much into it, but in the introduction, Araki gives his definition of “horror” so that the discussion takes place on level ground. It is this: Precious is a horror movie.
For posterity, this is Araki’s (idiosyncratic, but what did you expect) personal Horror Best 20. I have definitely not gotten all the titles down; my horror-fu is weaker than I thought. XD;
Zombie (‘78 director’s cut)
Jaws
Misery
I Am Legend
The Ninth Gate
Alien
Ring (TV version)
The Mist
Final Destination
Akuma no ikenie (Devil’s Sacrifice, ‘74…… this one stumped me. Probably the Japanese title of a non-English film — lots of Italian Satan-schlock in that period. Texas Chainsaw Massacre was ‘74, but I don’t think it’s that.) according to helpful Tumblrer enterthemoonlightgate (see other edits below), this is in fact Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Dasshutsu (Escape...? again, stumped.) Deliverance.
The Blob
28 Days Later
Basket Case
Sleeping With The Enemy (yes, the Julia Roberts domestic abuse psycho-thriller)
No Country (…surely he doesn’t mean No Country For Old Men?)
The Exorcist
Funny Games (‘07 US remake)
Hostel
Kuraimori (…not a damned clue, though it’s written in katakana if that helps.) Wrong Turn
DISCUSS. I think I would have expected Final Destination to come in higher, actually, that shiz is basically Araki-bait.

Araki Hirohiko’s Bizarre Horror Film Essays (2011)

Speaking of JoJo: I keep meaning then forgetting to mention that I bought this book in Japan (in lieu of getting the Dio or Fugo novels, basically). I haven’t read much into it, but in the introduction, Araki gives his definition of “horror” so that the discussion takes place on level ground. It is this: Precious is a horror movie.

For posterity, this is Araki’s (idiosyncratic, but what did you expect) personal Horror Best 20. I have definitely not gotten all the titles down; my horror-fu is weaker than I thought. XD;

  1. Zombie (‘78 director’s cut)
  2. Jaws
  3. Misery
  4. I Am Legend
  5. The Ninth Gate
  6. Alien
  7. Ring (TV version)
  8. The Mist
  9. Final Destination
  10. Akuma no ikenie (Devil’s Sacrifice, ‘74…… this one stumped me. Probably the Japanese title of a non-English film — lots of Italian Satan-schlock in that period. Texas Chainsaw Massacre was ‘74, but I don’t think it’s that.) according to helpful Tumblrer enterthemoonlightgate (see other edits below), this is in fact Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  11. Dasshutsu (Escape...? again, stumped.) Deliverance.
  12. The Blob
  13. 28 Days Later
  14. Basket Case
  15. Sleeping With The Enemy (yes, the Julia Roberts domestic abuse psycho-thriller)
  16. No Country (…surely he doesn’t mean No Country For Old Men?)
  17. The Exorcist
  18. Funny Games (‘07 US remake)
  19. Hostel
  20. Kuraimori (…not a damned clue, though it’s written in katakana if that helps.) Wrong Turn

DISCUSS. I think I would have expected Final Destination to come in higher, actually, that shiz is basically Araki-bait.