I am very excited to react to this draft. I love horror movies. I have seen a bunch of horror movies. I am not limited to a single year where I am admittedly very limited. I know you can’t do genre drafts all the time, but this is something I can really get behind.

Also makes me feel good to go backwards in time. I have been watching a lot of older movies this year because the movies of 2022 have no excited me a lot. I will be watching a lot more when it gets closer to awards season, but for now I am filling in some personal blind spots.

We do have a guest picker here replacing Amanda Dobbins. Probably better off that way. Let’s see if the new guy can pull a Joanna Robinson and win the draft (in my eyes).

This is my 13th reflection on a The Big Picture’s draft. Thus far I have Chris Ryan in the lead with five wins, followed by Sean Fennessey with four. Amanda Dobbins has two wins. Guest Joanna Robinson picked up the win in her celebratory appearance

Now let’s head into the horror movie draft. Going into this blind, so let’s see who it transpires.

  • The only option in this category for me is Halloween. If you are readers of my blog, or know me as a person, Halloween is one of my favorite movies of all-time, let alone the horror genre. Michael Myers is a Mount Rushmore horror movie character, even if a lot of his movies aren’t that good. I am in the process of rewatching all of the Michael Myers movies…and boy-oh-boy they are hit and miss. But those are all sequels to John Carpenter’s all-time classic. Halloween is a must-watch and outstanding in every way.
  • Chris Ryan really ruined my own personal draft I do after the fact with his selection of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This movie is also traumatic in so many ways, and I wish I was able to snag this for when I select my own that are not selected here. It is not an easy movie to watch. Alex Ross Perry’s Psycho selection is honoring the classics…and for that I would have put it in the classical era category.
  • Sean Fennessey scores the first points.
  • Right off the bat, I have. not seen Scream 2. So that is off the bat. Sorry Chris Ryan.
  • So we are between Evil Dead 2 and Dawn Of The Dead. Zombies upon zombies upon zombies. George A. Romero vs. Sam Raimi. Two horror movie monster makers as well. Two very different movies too. Evil Dead II pokes fun at the genre and makes you laugh while. you scream. Dawn Of The Dead lets you know that scares aren’t only at night and that humanity can be just as scary.
  • I am going to give the point to guest picker Alex Ross Perry and his selection of Dawn Of The Dead. I remember thinking it was cool watching a movie where you know the world is falling apart but we can only see inside this mall. You are curious what is happening on the outside because of the events on the inside.
  • Alex Ross Perry draws his first point and he is tied with Sean Fennessey. Chris Ryan is looking for his point.
Blockbuster (75 million or more domestic box office)
  • This is a great category. Fantastic selections. The Exorcist is one of my favorite movies of all-time and it is the first horror movie I saw where i realized that horror movies can also be art. The Blair Witch Project made found-footage style making a thing. The first time I watched it I was too pretentious. I watched it again recently and I was very properly scared. The Amityville Horror has iconic shots and fun fact, it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score.
  • I have to go with Sean again and his pick of The Exorcist. This movie was a cultural phenomenon. It is down right terrifying. It is beautifully made. The Exorcist won two Oscars and was nominated for 10 in total. Regan is one of the most memorable movie children of all time. The spider crawl is iconic. What other movie makes crucible masturbation both terrifying and believable in terms of the story.
  • Sean Fennesseey takes a 2-1-0 lead over Chris Ryan and Alex Ross Perry.
Classical Era (Pre 1970)
  • I have not seen Freaks. Sorry Alex Ross Perry.
  • Rosemary’s Baby is bonkers, and the ending is fantastic. It is one of the biggest and craziest “I am going crazy” movies I have ever seen. It is like The Shining in that. Then we have the origin of all zombie movies with George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead.
  • If we are in the trust tree, I was a little bit bored by Rosemary’s Baby. The ending is awesome, but leading up to it, I found my attention waning. I am a fan of zombie movies and Night Of The Living Dead literally made it all happen. Romero didn’t make it for a political statement, but watching it now has a different context for sure. This is what I have to go with Chris Ryan.
  • Chris Ryan gets on the board. He trails Sean by one and is tied with Alex Ross Perry.
Foreign Language Or British
  • This one is easy because I have only seen one. But even if I had seen the other two, it would be really hard to top it.
  • Alex Ross Perry gets his second vote for 28 Days Later. It is my favorite zombie movie of all time. It introduced my to Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris. The climax in the mansion holds up so god damn well. The humans are horrendous and I love how we end up rooting for Jim as he turns animalistic on the military individuals. I mean folks, those lonesome London shots with the exclamation point of the loud noise to get Jim to a zombified priest is remarkable. It is awesome.
  • I have not heard of Deep Red before, but I have heard of Rec. It was remade into Quarantine (2008) which I enjoyed, but I have not seen its inspiration.
  • Alex Ross Perry gets points number two. He is tied with Sean. Chris is falling right behind them.
Wild Card
  • Tough one for me here. I just watched Hellraiser and I really enjoyed it. Pinhead is terrifying and wonderfully effective. The Thing is another all-time favorite for me. It was one of the movies that made me love practical effects. The Shining is the most rewatchable Stanley Kubrick movie and is the first Valentine’s Day movie i watched with my fiance, so there is an emotional connection.
  • I have to go to The Thing because it is the most fun to watch. I really do love John Carpenter. This is one of the best movies that pins humans against one another. There is not trust in this movie at all. It is moving at a frenetic pace. When that first dog alien scene starts transpiring, you know you are in for something really fucked up.
  • Folks. We are tied. 2-2-2. This is unprecedented for my reflections on this draft. I am going to have to make a choice. One that is very hard.

Let’s think this out. Everyone has two votes, but I have not seen two of Chris Ryan’s movies so I have a really hard time picking Ryan to win this draft. Loved the movies that I do know, So it is between Alex Perry Ross and Sean Fennessey.

Let’s compare Halloween vs. Psycho. We go with Halloween. Let’s compare Evil Dead 2 and Dawn Of The Dead. It’s Dawn Of The Dead. Let’s compare The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror. It is The Exorcist. (Sean is up 2-1 halfway through). Have to go with Rosemary Baby’s over Freaks just because I have seen it, but have to go with 28 Days Later over Deep Red because I have seen it. Down to the last category, The Shining for sure a step above Hellraiser.

Sean Fennessey takes this draft. We were tied 2-2-2 looking at all the picks, but narrowing it between Sean and Alex, it has to go to the host.

Sean continues his winning ways in the Twitter polls. This poll deserves to be a lot closer.

STANKO PICKS (All Movies Eligible)STANKO PICKS (No TBP Movies)
SlasherHalloween (1978)Wolf Creek (2005)
SequelA Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
BlockbusterThe Exorcist (1973)Get Out (2017)
Classical AreaNight Of The Living Dead (1968)House On Haunted Hill (1959)
Foreign Language Or British28 Days Later (2002)Dead Snow (2009)
Wild CardThe Thing (1982)The Omen (1976)
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Silence Of The Lambs (they deemed it not horror), Hereditary, The Conjuring, The Blob, The Hills Have Eyes, Backcountry
  • Halloween is elite. i love it, I am going to pick it. That is non-negotiable.
  • This is a recent movie, and one that is far more brutal than I would have thought. Wolf Creek is a different kind of slasher because the killer is human, and you see his face the entire time. You know the unhinged nature of our murderous bastard. I had to think about whether or not Wolf Creek fit this category and I came to the conclusion that it did because its last act is ripe with everything you need. I should say that I wanted to put The Nightmare On Elm Street original movie here, but I didn’t want Freddy on my list twice…as you are about to see.
  • The best of the Nightmare On Elm Street sequels is without a doubt Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. It has original kills, young actors that everyone will recognize, and the all-time comedic and bad-ass line of “Welcome To Primetime, Bitch.” This movie has the blend of comedy and horror that works, and it has an expansion of Freddy Kreuger lore that is both fantastical but somehow believable. It is like director Chuck Russell told Wes Craven all his zany ideas and was shocked he got permission to go where he did, so he went balls to the wall and made it work. Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors would have been a good horror movie in its own right, let alone a second sequel.
Blockbuster (75 million or more domestic box office)
  • Again, have already talked about The Exorcist. It made over 200 million at the domestic box office, was recognized by The Academy, and is one of the scariest movies of all time. It hit the horror movie home run.
  • Get Out is the most recent horror movie cultural phenomena. We will see in the coming decades of if Get Out will have the cultural impact earthquake that The Exorcist does, but things may be trending that way. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is so smart in its horror that it demands multiple rewatches. It sets the scene wonderfully and treats the audience with care, leading it down the path of discovery till the rug is pulled out from them.
Classical Era (Pre 1970)
  • Night Of The Living Dead gave birth to a new genre and still holds up on its own. Here we pay homage to that. Always remember, “They are coming to get you, Barbara”.
  • House On Haunted Hill is old movie fun. It has secret rooms, fun characters, some cool surprises and a very brisk pace. It shows the time when these people where staying in this spooky house for 10K, but even now that amount of money is enticing for a night of scares. House On Haunted Hill has to be one of the earliest “trapped in a scary house for a night, can you survive?” tropes. I am not saying you will be scared watching House On Haunted Hill, but you will sleep with a smile on your face.
Foreign Language Or British
  • 28 Days Later…I have written about it multiple times on my own on this site and I am glad that Alex Ross Perry picked it. Don’t care if it is an infected people movie or zombie movie; either way it is terrifying.
  • I think I may have a thing for zombie movies. Any time I have a chance to talk about one of the most absurd movies I have ever seen, I need to bring it up. Dead Snow is a movie about zombie…Nazis. Or Nazi zombies. Whatever you want to call them, evil Germans have arisen from a snowy tundra to torment some poor folks on vacation. What ensues are bonkers kills and over-the-top fun gore. The sequel, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, is even more preposterous. Watch both if you want a very bloody good time.
Wild Card
  • Again, The Thing is one of my favorite movies period, not just horror. It has to be picked. Sean, Chris and Alex really nailed their draft. Five of the six movies I have (where all movies are eligible) are picked from their selections. They did a good job. It’s almost like they know what they are talking about.
  • The Omen holds a special place in my heart. For one the score is terrible. Two, the remake of The Omen in 2006 is one of the first horror movies that I ever saw. I was in the den of my friend’s Evan’s house and I remember acting very scared while it was on around my friends. In the later years I want on to watch the original, and holy shit it is so good. Gregory Peck gives an excellent performance beside Harvey Stephens, who plays the creepiest kid of all-time. Damien is so god damn creepy. His thousand yard stare is up there with the best of everyone. We love a frenetic priest who gets impaled, and we love the maid screaming “It’s All For You Damien.” The Omen is so fucking scary.

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