Sunday, January 20, 2013

Plan D's Horror Hall of Fame - 2013

First, Rich (the podcast legend known as "Richard from Wichita") over at Monster Movie Kid posted his Horror Hall of Fame (and he was inspired by a podcast). Then Barry at Monsterminions posted his Horror Hall of Fame. So why not? I'll take a turn at this.

For his Hall of Fame, Barry defined "horror," and I'll follow his lead by also relying on The Script Lab's Horror Film definition:

Horror film is a genre that aims to create a sense of fear, panic, alarm, and dread for the audience.

I'm going to follow Rich's lead by using 1973 as my cut-off point between "classic" and "modern" horror when selecting the film entries (three "classic" and three "modern") in the Plan D Horror Hall of Fame. I'll be using some of Rich's and Barry's categories while adding some of my own. There will only be a maximum of three honorees for each category.

Horror Film Up-to-1973 (the year The Exorcist was released)
Dracula (1931)
Psycho (1960)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Horror Film Post-1973
Jaws (1975)
Alien (1979)
Halloween (1978)

Tom Atkins
Peter Cushing
Bela Lugosi

Evelyn Ankers
Jamie Lee Curtis
Ingrid Pitt

John Carpenter
Terence Fisher
James Whale

Special Make-Up
Rick Baker
Phil Leakey
Jack Pierce

Writer (Screenplay)
Jack Hill
Jimmy Sangster
Curt Siodmak

Writer (Prose)
H. P. Lovecraft
Stephen King
Richard Matheson

Boris Karloff
Vincent Price

(I had a lot of fun putting this together, and look forward to revisiting the idea next year! What do you say, Rich and Barry? Shall we make this an annual thing?)

1 comment:

Tony Laplume said...

Very intriguing. I'm not as hep to some of these names as you are, but it's still fun to see an expert make these choices.