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HORROR TEN SPOT: The trippiest horror films #2

03.11.2010by: Matt Withers

Congrats to Tim Burton and the juggernaut that his version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND became this past weekend. Mediocre reviews aside, the thing kicked ass and took names.

Thinking about Burton got me musing on the lack of much straight ahead horror on his resume, but there are always strong genre elements in anything he does. And along with that comes his usual bag of perspective benders and visual craziness.

In other words, if there's a filmmaker more suited to fans of tripping, then I don't know who it is. So keeping in mind movies that may expand when viewed in an altered state, let's get down with the trippiest damn horror out there.

And spit bullets dammit! I definitely want to hear your stories on this one.

READ PART 1 OF THIS LIST HERE

WARNING - LOTS OF WTF BELOW!

5. ANTICHRIST

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WTF is wrong with Lars von Trier? It's like he wants to punish everyone involved in his movies. The actors for sure, no doubt his crew, and the audience perhaps most of all. While many of the picks on this list are fun mind-benders, this one is pure I'm gonna vomit in my mouth. Thanks Lars.

4. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS

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Easily my favorite horror movie, ITMOM makes its horror work largely through leaving you off balanced during most of the runtime. Whether it's satanic children, upside down spider ladies, an author ripping himself apart or simply the presence of Charlton Heston, this is Carpenter reaching right into your brain and pressing scramble.

3. JACOB'S LADDER

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This sucker just baked my noggin when I was watching it the first time. Tim Robbins performance at the center draws the viewer into the confusion and terror of not knowing what the hell is going on in such an effective manner that it hides the relatively simple narrative and "surprise" rather well. And surprising though it may be, Elizabeth Pena looks hot in it.

2. EXISTENZ

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Cronenburg is a master of combining horror and pure visual oh sh!ttery. Trying to pick just one of his films for a list like this is similar to picking which film of Diora Baird's features her boobs best. Tough to get it right, but impossible to get it totally wrong either. One of the joys of eXistenZ is that it takes all the fetishism and ick factor that DC loves to play with, and anchors it in a world that within its own rules, really does play fair.

1. DAVID LYNCH'S WHOLE DAMN CAREER

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Lynch and horror go together kind of like Burton and horror do. Finding a specific film of his that is considered strict genre is tricky, but a strong gothic horror ethic infuses all of his work. And when you want to talk about tripped out films, well as The Arrow himself said to me while chatting about this list, "[Lynch] is the KING of mindf*ck!" Couldn't have said it better myself.

READ PART 1 OF THIS LIST HERE

Got a Top 10 idea? Hit me up at mattwithers@joblo.com

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4:48AM on 03/12/2010

All these films...

Are what the SILENT HILL movie should've been, but wasn't. Jacob's Ladder being at the forefront.

Odd thing is that Jacob's Ladder isn't really categorized as a horror film, so much as a psychological drama.
Are what the SILENT HILL movie should've been, but wasn't. Jacob's Ladder being at the forefront.

Odd thing is that Jacob's Ladder isn't really categorized as a horror film, so much as a psychological drama.
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3:09AM on 03/12/2010
Pretty sweet list. Not exactly horror but would like to give an honorable mention to pan's labyrinth
Pretty sweet list. Not exactly horror but would like to give an honorable mention to pan's labyrinth
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10:04PM on 03/11/2010

Liked the list...missing

Lord of Illusions, From Beyond, Hellraiser, and you should've made all the Chronenburg movies a collected # 2.
Lord of Illusions, From Beyond, Hellraiser, and you should've made all the Chronenburg movies a collected # 2.
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4:51PM on 03/11/2010
Nice man! David Lynch's career as number 1, can't argue that really!
Nice man! David Lynch's career as number 1, can't argue that really!
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1:45PM on 03/11/2010
Jacob's Ladder is the shit, but yes, Lynch is the king of the mind f*ck. Lost Highway, Twin Peaks, or what about Dafoe in Wild at Heart? Might be the sleaziest character I've ever seen on film.
Jacob's Ladder is the shit, but yes, Lynch is the king of the mind f*ck. Lost Highway, Twin Peaks, or what about Dafoe in Wild at Heart? Might be the sleaziest character I've ever seen on film.
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12:13PM on 03/11/2010
Beautiful!!! GREAT list!MOUTH OF MADNESS is a criminally underrated flick,Everyone in the room had the WTF look goin' on the last time I threw on EXISTENZ,and who could argue against THE WIZARD OF ODD'S entire body of work being ranked no. 1 on the TRIPPY list??
Beautiful!!! GREAT list!MOUTH OF MADNESS is a criminally underrated flick,Everyone in the room had the WTF look goin' on the last time I threw on EXISTENZ,and who could argue against THE WIZARD OF ODD'S entire body of work being ranked no. 1 on the TRIPPY list??
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10:29AM on 03/11/2010

trippin

VideoDrome! Absolutely! also, " The Dark Backward" and "DeadRinggers" There's a tripped out flick for the list
VideoDrome! Absolutely! also, " The Dark Backward" and "DeadRinggers" There's a tripped out flick for the list
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10:15AM on 03/11/2010

My Mind...

is fucked just reading this list! Cronenberg is another director that always seems to fuck me up, even his tamer movies (like History of Violence) tend to throw me for a loop.

And yes... Lynch is the king of the Mind Fuck Masters!
is fucked just reading this list! Cronenberg is another director that always seems to fuck me up, even his tamer movies (like History of Violence) tend to throw me for a loop.

And yes... Lynch is the king of the Mind Fuck Masters!
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9:55AM on 03/11/2010
yeah, good call on 'society.' also, where's 'videodrome'?
yeah, good call on 'society.' also, where's 'videodrome'?
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9:52AM on 03/11/2010
oh man i love jacobs ladder.
such a great flick.
oh man i love jacobs ladder.
such a great flick.
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9:30AM on 03/11/2010

Cool! Trippin

Great list! Definately with the David Lynch's career. I think this list could go on and on,.. With the likes of 80's flick "Society" n "From Beyond". Fun list
Great list! Definately with the David Lynch's career. I think this list could go on and on,.. With the likes of 80's flick "Society" n "From Beyond". Fun list
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