01 Jan 2010


Maximilian Le Cain

This list would serve me very well as a desert island horror/science fiction playlist. Yet it is not a definitive list of my twenty-four favourites, something that would be simply impossible to compile. Although there are no films in these genres that I love more than this twenty-four, there are quite a few others I love every bit as much. What this list attempts is a sort of personal manifesto for the area I work in: the overlap of horror/sci-fi and experimental cinema. Or, more specifically, examples of radically personalized claims on its psychic heritage. For me this is the very essence of cinema, a medium of ghosts, dreams and shadows that should ideally exist between solemn ritual and sideshow wonder. It is the notion of the ‘art of the real’ and the ill-considered assumptions around the moving image’s indexical relationship with reality that have led humanity into a state of mass-possession. But it is through the masterpieces of horror and experimental film that we can find out what we are really dealing with.

Le voyage dans la lune (Georges Melies, 1902)
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terrors (F.W.Murnau, 1922)
The Mummy (Karl Feund, 1932)
Vampyr (Carl Dreyer, 1932)
The Black Cat (Edgar Ulmer, 1934)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943)
Isle of the Dead (Mark Robson, 1945)
Les Yeux sans visage (Georges Franju, 1959)
Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey, 1962)
X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes (Roger Corman, 1963)
Quatermass and the Pit (Roy Ward Baker, 1967)
A Bay of Blood (Mario Bava, 1971)
The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! (Andy Milligan, 1972)
Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)
Female Vampire (Jess Franco, 1973)
The Demoniacs (Jean Rollin, 1974)
Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (José Mojica Marins, 1978)
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981)
Three Crowns of the Sailor (Raul Ruiz, 1983)
Ascension of the Demonoids (George Kuchar, 1985)
Migrating Forms (James Fotopoulos, 2000)
Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
Marrón de momia (Jorge Núñez, 2012)
Ten Years in the Sun (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2015)

Rouzbeh Rashidi

Not listed in any particular order:

1_Vampyr (1932) By Carl Theodor Dreyer and Nosferatu (1922) By F. W. Murnau
2_Dracula (1931) By Karl Freund & Tod Browning and Frankenstein (1931) By James Whale
3_Horror of Dracula (1958) & The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) By Terence Fisher
4_Possession (1981) By Andrzej Żuławski and Angst (1983) By Gerald Kargl
5_Carnival of Souls (1962) By Herk Harvey & Daughters of Darkness (1970) by Harry Kümel
6_Dr. Mabuse Trilogy (1922, 1933, 1960) By Fritz Lang
7_The Roger Corman and Vincent Price Films
8_The Demoniacs (1974) and Fascination (1979) By Jean Rollin
9_I Walked with a Zombie (1943) and Night of the Demon (1957) By Jacques Tourneur
10_The Black Cat (1934) By Edgar G. Ulmer & Horror Express (1972) By Eugenio Martín
11_Kwaidan (1964) By Masaki Kobayashi & Kuroneko (1968) By Kaneto Shindo
12_Dario Argento’s “Three Mothers” Trilogy and Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell Trilogy

Special Mention: Louis Feuillade

1_Solaris (1972) By Andrei Tarkovsky & On the Silver Globe (1988) By Andrzej Żuławski
2_Alphaville (1965) By Jean-Luc Godard and Hard to Be a God (2013) By Aleksey German
3_Pentimento (1979) Frans Zwartjes & World on a Wire (1973) By Rainer Werner Fassbinder
4_2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971) By Stanley Kubrick
5_The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) By Nicolas Roeg & Under the Skin (2013) By Jonathan Glazer
6_René Laloux Trilogy
7_Forbidden Planet (1956) By Fred M. Wilcox & The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) By R. Wise
8_Quatermass Trilogy (Val Guest & Roy Ward Baker)
9_Tarantula (1955) & The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) By Jack Arnold
11_The Time Machine (1960) By George Pal and Seconds (1966) By John Frankenheimer
12_Gojira (1954) By Ishirō Honda & Fantastic Voyage (1966) By Richard Fleischer

Special Mention: Georges Méliès

Note: My fellow filmmakers from EFS have made some stunning horror and sci-fi experimental films over the past few years. They are Maximilian Le Cain, Dean Kavanagh, Hamid Shams Javi and Michael Higgins.

Dean Kavanagh

Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey, 1962)

The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963)
The House on Haunted Hill (W. Castle, 1959) & The Masque of the Red Death (R. Corman, 1964)
This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse (José Mojica Marins, 1967)
Faust (F.W. Murnau, 1926) & Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932)
Jigoku (Nobuo Nakagawa, 1960)
The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher, 1968)
Arrebato (Ivan Zulueta, 1980)
Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman, 1968) & Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
Schramm (Jörg Buttgereit 1993)
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (Jaromil Jireš, 1970)
Martin (George A. Romero, 1978)

Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, (1972)
On The Silver Globe (Andrzej Żuławski, 1988)
World on a Wire (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)
The Lost World (Harry O’Hoyt, 1925)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) & A Clockwork Orange, (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
Ten Years in the Sun (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2015)
Fata Morgana (Werner Herzog, 1971)
Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)
Gojira (Ishirō Honda, 1954)
The Fly (K. Neumann, 1958) & The Last Man on Earth (U. Ragona & S. Salkow, 1964)
Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
Ikarie XB-1 (Jindřich Polák, 1961) & Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)

“Oh, and one last favour. If you pass by heaven, give my regards to the angels. But if you end up in hell, give my address to the devil.” – Zé do Caixão