Mark’s Halloween Horror Countdown #1!!!

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Here’s the final installment of my top 31 horror films since the year 2000.


#1 Lovely Molly (2011)

Lovely Molly is by no means the best film on my list. It’s not the scariest. It’s not the coolest. It certainly isn’t the best technically. So why is it my number one? It’s really hard to pin down a reason except that I just connected with the pathos of the main character, Molly, as she’s repeatedly ravaged and fights to stay sane. It’s heartbreaking, and especially so because her attempts to remain strong and brave are so pitifully futile and there’s nothing I could do except watch her crumble before my eyes, to break beyond repair. This connection couldn’t be possible without the conviction of Gretchen Lodge, who gives absolutely everything to the role and goes places many actors wouldn’t dare. And it’s devastating.

Lovely Molly is made by Eduardo Sanchez, one of the two geniuses who made The Blair Witch Project. He’s made a few films since TBWP, which have been ok, but nothing as inspired as Lovely Molly. Sanchez reveals the plot slowly and methodically, teasing with elusive imagery, performance, and dialogue. It’s never obtuse or brazen, just so perfectly delicate that it almost works on a subconscious level – the brutal climax arrives with there’s nowhere else to really go, yet it never feels expected and is executed so cleverly that it still manages to knock you in the guts.

Please watch Lovely Molly. It deserves more eyes. Big budget snobbery robbed this from a wider audience, which is good in a way, because like so many on my list, it feels like its mine. But I do like to share. I just wish I was there with you to see you squirm.

Thanks for coming along this little journey with me, whoever you are – if you’re even there. It’s been a self-indulgent bit of fluffery, but all I hope is that you found something that you hadn’t seen before, and liked. And if you’re out there and there’s something you think I’d like, I’d love to hear from you and see what you got.
Thanks for playin’.

The complete list.
#31 The Damned (2014)
#30 A Serbian Film (2010)
#29 The Inside (2012)
#28 Calvaire (2004)/Inbred (2012)
#27 Frankenstein’s Army (2013)
#26 Thale (2012)
#25 Bridgend (2013)
#24 The Grey (2011)
#23 Across The River (2013)
#22 The Pact (2011)
#21 Rec (2007)
#20 Baskin (2016)
#19 Let the Right One In (2008)
#18 Resolution (2013)
#17 I Saw the Devil (2010)
#16 Spring (2014)
#15 The Host (2006)
#14 Monsters (2010)
#13 Rubber Johnny (2013)
#12 The Triangle (2016)
#11 Under the Skin (2013)
#10 Pieces of Talent (2014)
#9 Entrance (2011)
#8 Bone Tomahawk (2015)
#7 Trollhunter (2010)
#6 Wolf Creek (2005)
#5 Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)
#4 The Witch (2016)
#3 Kill List (2011)
#2 Session 9 (2001)
#1 Lovely Molly (2011)

Mark Goodchild
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