My Ultimate Top 10 British Horror Films (for Britflicks.com)

Britflicks.com: Ultimate Top 10 British Horror Films
At the beginning of October Britflicks.com decided to countdown to Film4Frightfest’s Halloween all nighters with a search for the Best British Horror Film.

For the full programme and tickets information about the Film4Frightfest all nighters see http://www.frightfest.co.uk/frightfestfilms.html

Well, the results are in, and with that goes a big thank you out to the 100s of you who took the time to complete our online survey.

Britflicks.com Ultimate Top 10 British Horror Films
1. THE WICKER MAN (1973)
2. DON’T LOOK NOW (1973)
3. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
4. BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971)
5. WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968)
6. HELLRAISER (1987)
7. LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973)
8. THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968)
9. PEEPING TOM (1960)
10. THE INNOCENTS (1961)

Writer/director Sean Hogan (The Devil’s Business, 2011) says: ” I think the main thing that strikes me about the list is just how idiosyncratic and eccentric those films are – movies like The Wicker Man, Don’t Look Now and Blood on Satan’s Claw are defiantly odd horror films that probably couldn’t come from anywhere else, and even a more traditional ghost story like The Innocents is rooted in a very English notions of class and repression. I do have trouble with the idea that the (US-backed, US-directed) American Werewolf in London is really a British film, and Hellraiser and Hell House feel like slightly transatlantic hybrids to me, but even these films are quirkier and stranger than your average US genre production. The heartening thing about the list is that despite the difficulty we face in making these kind of films in this country, we’ve still managed to maintain a very healthy horror tradition over the years; and what seems to me to be a distinctly English one.”

For my full article, Top 5s revealed and readers Top 5s at http://www.britflicks.com/blog.aspx?blogid=444

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About Stuart Wright

Screenwriter, Podcast Host, Journalist, LFC, Horror, Leyton
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