Sunday, November 08, 2015

My Euro-Trash List from 2007


Back in the dark ages - before Facebook - there were other communication platforms on the inter-tubes. One of these was Yahoo's Groups setup and on that site long ago I joined a group of likeminded fellows to discuss our favorite type of trashy films - the European kind! At one point we were convinced to come up with our own Top Ten and I gladly submitted mine which the amazing David Z preserved on his blog - you should read more of David's writing on films as his enthusiasm for marginal and marginalized movies is a wonder to behold. Talk of the list I posted a link to the other day has had David remind me of my personal list and I realize that eight years later I still think its a pretty good list.

1. BLACK SUNDAY
2. INFERNO
3. WILD WILD PLANET
4. TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD
5. ZOMBI
6. THE BEYOND
7. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST
8. DEEP RED
9. LADY FRANKENSTIEN (yes, me too! But only the full length cut!)
10. DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE

That's a quality set of movies that I can easily recommend to anyone wishing to dip their toes into the Euro-Trash waters. But, if in 2015 I was asked to craft such a list I think it would be quite different. So I think over the next few weeks I'm going to try to put together a new Top Ten Euro-Trash to see how much my thinking about the subject has changed. No deadline, but it should be interesting when I finally present it.



3 comments:

Nick Rentz said...

Interesting that Inferno is your number 2. I thought the movie was a bit underwhelming. The narrative was a mess. A bland lead when we finally got one too. I'm curious to know your recommendations for that one. By the way, I don't hate Inferno, I just think it's okay. From Bird to Inferno it's my least favorite Argento film.

Rod Barnett said...

I was confounded by Inferno my first viewing as well. But it had...something, so I revisited it and each time I found it working it's strange magic on me. Now I consider it a truly brilliant nightmare on film.

Oh- I didn't arrange that list in order of quality. Except for Black Sunday. Damn, I love that film!

Nick Rentz said...

I agree about the "something" because I do feel compelled to revisit it. However, I wouldn't consider it necessary viewing for people just getting into the genre for that reason.