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The Dreadful Ten: The Darkness’ Top 10 Horror Films of All Time!

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While FANGORIA usually reserves our Dreadful Ten column to show off the tastes and sensibilites of FANGORIA’s staff and contributors, this week is devoted to a special guest whose fandom of horror is as potent as their passion behind the microphone: Justin Hawkins, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the hard rock group The Darkness. With their fourth album, LAST OF OUR KIND, hitting shelves on June 2nd, Hawkins and FANGORIA got together to talk horror, and the high-pitched frontman revealed his top 10 horror titles of all time. So without further ado…

10. (tie) CAT’S EYE / THE DEAD ZONE

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I love Stephen King movie adaptations.  These two are my favorite, though. I can remember very vividly the “Quitter’s Inc” story in CAT’S EYE and Cristopher Walken predicting the ice lake catastrophe in THE DEAD ZONE. I haven’t seen these movies for 30 years, but those moments have stayed with me like a nasty virus, and they come back to haunt me when I’m feeling run down.

9. (tie) BAD TASTE / MEET THE FEEBLES

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I know Peter Jackson is great,  but in the olden days he was fucking great.  These movies are brutal, grotesque and hilarious. I think Peter Jackson is an awesome storyteller, and his best stories are horror stories.

8. RE-ANIMATOR

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This is like Frankenstein’s Monster, only with a far more believable syringe method. Due a remake methinks?

7. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: FIRST SEQUENCE

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This is a modern classic. Arses sewn onto mouths? Yes please. I’m particularly fond of the naive-style medical diagrams that the antagonist uses to illustrate his intentions to the victims. Hilarious, yet thought provoking.

6. OCULUS

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This is the Mike Flanagan movie about a possessed mirror, and I really loved it. Even though I think I knew how it would end, the journey was harrowing! Hopefully it will make a few selfie-narcissists think twice about their misuse of technology.

5. BENNY’S VIDEO

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I think I’m a bit of a Haneke fan. This was earlier than FUNNY GAMES  and instead of a prolonged ordeal, it involves a seemingly random act of massive violence. This film also stars Arno Frisch, and a Haneke-Frisch combo is always disturbing.

4. ABSENTIA

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I think Mike Flanagan is a really talented director. This film is ‘mostly’ implied terror, and there are lots of subtle references to the brutality in the dialogue and brilliant acting all around. I was frightened and impressed, and I recommend ABSENTIA to everyone, because it is original!

3. FUNNY GAMES

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Not the remake; I haven’t seen that yet, though I’m sure it’s great because Michael Haneke also directed it. I’m talking about the Austrian original, and everything is more disturbing with an Austrian accent. The acting is amazing, and when they “break the fourth wall,” it’s really startling. I’ve seen other films try the same trick, and it is mostly tedious. Bravo, Michael Haneke.

2. SOCIETY

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This one had Billy Warlock in it. I can’t find it anywhere, but I loved it as a kid. It’s about rich people who are aliens and every now and then they have a big orgy when they all join together in one big trembling ball of flesh. Political.

1. DEATHLINE

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Donald Pleasance is always mesmerising, but never more so than when he’s playing a police inspector who is basically just drinking tea and seems oblivious to the cannibals that feast on commuters beneath Russell Square tube station.  Great soundtrack, too.

The Darkness’ LAST OF OUR KIND will be released on June 2nd from Canary Dwarf Records, which you can pre-order on multiple media platforms here. You can see the video for the single “Barbarian” here and “Open Fire” here.

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