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1920 - 1929 Essentials: Films & Books

78 films

Top 10 in order. The rest are chronological.

Books 01. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf (1927) 02. The Sound…

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Mahjong
  • Barren Illusion
  • Showgirls
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • The Black Cat
  • Earth
  • Dracula
  • Our Daily Bread
  • The Devil Is a Woman

1930 - 1939 Essentials: Films & Books

89 films

Top 10 are in order. The rest are chronological.

Books 01. Sanctuary, by William Faulkner (1931) 02. Rebecca, by Daphne…

  • Citizen Kane
  • Ruthless
  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I
  • Confucius
  • Monsieur Verdoux

1940 - 1949 Essentials: Films & Books

97 films

Top 10 in order. The rest are chronological.

Books 01. Between the Acts, by Virginia Woolf (1941) 02. The Scarf,…

  • Anatahan
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Ruby Gentry
  • Ugetsu
  • Mr. Arkadin

1950 - 1959 Essentials: Films & Books

102 films

Top 10 in order. The rest are chronological. Subject to constant change.

Books 01. The Killer Inside Me, by Jim…

  • A Countess from Hong Kong
  • Black Sabbath
  • Two Weeks in Another Town
  • Truth and Illusion: An Introduction to Metaphysics
  • Donovan's Reef

1960 - 1969 Essentials: Films, Books, Records

126 films

Top 10 in order. The rest are chronological.

Books 01. Last Exit to Brooklyn, by Hubert Selby Jr. (1964) 02.…

  • Star Wars
  • La Région Centrale
  • Dersu Uzala
  • Je, Tu, Il, Elle
  • Torso

1970 - 1979 Essentials: Films, Books, Records

154 films

Top 10 in order. The rest are chronological.

Books 01. Hubert Selby Jr., The Room (1970) 02. Stephen King, Rage

  • A Nightmare
  • The Haunted Curiosity Shop
  • Satan at Play
  • The Sealed Room
  • Dante's Inferno

The Essentials: Horror

285 films

Chronological. Subject to constant change.

Top 10 01. The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934) 02. Dracula (Tod Browning, 1931)…

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Torso
  • A Bay of Blood
  • Suspiria
  • All the Colors of the Dark

1970 - 1979: Horror

50 films

Subject to constant change.

  • A Page of Madness
  • The Man Who Laughs
  • Frankenstein
  • The Black Cat
  • Invisible Ghost

Genre Trauma: Horror

69 films

A thing I wrote: Genre Trauma in M. Night Shyamalan's SPLIT

The term "trauma" is being thrown around rather haphazardly…

  • Passage of Venus
  • Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
  • Buffalo Running
  • Human Figure in Motion
  • Roundhay Garden Scene

The Essentials

444 films

Chronological. Always evolving.

  • 31
  • Begotten
  • The Beyond
  • The Black Cat
  • Black Roses

Writing Influences

113 films

Several authors I know have been posting about the films that have influenced their creative work.

These movies have had…