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January 2, 2011

FMWL 2010 - The Year That Was (Part Three) - The Midnight Movie of the Week Recap

Yep, 2010 was a year so big that one year could scarcely contain it.  As the next to last part of our recap of the year, I wanted to look back at my babies, the Midnight Movies of the Week, and see where FMWL has been.
  1. The Devil Rides Out (1968, Horror, Terence Fisher.)
  2. Moon (2009, Sci-Fi, Duncan Jones.)
  3. The Food of the Gods (1976, Sci-Fi, Bert I. Gordon.)
  4. Popcorn (1991, Horror, Mark Herrier.)
  5. Martin (1977, Horror, George A. Romero.)
  6. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964, Sci-Fi, Byron Haskin.)
  7. The Omen (1976, Horror, Richard Donner.)
  8. Dead of Night (1945, Horror, Alberto Cavalcanti/Charles Crichton/Basil Dearden/Robert Hamer.)
  9. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988, Sci-Fi/Horror, Stephen Chiodo.)
  10. The Roost (2005, Horror, Ti West.)
  11. Friday the 13th (1980, Horror, Sean S. Cunningham.)
  12. Scarecrows (1988, Horror, William Wesley.)
  13. The Body Snatcher (1945, Horror, Robert Wise.)
  14. Spider Baby, or: The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968, Horror, Jack Hill.)
  15. The House of the Devil (2009, Horror, Ti West.)
  16. Mr. Majestyk (1974, Action, Richard Fleischer.)
  17. The Descent (2005, Horror, Neil Marshall.)
  18. Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974, Horror, Brian Clemens.)
  19. Roadgames (1981, Thriller, Richard Franklin.)
  20. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957, Sci-Fi, Jack Arnold.)
  21. Clownhouse (1989, Horror, Victor Salva.)
  22. Kill, Baby...Kill! (1966, Horror, Mario Bava.)
  23. Happy Birthday to Me (1981, Horror, J. Lee Thompson.)
  24. Fire in the Sky (1993, Sci-Fi, Robert Lieberman.)
  25. The Thing (1982, Horror/Sci-Fi, John Carpenter.)
  26. Ginger Snaps (2000, Horror, John Fawcett.)
  27. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971, Horror, Robert Fuest.)
  28. Pretty Poison (1968, Thriller, Noel Black.)
  29. The Ugly (1997, Horror, Scott Reynolds.)
  30. C.H.U.D. (1984, Horror, Douglas Cheek.)
  31. They Live (1987, Sci-Fi, John Carpenter.)
  32. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974, Horror, Tobe Hooper.)
  33. Piranha (1978, Horror, Joe Dante.)
  34. Raw Meat (1972, Horror, Gary Sherman.)
  35. Death Proof (2007, Horror, Quentin Tarantino.)
  36. Candyman (1992, Horror, Bernard Rose.)
  37. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986, Horror, Tobe Hooper.)
  38. The Diabolical Doctor Z (1966, Horror, Jess Franco.)
  39. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961, Horror, Terence Fisher.)
  40. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974, Horror/Kung Fu, Roy Ward Baker.)
  41. Maniac (1980, Horror, William Lustig.)
  42. Night Creatures (1962, Horror, Peter Graham Scott.)
  43. Horror of Dracula (1958, Horror, Terence Fisher.)
  44. Vice Squad (1982, Thriller, Gary Sherman.)
  45. Cat's Eye (1985, Horror, Lewis Teague.)
  46. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976, Action, John Carpenter.)
  47. Stir of Echoes (1999, Horror, David Koepp.)
  48. The Entity (1982, Horror, Sidney J. Furie.)
  49. Predator (1987, Sci-Fi, John McTiernan.)
  50. Blue Steel (1990, Thriller, Kathryn Bigelow.)
  51. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, Horror, Charles E. Sellier, Jr.)
  52. The Pit (1981, Horror, Lew Lehman.)
A few stats to bring it all together (because I'm kind of a nerd):
  • 39 horror flicks.  Kinda saw that one coming.  I try to bring in other genres (9 sci-fi, 4 weird thrillers, 2 '70s action flicks), but horror usually wins the day.
  • Both John Carpenter (my favorite topic to write on) and Terence Fisher (Thanks, Hammer Films Month!) directed 3 MMOTW's from the first year.  Directors with two films on the list include Ti West, Tobe Hooper, and Gary Sherman (my favorite underloved director).
  • Also predcitable - Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing lead in appearances by an actor (as far as I can tell) at 3 each.  Other actors with two films on the list include The Mike faves like Kurt Russell, Keith David, Ron Silver, Sam Rockwell, and Tom Noonan.
  • Counting her cameo in Phibes, Caroline Munro leads actresses with three appearances.  Jamie Lee Curtis pops in twice.
  • I'm a little surprised how often I went with films from the '80s (17 flicks), and I especially seemed to go there a lot in the final months of the year.  The '70s followed with 11, and may have had more if I hadn't covered a lot of my favorites in FMWL's '70s Cult Project.
  • After those decades, the '60s sent 8 films while the '90s and '00s each had 6.
  • Only one female director (Bigelow for Near Dark).  On the bright side, that's tied with the one Stephen King adaptation (Cat's Eye).
What's the point of it all?  Heck if I know.  But if you wanted a one stop shop for flicks I love and would recommend for late night it is.  Can't wait to see what 2011's list looks like!

And now....The Mike's favorite MMOTW Screen Shots from 2010!  (Click to huge-ify!)

    1 comment:

    R.D. Penning said...

    It was a good year Mike. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings for Midnight Movie of the Week!