Nearly every week, DVD labels like The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate flood the market with horror movies, some of which had short theatrical runs, some of which played festivals, some of which aired on cable, and some of which are strictly straight-to-DVD. But are any of them any good? Hesitant to consign to the landfill the next Texas Chain Saw Massacre or Night Of The Living Dead, we endeavored to watch as many of these relatively unheralded horror titles as possible over the course of a week, and to determine which might become the horror classic of tomorrow. The “potential classic rating”—on a scale of 1 to 10—judges in part the overall quality of the movies, but also the possibility that horror fans will discover them and make them staples of dorm rooms and sleepovers for years to come. By the end of the week, The A.V. Club discovered at least two movies—one American, one Italian—that should be at the top of every horror fan’s “to watch” list. And we found a lot of recurring themes in the horror of 2008, including the enduring appeal of zombies, a fondness for hospitals, and a shift away from torture-porn and towards Rob… Read full this story
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