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Rhino’s Horror – Desert Island Films

Ryan from Rhino’s Horror has kindly submitted his Desert Island Films. Read on for his choices and reasons, and be sure to check out his site.

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Desert Island Films is about choosing 8 films you would take if you were going to be stranded on a desert island and explaining your choices. They don’t necessarily have to be your favourites, just 8 films, no more or no less! You are also permitted to take one book and one novelty item which must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.

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Rhino’s Horror – Desert Island Films

1. Night of the Living Dead –

I knew right away that I had to have George A. Romero’s classic flesh eating tale Night of the Living Dead on this list. The reason why this one was so easy is because it’s the first movie I ever watched that I can remember. The reason I remember it so vividly wasn’t because I was scared — although I should have been considering I was 5 — but because I was fascinated by the fact that someone can create monsters and put them on screen to do whatever they please! After that, the rest is history as they say because it created my fascination with all things horror. And if you’re wondering how — as a 5 year old, I got my little hands on a copy of Night of the Living Dead — it’s pretty simple. My aunt owned it on VHS and when everyone was in the other room I popped it on and fell in love.

2. Psycho –

This is another film that I’ve always held close. As a horror fan you have to appreciate Alfred Hithcock’s classic slasher. It paved the way for the horror genre and inspired many of the horror icons we know of today. Without Norman Bates we have no Michael Meyers and so on. Psycho proves that the scariest monsters aren’t the one’s with claws and sharp teeth but instead are humans, which are the scariest monsters of all.

3. The Birds –

Another Hitchcock classic. The Birds is such a fantastic thriller and one of the very first films to make the human race seem so small. Other than the dated special effects, the suspense holds its own in an amazing way. One of my all time favorite scenes is when Tippi Hedren is sitting outside the school yard and not an ounce of music is used; just the innocent singing of the school children. As she sits there smoking her cigarette you see one bird land behind her followed by a few more. When she finally turns around theres a countless number of birds behind her just watching. It’s such an eerie moment in the film and proves exactly why Hitchcock earned the title: Master of Suspense.

4. Evil Dead II –

I absolutely adore this film. Between all of the chainsaws, severed heads, and soul swallowing there’s a level of humor that isn’t often reached in horror films which is why I couldn’t live without it. Groovy!

5. Suspiria –

“The only thing more terrifying than the first 80 minutes of Suspiria… is the last 10”. How does that tagline NOT draw you in!? The horror genre’s Italian Stallion, Dario Argento, created this unforgettable film that masterfully uses colors in order to create a visual style that is unmatched. This is Argento at his best with a truly incredible film that every fan of the genre should see.

6. The Thing –

Being a huge fan of the sci-fi genre I had to have John Carpenter’s The Thing on the list. The Thing — in my humble opinion — is the perfect horror film. The practical effects and relentless suspense really pushes the boundaries in the sci-fi genre. Other than grown men wearing rainbow pants (god I hate clowns) there really isn’t anything much more terrifying than being completely isolated with a bunch of people you can’t trust. You’re left guessing up until the very last frame and beyond leaving an impression that will last a lifetime. Carpenter’s classic is home to another one of my all time favorite horror scenes that involves a petri dish and some alien blood.

7. Taxi Driver –

While there are too many brilliant Martin Scorsese film’s to choose from I had to go with Taxi Driver simply because it was the very first time I was exposed to any of his work. The journey of Travis Bickle as you follow him through a mad world of garbage makes for one of the best film’s I’ve ever seen. Simple as that. Also, if I could give Travis some advice I’d tell him not to take Betsy to a porno film for their first date. That’s clearly second date stuff. C’mon man.

8. Oldboy –

Torture? Check. Revenge? Check. Extreme? Check. Possibly Park Chan-wook’s best film features one of the greatest action scenes of all time involving a score of baddies and a claw-hammer. It always surprises me as to how few of people have actually seen this classic film. If you’re one of those people, please check it out; as long as you can stomach a few gut-wrenching scenes that is.

Book – The Stand

What’s there not to like about Stephen King’s epic tale of a world wiped out by Captain Trips. Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read and it certainly lives up to the hype. Reason why I loved this book so much is because all of the characters in it are written so well and it’s quite an amazing story as you see what good people have to do in order to survive against true evil.

Luxury Item – Jar of vitamins!

It’s important to take your vitamins kids. If you’re stranded on an island that means between drinking your own piss and eating some bugs you find in the sand you probably aren’t eating very well and not getting your daily vitamins. This will ultimately lead to scurvy; so if I can avoid looking like the Swamp Thing I’m certainly going to.

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Thanks again to Ryan for taking the time to join the prestigious Head In A Vice ”castaway” list. If you would like to submit your choices and add your name to this list, please drop me an email to – tysoncarter@hotmail.co.uk

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks Tyson! Glad to finally be a part of your Desert Island Films, it was a blast!

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    • Thank you for joining buddy, I really appreciate it! When I get back from work ill add your site to the list of other castaways 😉

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  2. Thanks again for doing this Ryan. Love your choices, especially Oldboy & Taxi Driver. A really all out horror list, excellent work my friend. 🙂

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  3. Great list – I’ll be taking up your recommendation about Oldboy so thank you for that! 🙂

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  4. atothewr

     /  October 16, 2012

    Great list, one of my favs so far – I wondered as I read this if someone had taken my second list and given it to you. Nice one. Oldboy has one of the sickest and craziest twist endings you will ever see. I screamed so loud when I saw it for the first time.

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  5. Excellent choices. Still recovering from that scene in Suspiria where she falls into the barbed wire. Amazing.

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  6. Amazing list!! Very happy to see Suspiria and Oldboy on it! And The Stand! I read it once a year. It gives me chills every time. By far my favorite King novel.

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  7. Haha, awesome choices! Nice move there with the vitamins!

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  8. I’m reading The Stand at the moment – keep getting distracted with other things but so far I’m really enjoying it. I’ve loved every book by Stephen King that I’ve read – Cujo and Pet Cemetart being my favourites so far.

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  9. GaryLee828

     /  June 1, 2013

    Wait, Ryan didn’t choose “The Shining”? And you liked the Evil Dead 2 more than the original?

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