a list by the Crow.
Another year, another list. While this should be the fourth such list to appear on The Corvid Review, it’s actually the third. 2017 was — for some reason — missed.
I’ve always held that horror is a difficult genre to work in. And while my list is largely unchanged from 2018’s, there are a few surprise additions I would like to call attention to, including some bonus mentions. Please keep in mind that this list is a subjective one, and does not necessarily reflect the quality of the movies that it leaves out.
As always, the Unified Rules shall be in play, dated as they are. An additional rule I shall be using is that only one movie by any single director shall be considered. Links to movies which have already been reviewed on The Corvid Review will be provided as and where necessary.
The reason these two movies appear together in these lists is owing to the similarities in their settings and themes. Isolation, paranoia, the fear of a panicked foreign other — these are the themes which tie these movies together. Much like another movie I could mention, I can’t enter them as separate entries. It’s clear that Alien is the superior work on a technical level, but then, The Thing has a better cast of characters. I think that these two will manage to find themselves tied together for a long time on these lists.
A surprise entry, for sure, MidSommar has by far been one of the better movies I’ve seen in 2019. Layered and capable of making the viewer feel the ups and downs the protagonist goes through, it might not serve to scare, but it’s an excellent example of horror. It comes as a highly recommended watch, especially considering the let-down that was Hereditary.
Tetsuo: the Iron Man continues its reign of madness on The Corvid Review. After three years, I find it difficult to say anything new about the movie. All I can say is: if you’re planning on giving it a watch, be prepared to enter a NEW WORLD (a theme which we shall revisit in this list very soon).
The Neon Demon was one of my favourite movies of 2016 (stopped only from claiming the year by the incredible Agassi/The Handmaiden). Much like MidSommar, it might not serve to horrify anyone, but it’s a work of art which uplifts the horror genre to heights it rarely touches any longer.
El Orfanato 
El Orfanato (The Orphanage) continues to be my favourite horror movie once again.
I won’t go on about the movie, since I think my thoughts are best served for a review (which I’ve been planning on writing for the last three years). All you need to know is that it comes with the highest recommendation I can give for a movie of its type.
Pan’s Labyrinth 
Some of you may have noticed two notable exceptions from this list. I can’t quite explain it, but I seem to be leaning towards more modern fare this year. And Pan’s Labyrinth retains its spot from last year because of it.
Pan’s Labyrinth is a wonderful movie: a dark fantasy tale, told through the guise of horror, and set against the troubled backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. It’s the kind of movie which leaves a stain in the mind of the viewer — a stain which leaves the viewer unhappy, but willing to accept the lie of fantasy. It’s del Toro’s masterpiece by a long mile, and it’s one which champions horror in ways you might not expect. It’s an adult story told through the lens of fairy tales suited for children.
Possession is, of course, one of the most sought-after reviews on The Corvid Review, and with good reason. It’s the kind of movie which leaves viewers wanting answers, and I think I have the right ones. It’s a strange thing when such an obscure, Kafkaesque work becomes one of your favourite movies, because there’s hardly anyone to speak to about it.
That said, Possession deserves all the accolades it gets and more. If you haven’t seen it, prepare yourself for quite the ride.
Psycho also retains its status on The Corvid Review. I would have spoken about it a little more, but is there really any point? The movie needs no introduction, and it shouldn’t. This isn’t recommended viewing. This is required viewing.
At long last, I’ve finally completed a review of Videodrome. Especially relevant in this day and age, Videodrome has taken on a new life with the advent of contemporary technologies; so much so, that I’m inclined to say that Videodrome, too, is required viewing. As long as you can stomach it, that is.
- Nosferatu the Vampyre
- The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
- The Shining
- The Silence of the Lambs
With all that said, I’d like to close out this list by wishing you all a Happy Halloween.
— Crow out.