Alt Film Guide
August 27, 2013
I tend to ignore top 100 film lists because they are usually made by people who know little about movies beyond Hollywood stuff made in the last 15 or 20 years. But the list of "100 scariest movies" compiled by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association does include several oldies and even, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films.
Since I'm a total wimp when it comes to scary movies, I found it curious that several titles in the Chicago critics' list left me utterly unimpressed (e.g., Misery, Psycho, The Exorcist), while others that - whether good, bad, or so-so films - gave me nightmares for days (e.g., El Espinazo del diablo / The Devil's Backbone, The Fog, Mulholland Dr.) are nowhere to be found in it.
Also, I couldn't find any Lon Chaney vehicles or any of the neo-horror Japanese films that have found a large audience worldwide. Either I missed them, or perhaps Lon Chaney and Japanese horror films aren't available in Chicago.