The Dundee Theatre is billing Saturday’s all-night horror-film marathon “A Nightmare on Dodge Street.”
And what a nightmare it is. The lineup, which starts at 9:30 p.m., is loaded with fan favorites of the scary-movie genre, including “Psycho,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Halloween III: Season of the Witch,” “The Mist” and “The Shining.”
Theater manager Matt Brown threw in one campy schlock piece as well: “Killer Klowns From Outer Space.” He’ll also screen a couple of short films, including Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel’s “Un Chien Andalou.” Call 402-558-0397 for information. Advance tickets, $15, are available at the box office.
The Dundee’s lineup got us talking about the best and worst horror movies, plus those in-between titles and special favorites that are so deliciously bad that they’re good.
We asked readers their choices in each category, and scores of titles rolled into the newsroom within hours. Here’s a sampling of responses, which included all the Dundee’s selections. We’ll avoid those in favor of adding extra titles to the list.
But my favorite response came from Jo Ann Murray: “I don’t like scary movies. They scare me.”
We know just how you feel, Jo Ann. Bwahahahaha!
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SO BAD THEY’RE GOOD
Although meant to be scary, these films just came off as comical.
“Puppet Master,” 1990-2012.
“Unlike ‘Child’s Play,’ which has one doll chasing people around and killing them, now we have five. Done on a much lower budget than most, but these films still come across as both fun and scary.” — Billy Peck
“Snakes on a Plane,” 2006. “Bad dialogue. Sam Jackson playing a man with an Irish name. Snake vision. The movie told you exactly what you were going to get.” — Chris Rodgers
“Invisible Invaders,” 1959.
“Weird old cheeseball zombie film where aliens inhabit the bodies of the dead. And they’re all in suits! Scared the (dickens) out of me as a kid.” — David P. Murphy
“Countess Dracula,” 1971.
“Classic tale of doing horrible things to keep youth and beauty. Presented in classic Hammer Films fashion (a British studio best known for Gothic films made from the mid-1950s to the 1970s). — Jared Cvetas
“The Lost Boys,” 1987.
Corey Haim moves to a new town and suspects vampires are afoot. “It was a fun ride.” — Dustin Otradovsky
“The Room,” 2003.
Written, directed by and starring Tommy Wiseau. “Although not made to be a horror, the title makes it sound like one. Upon watching, you will see a horror of filmmaking.” — Andrew McGreevy
These titles, no matter how old, will have you sleeping with the lights on.
“Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte,” 1964.
“I have a visceral terror run through my bones from the memory of Bette Davis singing that song. It left a terrifying imprint on me.” — Susan Clement-Toberer
“Still totally creepy after 90 years, and Max Schreck is unnerving.” — J.D. Ackman
“Blair Witch Project,” 1999.
“My poor husband thought it was a real documentary through the whole movie.” — Cathey Huddleston-Casas
“The Exorcist,” 1973.
“It did me in. I slept with the lights on for a long time after that. And I don’t watch scary movies since.” — Denise Beukelaer Tharp
“Cabin in the Woods,” 2011.
“It’s awesome. The only problem is, if I explain why this movie rocks my socks completely into another time zone, I will have given away the movie.” — Liz Mulhern
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” 1978.
“I saw it when I was only 7 or 8. The whole concept of the pods eating you when you fell asleep kept me from a full night’s sleep until I was in junior high.” — Laura Leininger-Campbell
IN THE MIDDLE
Hey! They may not be the scariest, but they’re still a lot of fun.
“El Orfanato/The Orphanage,” 2007.
A film that manages to blend psychological thriller with horror. The ending is as heartbreaking in its loss as it is horrific in its reality.” — Chris Rodgers
“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil,” 2010.
Vacationing in their dilapidated cabin, two goobers are attacked by college preppies. “I don’t know if this counts, since it was technically a comedy, but it was great!” — Tommy Culhane
“The Human Centipede,” 2009.
A mad scientist captures and mutilates a trio of tourists, turning them into ... well, you know. Reader Doug Blackburn took the in-between category literally.
“The Wizard of Oz,” 1939.
“It’s the first scary movie most of us see. I still have flying-monkey dreams.” — Jordan Altman
“Fright Night,” 1985.
A teen discovers his neighbor is a vampire, but nobody will believe him. “The original starring Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall is both scary and funny.” — Mark Maser
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” 2007.
Revenge, romance, lust and cannibalism in old London. “It’s scary and funny and gory and bloody and — most incongruously — a musical, starring Johnny Depp.”
Bad acting, bad plots, these movies are just bad ideas all around.
“Any of the ‘Saw’ movies, actually. Gore does not scare me. Some scary movies dwell on shock value rather than actually setting up a distinct, suspenseful and frightening mood.” — Dustin Otradovsky
“Children of the Corn,” 1984.
“C’mon. I have yet to meet anyone in Nebraska that remotely resembles Malachai. Worst of the Stephen King films.” — Doug Blackburn
“Troll 2,” 1990, and “Silent Night Deadly Night, Part 2,” 1987.
“Only thing worse than a bad horror movie is a sequel to a bad horror movie. ‘Troll 2’ isn’t even about trolls. ‘Silent Night’ is an example of what not to do in the school of acting.” — Andrew McGreevy
“Trick or Treat,” 1986.
“Not to be confused with ‘Trick’r Treat’ (2007), an anthology film that captures the spirit of Halloween. I mean the one about rocker Sammi Curr, featuring Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne. Horror movies and rock’n’roll often seem to go hand in hand. Not the case here. Poorly executed effects and not enough horror make this a pretty low watch on your horror movie marathon.” — Billy Peck
“The Ruins,” 2008.
“The only thing I can remember is that it had your typical group of younger couples who made the typical cheesy, stupid decisions while on vacation. It was so bad that I would rather watch ‘Prom Night’ with Brittany Snow than ‘The Ruins’ again.” — Maggie Ott
“Vampire Circus,” 1972.
“Freaky bad.” — Debbie Cline