Sunday Jan 09, 2022

20. William Asher’s Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)

Wow! This classic manages to swaddle some truly transgressive, squirm-inducing discomfort in the gauzy warmth of William Asher’s 1950s-60s television eyeball. I don’t know what’s happening to my body, but I don’t like it. For a good time, watch this movie starring Jimmy McNichol, Bo Svenson, Julia Duffy, Steve Eastin, and an unfathomably epic performance from Susan Tyrell. Also, an early-career appearance by "William" Bill Paxton, because Billy needed to be menaced by more enemies!

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The Loathsome Things Official Top 10 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time List
(of those we've reviewed for an episode of Loathsome Things: A Horror Movie Podcast)

(1) Bob Clark’s Black Christmas (1974)
(2) Miike Takashi’s Audition (1999)
(3) Bob Clark’s Deathdream (1974)
(4) David Prior’s The Empty Man (2020)
(5) Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case (1982)
(6) Nicolas Roeg’s Don't Look Now (1973)
(7) Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth (2021)
(8) Nick Szostakiwskyj’s Black Mountain Side (2014)
(9) Howard Hawks/Christian Nyby’s The Thing from Another World (1951)
(10) Elle Callahan’s Head Count (2018)

Honorable Mentions:
Jeff Kwitney's Beyond the Door III (1989) – Not a great horror movie, but so much fun to watch!

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