The Terror Test Canon

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THE TERROR TEST podcast is a conversation between two horror fans who weigh the merits of films to decide whether to admit them into the sacred horror canon. We want to know what is worth recommending to the “uninitiated” and what to watch next.  We review the films on the basis of SCARE FACTOR, MONSTER QUALITY, and PRODUCTION.  A film needs a unanimous vote in all cateGORIES to receive an induction into the canon.  Those movies that fall short of a unanimous vote will receive an honorable mention.

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*SPOILER ALERT* The recordings contain many spoilers and it is recommended that listeners watch the film BEFORE listening and weigh in their votes in the comments.

Our current canon and upcoming episodes are below:

THE CANON

Nosferatu (1922)
Vampyr (1932)
Psycho (1960)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Exorcist (1973)
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Black Christmas (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Jaws (1975)
Shivers (1975)
Carrie (1976)
Eraserhead (1977)
Suspiria (1977)
Halloween (1978)
Alien 
(1979)
The Brood (1979)
Cannibal Holocaust (1979) *Explicit Content*
Friday the 13th 
(1980)
The Thing (1982)
Videodrome 
(1983)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Evil Dead 2: Dead Before Dawn (1987)
Hellraiser
 (1987)
Candyman (1992)
Audition (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Pulse (2001)
Three…Extremes (2004)
Wolf Creek (2005)
[REC]
 (2007)
The Orphanage (2007)
Antichrist (2009)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
The Babadook (2014)
Goodnight Mommy (2015)
The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
Don’t Breathe (2016)
The Invitation (2016)
The VVitch (2016)
The Monster (2016)
IT (2017)
Mother! (2017)
The Transfiguration (2017)
A Quiet Place (2018)

THE LITERARY CANON

The Turn of the Screw (1898) by Henry James
The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (1907)
“The Birds” (1952) by Daphne du Maurier
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959)
The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty
Carrie by Stephen King (1974)
The Hellbound Heart (1986) by Clive Barker
The Girl Next Door (1989) by Jack Ketchum
Let the Right One In (2004) by John Ajvide Lindqvist
“Guts” by Chuck Palahniuk (2005)

HONORABLE MENTION

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Cat People (1942)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Les Diaboliques (1955)
The Fly (1958)
Psycho by Robert Bloch (1959)
Black Sunday (1960)
The Innocents (1961)
The Birds (1963)
The Haunting (1963)
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
Kwaidan (1964)
Frenzy (1972)
The Wicker Man (1973)
House (1977)
Rabid (1977)
Zombie (1979)
Scanners (1981)
Gremlins (1984)
Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter (1984)
They Live (1988)
The Exorcist III (1990)
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Let the Right One In (2008)
[REC 2] (2009)
** A Serbian Film (2010) – Terror Tested but NOT RECOMMENDED
Under the Skin (2013)
You’re Next (2013)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Crimson Peak (2015)
It Follows (2015)
The Fireman (2016)
Green Room (2016)
I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House (2016)
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Southbound (2016)
Alien: Covenant (2017)
The Lure (2017)
The Ritual (2017)
Hellraiser: Judgement (2018)
The First Purge (2018)
Halloween (2018)

BIBLIODROME

Hitchcock by Truffaut (1985) by Francois Truffaut
Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (1992) by Carol J. Clover
Shock Value  (2011) by Jason Zinoman

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