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Horror Power Ranking List – June 23, 2008

I’d like to take a moment to talk about the biggest story this week: The passing of Stan Winston. As shocking as his sudden passing was, it’s even more shocking to me how few people knew who he was. Sure, they knew his creations — the Alien, Predator, the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park — but Stan Winston’s name should be as well known as Jim Henson’s. I would have hoped such recognition would have come in life, but if he becomes a household name now, so be it. If you do one thing this week, tell everyone you know who Stan Winston was, and what he did.

Okay, after the number one slot, back to the snark:

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Horror Power Rankings
Rank LW   Movie (or Comic, etc.)
1 stanwinston-75x75.jpg Stan Winston
Words can not do justice to how great this man was, and how deeply his passing will be felt not just by the film industry, but also by anyone who enjoys film. Which, let’s be fair, is everyone. Read more about it here.
2 1 hapening-75x75.jpg The Happening
Yeah, I liked it. What up, people? If it wasn’t for the above item, M. Night Shyamalan’s horror flick would still be sticking it out at number one. Shyamalan is a masterful horror director, the film looks great, and it did well at the B.O. So there.
3 5 mirrors-75x75.jpg Mirrors
The Kiefer Sutherland flick has been routinely hated on, at least on the Internet. But every new still, every new poster, every trailer makes this look like a spooky fun time, and personally, I can’t wait.
4 taken-75x75.jpg Taken
The trailer for this Liam Neeson kidnapping thriller just popped up on the ‘nets, and on my radar. Though there’s been a fair share of “father goes after the kidnappers” thrillers, Neeson’s monologue kicks arse, and the movie looks frightening.
5 mummy-75x75.jpg The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
This is turning into movie trailer week on the Power Rankings, but a new look at The Mummy 3 over at Papa Johns (Really? Really.) reminded me just how much fun the undead action series is. And also that Brendan Fraser can be awesome.
6 2 strangers-75x75.jpg The Strangers
Though The Strangers is slowly fading out of theaters, and our minds, there’s been talk of a sequel. Honestly, I hope  [*spoilers on*] Liv Tyler’s character goes all Ripley on the Strangers’ alien nest. [*spoilers off*] That would be rad.
7 troll-75x75.jpg Troll
Ali Lohan, Lindsay Lohan’s little sister, and creator of the most hilariously titled album ever (A Lohan Family Christmas) is up for a role in the Troll remake. A Troll remake? Starring a tiny Lohan? Must. Stop. Laughing.
8 7 fridaythe13th.jpg Friday the 13th
So here’s a question: With torture porn ruling at the B.O., The Strangers a huge hit, and Jason almost 30 years old, how relevant is the slasher series to horror?
9 3 rosemarys-baby-75x75.jpg Rosemary’s Baby
It seems like no one else was really upset about the Rosemary’s Baby remake (Reminder: I think the original is boring), so yay to Platinum Dunes. Though, the fact that no one is really buzzing about this at all isn’t a good sign.
10 10 twilight.jpg Twilight
And now, a song: Oh where, oh were has my Twilight gone. Oh where, oh where can it be? With it’s hot young cast, and it’s youth appeal, oh where, oh where can it be? Seriously, what’s the haps, Twilight? You gonna give me any news, or what?
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