Stephen Thrower

Musician; writer

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Dead Ringers

1988

David Cronenberg

Dogville

2003

Lars von Trier

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004

Michel Gondry

Female Trouble

1974

John Waters

Inland Empire

2006

David Lynch

Irreversible

2002

Gaspar Noé

Performance

1970

Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg

Possession

1981

Andrzej Zulawski

Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The

1974

Tobe Hooper

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

After hours spent in mute agony staring at a list of 40 titles, I’ve chosen to prioritise recent marvels over sacred monuments; four of these films were made in the last ten years. Of the old masters, only Hitchcock eluded my broom, although the absence of Kubrick and Polanski grieves me terribly.

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