Last year, when Shutter Island released date was approaching, Martin Scorsese shared his top 11 horror films. You won’t find any film released past 1981 and this doesn’t surprise me.
1. The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963)
2. Isle of the Dead (Mark Robson, 1945)
3. The Uninvited (Lewis Allen, 1944)
4. The Entity (Sidney J. Furie, 1981)
5. Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1945)
6. The Changeling (Peter Medak, 1980)
7. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
8. The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)
9. Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1957)
10. The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)
11. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
As you can see Isle of the Dead (1945) directed by Mark Robson is number two on his list. Interestingly enough if you read the brief synopsis you can see Scorsese had Isle of the Dead in his head when he was preparing Shutter Island. Both concern two people who travel to an island and, for differently terrifying reasons, get stranded there for an uncomfortable few days.
If I have piqued your interest and you wish to see the film, you are in luck. Youtube has the film (in its entirety) . Here is part one:
We have to wait a little longer for Shutter Island, it expected to be released on March 12th.
You can tell a lot about a director’s choice in favorite films. I am happy he listed The Exorcist and The Shining, which are two of my top favorites. Speaking of The Shining, I still can’t understand why Stephen King hated how Stanley Kubrick adapted his story.
What are your thoughts about Scorsese’s? Are you surprised at his choices for favorite horror film? Have you ever seen Isle of the Dead?