In the empty, rock-strewn landscape of the New Mexico desert, a meteorite pierces through the cloudy sky. It hits the ground in billows of dust.  Just where it has made impact, a treacly black ooze spreads over an abandoned magazine, absorbing its imagery.  On the front cover, a picture of a famous adult entertainer, Julianna (Lauren Ashley Carter).  Her hair is in long curls; she wears a negligé.

South London, City lights in the distance. The crepuscular gloom envelops a man felled by loss, drink and impending homelessness. Jimmy McCabe is losing his home as a number of Londoners now do, through building redevelopment schemes which gut neighbourhoods of their old communities. He has nowhere to go, and no loved ones. Yet this is a quietly exhilarating film, visually beautiful, and at times nerve-rackingly exciting.

There must be at least a hundred great horror films.  Determining the top hundred is easy, the top five impossible. Rather than omit too many of the greats, and tempt film buffs and the undead into vengeful revolt, here’s instead five of the best.  All prised from a seething mass of horror, and chosen because they tell the story of something very specific: that moment when dread arises out of the banal, and lingers, sticking to the skin like cold damp ectoplasm, for days and weeks.  An overwhelming melancholy dread, inspired by loneliness, at times feared more than death.