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Let’s face it – 2009 was a tough year to be a horror fan. Personally speaking, it was a colossal disappointment to see two of the greatest slasher icons resurrected with less than stellar results. Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers have been down rocky roads before, but their most recent misdeeds are among the worst in either canon. Pot farms and underground tunnels are hardly synonymous with the name Friday the 13th, and you should never, ever think white horses and hobos when talking about Halloween. When Tom Petty sang the good old days might not return, he must’ve been looking at 2009.

But it wasn’t all bad. Sam Raimi made his long-awaited return to the horror genre though, for some reason, horror fans by and large decided to pass on the affair due to its PG-13 rating. The result was a surprisingly low box office take for such an anticipated event. Weak box office also affected Lionsgate and its sixth Saw movie – a shame since it was actually the best in the series since James Wan’s original.

And we can’t mention 2009 without discussing the real snake in the grass - Paranormal Activity. Love it or hate it, the runaway success reminded everyone the world over that horror is far from dead. Maybe we’ll even get a few more scary haunted house flicks before Hollywood can finish milking the soon-to-be trend of ghost/demon flicks. I know a lot of people have been baffled by PA’s success, but I’ve been afraid of my creaky, noisy house ever since watching. Mission accomplished from where I stand, Oren.

And there were other gems, too – most of which will be included in my list of five favorite genre-related films. Before launching into the list, however, I’d like to take this opportunity to make some honorable mentions of films I feel deserve a little pat on the back – even if they don’t quite make the list:

My Bloody Valentine 3D review!My Bloody Valentine 3-D

Nah, it’s not amazing, but as a huge fan of George Milhaka’s 1981 slasher, I had a good time with the updated version. Todd Farmer’s script takes the same premise and turns it on its ear, offering plenty of surprises for audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with the original story. Director Patrick Lussier keeps things light and fun – channeling the spirit of the 1980s in several moments. He’s also not afraid to give his characters a few sequences to develop outside of the 3D splatter – a welcome decision. Jaime King proves to be a very good final girl, and Kerr Smith is by turn smarmy and sympathetic as the modern day Axel Palmer. Only Jensen Ackles falls flat as the tormented Tom Hanniger.

As an added bonus, MBV 3D gave horror fans a chance to see Tom “The Man” Atkins back on the big screen once again. Not perfect, but a great example of how to respect the source material while doing your own thing. I still prefer the town of Valentine Bluffs as the location of Hanniger Mines, but Harmony is a fun place to visit, too. Just not as often.

The Last House on the Left

Was there any reason to remake Wes Craven’s Last House? Absolutely not. The 1972 classic is an angry product of its time, an example of the disillusionment growing here during the last years of the Vietnam War. Is it a coincidence then that Craven returned to his most controversial film during another needless and unpopular war? The new version, directed by Dennis Iliadis, doesn’t obliterate the peace and love generation the way in which the original did – which robs this remake of much subtext and purpose. However, it strengthens the narrative in lots of ways, producing stronger central characters and (wisely) jettisoning the lame comic relief that throws the original off-kilter.

The biggest problem here, though, lies in the villains. They never reach the uncomfortable depths so effortlessly obtained by David Hess and Fred Lincoln in the original. They’re totally serviceable, but forgettable. This is balanced out by significantly better roles and performances from the parents – played here by Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter. Their decision to take bloody vengeance upon their daughter’s attackers unfolds more believably and the actors convey great discomfort with their actions – grounding the film is uncomfortable reality. It’s a shame films of this ilk are always overlooked at awards time, as Tony Goldwyn’s performance makes this well worth a look.

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The Five Best Horror Films of 2009

5. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

It’s true that this was made and released overseas in 2008, but we didn’t have the chance to see it in theaters until Magnet released it this past July. As a documentary, it accomplishes its two most important goals: managing to be absolutely hilarious and entertaining while being informative.

Divided into three parts - sexploitation, horror, and action - this is a thorough examination of Australia’s history in exploitation, complete with interviews with dozens upon dozens of filmmakers and actors (even the late, great Richard Franklin is on hand), making this the perfect place to start if you’re unfamiliar with the subgenre. For those already well versed in Ozploitation, you can never, ever know too much about it.

Clips are well-utilized, and the participants are almost always entertainingly honest about the films in question. The section on horror is certainly the most interesting of the segments, but the whole thing is a delight: You’ll see George Lazenby burned in a stunt gone wrong, some of the most batshit insane stuntwork ever performed, and of course, some love for Howling III: The Marsupials, which makes it a winner in my book.

Drag Me to Hell (click for larger image)4. Drag Me to Hell

Horror fans have been begging Sam Raimi to return to the horror genre for years, and for a while it didn’t look like it was going to happen. It did, however, and while nobody would disagree that May was a bad time to release this one, its disappointing box office take left me absolutely baffled.

If the horror community isn’t going to turn out in droves for the triumphant return of Raimi, what will put them in theaters? Sure this is PG-13, but it doesn’t feel like it. It's one of the greatest funhouse rides ever committed to film, and while watching Drag Me to Hell, you can only wonder where in the hell the film is going to go next. Cats are sacrificed, eyeballs protrude from dessert cakes, and goats have never been more sinister.

This is the Sam Raimi well all know and love. Drag Me to Hell is probably his most entertaining work since Evil Dead II and the kind of kinetic horror film we never thought we’d see again. Least of all from the director of Spider-Man. Thanks for proving us wrong, Sam.

3. The House of the Devil

This is a brilliant artistic achievement for writer/director Ti West for two reasons: First, he’s delivered a legitimately creepy Satanic horror film – the kind which hasn’t been glimpsed for a very long time. Second, and more impressive, is that he accomplished what so many directors have tried (and failed) to do when using the word "throwback" to describe their films.

This is a bona fide relic from the 70s/early 80s. From the clothing styles, the settings (where did they find that pizza parlor?), and the meticulous art direction in every frame – it’s an authentically bygone horror film. It takes its cues from a dozen different films from that era without using any of them as a template. And that’s what really impressed me. The House of the Devil succeeds because West understands what makes older films work.

There’s the possibility that this would’ve been even higher on my list had I been able to see it more than once. It’s not going to be for everyone, but what film is? This fucker nails everything it sets out to do, and even now I look at it with total admiration.

2. Orphan

A great film from Dark Castle? Who would’ve thought it possible? In some ways Orphan is a bit of a throwback film itself. Invoking the style and spirit of so many slow-burn 70s films, it spends a great deal of time establishing itself before the bad shit starts happening to people we care about.

Vera Farmiga (in her second evil kid movie) is fantastic here, as is Aryana Engineer as her hearing-impaired daughter, Max. The fact that the film devotes some genuinely sweet moments to these two is a credit to director Jaume Collet-Serra, who understands that it takes good characters to lay the foundation for any great film.

Of course, the real star here is Isabelle Fuhrman. Esther is a twisted, evil little bitch, and Fuhrman captures every nuance of the character brilliantly. The film’s twist ending, which could’ve easily been a huge mistake, gives the film another disturbing dimension – thanks in large part to Fuhrman’s acting talent. If you haven’t seen this yet, rectify that soon. Orphan is just awesome.

1. Trick ‘r Treat

This is more or less a tie with Orphan for my favorite horror film of the year.

I’ve written so much about T’rT over the past few months that I can hardly find another word. I’ll just reiterate what I wrote in my Blu-ray review a few months back: "Somehow, Trick ‘r Treat manages to live up to the staggering hype surrounding its release – which gets my peers off the hook (they’ll be so relieved). It’s as fun and enjoyable as you might’ve heard, and now that I’ve seen it, I’m plenty pissed at Warner Brothers for deciding that the best place to experience it is in the confines of our own home. Not only does it restore my wavering faith in a genre that’s become too “dark and gritty” for its own good (thanks, Rob Zombie), but it’s also a reminder that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make a great film."

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2009

And now, THE WORST

Dishonorable Mention: Friday the 13th

Goddammit, Platinum Dunes, how did you fuck this one up? Unlike Ti West, you clearly don’t understand what makes older films work – despite your claims.

F13 isn’t awful but it’s bad. The filmmakers subscribed to the idea that you’re supposed to root for the bad guy, which doesn’t exactly make him scary. Characters are unlikable, annoying, and dumber than they ever were during the Paramount era. Beyond that, the decision to shoot the film in Texas robs it of the simple ambiance of the earlier Fridays. Instead of making a bona fide Jason movie, they tried to replicate the success of their earlier Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake by utilizing the same director and DP, which revealed a disappointing lack of vision from the creative team.

Derek Mears gives his all as a ferocious Jason, but I’d like to see a little less of John Rambo Jason next time around. Seeing him operate floodlights was a bit of a bummer, and don’t even get me started on those fucking caves. At least they got the New Jersey license plates right. Oh, and Julianna Guill does indeed have perfect nipple placement. That’s the best I can say for this mess.

 The First Cut review5. Vacancy 2: The First Cut

This sequel deserves credit for taking everything that worked so well about the first film and throwing it out the window. Suspense? Nope. Sympathetic characters? Hell no. This one can’t even be bothered to keep its characters in one location – having them trot off to any number of nearby locations as they try to elude the fledgling snuff filmmakers. It’s also boring and directed without a trace of the flair that made the first movie so good. I know that nobody was expecting anything from this needless prequel, but did it have to be this stupid?

4. Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead

I’m going to spend as much time commenting on this as Fox put into producing it. An idiotic script, awful make-up effects, and an endless stream of (bad) CGI kills sink this disaster and kill the franchise right where it stands. Refusing to bring Joe Lynch back for another go ‘round was a big mistake, but if Fox couldn’t be bothered to make a good Wrong Turn 3, it probably wasn’t going to make a difference.

3. Children of the Corn

This is every bit as bad as you’ve been led to believe – and then some. It should’ve been relatively easy to improve upon Fritz Kiersch’s 1984 adaptation of the Stephen King short, but these guys blew it. Big time. Let’s start with a protagonist whom the viewer doesn’t want to spend two seconds with, let alone an entire film. Then there’s the amazing Vietnam flashbacks brought on by shuffling through corn rows – at least these bits provoke unintentional laughter. There’s nothing else to hold your interest, let alone warrant a viewing. Until someone gets King’s story right, stick with the original film. It’s not perfect, but it's a masterpiece when compared to this.

2. The Box

Richard Kelly continues his steady descent into cinematic banality with this pathetic and cynical attempt to recapture Donnie Darko’s lightening in a bottle. Blowing up Richard Matheson’s short story Button, Button into a 90-minute feature was never a good idea, but that didn’t stop Kelly from trying. To expand on the ideas set forth by Matheson, Kelly takes us to outer space, citing aliens as the culprits behind the mysterious box.

And this script is just one of the problems. It’s incompetently directed and features two of the most uncharismatic leads (James Marsden and Cameron Diaz) in recent memory.

1. Halloween II

Once again: I’m a fan of Rob Zombie’s music and his 'original' films. But I just can’t find a goddamn thing to like about either Halloween movie. This sequel is perhaps a smidge better than the first one, but it’s such an ugly, repugnant, and boring disaster that I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy.

While there are some very good actors on display here (Brad Dourif and Danielle Harris, especially), the abysmal script fails them on every occasion. Ditto the premise of the film: Traumatized survivors of a maniac’s killing spree trying to move on with their lives is a good idea. Maybe Zombie could’ve made it work had he allowed someone else to write it. Here, Michael Myers is a gritty serial killer that somehow survived a gunshot to the head. He spends half the movie suffering from white horse hallucinations while trekking through fields en route back to Haddonfield, murdering any degenerate that gets in his way. It’s very boring stuff with the character being robbed of any mystique he might have once had.

Zombie tried, but he also failed. Miserably.

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Revolver's picture

Oh man, I keep remembering good movies that I have not seen listed here, but then again these are my opinions. The Tripper, Otis, Satans Little Helper, Night of the Creeps, Trick r Treat, Hardware, Punisher War Zone (not horror I know but gruesome anyway), Severance, Severed (I liked it), Botched, Mirrors (forgive me), The Host, Black Sheep (funny right?),Freak Out (pushing it I know), and Ink. Just some of my beer hazed mind thinking.

Not a monster, not a bogeyman. Understand that it's just a person-not worth devoting any nightmares to.


Submitted by Revolver on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 10:42pm.
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Did anyone add "REPO! The genetic opera" to their list of cool movies? I really liked it and it seems there is going to be a remake of sorts called "Repo men" Blatent rip off.

Not a monster, not a bogeyman. Understand that it's just a person-not worth devoting any nightmares to.


Submitted by Revolver on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 10:21pm.
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Wow! I looked up Repo Men on IMDB, and yeah, it's a big budget version of Repo! The Genetic Opera! without the music. There's big arguments on the boards having to do with what was written first and why isn't someone being sued?


Submitted by onenonlyheather on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 9:16pm.
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Hats off to Foy for taking the less predictable route and naming End of the Line his favorite of the year. After a wobbly 15 minutes of setup, the movie quite literally goes to Hell. What could have turned into a campy flick instead chilled my blood.

For anyone who hasn't seen it, here's the short that made me a fan of Maurice Devereaux:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCwKbUVyHLY


Submitted by jonny_numb on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 10:20pm.
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The fact that The Burrowers gets so little mention makes me wonder if anyone but the ladies can tell a great movie when they see one.


Submitted by Floydian Trip on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 3:37pm.
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did anyone put Mulberry st on their list? i thought it was original and for the budget extremely effective....i mean ZOMBIE RAT PEOPLE....genius...fucking genious

****but it wasn't 09 so ill just shut the fuck up!


Submitted by sav on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 7:58am.

Kind of sad I Can See You didn't get any mentions. It's starts off normal with a bunch of hipster ad-men going off into the woods to camp. Progresses the same as all horror films. Then BAM musical number awesomely placed for no good reason. Then back to normal again until the end where it veers off into an abyss of mindfuck nonsense only David Lynch could appreciate.

It certainly wasn't the best film of the year but it was so odd in awesome, quirky ways that it deserves to be seen.


Submitted by AngryChairr on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 4:38am.
moderator It's on my list to watch --
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It's on my list to watch -- just haven't had the time yet. But I've heard a lot of good things.


Submitted by Debi Moore on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 1:22pm.

Best flick of the year is "Triangle" dir by Chris Smith. H2 is better than the first one. And if you like Paranormal Activity, something's very wrong. Paranormal State on A&E does it better in 21 minutes a shot with quality music, good Cinematography and real scares, not a movie that has been made by countless others and just not seen by Steven Spielberg... that movie is like a cheap loser band who can't play like "Fall out Boy" (I was sound engineer..got the real scoop on those cats) catching a break for knowing someone, not for talent reasons. Boo!


Submitted by rockhigh on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 10:32pm.
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*Parachutes in*

"Hey, where the party at?!?"

*Pause*

"Bollocks."

Good lists, folks! Thinking it over, 2009 doesn't seem to have been that bad a year overall. It was much easier to pull more great films from memory than terrible ones...but maybe that's due to mental trauma response, I dunno.

Creepy & Co., apologies for quite some length in the Comments, but get your trunks on for my list.

I’ve been lucky enough this year to have seen a few flicks that haven’t surfaced Stateside yet, but I’m sure you guys will love ‘em. To keep things getting too messy I've also kept it to mainly theatrical/festival flicks. Straight to DVD is still way too easy pickings for the Worst. The decisions are always hard, so everything is in no particular order, but here are the movies that I most – and least – enjoyed in 2009.

Best:

THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
Ti West’s throwback to the late 70s/early 80s is so damn good you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d actually walked in on someone watching a lost classic. Unsettling, tense and just plain masterfully crafted, this Satanic Panic flick hits all the right buttons.

DRAG ME TO HELL
Sam Raimi returns to the genre with this slam-bang entry, oozing with an EC Comics style. While it certainly does lean on the comedic side of things, it never strays too far from what one expects from Raimi and the fantastic direction coupled with staggering sound design make for a truly theatrical experience. Welcome back, Sam, don’t disappear for too long.

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE)
An exceptionally easy choice for my Top 10, Tom Six’s film is disturbing, gut-churning madness and features one of the best on-screen villains of the decade. Every horror fan needs to see this. When that will be possible, I don’t know...but I hope it’ll be very soon.

LA HORDE
I’ve said it before about this one – Left 4 Dead: The Movie. There you go. Fast paced, bursting with action and just plain adrenaline-fuelled, La Horde is a blast from start to finish. If you’re not a “running zombie” hating puritan, throw this to the top of your zombie-lovin’ wish list.

DISTRICT 9
Not just a member of my top five for the year, but my undeniable number one. District 9 is nothing short of absolutely astounding. The greatest theatrical experience of 2009, and also the best at home courtesy of the mind-blowingly awesome Blu Ray release.

Honourable mentions include HEARTLESS, THE HILLS RUN RED, SPLINTER, SAW VI, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE CHILDREN, TRICK 'R TREAT, SALVAGE and TORMENTED.

Worst :

JENNIFER'S BODY
An utter heap of faux-edgy tripe, I just wished the entire damn cast would “shutty” and get the credits rolling already. Was Jennifer’s character supposed to change as part of this, or did I miss something besides from some bigger teeth? I know it has its fans, but for me this was almost unbearable.

HALLOWEEN II
“Fuck! Fuck! FUCKKK! Aaaahh....fuck...fa...fa, fa, FUCK! FUCK-kak-kaaa, a-huuu, aa-huukkk, fuck...”
Rob Zombie pisses all over the series again.

FRIDAY THE 13TH
As a massive fan of the series, and Jason as an iconic slasher, this made me want to weep. More faux-grittiness from Platinum Dunes and while Derek Mears makes for a physically great Jason, he’s betrayed by the script. Jason keeps people alive but unconscious? He takes hostages now because they look like mommy? This isn’t a remake, just another shitty sequel. Double “fuck you” goes to the so-called “whole new film” of the extended DVD/Blu-Ray.

THE UNBORN
Jumby? Are you fucking kidding me?

GIALLO
Dario can try as much as he likes to claim that this was always intended as a send-up of the genre, or things beyond his control messed it up, but excuses are excuses and this is plain shit – a nice big curly yellow dog turd. Adrien Brody’s wobbling rubber nose might be worth the price of admission in laughs, but in the end it all just feels like one big joke aimed squarely at you, the unfortunate viewer.

Dishonourable mentions include CASE 39, PANDORUM, THE FINAL DESTINATION, BLOOD - THE LAST VAMPIRE and ANTICHRIST.


Submitted by Gareth Jones on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 8:37pm.

Friday the 13th is definitely getting too much flak here. It seems like everyone is getting too hung up on the lack of 'unique' kills. And while I agree that they were all pretty basic, they were at least brutal enough to be enjoyable. The film did was it should, and that was provide a solid reboot to get the rest of the sequels going again. It has a good actor doing Jason, and it established what sort of Jason he is (the 'wild woodsmen', as opposed to the 'invincible zombie'). It did have flaws (Jason taking a prisoner is wrong no matter how you look at it), but it's still a decent film (certianly better than some of the drek in the franchise, like Part II). It's a room-to-grow situation, and I look forward to further offerings.

Otherwise, I generally agree with the lists. I am very happy to see Paranormal Activity, Drag Me To Hell, District 9, and Trick 'r Treat getting lots of much-deserved love. I'd also like to give a high five to WIB for including the stellar Moon and The Foywonder for including the excellent Pontypool.


Submitted by Relaxing Dragon on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 8:18pm.
moderator Dragon, since you seem to be
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Dragon, since you seem to be so forgiving of F13, I'm curious as to what your worst *theatrical* picks would be. I really had a hard time coming up with anything (other than Jen's Body) that fit the bill as well as F13. Direct-to-DVD, no problem, but theatrically, nothing was worse than what Platinum Dunes did to Jason as far as I was concerned.

And thanks for the Moon love -- that film really needs to be seen by everyone!


Submitted by Debi Moore on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 1:27pm.

Apologies and standard excuses for the late post.

I must admit, my pickings for a worst-of-the-year list would be rather slim. This is mainly to do with the fact that most of the obvious choices (New Moon, Halloween II, The Final Destination) I didn't actually watch. I somehow found better things to do with my $11. I suppose if I could count sci-fi stuff I'd put Transformers 2 on (it was certainly a horror to watch).

So, under the reasoning of nothing being worse (matters of opinion notwithstanding), it could work on someone's list. I just don't think it deserves to be on any such list because I happened to enjoy it and think it a suitable reboot for the franchise (especially considering its other recent outings).

And yeah: Moon love all the way 8)


Submitted by Relaxing Dragon on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:30pm.
moderator Sorry man, but Friday the
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Sorry man, but Friday the 13th deserves its flack and then some. The kills were brutal? Really? They were as lame as they come. It's such a simple formula, really. It was botched about as badly as it could have been. The only redeeming value this has is its surprisingly good Cliffs Notes beginning and Derek Mears as Jason. Other than that it reeks ridiculously thick of Platinum Dunes looking to make a buck off of another franchise. And that's coming from someone who actually liked the Texas Chainsaw remake.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 8:23pm.
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I too also thought the kills were WEAK. My fav was the girl getting cooked in the sleeping bag, BUT, it was brief and not too graphic. I wish the scene would have been prolonged a bit, and been more graphic. Maybe I'm sick but watching someone burn (movies, JUST movies) is my favorite way to watch someone go. I really liked the dad getting cooked being tied to the tree in "The Hills have Eyes"!


Submitted by FireRam on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 9:22pm.

What really gets me is how everybody is hung up over kills. Kills, kills, kills. They are not the sole component of a good horror film; after all, what point is suspense, atmosphere, plot, and characterization, if everyone's worried about how inventive and dragged out the kills are? So, it seems that the film everyone wants is just "unique, stylized, and unrealistic slayings," after another without of the other components. Jeeze! ! !

Yet, "Friday the 13th" did not have any of these. Still, we are going to be bombarded with these half-developed films until we mature and evolve as an audience and demand better movies, instead of existing as the carnage happy automatons that we are.

Just saying...


Submitted by robertmundy on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 5:12pm.

Brutal in the simple sense of damage caused (the thrown ax kill, for instance). I simply don't see a botch here. It had the forumla down, what with the fair amounts of sex (and deaths to those who had it), it had the comic relief characters (who were actually funny for once), and it had Jason stalking everyone just on the other side of the wall/floorboards/what-have-you. Shoot, even his caves can be handwaved as something he dug and uses to do said stalking (I mean, he's got a lot of time on his hands, after all).


Submitted by Relaxing Dragon on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 8:46pm.
moderator Disagree completely. Here's
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Disagree completely. Here's all that had to happen: Kids show up. Kids die in creative and sometimes ironic ways. Roll credits. That's it. It's really that simple, and how this formula got screwed up is a complete and utter mystery. The Friday the 13th remake is over-produced, over-shot, over-thought, and not over soon enough. But its biggest sin? It's just not fun, and that's something that every Friday film, for all of their missteps and misfires, homo-erotic shaving bits and imposters, were.

In the Platinum Dunes remake we had the nonsensical missing sister/Jason takes a hostage subplot which single handedly killed said formula. The most creative kill was the machete through the head on the dock, the rest were cookie cutter at best. Come on a thrown axe? A stab in the throat with a screwdriver?

Even the The music is miscued.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 9:27pm.

I continue to think that you're getting too caught up on the creative kill aspect. Consider that in the beginning of the series, the kills weren't all that creative either (even not counting the Jason-less first entry). Mostly just a lot of machete stabbings and impalings and what-have-yous. It wasn't really until the middle of the series that all the kills really started to branch out. Considering this is supposed to be a restart, that sort of fits.

Plus, and this seems to just be me, I did have fun with it. Mainly, I admit, because I really liked the new Jason (even you guys did too). Since these movies basically revolve around him, when he's good and enjoyable to watch that makes the rest of the film enjoyable to watch (and I even had a terrible theater audience when I saw this (damn potheads in the back rows), still enjoyed myself). Though I admit the enjoyment aspect is a pretty subjective aspect (and it is missing that 80s charm that added to the classic series funness).


Submitted by Relaxing Dragon on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 11:51pm.
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I still do not see, and probably will never see how one can LOVE the original pieces of shit, but not like this new piece of shit.

As far as I'm concerned, they are all the same exact piece of shit, just molded in different ways.

Even though I enjoyed the Friday remake, but then again I saw it with a rowdy theater crowd who made the experience all the more enjoyable.


Submitted by The Buz on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 10:30pm.
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Because the original piece of shit at least had some innovative gags courtesy of Tom Savini...not to mention a sleazy low-budget 42nd St feel.

I'll take that over the MTV garbage Platinum Dunes gave us.


Submitted by Sirand on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 4:15pm.
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I was on the fence as far as the new Friday goes, but I think this reinventing is a conglomeration of all of the Friday movies. Trying to get the new audience into the Friday franchise is no easy task. This one movie combines all the other movies into one easy to swallow pill. Just imagine what Nightmare on Elm Street fans will have to sit through to bring new fans on board. Going into the way back machine to define what Freddy has become even tho the veterans already know the story.

Not a monster, not a bogeyman. Understand that it's just a person-not worth devoting any nightmares to.


Submitted by Revolver on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 10:55pm.
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Yes, they might all be the same film. True, there is no real story; it's just an environment with characters getting knocked off. But that's not the point. The whole point of this franchise is to do nothing more than entertain the audience and give them 90 minutes worth of great gore. That's why we love these movies, regardless of whether they're good (Part 4) or bad (Jason X). The remake didn't even remotely entertain nor did it have any great gore. The remake was an unredeemable piece of shit. At least Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X are fun to laugh at. There's nothing wrong with not liking these films, but in a world where we have 6 Leprechaun films, 2 Twilight films and 2 Transformers films, Friday the 13th looks positively stunning in comparison.


Submitted by LifeMi on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 12:48am.
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Nope, you never will understand.


Submitted by RingoJ on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 10:56pm.

Hmmm...maybe I should see the house of the devil.

Completely agree about 99% of these lists. Still don't understand why people dislike jennifers body so much. But, I do understand why train is the worst on one list. I really dislike torture porn films (that phrase reads like an oxymoron..."films" my ass). Really wish they would just stop making them altogether. I don't hate gore or explicit torture scenes, but they lose their effect after the third scene in 20 minutes.

Watchmen and district 9 are both fantastic horror tinged additions though!


Submitted by Axeslinger0u812 on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 7:59pm.

Pig Hunt got released here in the uk a couple of months ago and is easily one of the worst films I've seen this year!


Submitted by will graham on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 5:41pm.
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Like I said, it was everything I was looking for in that kind of movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the living fuck out of Pig Hunt. But I understand the hate. The beginning is too long. It just takes awhile for the really good shit to start, but once it does, it more than makes up for the beginning.


Submitted by The Buz on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 10:28pm.
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It seems to really be a love it or hate it kind of film. I know two people who agree with Buz and a couple who, like you, thought it absolutely sucked. Guess that's what makes the world go 'round!


Submitted by Debi Moore on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 7:34pm.
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And speaking about top ten lists, what about the
Foycast??? It´s the show i wait every year...

"Santo llamando a Blue Demon..."


Submitted by El Regio Dude on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 4:30pm.
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"Not Quite Hollywood" was an excelent pick, Fini.
That documentary is awesome!

"Santo llamando a Blue Demon..."


Submitted by El Regio Dude on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 1:10pm.

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