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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010





Uncle Creepy's Picks

2010 was a really strange year for horror. It started off slowly with movies ranging from passable to utter shit, then there was the horror drought in which we were lucky to see anything at all, but holy shit did it end on a strong note. So without further ado … in no particular order here are my picks for best, worst, and flicks that came close to being both!

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010

Paranormal Activity 2
Just how in the world this movie worked is still beyond me. It defies all rational ways of thinking. Paranormal Activity 2 should have been a soulless cash-in meant only to ride the popularity of the first. Instead it provided some of the most rock solid chills and scares that I've ever had in a theatre. Literally this flick did the impossible.

FrozenFrozen
Though Adam Green is primarily known for the Hatchet film series and getting into as much trouble as humanly possibly, Frozen is easily his best work to date. Doing a flick about three people stuck on a ski lift isn't exactly the most exciting sounding premise for a film, but it's Green's smart and thoughtful script and intense execution that put this one on the top of the pile for 2010.

The Loved Ones
Though it's not available here in the States as of yet, there's no way that I could have written this list without including The Loved Ones in my Top 5. Believe everything that you've heard, folks. This flick lives up to its expectations and shatters them into a million bloody pieces.

The Human Centipede (first Sequence)
Seriously, what list is complete without a little ass-to-mouth action? Or, in this case, a lot of ass-to-mouth action. While not as disturbing as everyone made it out to be, I found The Human Centipede to be more funny than I did horrifying, but there's no denying -- this is one hell of a gross good time!

Piranha 3D
The end credits finished. I stood up. Walked three steps and then sat back down in my seat to watch the glory that is Piranha 3D over again. Easily the most fun I've had in a theatre in years, this trash is totally my treasure and is a flick I can see watching multiple times for many years to come. This is the feel good and dirty flick of the decade!

Honorable Mentions:
Hatchet II
Daybreakers
The Last Exorcism
Burning Bright
Shutter Island
After.Life
Black Swan
Let Me In

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010

Altitude
Why couldn't we just have a monster movie? Would that have been so wrong? Why did we have to get saddled with so much bullshit baggage about past lives, alternate realities, and whatever else you decided to ram down our throats? Altitude showed SO much promise and easily stands on its own two feet as my biggest disappointment of the year.

Resident Evil: Afterlife
Oh, how I loathe you. Can we please just reboot this franchise and make it more like the video game series we all love instead of a pointlessly flashy and completely braindead shit meal? Is it really that hard? Can no one else see how wrong things have gone here?

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Ah, Platinum Dunes. Thanks so much for taking one of the horror genre's crowning jewels and turning it into one of the single most soulless and senseless movies ever to be errantly ejaculated out by a studio in years. You guys are awesome. Here's to many more years of grit, lens flares, and orange gels!

Bitch SlapBitch Slap
Never before has a movie about hot chicks with lesbian tendencies been so dull. I can't even imagine a teenager popping a chubby to this ever-so-flaccid cock-tease of a movie. For the life of me I still don't even understand who this rancid bowl of drivel and fuck was marketed to. How I wish I could unsee it.

The Wolfman
Know why you're on this list, Wolfman? Yes, you were rated R. Yes, you were exceedingly gory! In all honesty, you really weren't even that bad. However, the simple fact that you have Rick Baker doing your effects and still went for an all CGI transformation is simply inexcusable and more than enough of a reason to ask you to respectfully blow me. Thanks, I'll wait.

Dishonorable Mentions:
Skyline
Legion
Clash of the Titans
Jonah Hex
Don't Look Up
Knife Edge
Road Kill
My Soul to Take

[The Buz]

[Thom Carnell]

[The Foywonder]

[Heather Wixson]

[Gareth Jones]

[MattFini]

[Nomad]

[The Woman in Black]

[Uncle Creepy]

[Andrew Kasch]


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NYC-Hearts's picture

While opinions can differ as to what constitutes a "horror" film on the margins, I really don't see any basis for excluding "Black Swan" from the horror camp (despite what some argue in comments below). Black Swan is a mash up of Powell/Pressburger's "Red Shoes," "Repulsion" and a lurid, unhinged pyscho-sexual giallo into a nasty piece of dread showing a mind fracturing beyond repair. Best horror film of the year, IMO.


Submitted by NYC-Hearts on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 9:12pm.
DavidFullam's picture

That's not Kasch. The real deal would name "Funny Games" at the best of the year. It "breaks the 4th wall" you know!


Submitted by DavidFullam on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 11:37pm.
LifeMi's picture

Here's my take on Best and Worst of 2010...
BEST
Dread. Absolutely loved it; I'm a jaded horror fan and it's really hard for a movie to freak me out. Dread did that and for that, I give DiBlasi HUGE creds.
OTHER FAVORITES
Daybreakers. Nice to see someone do a real vampire movie in the midst of the Twilight bullshit.
Let Me In. Not great, but a solid remake that is just as good as Let The Right One In.
[REC] 2. Once again, not a great film but it delivers and is a worthy sequel to [REC].
(Haven't seen Black Swan yet, but I'm assuming that will be a favorite as well).

WORST
A Nightmare on Elm Street. I didn't think it could get worse for Platinum Dunes after F13. I was wrong. Fuck this movie.
OTHER HATES
Legion. Should've been, at the very least, entertaining. It was dreadful in every possible way.
Saw 3D. I haven't liked a Saw film since the original, but this is easily the worst one.
The Wolfman. Not painfully bad, but for a Universal Monsters fan like myself, it was pretty disappointing.
The Crazies. It should've been crazy like the Dawn of The Dead remake, but it was pretty bland.


Submitted by LifeMi on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 11:03pm.
Shambling_in_Bandages's picture

There are an awful lot of "not-horror" films on those lists, considering that it's a Top 5 for an entire year. If pushed to do a Top 10, would we have seen a contributor saying "While not strictly a horror film, 'Dinner for Schmucks'..." or something similar?

Kidding, of course. But it does make me wonder what's wrong with a genre when its "Best of the Year" lists include sword-and-sandal fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers or documentaries about old horror films in order to make up the numbers to a whopping no. 5.

That's not knocking you fine gentlefolk at DC, so I hope you don't read it as such. I'm just wondering... what the hell is going on? Where have all the horror films gone?


Submitted by Shambling_in_Ba... on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 6:32pm.
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For my part, the list was difficult. I hadn't seen a lot of the non mainstream horror people seem to be raving about, so I thought it was a fairly weak year for the genre.

I'm sure you are referring tothings like Clash and Hex in worst categories. I made my lists based on what we reviewed on Dread, even tho those movies are a stretch as horror concepts.


Submitted by Nomad on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 8:01pm.
moderator I dunno, dude. I see lots of
Steve Barton's picture

I dunno, dude. I see lots of horror on every list? Which flicks in particular are you referring to? The only one's I can see being iffy are Never Sleep Again, and Best Worst Movie because they're movies about horror movies and not exactly horror in and of themselves. Still, they're on plenty of lists from other horror sites, as are Black Swan (which Aronofsky himself calls a horror movie, and a couple of others.

Maybe you mean Bitch Slap? Machete? Fringy, yes, but definitely within the genre. Again, horror is subjective. That's a main reason why people's lists have a tendency to be diverse.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 8:04pm.
Terminal's picture

I like these lists usually. I liked The Buz including The Walking Dead on his top 10, but the Worst 10 was a cop out of a sorts. I would have enjoyed a lengthier Top 10 and just skipped the worst 10 if he had none.

I have to say I really enjoyed Foy's list, even though I hated Human Centipede.

For Heather: Machete and Red Hill were not horror. You even called Red Hill a drama. And yet ANOTHER cop out for Worst 10 of the year. Focus on the good and not the bad? Sheesh, do you collect rainbows in jars, too?

Matt Fini's picks were my favorite in the best and worst category. Even if Best Worst Movie wasn't a masterpiece, I can see why it's on Top lists across the net.

With Nomad I'm not shocked you listed The Crazies as one of the best of the year. It was just a Southern Fried 28 Days later, goofiest piece of shit of the year.

With WIB, Triangle was in 2009, not 2010, but the movie is so fucking good, I don't care. Great bottom five.

For UC, I thought the Wolfman rocked, but I don't know, I can't understand why people hate it so much. Oh well, good lists.

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Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 5:08pm.
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In all honesty, I was working so much in 2010 that I really didn't see all that many movies. And the ones I did have time to see I made sure I saw the best ones I could. Thus I didn't see bad movies except for Nightmare on Elm Street. That and it sucked so much that it deserved an entire bottom five, lol.


Submitted by The Buz on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 6:39pm.
Terminal's picture

DC should then rethink their strategy on end of the year lists. Instead of asking contributors for lists and risk getting a Heather list of "It's better to be nice and not a big meanie head!" or yours, how about ONE pick from every staff member and compile it on one big list?

I notice this year's list was scant with members. In the early days you had about fifteen or eighteen lists with lengthy responses, this year was very bone dry.

ONE bad and ONE good pick from every member and use it as one big article would make more sense. It's obvious this year all the contributors didn't see a lot of movies and there weren't many to see a lot of horror films.

The lists were entertaining but they had a lot of choices not specifically horror (Black Swan is not horror no matter how you rationalize it), and were very brief.

Other sites really made a big deal out of it.
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Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 7:36pm.
moderator FYI the only year there was
Steve Barton's picture

FYI the only year there was more than 9 contributors to the list was 2007 when 14 staff members did theirs. From 2008 to present it's always been 9 or 10 at the most, so your scant contributor remark is completely inaccurate.

In terms of the lengths of the lists, they're just about the same and have been for quite sometime. Each person is asked to do a top five and a bottom five and write a paragraph or two -- at the most -- as to why they chose these flicks.

As for choices "not being horror", horror is subjective to the viewer and each person sees things differently. Unless of course you're Terminal and you believe that the way that you see things -- is for a fact -- how they are.

So here's to another year of your incessant bitching about nothing at all while trying to persuade others that we're changing our platform (4+ years going strong on that one) even though we haven't, wouldn't, and never will. And of course another year rife with you reviewing our reviews, nitpicking everything we do, saying staff is being defensive when we're just trying (in vain obviously) to address your 99% unfounded and ridiculously negative for no apparent reason remakes, saying we don't like you because you don't kiss our asses (thereby insinuating that the rest of our readership are ass kissers), and of course praising how other sites do things so much better than we do! :-)

Cheers! We love ya, buddy!


Submitted by Steve Barton on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 7:57pm.
Terminal's picture

Creepy, there's no reason for being such a panty waste. Just change the tampon and relax. I wasn't even criticizing you for once, I was actually just opening the line of discourse and hoping to open up a conversation because I enjoy lists.

And here we are once again where even though I say I like most of the lists, you're crying and stomping like a petulant kid because I didn't bow down and kiss your feet and claim everything you do is the bee's knees.

You're not hot shit, and I'm not going to treat you like you are. I try to approach everyone like an average person and I even complimented most of the lists.

Buz didn't even seem to care about my response, and explained why. I'm still not sure why you responded so angrily yet again or why my opinion matters so much you act like a wounded dog every time I express anything but complete praise for anything and everything you do.

Daddy issues, much?

Pardon me for responding to a list that usually attracts responses. Why do you even HAVE comments sections if when you actually DO garner responses it's usually defensive dribble about how people don't appreciate what you do and all that crap?

Come on man, either get a thicker skin, tone down the ego, or just eliminate the comments section. I actually felt I was a lot more easier on you guys than I was last year.

And yes horror is very subjective but Black Swan? Bitch Slap? Machete? Red Hill? No one can rationalize those choices.

But hey if you're happy just doing things the way they are, then by all means, continue on! It's your website, it's your house, you pay the bills, so don't let one user's opinion make you curl up in a ball sucking your thumb.

It's not like I'm going to change the website tomorrow or something.

Have a bottle, relax, and go take a nap. We'll talk when you're feeling better.
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"We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."


Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 8:31pm.
moderator LOL! Thanks for illustrating
Steve Barton's picture

LOL! Thanks for illustrating my points!

So here's to another year of your incessant bitching about nothing at all while trying to persuade others that we're changing our platform (4+ years going strong on that one) even though we haven't, wouldn't, and never will.

"And yes horror is very subjective but Black Swan? Bitch Slap? Machete? Red Hill? No one can rationalize those choices."

And of course another year rife with you reviewing our reviews, nitpicking everything we do, saying staff is being defensive when we're just trying (in vain obviously) to address your 99% unfounded and ridiculously negative for no apparent reason remakes,

"Buz didn't even seem to care about my response. I'm still not sure why you responded so angrily yet again or why my opinion matters so much you act like a wounded dog every time I express anything but complete praise for anything and everything you do."

saying we don't like you because you don't kiss our asses (thereby insinuating that the rest of our readership are ass kissers),

"And here we are once again where even though I say I like most of the lists, you're crying and stomping like a petulant kid because I didn't bow down and kiss your feet and claim everything you do is the bee's knees. You're not hot shit, and I'm not going to treat you like you are."

and of course praising how other sites do things so much better than we do! :-)

"But hey if you're happy just doing things the way they are, then by all means, continue on! It's your website, it's your house, you pay the bills, so don't let one user's opinion make you curl up in a ball sucking your thumb"

I wasn't angry at all, dude. Your posts make me anything but! I illustrated that you were being inaccurate and then said I was looking forward to another predictable year of you doing the above! Of which you're off to a great start! Besides! How could I get angry at such a very sexy internet rebel!

Just funnin' with ya! ;)


Submitted by Steve Barton on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 8:45pm.
Terminal's picture

No, no, I'm not insinuating the rest of your readers are ass kissers, but I notice that the news items never get comments, and when they do it's stifling praise, which is not uncommon. The site has its fans. But then the people who are insistent on posting less than positive remarks on articles and the like are greeted with defensive comments from you and the others.

And you mistake my comments for criticism when most times they're sarcastic comments, and sardonic humor.

But I did notice a change in the tides this year. In previous years the DC Best and Worst lists had a long list of contributors voicing the views on movies. There were Andrew Kasch, and Johnny Butane, Johnny Butane's wife, his wife's sister, their dog Scruffy, Morgan Elektra, Buz, you, WIB, et al.

And now it's a small list of people like Heather "Sunshine and lollips" Wixson, and few others posting lists of movies, half of which aren't even horror to begin with. Heather even called "Red Hill" a drama.

Every single horror site from the biggies like BD to small blogs are posting their Best and Worst lists this year with enthusiasm, I'm sorry expecting one of the biggies to make a big deal out of lists that are typically intended to provoke conversation and debate would.

Maybe your hearts aren't in it anymore, maybe people just didn't see many movies, maybe you're so arrogant you assume your lists don't need to be properly put together since the readers will come anyway, who knows?

All I was saying, which was meant to be constructive, was that if you're having difficulty compiling lists (which is apparent since Buz and Andrew Kasch are moving on to big projects after the fantastic Never Sleep Again), why not just have a different list next year?

Maybe one pick from every staff member and pile it on? Or maybe you just create categories like the Rondo Awards?

See this is me being constructive fan, not me being "negative" or "a troll," or "negative nelly," or "a prick."

You could either take that in record and file it away for next year, or just ignore it as you usually do.

As I said it's not my site, you have nothing to worry about from me.
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"We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."


Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 7:11pm.
moderator Dude, you're still on this?
Steve Barton's picture

Dude, you're still on this? Really? I said I was ribbing you.

First you post:

"Good Lists"

And then, after throwing your usual passive aggressive hissy-fit meant to illustrate what a non-conformist cool guy you are, you post:

"Maybe your hearts aren't in it anymore, maybe people just didn't see many movies, maybe you're so arrogant you assume your lists don't need to be properly put together since the readers will come anyway, who knows?"

Fickle much? LOL!

Then you wonder just why sometimes you are ignored. The thing is Terminal you hardly ever act as a "constructive fan". Maybe, just maybe, if you posted something along the lines of "Hey, I've got a possible suggestion for next year" instead of going into long winded unfounded diatribes about "daddy issues" etc, things would be looked at differently. That's never the case though. In nearly every single thing that you post there's always some kind of veiled smarminess, outright name calling, ridiculous accusations, etc. You have literally spent 4 1/2 years trying (and failing) to act as our conscience. That's why you are reacted to the way that you are. You reap what you sow, dude. It's nothing personal at all.

Again ... The lists, with the exception of the year 2007 when we had several more contributors, are nearly exactly the same in length, content, site exposure, and amount of people doing them. We do not tell our writers what to do with their lists as we feel their opinions NEED to be exactly that - THEIR OPINIONS. Some chose to number them in order, some don't. Some choose to look at a particular side. Others don't. That's what makes them unique and not stamped off of the assembly line crap.

In your quest to be an internet rebel you try ever-so-hard to point out whatever shortcomings you see fit that don't live up to your quality assured standards. Standards I may add that you yourself have never exhibited anywhere.

At this point I'm sounding more like a broken record than anything else so I'm done. Finito.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 8:20pm.
LifeMi's picture

While I don't agree with Terminal's rant, he does bring up one point worthy of discussion. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Best and Worst lists have followed the same basic structure since the beginning. I wouldn't mind seeing something new at the end of 2011. Maybe you could announce everybody's lists in parts. One day, you announce everybody's top five, then the next day announce everyone's top four and so on and so forth until you get to everybody's top film, then do the same thing for the bottom 5. That could be a good way to go about it. Just my suggestion.


Submitted by LifeMi on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:37pm.
moderator And it's one we'll totally
Steve Barton's picture

And it's one we'll totally consider for next year! Thanks for the feedback!


Submitted by Steve Barton on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:45pm.
LifeMi's picture

Question; how come Kasch didn't do a list this year? His absence was notable.


Submitted by LifeMi on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 9:19pm.
moderator Andrew's list was just added
Steve Barton's picture

Andrew's list was just added - he was on the road for the holidays. This addition makes this the largest collection of lists we've had since 2007. I'm sure he'll be glad to know he's been missed.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 9:39pm.

Well here's mine based on what came out here in the uk:

Best

1. Piranha 3D: the most fun I've had at the cinema in a long time.

2. Rec 2

3. Joe Dante's The Hole: Scarest movie of the year, weak ending but everything else before makes up for it. Brings back memories of the 80's when they knew how to make horror movies for the early teens audience.

4. The Crazies

Worst

1.Predators/Troublemakers studios: Can't remember the last time I came out of the cinema spitting venom. see the Predators thread on the forums to see why I disliked it.
3 movies in since seperating from the Weinsteins and Troublemakers studios have delivered inferior products that feels more like expensive video premieres than block busters made on a budget.
In fact Universal Soldier 3, Ninja, Undisputed 3 and The Marine 2 had better action scenes than Machete and Predators!

2. Legion: I never liked the look of it but had to go due to it being a friends birthday. the only person I know who likes it, also thought Skyline was amazing, what does that tell u?

3. Rampage: An Uwe Boll that's actually overated and I liked some of his earlier films. Badly improvised, a string of not very good action scenes and little plot and yet some people feel that this is the film Falling Down should have been?!!!!

4. Burke and Hare: Better than anything John Landis did during the 90's but still quite poor compared to his pre twilight zone films. The film isn't funny, and was more fun spotting the uk actors in the film than following the story.
Still As least Isla Fisher was seriously fucking hot as usual.

Just for the record, overall the most films I've enjoyed in general this year were either a remake, a sequel or produced by Nu Image.
And both Shutter Island and Inception had the most predictable endings I've seen in an acclaimed films in years!
there must be something wrong with me.


Submitted by will graham on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 8:37am.
Vanvance1's picture

Thanks for reminding me about 'The Hole'. This is vintage Dante and if I ever had kids would be a wonderful horror starting point.

P.S. Inception had a great ending. Hell, Inception was great. The only big budget movie of 2010 worth watching.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 5:18pm.
Vanvance1's picture

For me Gareth's is the DC list closest to my own views.

It's good to know a critic's taste because if it's similar to your own it becomes much easier to trust a review.

I truly fail to understand all the love given Shutter Island. Scorsese is painfully overrated and he created a technically proficient but otherwise dull and predictable 'thriller'. I wouldn't call it horror.

Ditto Frozen, it was competent but light on substance and impact. I really expected a lot more.

Kudos that most everyone hated the Nightmare on Elm Street remake.

P.S. Horror Director of the year has to go to Smith for the one two punch of Triangle and Black Death.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 6:49am.

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