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The Buz's Picks

As per usual I failed this year as a horror fan and a movie fan in general. When I was working on Never Sleep Again, I didn't go to a single movie for at least five or six months. I'm still trying to catch up on what I missed. So sadly I didn't get to watch a lot of movies this year, but I did see at least five great ones and one really bad one. So without further ado here are my best and worst picks of 2010.

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010

AMC's The Walking Dead (click for larger image)5. "The Walking Dead"
What's this? A television show in a best movies list? Damn straight. Out of all the horror films to come out this year, "The Walking Dead" stood out to me, television or not, as being one of the single best pieces of horror entertainment to hit our genre in decades. Who'd have thought that zombies would have translated so well to television? Horror fans did. And it was nice to see just how right we all were. I look forward to next season and what it has to bring us in zombie shenanigans.

4. Shutter Island
Some may argue that this wasn't horror, but I'm one of the few people out there that considers the psychological thriller part of the horror genre. Besides, a chance to put a Martin Scorsese film on any list is reason enough alone to include this incredible film. From start to finish Shutter Island is mesmerizing. The cinematography, direction, acting, editing, and score are all top notch; and this truly was a treat to see in the theatre. It unfortunately got panned by many for having a predictable twist ending; however, I feel that the twist worked perfectly within the film and the movie isn't so much about it being a twist but more so about Teddy's last line of the film: “Is it better to live as a monster or die as a hero?” If the movie had come out 15 years ago, I think people would have hailed this as an instant classic.

3. Paranormal Activity 2
If you'd asked me last year which list I'd be putting PA2 on at the end of this year, I would have predicted my worst. As it stands, I would have been dead wrong. PA2 was every bit as scary and entertaining as the first film and succeeded in being one of the few horror prequels to actually work. And once again, the film has infinite replay power seeing as how the greatest joy with these films is to show them to your friends and watch them shit themselves with fear. And for the record: Fuck kitchens.

2. Piranha 3D
I don't really think I can say much more on Piranha 3D and just how mind bogglingly awesome it is. Talk about a film that perfectly encompasses the ideology of tits and gore. The greatest thing about Piranha, though, is it knows how ridiculous it is yet, at the same time, plays it straight. With this winning combination it never went too far either way and made it easily the most entertaining movie I've seen all year. If there is a God, he'll grant us a new killer fish movie every year that is every bit as good as this one was.

1. Frozen
I debated with myself on whether or not I should have Piranha 3Dor Frozen be number one. In the end I decided that while Piranha 3D was a rip roaring good time, it wasn't exactly a great movie by critical standards. Frozen on the other hand is a damn fine movie. I can't remember the last time I watched a film and truly felt the dread and sorrow that the characters felt in Frozen. Absolute empathy. That is just one of the many great things Frozen has to offer. I'm even more impressed with the film knowing that the crew actually shot on location and the actors really were 200 feet up on a ski lift. That alone is a fantastic feat for an independent film. And the one thing about this movie that I hadn't seen in a long time was the feeling of loss when a character dies. Fortunately director Adam Green keeps these people real with moments of heartbreak and pure gut-wrenching terror. I absolutely loved this film and hope Green does some more like this.

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street 20105. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
Can you tell I really hated this movie? There was so much potential for another entry in the Nightmare franchise with all the new technology available these days. But what do they do? Rehash classic moments from the original with no creative identity of its own. Everything just felt wrong in this movie. And would people stop saying Jackie Earle Haley was a good Freddy? Are you high? You might as well have put Warwick Davis in the role and have him sing “Fred in da Hood come to do no good.” This is easily the worst movie of the year and nothing at all can even come close to topping it. The only movie from the decade that MAYBE is as bad as Nightmare 2010 is Rob “Hell Yeah” Zombie's Halloween 2, but at the end of the day I think H2 at least tried to do something different, as bad as it was, whereas Nightmare just sat there and looked at you in the theatre and snickered because you just lost 12 bucks on a ticket. The movie was akin to watching The Chris Farley Show: “Remember when...um...Nancy...was sleeping and then Freddy came out of the wall and...stuff? Yeah…that was cool...”

Fuck this movie.

[The Buz]

[Thom Carnell]

[The Foywonder]

[Heather Wixson]

[Gareth Jones]

[MattFini]

[Nomad]

[The Woman in Black]

[Uncle Creepy]

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 8:31pm.
moderator LOL! Thanks for illustrating
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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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Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 7:11pm.
moderator Dude, you're still on this?
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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.
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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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