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It's always interesting to look back over the past year and reflect on what constitutes the best and worst films of a particular time frame. While most of us tend to focus on the negative -- too many remakes/reimaginings, unnecessary and unsatisfactory sequels (or prequels), and an overall lack of respect for the moviegoing public exhibited by the studios and especially the MPAA -- I was surprised by how few truly low rated movies I had on my 2010 horror list. Out of a total of 80 films, a good quarter of them (21 to be exact) earned a rating of 4 knives or more with just 14 garnering below average scores (0 to 2 knives), which means a whopping 45 (or well over half) received an average or above average mark (2-1/2 to 3-1/2) from me. As a result, it was very easy to pick my Worst of 2010 and keep things to a minimum with a Bottom 5 and an equal number of Dishonorable Mentions, but when it came to honoring the Best, I had a much harder task. So, per usual, I'm bending the rules a bit, and while my Best of 2010 does have a Top 5, the Honorable Mentions simply had to be expanded to an even dozen.

Without further ado, let's get this show on the road so we can concentrate on what's upcoming in 2011!

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010

Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan1. Black Swan
I have only one word to describe Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan: breathtaking. It is hands down my favorite film of the year, and not just in the horror category although it certainly provides plenty of chills and squirm-inducing moments for genre fans who might be put off by its ballet milieu. The transformation scene is still burned into my brain and will surely remain there for months to come. Natalie Portman acts her ass off and proves she is a true "movie star". Black Swan, along with its cast and crew, deserves each and every accolade and award nomination it has received thus far with undoubtedly many more to come.

2. Piranha 3D
We've all heard the expression "from the sublime to the ridiculous", and what better to follow the transcendent beauty of Black Swan than the cheesy hilarity, over-the-top gore, and gratuitous nudity of Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D! Was it technically among the "best" of 2010? Of course not, but it provided more fun and giddy good times than any of the other films on this list did, and it stands out as the first movie since 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake that got me to return to the theatre the same day for a repeat viewing. That's got to count for something, right?

3. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Remember that focus on negativity I mentioned in my opening paragraph? Another thing people complained about this past year was a lack of originality. They obviously didn't see Tom Six's The Human Centipede. Crazed, crazy, creative, and disgusting, it was also mind-blowingly inventive (what kind of person thinks up these things?) and gave us the best new horror villain in years: the stunningly deranged Dr. Heiter, played to a "t" by German actor Dieter Laser.

4. Triangle
Black Swan isn't the only psychological thriller that struck a chord with me this past year. Although I hadn't been much of a Melissa George fan prior to hitting "play" and watching Triangle, I wound up liking this soooo much more than I expected. She gives a terrific performance, and thanks to a great supporting cast and a really smart script from writer/director Christopher Smith, Triangle is a brilliant little mindfuck flick that just seems better and better as time goes on.

5. Frozen
I was fortunate enough to be among the first people to watch and review Adam Green's survival horror tour de force Frozen. Here's what I said then, and it's still true today: "Man vs. Nature is an eternal theme that's tricky to get right on film. In Frozen's case it's damn near 100% right." There are two remarkable things about Frozen - its realism and its cast. Other than Black Swan, it provided me with the purest emotional experience of 2010. If you've still yet to see it, what the hell are you waiting for?

Honorable Mentions:

  • Daybreakers (the best vampire flick and one of the most ambitious films to hit theatres in 2010)
  • Shutter Island (a tad too long but outstanding in terms of mood, acting, storyline … everything!)
  • After.Life (Christina Ricci gives a brave, bold performance, and Liam Neeson is spectacularly creepy; watch out for director/co-writer Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo in the future)
  • The Loved Ones (yes, it is as excellent as everybody says it is, if not more so)
  • Black Death (another win for UK director Christopher Smith, who so far can do no wrong in my book; moody, dark, and uber authentic feeling with a perfect twist ending)
  • Heartless (uneven but incredibly well made, beautifully shot, and capably acted … impressive, funny, touching, dramatic)
  • The Disappeared (ghost story of the year with great characterizations and attention to details like plot, atmosphere, and sound design)
  • Paranormal Activity 2 (proof that, yes, lightning can strike twice)
  • Tell Tale (the first revenge tale in history that actually made me root for vengeance; Josh Lucas is simultaneously restrained and out of control, Lena Headey is fantastic as always, but the real scene stealer is Brian Cox)
  • My double-feature recommendation of The Last Exorcism (yes, I dug the "controversial" ending) with Babysitter Wanted (my pick for Best Indie) because they both dare to go places few other films would even dream of
  • Lastly, I can't let 2010 end without a tip of my hat to the best darn genre show on TV, "Supernatural", which had its best run ever during Season Five, in which Team Winchester battled the odds to halt the impending apocalypse … and paid a heavy price. No matter what happens down the road with Season Six (and possibly Seven and beyond), we'll always have our "Swan Song".
  • Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010

    Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) (Click Here For Larger Image)1. Resident Evil: Afterlife
    This is a truly awful movie with a ridiculous script that makes virtually no sense and the most pretentious acting we saw all year. It's only redeeming features are how well it's shot and how good the 3D looks, but really, don't waste your time. Play any one of the RE video games instead.

    2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    This one starts off decent (much like the F13 remake) up to the opening title card, but then it's downhill from there. Director Samuel Bayer (or whoever was really in charge) made it boring, dull, and not scary in the least. With actors clearly too old for high school, horrendous acting from lead Rooney Mara (the three best actors sadly get killed off first), and a villain who almost comes off as sympathetic (Jackie tried but is no Freddy, sorry to say), Platinum Dunes continues to get it wrong. However, they do get extra points for the title sequence; it's the creepiest thing in the whole film. Just make sure you shut it off once they're done running.

    3. Damned by Dawn
    It's a good thing I keep an ongoing list of what I watch during the year or otherwise I would have completely forgotten about this stinker that was downright painful to sit through. At only 80 minutes long, it still felt padded and streeeetched out. It might be an okay installment in an anthology, but otherwise Damned by Dawn is muddled and not nearly worthy of its full feature length.

    4. Altitude
    I feel a little guilty including Altitude among the Bottom 5, but oh, that ending! Worst of the year by far. Before the third act, however, I was kind of enjoying it. It's very shaky acting-wise, but I give director Kaare Andrews and star Jessica Lowndes credit for giving it their all. Until Altitude falls apart into a sappy, disappointing mess. If the monster had more screen time, I maybe could have partially forgiven it, but better luck next time, kids! Everyone deserves a second chance.

    5. Knife Edge
    This long-awaited return to the horror realm by Anthony (Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Waxwork) Hickox is nothing but tedious and sleep inducing - a real letdown to say the least. Uncle Creepy summed it up best in his review: "Somewhere between the ninety-fifth plot twist and the seventy-eighth character turn, I found myself just not caring. During the third act reveals are shot at us in rapid fire succession without even the simplest care in the world as to whether or not they actually make sense. It's pretty stunning, really, and a total missed opportunity." Amen.

    Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Dark Nature (forget dark - this nature is dullsville; did not work for me at all)
  • The Possession of David O'Reilly (muddled, dull [that word again!], and ridiculous behavior on the part of the characters; should be in the Bottom 5, but the acting and chemistry are so good, I'm being lenient)
  • Skyline (another one I feel a little guilty about including, but c'mon - where was the fun?; drops the ball midway through with an utterly silly ending)
  • Legion (starts out rather enjoyably but then hits a brick wall with too much boooooring exposition that never goes anywhere, pacing issues, and not enough real action; if you want the apocalypse done right, watch "Supernatural")
  • Finally, although I know I'm going to get heat for this, we have Birdemic. No, it's not so bad it's good. It has 5 to 10 minutes of pure comic gold, but the rest is tedium personified. Bad acting, bad script, bad effects. It's probably a cult classic in the making, but I hope to never see any part of it again!
  • [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.
    Nomad's picture

    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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    "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 - 5:08pm.
    The Buz's picture

    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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    "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 - 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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