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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2011





Matt Fini's Picks

2011 wasn’t a good year for mainstream horror. James Wan’s Insidious was the only breakout hit for first ten months of 2011, and it’s obvious that the PG-13 rating helped it along. Meanwhile, half a dozen other releases disappeared into box office obscurity after one weekend of pitiful business each. Over the summer Paramount’s Super 8 was a marginal success that seems to have already faded from audience consciousness. Then Paranormal Activity 3 opened in October, grossing a staggering $202 million (worldwide) off of a paltry $5 million budget. It showed that audiences were still willing to turn out for an established franchise while highlighting a much bigger issue: Why doesn’t anyone turn out for original horror anymore?

Argue that there wasn’t much good in theaters this year. I won’t disagree. Films like Season of the Witch, Fright Night and The Thing were hardly worthy of audience attendance, but why don’t studios show a little more confidence in their indie titles? None of the movies on this “Best of 2011” list were ever going to be blockbusters, but with the right marketing some of these might’ve stood a chance of pulling down a few bucks. I guess it’s easier for smaller companies to release directly to VOD/home video rather than spend crucial dollars on making the public aware of a film they A) most likely won’t see because they don’t recognize the cast or B) won’t understand anyway, but when box office attendance is this low month after month, it may be time for these companies to consider giving us some interesting alternatives to warmed over Hollywood junk.

Because it’s that Hollywood junk that continues to disillusion: The older I get, the easier it is to throw around the old ”they just don’t make ‘em like they used to” cliché. To use the aforementioned examples, walking out of both Fright Night and The Thing, it’s all too easy to bemoan the lack of quality writing, direction and overall craftsmanship intrinsic of the modern-day genre – especially when recalling superior (and earlier) versions of reheated material. But when it comes time to reach back into the memory banks for a long think regarding new and enjoyable horror films, I find there’s still plenty to like. And 2011 is no different. It may require some digging to find all these diamonds in the rough, but the effort is well worth the time of any hardcore horror fanatic.

So, without further ado, I present to you, dear reader, my best/worst of 2011, with a few honorable/dishonorable mentions added in for good measure. Enjoy, and please leave your own lists below. It wouldn’t be a year-end list without seeing what stood out in your minds, too, after all.

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2011

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2011- MattFini's Picks (click for larger image) 5. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil - What surprises most about Eli Craig’s Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is that it shouldn’t have worked. Not as a feature. It’s pretty much a one-note joke, albeit one that never overstays its welcome thanks in part to the fantastic energy of its cast and the ingenuity of the setpieces. Loaded with more comedic misunderstandings than an entire season of Three’s Company, it’s a film that knows how to entertain. It’s also the film I was thinking of when I said some of these indie flicks might’ve stood a chance at making some box office; it’s funnier than any other comedy released this year.

4. Bereavement - Stevan Mena’s prequel to Malevolence is a pitch-perfect throwback to 1970s filmmaking. A film that’s unafraid to tell its audience about its characters before plunging them into the unspeakable horrors that await. It’s also pretty smart. Mena is an intelligent writer and has plenty of parallels to explore in this story of family matters and upbringing. Performances are uniformly strong, and the story is bleak and unexpected (more so if you watch this before Malevolence, which is recommended). It may contain one murder setpiece too many in the first act, but there’s plenty of tension and suspense to be found throughout.

Word is that Mena has one more movie to go in this proposed trilogy, and I’m hoping to see him tackle this story sooner rather than later.

3. Attack the Block - While just about every website was busy proclaiming Attack the Block as the best movie of 2011, I was tempering my expectations. Could this little flick about an alien invasion in an inner city slum really be a genre great? Turns out the answer is "yes!" Joe Cornish’s little monster flick plays out like Inner City Critters with strong characters (who you hate at first and then grow to like), an effective locale and a pulsing musical score (very Carpenter-esque) for extra ambiance. Plus, how cool are those creatures? It’s a lot of fun while managing to be unexpectedly moving as well. Forget the forced schmaltz of Super 8, this is a far superior version of kids vs. aliens that should’ve had a chance in wide release this summer.

2. I Saw the Devil - An absolutely brutal serial killer flick becomes an even more vicious revenge thriller. I Saw the Devil is a brilliant example of taking its characters into the ugliest rabbit hole imaginable: where there is no good outcome, no shot at redemption or heroics. Sure, we’ve got a protagonist, and it’s easy to cheer his unorthodox methods, but the ultimate cost is great, and the ride this film takes us on is both emotionally and physically draining. The futility of vengeance has never been made clearer, and it’s an experience its audience won’t soon forget.

1. Black Death - A masterful and, as of now, still underlooked little gem of a film. Shades of Robin Hardy’s original Wicker Man are all over this, but it’s the way Black Death challenges the beliefs and ideals of its protagonist that resonates to create a substantial experience. Tackling religion is always a tricky subject, but writer Dario Poloni’s screenplay explores these issues without ever preaching. Whether or not this story is pro/anti-religion is also up for debate, creating nicely textured food for thought. Performances are excellent, but it’s Carice van Houten who steals the show as the spooky and mysterious leader of the heretic cult.

It’s rare enough to find a horror movie with brains in this day and age, and Black Death never patronizes. It challenges. Well worth multiple viewings, this one will make you think.

Honorable Mentions:

Paranormal Activity 3 - It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of this franchise. The original film, an undeniably shining example of this genre, never resonated with me while the sequel is among the laziest, most uninspired examples of by-the-numbers filmmaking. But this? Against all odds, directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have delivered the ultimate haunted house thrill-ride. A delicious concoction of wonderfully spooky setpieces, each one building steadily toward one of the scariest finishes in recent memory, this is how to make a sequel!

Hobo With a Shotgun - If this were more of a horror film, it would’ve landed in my top five (same reason why Rise of the Planet of the Apes didn’t even qualify as a runner-up … no horror to speak of). Director Jason Eisener is one of the precious few filmmakers who understands what worked about the films that inspired his own, and therefore, this exploitation homage works perfectly: It’s played straight. It’s unflinching and nasty but lined with real heart and soul. Rutger Hauer is pitch-perfect as the drifter who stumbles into town and quickly gets pushed too far, and there’s a real style to the mayhem. It’s a perfect weekend movie; watch it with a few friends (and a few beers), and it’s bound to please everyone around.

Stake Land - In a world decimated by vampires, how hard would it be to survive? What would make someone go on living? Stake Land's outlook is bleak as it tracks a small band of survivors on their trek to reach ‘New Eden’ – a place where civilization has allegedly been restored. Jim Mickle’s film never gets bogged down in needless exposition, and it works to thrust viewers headfirst into a savage world where anyone can succumb at any time. Survival isn’t easy, and Mickle has no mercy on his players. The end result is a vampire film as uncompromising as any. And one of the best in recent memory.

Human Centipede II: Full Sequence - Tom Six’s hilarious meta response to his own Human Centipede: First Sequence is a dark comedy that outright lambasts critics of the original film as well as its ardent admirers. A grotesque parody of the ”movies can create psychos” argument, there’s no end to the perversity on display here. Laurence R. Harvey turns in a fantastic (and mute) performance as Martin, the disturbed individual who can’t seem to get the original movie out of his head – so much so that he decides to recreate it (with twelve people). It gets sicker as it goes but also funnier, too. Hurry up and give us The Final Sequence, Tom. I can’t image what you’ve got in store for us next, but I’m sure I’m going to love it.

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2011

5. Hellraiser: Revelations - Yes, it’s awful. And I loved it in a weird way. But that doesn’t excuse Dimension for churning out such a worthless pile of drivel. Clocking in at 69 minutes (sans credits), Revelations isn’t the nadir of the series, but it’s so hopelessly executed that one can’t help but feel ripped off by this cash-in. Sure, it’s hilarious (soupy incest, Pinhead as a genie in a bottle, surviving a point-blank shotgun blast to the chest and so on…), but the original Hellraiser was one of the most innovative genre experiences of the 1980s. This is as far away from that concept as you can get.

Meanwhile, Clive Barker continues to tell original and enthralling Hellraiser stories via Boom! Comics. Seek them out. Forget about this.

4. Red State - An incomprehensible mess of a movie – a narrative that has no idea what its final message even is. Kevin Smith’s foray into the genre is a menagerie of Hostel-ish horror and siege thrills with none of it working out all that well. There’s a moment just before the long-winded (and worthless) final speech where it seems like Red State is about to veer into unexpected territory and have a payoff. Instead it’s a cop-out (hardy har har); a prelude to a joke which doesn’t even remotely jibe with the utter bloodbath we just witnessed. This isn’t bold. Credit Smith for trying something new. I’ll chide him for failing miserably.

3. The Howling Reborn - It would’ve been nice had writer/director Joe Nimziki tried to make an actual horror movie out of this, the eighth installment in the long-running franchise. Instead, it’s Twilight-inspired hokum that can’t even really do angst-y romance convincingly. Yes, the werewolves are cool when they finally rear their heads. By then we’ve slogged through 80 minutes of nonsense, and the lycanthropy carnage we do get is far too little, too late. Hell, at least Twilight has an island off the coast of Brazil. That’s more than this insipid wannabe werewolf flick has.

2. The Resident - It’s a psychological thriller without any bite. Hilary Swank menaced by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in a flick that barely musters TV movie thrills. Instead, Swank sulks around her apartment half naked, oblivious that Papa Winchester is leering at her while she sleeps. If any of this sounds creepy, you’re either an eleven-year-old girl, or you haven’t watched enough 90s thrillers. Take one Never Talk to Strangers and one Sliver, and call me in the morning.

PS – you can swap out my number two choice for The Roommate. Should you do that, skip Sliver and watch Single White Female instead. Either way, they made these things better back then.

And to think The Resident bears the Hammer name. Thank God for Wake Wood.

1. Apollo 18 - I shouldn’t have. But I just watched this. Everything my esteemed colleague The Foywonder said is true.

Scarcely have I been as bored as while watching Apollo 18, a movie so astoundingly terrible that I almost wish I’d seen it in theaters. Because someday it’s going to be hard to believe they played this junk in multiplexes across the country. A leaden pace, unlikable characters and laughable creatures, this is just … nothing. Even when things happen, nothing happens. An atrocious experience through and through, it’s the polar opposite of Paranormal Activity 3, the twisted rollercoaster ride of found footage flicks while Apollo 18 is that line you stand in if only to see what the fuss is about. And once you find out, you can’t help but think how badly you’ve wasted your time.

Dishonorable Mentions:

Fright Night - Even if we pretend this isn’t a remake of Tom Holland’s 1985 classic, Fright Night sucks. Marti Noxon’s shocking inept screenplay consists of clunky “tell, don’t show” moments and more amazing coincidences than I care to count.

Add to this the fact that director Craig Gillespie can’t stage an exciting or scary moment to save his life (all the big action comes off flat and laughable), and you’ve got a recipe for pure shit. Colin Farrell’s Jerry can be menacing, but his performance is only that. There’s no nuance, no personality and no point. But he can yank a gas line out of the ground like nobody’s business.

People may like David Tennant because he was great on "Doctor Who", but his ‘Peter Vincent’ is little more than a poor man’s Jack Sparrow: glib, unlikable and complete with one of the worst character arcs I’ve ever seen in film. This isn’t a top five candidate because it’s watchable in some regard I suppose. It’s also seriously stupid and poorly executed all-around.

Rubber - What a pretentious slice of utter garbage. This homage to no reason doesn’t offer a single solitary reason to slog through these 80 minutes. Forced irreverence has never been this tired or obnoxious.

[Andrew Kasch]

[Doctor Gash]

[The Foywonder]

[Heather "The Horror Chick" Wixson]

[Gareth Jones]

[MattFini]

[Nomad]

[The Woman in Black]

[Uncle Creepy]


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antiology's picture

BEST OF 2011

Father's Day
Kill List
Grave Enconters
Hobo With a Shotgun
Evidence
Paranormal Activity 3
Asylum Blackout


Submitted by antiology on Sun, 08/05/2012 - 5:18am.
Genrewriter's picture

I didn't see quite as many new horror films as I would have liked this year but I can muster up some thoughts about the ones I did. In other words, I need to get to the video store and do some serious renting again.

Troll Hunter: The best horror film I saw this year and maybe my overall favorite film that I saw in 2011. It's beautifully shot, the monsters look cool and unlike some other found footage movies, it doesn't get too high on the sub genre it represents.

Hobo With A Shotgun: I had really high hopes for this one but it was a case of far too much in too compressed a space of time and after a while I was just bored by it.

Drive Angry/Final Destination 5: I'm lumping these two in together because they were bad movies that I am shocked that I had a good time watching. Drive Angry is your basic Nicolas Cage action role with a nice horror twist and some good carnage and Final Destination 5 is just a fun body count movie with some good kills.

Insidious: I really wanted to love this movie, in fact the first thirty minutes or so truly scared the crap out of me to the point where I actually watched the rest of the film with the lights on...and I'm a grown man,m damn it! Sadly, the film just didn't sustain itself and lapsed into some truly idiotic moments-Sorry, but if I just barely rescued my kid from some weird spirit realm, I'm not gonna stick around to confront the ghost that's been haunting me all my life no matter how tempting it is. I sort of feel the same way about this film as I did about The Gravedancers from a few years back. Good start but by the end it just loses me.


Submitted by Genrewriter on Mon, 01/02/2012 - 5:19am.
totally agree
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totally agree


Submitted by creepygirlmovie... on Thu, 03/22/2012 - 4:12am.
nonserviam03's picture

Honestly, I thought 2010 was a better year. Maybe not specifically for horror, but for movies in general. There were a lot of fun movies this year, but not really anything that I liked quite as much as The Social Network or Black Swan. That being said, I didn't see I Saw the Devil or Martha Marcy May Marlene.

If anyone's curious about my top 10 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_A9qN_tsdU

And my bottom 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw4_6fP5sl0


Submitted by nonserviam03 on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 4:04pm.
James Coker's picture

LifeMi how in the world did Insidious fill you with seething Rage?


Submitted by James Coker on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 4:08pm.
Rottenjesus's picture

Just because no one asked for it...here's my Top 5!

BEST 5:

5. HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

4. TUCKER & DALE vs EVIL

3. FINAL DESTINATION 5 (DEATH BY SAILBOAT!)

2. RARE EXPORTS

1. ATTACK THE BLOCK (Deserves all the praise it gets)

Honorable Mention: CHILLERAMA! (Zombies Ate & Fucked the Neighbors!)

There is no Worst 5 because DC has steered me clear of a lot of the crap released this year. So I'm not dead inside like Nomad clearly is. ;)


Submitted by Rottenjesus on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 4:20pm.
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Funny, I just watched Attack the Block and Tucker and Dale Vs Evil last night for the first time and dug 'em both, although I didn't want to give a blowjob to Attack the Block like some folks. Even so, AtB was a damn fine debut film from Joe Cornish.

I still need to compile my thoughts on other flicks I saw this year before I can draw up a coherent list.


Submitted by MagusMaleficus on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 1:12pm.
LifeMi's picture

Here's my top films of the year in no particular order.

Best: Super 8, Final Destination 5, Paranormal Activity 3
Honorable Mention: Fright Night
Worst: Chromeskull Laid To Rest II, Hellraiser Revelations, Insidious
Dishonorable Mention: Hobo With A Shotgun


Submitted by LifeMi on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 11:38pm.
Vanvance1's picture

We're polar opposites. Hobo with a Shotgun was in my top 2 this year. I also loved Insidious.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 3:30pm.
LifeMi's picture

Vanvance1, I didn't hate HWAS but just found it dull and unmemorable. Insidious still fills me with seething rage, though.


Submitted by LifeMi on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 12:43pm.
moderator I'm with you on HWAS, but
Steve Barton's picture

I'm with you on HWAS, but Insidious? Not so much! LOL


Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 4:49pm.
LifeMi's picture

Here's the thing about Insidious. The story was fine and could've worked as a subtle, 70s style possession film. The problem is that it's overblown and absurd by the third act. Seriously? Darth Maul with a goatee and claws? It didn't help that the characters are terribly written and acted. Simply put, I never felt engaged or drawn into the film; there were no scares or suspense to be had, save for a couple of creepy images. I know I'm in the far minority, but I despise Insidious.


Submitted by LifeMi on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 5:46pm.
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Alright I usually don't see a lot of things that are bad- I avoid most of the shit shuffled out into theaters(and I still have a lot to see like Chillerama, I saw the Devil, Rubber, Scream 4 and Black death)- so I only have a top best list in no real order-

Hobo with a Shotgun- My favorite of 2011- Grindhouse with soul!
Drive Angry- Enjoyable vehicular carnage, and I like classic cars
Tucker and Dale- Hilarious and had fun characters
Most of The Thing prequal- I didn't like the overuse of CG at the end
Treevenge- It's great
All that Remains- This and Treevenge are the best short films I have ever seen. AtR is spectacular.

Honorable Mentions- Chromeskull Laid to Rest 2- I just wish it was more memorable. That was my problem with the first one too. I like the killer, but why can't they deliver a memorable kill? I like the Hatchet franchise because they can deliver the memorable kills, but in Laid to Rest, we don't get much. Example- The climax of the original LtR where the guy with the cane fights Chromeskull, their is no payoff. Stab. The end of that. Now the Climax of Hatchet 2, where R.A. fights Crowley, that was a fight!
Season of the Witch- It's not as bad as people think. I enjoyed it. I think it was kind of dumb, but it was entertaining.
Insidious- like a PG-13 Nightmare on Elm St. without Rob Englund, it wasn't that bad, but it's not memorable.
Conan the Barbarian- for all of it's flaws, I enjoyed the hell out of it.
The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu- as a Lovecraft fan, I really dug this. It's Hilarious, and a hell of a lot of fun.
Wrong Turn 4- It was fun. Cool kills, good laughs. I love the part where the victems dig through the wall instead of going through the glass door. Brilliant.
The Ward- I saw it in 2011, and I liked it a lot. Carpenter's still the master(I don't think i'll name any others that I saw this year that didn't come out this year, but I thought this one was significant).
Rise of the Apes- good, but little to no horror to be found.
Upcoming annual syfy Twilight Zone marathon for New years. And the Fourth of July.
Splatterhouse/Jericho- My favorite Horror video games to come out in a long time. Yeah that was last year, but they're so good they're worth mentioning again.

Dishonarable Mentions-
Super 8- It was speilberg reselling E.T. with an uninteresting alien. Better yet, It was Speilberg sitting there on the screen masturbating on the giant pile of money he made off of that cliched piece of shit that I despise with every fiber of my being. Fuck you Spielberg.
The Piranha 3DD Facebook page webmaster(s)- Fuck you. If you knew the fucking movie wasn't finished, why were you such a cock-tease? If you would have announced the push back on the release date from the beginning,I wouldn't be mad.
Various Syfy films that let me down-Swampshark(or Klanshark), Scream of the Banshee, and others. Although I did enjoy Mega Shark vs Crocasaurus very much(for an Asylum movie anyway)(It premiered on syfy in 2011 if I remember right).
Mega Python vs Gatoroid made me laugh once. It was alright(for an asylum movie).
Anything else I viewed in 2011 that was horror that I can't remember because I've mentally blocked out the pain.


Submitted by MonsterMash on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 11:04pm.
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Honorable mentions I forgot to mention: SWEATSHOP,Silent House and Amer

2011 Biggest Disappointments: ChromeSkull Laid to Rest 2, Dont be Afraid of the Dark and Stake Land


Submitted by James Coker on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 3:44pm.
nazo's picture

I considered Amer a 2010 movie, or it would have made my worst list.


Submitted by nazo on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 7:43pm.
moderator Great lists, guys! Keep 'em
Steve Barton's picture

Great lists, guys! Keep 'em coming we're having a great time reading them!


Submitted by Steve Barton on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 3:21pm.
nazo's picture

I haven't seen as many movies as you guys, but here's my best & worst horror from 2011.

Best
5. There's very little to separate the top 4 movies on my list, but a big gap between 4 and 5 on my list, so here's my top five so bad it's good horror movies of 2011, a potential banner year in the category. Season Of The Witch, Bloodrayne: the Third Reich, Hyenas, 2012: Ice Age, and Alien vs Ninja all entertained my far more than they should have, and I'm sure there are more that I'll discover in the future.
4. Attack The Block. It didn't blow me away like it did some people, but it's a really fun monster movie that was better than every summer blockbuster except
3. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Yes, some of the pseudoscience babble in this one was of the Syfy variety, but everything else really worked, and Andy Serkis was amazing. Arguably better than the original. Also, I know some complained about the short running time on DFF, but I enjoyed watching a tight, concise summer movie for once instead of the 2+ hour bloatfests to which we've become accustomed.
2. Tucker & Dale vs Evil. Everybody else covered why this one was great.
1. Trollhunter. You can make any argument as to why any other movie on the list is better than this, but it is doomed to failure because those other movies don't have trolls in them. Foy's description of them as "large, angry, feral, mongoloid Muppets on a rampage" is perfect. What else could you possibly want in a movie?

Best non horror movie of the year: 13 Assassins. Not a Miike fan, not a samurai fan, most definitely not a J-horror fan. Doesn't matter. The last 45 minutes are absolutely amazing, and the first half is very well crafted.
Best movie of 2010 that most people probably didn't see until this year. Rare Exports. My favorite movie of the past three years, and my favorite Christmas movie ever. It's like John Carpenter tried to make a Steven Spielberg Christmas movie, and this resulted. Wonderfully weird, imaginative, funny, and heartwarming. If you haven't seen it, seek this one out.

Worst
I don't watch movies I know I'm not going to enjoy (Apollo 18, The Thing, The Roommate, etc), so here are my top 5 most disappointing movies of 2011. If you gave this movie a positive review leading to me watching it...you know who you are.

5. Insidious. It wasn't terrible, and there were a couple cool bits like the gas mask exorcism and the haunted house (complete with rent a kreuger!), but I was bored for the majority of the running time.
4. Black Death. Maybe the movie would be better if I had never seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I don't know. Everything that happened was completely ridiculous, but it wasn't fun. It reminded me of the original Carrie, another movie I don't particularly care for (heresy, I know). It was trying to critique religion, but the fanatics were too cartoonish for me to take seriously, but it took itself too seriously for me to have fun.
3. Yellowbrickroad. Again, the first 95% of the movie wasn't terrible. It wasn't anything to get excited about, but it wasn't terrible. It was basically people wandering around the woods for 90 minutes, but I liked the musical touch, and there were a few bits with actual suspense. The ending was just pretentious bullshit, though.
2. Rubber. Ugh. I still think a movie about a killer tire could be funny. A movie about a movie about a killer tire? Not so much. I laughed twice. The first time the tire telekinetically exploded a small animal (by the 800th time? not so funny) and the moment the tire reincarnated as a tricycle. Pretentious and unfunny, the only good thing about watching this is that I was able to dissuade some of my friends from watching it.
1. (with a bullet between the eyes) Fright Night. OK, I didn't think this one would be good, but I didn't think it would be this hateable. I think I left a long comment on one of the DC reviews with some of the reasons I hated it.

EDIT-Speaking of disappointing, I completely (and appropriately) forgot about The Loved Ones, which underwhelmed me, and would have taken the #4 slot on the above list.


Submitted by nazo on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 7:46pm.

List is based on what has come out in the uk.

Best:

1. The Killing (Danish original series)
Not exactly horror but decided to included it due to it's dark subject matter. Made in 2007, the hunt for the murderer of a teenage girl is emotionally gripping and the acting is all round oscar worthy. Brings back memories of when British tv made high class programing and not coping the style of American shows.
The American remake is also a damn good show but believe me it's not a patch on this. US tv take note THIS IS HOW YOU SLOW BURN!!!

2. Super 8
Just thought it was alright at the cinema but it has grown on me since. Most enjoyable film I saw at the cinema this year.

3. Drive Angry
Entertaining flick which reminds me why Nuimage/Millennium Films is the best company for b movies. Shows that there is still fun to be had as Nic Cage heads towards video premiere.

4. The Walking Dead (spoilers)
Still good but has got script problems that stop it but being great. I mean T Bone has done nothing so far, he might as well have died at the start of the series. and despite it's excellent conclusion, the lost girl plotline really dragged on.

5. The Thing
The weakest adaptation of the short story 'Who Goes There' yet still enjoyable. Seriously people would have liked this alot more if it's wasn't related to the other movies.

Honerable mention: Tucker and Dale
Would have made the list if I hadn't seen the trailer first.

Worst:
1.Giallo
I assume that everyone was fortunate enough to forget all about this. absolute crap. Proof that Adrien Brody is the most overated actor of his generation. Let's face it if we were to judge Dario just on the last 20 years, he would be one of the worst horror directors to ever live.

2. Blitz
Absolute cack. Made for the binge drinking, lads mags, I'm 'ard' uk audience.

3. Trespass
Read what I put for Drive Angry and think completely the opposite and you'll have my feelings towards this film.

4. Mothers Day
Proof that remaking a bad movie doesn't mean things will be better.

5. Stake Land
Sorry but just don't get the love for this

Dishonerable mention
Shark Night
Pretty much a syfy movie but with a much bigger budget (and I loved it!)


Submitted by will graham on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 7:22am.
Cinemascribe's picture

Just wanted to give shout out to Creepy for putting Super 8 up there. Loved that flick for pretty much the same reasons you stated here,man. That was actually my personal favorite film of 2011.

Also nice to see someone give an honorable mention to Final Destination 5,which wasn't a masterpiece, but managed to take me by surprise and be superior to the two entries preceding it on every possible level. Quick fun and nasty all the way,with an opening sequence that was jaw dropping. After the inexplicable atrocity that was The Final Destination, I was certain that it was all over for the franchise. I'm talking the full-on "time to finish piling the fresh dirt on the grave, give it a quick pat with the shovel, hit the lights and lock the cemetery gates behind you if you're the last one leaving, it's been real but it's dead" kind of over. Color me shocked to witness proof to the contrary.


Submitted by Cinemascribe on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 6:08am.
Terminal's picture

SO Glad Foywonder was smart enough to put Human Centipede 2 on his Worst list.

I fucking hated Chillerama.

I feel bad for DC. This has been a lackluster year for horror and it must have been a bitch creating lists for the year.


Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 4:21am.
moderator It's never easy, dude.
Steve Barton's picture

It's never easy, dude. Looking forward to seeing your best / worst picks.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 3:53pm.
Terminal's picture

5 BEST

I Saw the Devil
Attack the Block
Super 8
Insidious
Hobo with a Shotgun

5 WORST
The Thing
Creature
Final Destination 5
The Human Centipede 2
Drive Angry


Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 4:19pm.
moderator I wish I could muster up the
Steve Barton's picture

I wish I could muster up the love that so many have for Hobo. I didn't hate it, but it got real old, real fast for me.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 5:14pm.
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Same here, unfortunately. After a while, I found myself sort of nodding and thinking "Okay, great, you guys really know how to push the envelope. Can we move on now?"


Submitted by Genrewriter on Mon, 01/02/2012 - 5:00am.
Terminal's picture

You're worse than Hitler. Kidding obviously.


Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 5:53pm.
moderator LOL. Honestly I'm baffled as
Steve Barton's picture

LOL. Honestly I'm baffled as to why I didn't love it. I should have. It has everything that I like.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 6:02pm.
Terminal's picture

Damn, I also forgot Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. The funniest movie of the year by far.


Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 3:12am.
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It's because Hobo felt manufactured at every turn.


Submitted by Sirand on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 10:28pm.
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Are you kidding? I've watched Hobvo twice and both times I had a huge smile on my face the entire duration.

This is pure exploitation in the best sense of the word. It's what Grindhouse, Machete and Drive Angry wanted to be. Great goofy fun,actual character devlopment and heart. This one is an inevitable cult classic.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 5:28am.
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Every grindhouse pos since 2007's Tarantino/Rodriguez double feature has been manufactured at every turn. Even the indies are manufactured and artificially flavored. What's the point? Hobo has more soul than Grindhouse and Machete ever did, so I prefer it.


Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 3:06am.

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