Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2012

Andrew Kasch's Picks

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2012

(in no particular order)

Kill List (Blu-ray / DVD)KILL LIST - Ben Wheatley's surreal limey hitman film is just the kind of gut-punch this genre needed. With an incredible atmosphere of dread, intense performances and some of the most nightmarish set-pieces in recent memory, Kill List hammers home the idea that horror always works best when it's subversive.

JOHN DIES AT THE END - Don Coscarelli goes into full-on bizarro mode and delivers his best movie since the original Phantasm. In an age of wannabe cult films, a true classic is hard to come by... but this journey down the rabbit hole is the real deal! One of the most wildly inventive and fun experiences ever crammed into ninety minutes. Bring on the sequel!

EXCISION - Richard Bates, Jr.'s black comedy/art-house psychodrama plays like Welcome to the Dollhouse by way of David Cronenberg. Along with its truly icky combo of sex and body horror, the fantasy vignettes feature some master-class surrealism, while AnnaLynne McCord easily takes the trophy for the year's creepiest performance.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS - As sick as I am of 80's horror homages, Drew Godard and Joss Whedon delivered the be-all/end-all tribute with Whedon's trademark "Buffy" wit. Ambitious and hilarious, The Cabin in the Woods is a deconstruction that points out all the absurdities of genre tropes while pushing them into crazy new directions.

COSMOPOLIS - David Cronenberg's misunderstood character study shows us how the 1% can be the most dangerous creatures of all. Robert Pattinson finally breaks away from those godawful Twilight movies, giving a powerhouse performance as a sociopathic Wall Street tycoon who is truly off his rocker. It's a claustrophic head journey through a class-warfare apocalypse and a step back in the right direction for one of this genre's greatest visionaries.

Honorable Mentions: God Bless America, The Loved Ones, The Grey, Prometheus
Most Misunderstood Film: The Tall Man
Scariest Film: The NRA Sandy Hook press conference footage

Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2012

Life is too short to watch Hollywood bullshit so I avoided crap like The Apparition, Underworld: Awakening, and Resident Evil: [insert generic subtitle here] like airborne herpes. But I was tricked into seeing the most egregious offender of 2012:

THE DEVIL INSIDE - This film sucks so hard, it deserves to take up the entire “Worst of the Year” list. Full of laughably bad writing, directing and acting, this found footage cash-in from the folks who brought you Stay Alive (that Frankie Muniz killer video game flick no one saw) couldn’t muster up a single thing resembling a scare. A year later, the only thing anyone can recall is the totally random non-ending which then had the balls to smash to a website address. Yet, Paramount's marketing campaign fooled moviegoers into making this #1 at the box office for a weekend, earning the filmmakers big bucks and Hollywood careers. Way to go, world.

[Andrew Kasch]

[Brad McHargue]

[Doctor Gash]

[The Foywonder]

[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]

[Heather "The Horror Chick" Wixson]



[Uncle Creepy]

[The Woman in Black]



Please tell me CITW was on your worst list!?! I think you are the only DC writer that agrees with me about that piece of shit.

Submitted by streetloaf on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 10:09pm.
Matt Serafini's picture

Nah, I didn't hate Cabin.

I just don't think it's half as clever as its admirers do. I continue to love the chemistry between Whitford and Jenkins and their scenes together are great. Even on my second viewing, I laughed along with them and genuinely enjoyed their banter.

But everything else ... meh. Didn't think Goddard brought ANY kind of tension or suspense to the first act cabin stuff and the final act ... well, I think it's a total mess.

I couldn't put it on my worst list simply because I think it's woefully overrated. The movies I put on my worst list are unwatchable. Cabin is an okay movie that left absolutely no impression on me. I thought it was limp and forgettable.

In fact, the only reason I remember it at all is because so many of my colleagues think the world of it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have given it a second thought when walking out of the theater back in April.

Whedon and co. did the same stuff with far better success throughout Buffy and Angel.

Submitted by Matt Serafini on Mon, 12/24/2012 - 10:55am.

It does have a few funny scenes. I suppose it doesnt belong on a "worst of" list. A "Most overrated" list, however...

Submitted by streetloaf on Mon, 12/24/2012 - 9:19pm.

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