Dread Central's Best & Worst of 2008

Johnny Butane's Picks

The Best and Worst of 2008

Let the Right One In: Not a surprise, I’m sure this one is appearing on the list of everyone who got the chance to see it, and most of them are probably much more talented prose writers than I. Suffice it to say this tragic vampire love story is beautiful and haunting from start to finish, and if you continue to miss it during its limited theatrical run, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Four directors have created... (click for larger image)4bia: An anthology film from Thailand, this was one of the biggest surprises of this past summer’s Fantasia Film Festival. I went in with zero expectations and came out very happy. Though two of the stories are pretty weak, the other two more than make up for them. Honestly one of the best anthologies I’ve seen in a long time, and hopefully someone will get this on DVD here in States soon.

Repo! The Genetic Opera: The songs aren’t perfect, some of the singers really aren’t good at all, but there’s just something about Repo! that makes me smile every time I think about it. The production design alone is worth seeing it for, and I highly recommend you see it in a theater, with a big crowd, as soon as you possibly can. Yes, it’ll be nice on DVD in the privacy of your home, but this is a crowd movie if there ever was one.

Splinter: And out of nowhere comes this Brit named Toby Wilkins, whose only claim to fame previous to this were the “Tales From The Grudge” shorts, with a really fun and fast-paced monster movie. A monster movie like we honestly just don’t get anymore, done with practical effects and a respect for the audience. How refreshing!

Hellphone: What the hell is it? It’s a French movie that you haven’t seen, I can almost guarantee, and while its horror cred is somewhat questionable, it was one of the most fun films I saw all year long. The story follows a young kid who needs a cell phone to impress the girl he likes, and ends up with one possessed by a demon. Anyone who crosses the kid meets a nasty end, or just some amusing humiliation, and soon he’s in a rush to figure out how to stop it. Reminiscent of all things about 80’s movies that make them so damn appealing years later.

The Best and Worst of 2008

Asylum: David R. Ellis decided the best way to follow up Snakes on a Plane was this painfully generic teens-in-peril film, featuring one of the most laughably bad “villains” ever put to screen. I kept hoping that it would turn around at some point and become something with a least a dollop of freshness, but that hope was unfounded.

The Attic (click to see it bigger)The Attic: For some reason I was really looking forward to this flick from Pet Semetary director Mary Lambert. Maybe because it was being done under the radar, so info on it was scarce, which made it more exciting when something did pop up. Sadly, the final product, about a girl who believes her doppelganger is doing nefarious things when she’s not looking, is about as boring as watching paint dry on grass.

Lost Boys: The Tribe: Really, I didn’t think it could be this bad, but man was I wrong. Between the recycled dialogue shoved down Corey Feldman’s overly-graveled throat, the atrocious storyline that had almost nothing to do with the first movie yet was trying to be a carbon copy of it, and The Sutherland, you couldn’t ask for a more disappointing sequel. So of course it made truckloads of money and they’re already working on a third.

Diary of the Dead: Talk about an amazing letdown; George A. Romero’s first foray into cinema-verite is not only one of the worst things of 2008, but the worst thing the man has ever done. The “acting” is atrocious, the plot is heavier than an anvil and the action is so slow as to be non-existent. I hope Diary was a misstep and his next movie will be the best zombie movie ever, or at least as good as Dawn of the Dead.

Seed: I know, I know. It shouldn’t be surprising that Uwe Boll directed one of the worst films of 2008, but after the surprisingly good Postal, I had some hopes. Hopes that were dashed against the rock of Boll’s ineptitude over and over again during the ridiculously long runtime for Seed. If only he had some loose concept of pacing and lighting, maybe the film could’ve been saved. That’s a big “maybe” though...

[Andrew Kasch]

[The Foywonder]


[The Buz]

[Morgan Elektra]

[Debi "The Woman in Black" Moore]

[Johnny Butane]

[Uncle Creepy]



Iäm just stunned over the fact that almost all of you, if not everyone, have Saw V as one of the worst movies this year. I think it was one of the top horror movies this year, really brilliant. Sure it wasn't as horrifying as the others, but it was still very good!

To [Andrew Kasch]:
Well, looks like I can agree on most parts...
BUT, if you are going to give credit you have to look up some facts.. Let the right one in (or "Låt den rätte komma in") is a SWEDISH movie, not a Norwegian.
And belive me when I say this, we don't want to be compared to norwegians.

Submitted by ekneb on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 8:00am.
Doc Block's picture

I got to see Let The Right One In and Repo! yesterday. Both of them live up to their hype. Out of the two though, I absolutely LOVED Repo!. That is my number one horror flick of the year. Let The Right One In was a deep and emotional film, but I loved it too. Repo! was simply awesome though!

Submitted by Doc Block on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 11:36pm.
Blockbuster's picture

Me thinks that Franco has a thing for tranny porn. Or just trannies...I'm just sayin'. ;-)

Submitted by Blockbuster on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 11:17pm.
Ultimo Franco's picture

Did I miss something? Where is Value's list? Don't tell me he spent another year watching nothing but tranny porn.

Also, while I'm on the topic, why are both Value AND Jon Condit listed as mods in the forums? Is this some kind of split-personality, Dark Half, Raising Cain, tranny porn kind of thing?

Submitted by Ultimo Franco on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 7:53pm.
Ultimo Franco's picture

Was Funny Games really the most divisive film ever discussed at Dread Central? Well let me tell you the story of another divisive film from 2008...


Yeah, I plugged. Don't cost nuthin.

Submitted by Ultimo Franco on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 7:12pm.
Blockbuster's picture

That's a lotta dirt.

Submitted by Blockbuster on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 1:14am.
Mr. Dark's picture

Oh, and PS: the fact that The Strangers didn't make it onto anyone's 'worst' list is a crying shame. Just sayin'. :)

Mr. Dark
Part-Time Dread Central Gaming Guy
Full-Time Freelance Smartass

Submitted by Mr. Dark on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 3:56am.
Johnny Butane's picture

First of all, speak for yourself; I ain't ugly by any stretch of the imagination. I'd fucke me in a second.

Second, The Strangers was on the first draft of my "Worst" list but was replaced by Seed when that wormed it's way back into my consciousness.

Submitted by Johnny Butane on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 12:17pm.
The Buz's picture

Yeah I'd fuck the sense out of me too.

Submitted by The Buz on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 7:01pm.
Morgan Elektra's picture

Sexiest male horror staff on the interwebs, by far. Why else would I work here?

Submitted by Morgan Elektra on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 10:52pm.
Johnny Butane's picture

And THAT, folks, is how you keep your job! :D

Submitted by Johnny Butane on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 11:44pm.
Cash Bailey's picture

Fuck it all... LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is, quite simply, one of the greatest movies of all time.

If you disagree you are wrong.

Submitted by Cash Bailey on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 10:40pm.
Mr. Dark's picture

See, now my confusion is this: have you met the DC crew? With the exception of the very few lovely ladies, this is one seriously motley crew of -fugly- fellas. Dick sucking by any of us would be a minus, not a plus.

It'd be more correct to say that so far, Bousman has not been subjected to the horror of a DC-crew dick sucking due to our enjoyment of his latest project. You should be demanding that we -do- inflict said sucking on the man due to your hatred of his film.

Mr. Dark
Part-Time Dread Central Gaming Guy
Full-Time Freelance Smartass

Submitted by Mr. Dark on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 2:12pm.
RingoJ's picture

How many dicks was that?

Submitted by RingoJ on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 4:08pm.
The Buz's picture

Like a virgin.

Submitted by The Buz on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 6:29pm.
Nomad's picture

46. approximately. maybe. I'm gonna go brush my teeth.

Submitted by Nomad on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 4:56pm.

I will make sure my cock stays unwashed... Got a lot of smegma to get me cleaned up down there boy!

Submitted by PelusaMG on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 2:32pm.
Nomad's picture

ug..you had to make this dirty.

Submitted by Nomad on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 11:17pm.

I'm dirtier than a dirt truck full of dirt, trundling up a dirt road with a cabin full of dirtbags!!!

Submitted by PelusaMG on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 11:30pm.

Dead Set was a lot of fun. I feel like it was too long by about a half hour or so (of course, I watched the whole thing in one sitting and it may have worked better episodically), but the first hour and last half hour were phenomenal. I'd love to see it come back for another limited run.

Submitted by G.D. on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 9:19am.
Moonworks's picture

I missed Dead Set the first time, but watching it at the mo on Channel 4.

Seems pretty good.


Submitted by Moonworks on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 5:07pm.

Cool lists, guys. Makes me wish I saw more horror films this year. I'm still kicking myself for missing "Let the Right One In" when it played by me. I did see a few horror films, but mostly disappointments. The only one I sort of enjoyed was "Cloverfield."

Submitted by What The Cat Dr... on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 12:07am.
shaneg's picture

Sadly I haven't seen much new horror this year, and most of what I did see was just OK. Diary of the Dead while disappointing was still OK to me. I enjoyed Cloverfield. Was it great? Not really, but I was entertained for $4.00 at a 10am showing. The Happening was garbage. I enjoyed The Strangers. I just watched Hellboy II for the first time and I liked that. Hell, what do I know? I enjoyed Zombie Strippers! It sounds like a lot of the better sounding movies weren't even released anywhere near me. Guess I'll have to wait to netflix most of them.

Submitted by shaneg on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 11:41pm.

So when everyone stops sucking Darren Lynn Bousman's dick.. can we get an honest horror review.

I don't believe that so many people on one site would list this utter piece of shit as a top horror movie of the year.

I guess you'll be the only 9 people buying the dvd I see.

Submitted by FataleNoir on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 7:21pm.
moderator Considering just about
Debi Moore's picture

Considering just about everyone also listed Let the Right One In, I suppose that means we're sucking Tomas Alfredson's dick as well. Man, is my mouth tired!

Submitted by Debi Moore on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 12:59pm.
Morgan Elektra's picture

You really should stretch first... You don't want to hurt yourself. ;)

I wish I had remembered to put Let the Right One In on my best list. For some reason, my brain relegated it to 2007. I also meant to include Saw V to my honorable mentions for my worst, but my brain just will NOT remember it. I saw a couple other movies the same night I saw that, and not three hours later when I was talking about what movies I watched, I couldn't remember it for the life of me!!

Submitted by Morgan Elektra on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 4:58pm.
Sirand's picture

I love the people who piss and moan for an "honest" review when all they really want is to see a movie they didn't like trashed.

Submitted by Sirand on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 10:16pm.
Nomad's picture

Quite a few more than 9 people.

Submitted by Nomad on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 8:39pm.

Hopefully more than the number who actually saw it :)

Submitted by FataleNoir on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 8:52pm.
Nomad's picture

Do you know ANYTHING about this movie???

Submitted by Nomad on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 11:25pm.

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