As always it has been a mixed year for the beautiful horror genre. We’ve seen yet more world cinema delights, low-budget wonders and box office blunders. The scourge of prequels, sequel and remakes continue to plague us but the gems shine brightly enough to send them to the proverbial shadows where they belong (and hey, a few of them hit the mark.)
Please join me in my journey through the highs, the lows and the downright grotesque of the peculiar year that was 2011.
10. Final Destination 5
The sequels just keeping coming with this delectable franchise. Final Destination 5 joins its cohorts as fun, inventive and with some stunning scenes of destruction. Long live Final Destination!
9. I Saw The Devil
Painful, gruesome and shockingly violent, the true recipe for success.
8. The Woman
Well acted, well written with compelling characters. This interesting exploration into human nature is not for the squeamish.
7. Paranormal Activity 3
Minimalist horror that genuinely chills. The Paranormal Activity franchise offers another solid entry that really allows you to enter the horror with them.
Post apocalyptic horror at its finest with a great story and lots of gore to boot. A refreshing tonic to the loveable vampires we have all been weaned on recently.
5. Attack The Block
A love/hate film. While tha main characters are grossly unsympathetic, the concept is interesting, the monsters fantastic and the film fast-paced and tense throughout.
4. Scream 4
None could have been so thrilled as I to see Scream back on the big screen. Reconnect with much-loved characters, revel in the terror of ghostface and laugh at the ironic self-mockery. I feel like I’m home.
Hugely surprising and vastly entertaining camhorror flick. I could have almost believed the film was genuine footage as it’s constructed so masterfully.
2. Tucker & Dale vs Evil
A very funny and sweet twist on genre stereotypes. The loveable hillbilly antics and mishaps kept me glued to the screen right to the end.
This thing in the picture above haunted me for weeks. It’s a rare occasion that a film frightens me to such a degree. Watch Insidious and it will stay with you for a long time. A worthy winner.
Now we must take the bad with the good. There was a lot to choose from but I would rank banality before so-bad-its-good.
5. The Roommate
Completely lacking in anything at all. Give it a wide berth.
4. Shark Night 3D
Almost so good its bad. Plenty of eye candy but not much plot, and the plot that is present is completely nonsensical.
3. The Rite
I understand what it was going for but it completely misses the mark. Neither scary or interesting.
Fails in pretty much every way it could fail. An irritating and inconsistent story have led to an irritating and inconsistent film.
Which brings me to my closing sentiments…..
A Serbian Film
All boundaries in this film are broken down, blown up and then crushed to dust. This film will make even the most hardy horror fan squirm. Use extreme caution when watching this as it pretty much displays every taboo you can think of in a cold and hard light; the cameras never turn away. You have to admire the guts of the filmmaker to stand behind this movie. Please remember, we reviewers watch this kind of filth so you don’t have to, we’re Mary Whitehouse reborn.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Sick, twisted and….dull. Its shock value is the only thing of note in this movie and even that is limited considering the first movie. If you want to be disgusted then this is the film for you.
So 2011 has come and gone and it’s been a great ride for the most part. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2012 has to offer. Till next year, goodbye from The Horror Hothouse Review.