姣斿埄鏃惰冻鐞冮槦鍛?:Top 10 Horror Films of 2011 (Midyear Report)
****Here’s my finalized Top 20 Horror Films of 2011****
I’ve been saying for a while that horror is back. Torture porn is on its way out. Thank Zeus. Cheeseball stuff is a thing of the past. Replaced by real old school horror. Ya know, films with substance. Films with characters that have more depth than “the hot slut whose titties will be loosed while screwing the douchebag jock.” It’s a good sign for lovers of the genre. Horror can be amazing in the right hands. ?Kubrick, Scott, Polanski anyone? And it can also be a lot of fun if done right. 2011 has a nice bit of both.
Admittedly, I haven’t seen everything that has come out and some of these films were released at the end of 2010 in other countries. But for the most part, these are films that you can see *legally* for the first time this year in the States.
10. Seconds Apart
Seconds Apart (After Dark Originals)
F*ckin’ twins, dude. Killer telepathic twins. The only one of the “8 Films to Die For” worth watching.
Snowtown (2011) ( I poli tou hioniou ) ( Snow town ) [ Blu-Ray, Reg.A/B/C Import – Australia ]
Bodies in barrels. Based on a horrific true story, something Australia seems to have a lot of, about a series of murders over the course of several years. This one will scare the piss out of those who like their horror founded in real life.
If it wasn’t for the arty pretentious 4th wall breaking every few minutes this one would be in my top 3. Even with that, any movie about a tire exploding human heads for sh*ts and giggles deserves a watch.
7. Hobo With a Shotgun
Hobo with a Shotgun (Collector’s Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
Funny how a fake trailer from the “Grindhouse” hubub of a few years ago ended up being the best grindhouse movie of them all. It’s everything “Machete”, “Grindhouse”, and every other ’70-esque film ever wanted to be. Rutger Hauer for King of Earth!
Monsters Special Edition + Digital Copy [Blu-ray]
Ahh…a sweet little love story complete with Lovecraftian monsters and heavy handed immigration politics. Super low-budge guerilla filmmaking at it’s best. When you watch it (again) notice how many damn helicopters are flying around. Can you say copy and paste the heli special effect? An impressive effort, especially considering the director did EVERYTHING himself.
Some Government jobs are better than others. A lot better. Easily the most fun I have had at a screening this year. It’s “Cloverfield” but without all the suck.
4. Stake Land
Stake Land [Blu-ray]
Big statement alert. Mister is the new Ash. There. I said it. Mister is half “Zombieland” Woody Harrelson, half “Evil Dead” Bruce Campbell, vampire teeth trading sonabitch badass extraordinaire. Outside of the infamous scene in my #1 flick, “Stake Land” has the best moment on screen this year. Helicopters + Vampires + Christian Crazies = Awesomesauce to the max.
When I saw this film I was certain it would be #1 on any top ten lists I made for 2011. The 20 year-old punk kid next to me almost crapped himself on numerous occasions, leading to him?apologizing?after the movie was over for being such a lilly. There are a few scenes so tense I was white-knuckling my chair as well. Only complaint: The Lipstick Face Demom looks too much like Darth Maul meets Freddy K. for my tastes.
2. ?Wake Wood
Wake Wood [Blu-ray]
Hammer Horror is back. Again. After picking up the brilliant “Let the Right One In” Hammer became instantly relavant (again). Now they have yet another winner on their hands. It’s the British “Pet Sematary” but told at a “Rosemary’s Baby” pace. Fantastic slow burner featuring an ending that made me say, “Jeeeeeeesh!” And I don’t ever say stupid things like that.
1. I Saw The Devil
I Saw the Devil [Blu-ray]
Not just the best genre film of the year so far, but the best film period. The mucho hyped “cab stab” scene is worth every grandiose hyperbolic statement it garners. Wow. Left me breathless.