Thursday, January 5, 2012

Top 5 Horror Films of 2011

So here's the list. Take as you may, but there's not a bad movie here. Some will amuse you, others will disgust you. Let's get going:

5. Kidnapped and
Stake Land
Yes, I'm cheating. I don't care; it's my list, dammit! Anyway, Kidnapped is a grueling film about a home invasion made in Spain and it's as brutal as a movie can get. Terrifying drama and stunning suspense. But be warned, it will turn your stomach at the end, not only with a bit of the old red stuff, but mostly because you really feel for the characters. Stake Land, on the other hand, is more stuff of fantasy, about an apocalypse brought on by rabid vampires. Yes, these vampires don't sparkle in the sun. They kill. And feed. And mankind is on the ropes. Imaginative and full of some great action, this is a definite see if you like your horror more on the monster side.

4. Troll Hunter
Speaking of liking monsters, this one is for you! A Norwegian film about a group of documentary filmmakers stumbling on a man who actually, yes, hunts down and kills trolls. There is a lot to love about this movie, from it's humor to the suspense, but it's the main character of the troll hunter himself that wins the day. Excellent movie, and not as silly as you would think.

3. Human Centipede 2
And here we go. Lots of people hate this movie, lots say it's the worst film of last year. Screw them. This movie is disturbing and gross and everything the original wasn't. The first was a great satirical horror film that had some black humor that made you chuckle. This one is satirical as well, but it ain't very funny. In fact, this movie seems to be a response to the critics who lambasted the original. Anyhow, see it and decide for yourself.

2. Insidious
Yes, this is practically a remake of Poltergeist, but it's a much scarier movie. Yeah, you heard me right. This movie is scary. It has chills, it has jumps, and it has creeping dread. Oh, and some nice humor, too. The best way to see it is in a crowded theater, but since that probably can't happen now, put out the lights and enjoy!

1. Paranormal Activity 3
I'm a big fan of this series and by now, you know whether you love them or hate them. If you like them, this is the best one, in my opinion. They play with you just like in the other two, but this one takes it to a new level. Plus, I really liked the boyfriend/step-dad character. This is scary stuff, and coming from a guy who's as jaded as it gets, that's saying something. Again, best seen in a crowded theater.

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