Anything Horror Scott’s Honorable Mentions: An Appendium to My Best of 2011 List
For the most part, the films listed below are all horror films made in 2010 but didn’t see distribution until 2011. Technically I can’t include them on my list of the best films of 2011, but I also didn’t want you to think I forgot about them!! These are listed in no particular order.
INSIDIOUS (2011; dir. James Wan; my review)
This one just missed my Best Of list. Wan does an absolutely fantastic job building a creepy atmosphere and in delivering some truly scary moments in this PG-13 film. The reason it didn’t make the Top 10 list? The story. The explanation and cause of the haunting was pretty lame. Oh come on and admit it … it was lame. But this is a solid genre film that if you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out.
Quite simply the best genre film I saw in 2011. It’s a damn shame it was made in 2010 because this should be at the top of my list. Shot in a faux-documentary style, we follow around a crew as they document an official Norwegian Trollhunter on the job. It may sound kinda odd, but you’ve never seen trolls like these before!! This is an amazing film in every respect!!
TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL (2010; dir. Eli Craig; my review)
Possibly the best horror-comedy every made. Yeah; I think it might even be better than SHAUN OF THE DEAD (which I also love). As I explain in my review, TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL is not so much a horror-comedy as it is a farce. But nonetheless, this one will have you laughing your ass off one moment and then being horrified the next. And Craig doesn’t skimp of the gore either … not by a long shot!!
A SERBIAN FILM (2010; dir. Srdjan Spasojevic; my review)
This is one of those films that I feel dirty for watching. You really can’t say that one “likes” this film. This film is an experience and is also, as I describe in my review, a very important film. This film is about victims; human victims and the country of Serbia being a victim as well. I’m sure you heard a lot about this film and how hard it is to watch and stomach. I can tell you that everything you heard is absolutely true (for the unedited, non-rated version). But I also think seeing these horrors in the context of the entire movie is imperative. This isn’t torture-porn or exploitation for the sole sake of being exploitive. This is by-and-by a political film. But be careful, this films changes you.
STAKE LAND (2010; dir. Jim Mickle; my review)
Vampires are back and they are ferocious, feral, killers. There’s no sparkle in Mickle’s script!! We follow a vampire killer as he trains a young kid who’s parents were killed by the bloodsuckers. Great writing, great acting, and fast-pace make this one of the best vampire flicks I’ve seen in the last decade.
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE REMAKE (2010; dir. Steven R. Monroe; my review)
I know it’s a remake, but have you actually seen this one yet? Monroe gets my vote as being the only filmmaker to actually do a remake right. He keeps all the elements in the original film that made it a cult classic and updated them. Let’s fact it, the original had a sluggish pace, was full of overacting, and the direction was pretty poor. Monroe gathered up a great cast and kept the story essentially the same but made The Woman’s revenge so much more satisfying. Sarah Butler puts in an amazing performance and proves herself a very daring and risky actress for taking on such a role. I was really pleasantly surprised with this one and it actually gives me hope that in the right filmmaker’s hands, a solid remake that’s better than the original is possible.
THE TAINT (2010; dir. Drew Bolduc & Dan Nelson; my review)
No the title doesn’t refer to that body part that’s in our nether regions. THE TAINT is about an infected water supply that turns all the men into homicidal maniacs who attack and kill every woman in sight. Oh yeah; all the guys also have their cocks hanging outta their pants with some kind of pus-blood-cum mixture dripping out of them. Subtlety is thrown out the window in favor of over-the-top gross-out gore and lots fo action. This is a hugely entertaining and fun indie horror flick that knows no boundaries and does everything to offend and shock … and it works. This never takes itself serious and everyone involved seems to have a great time. I really loved this one!!
list compiled by Scott Shoyer