As you all should probably know by now one thing we love most about our community is your involvement and interaction. Thousands of you have taken the time to vote for and rate horror films that you have seen. As a result our Top Horror Films list contains over 18,000 votes giving everyone a strong look at what horror fans consider the best and worst when it comes to horror.
I wanted to take a minute and share a different kind of list then we normally would. Typically we focus on the Top 10 and certainly there is nothing wrong with that but right now I want to look at the Most Watched Horror Films as of March 2011. Below is the 10 Most Watched Horror Films regardless of how good they may or may not be.
#1) The Crazies (2010 )- 65% of Fans liked it. I am a huge George Romero fan and I have to sadly admit that I have never seen the original. I am not by any stretch a fan of Timothy Olyphants but must confess that his work in the sequel was fantastic. True to a classic romero film this remake pays tribute to the original, the social message while still keeping it interesting and fast paced. The Crazies is easily one of my favorite horror films of 2010 and I am not alone. You the readers voted it the 9th best horror film of 2010.
#2) The Human Centipede – 64% of Horror Fans Liked it: Human Centipede is many things and weird would be high up on the list. Its a foreign horror film that focuses on a mad doctor with a fascination with conjoined twins and worse. Easily one of the creepiest films of 2010 its also one of the most creative. This film despite getting a very limited release and then dumped direct to dvd still managed to be one of the most watched horror films and landed at #13 on the top horror films of 2010.
#3) Halloween 1978 – 85% of Horror Fans liked it: Honestly how can you not love a classic horror film like Halloween? This is an absolute classic horror film and a testament to all things that were right about the horror genre in the 70’s. This film not only lands as the #3 most watched horror film but it also landed #3 on the Best Horror Film of all time list. If you have not seen this movie you better ask yourself why.
#4) A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) – 52% of Horror Fans liked it. Frankly I have very little to say about this one. I am not against remakes as a rule in fact I have enjoyed a few of them including the Dawn of the Dead remake and the remake of The Crazies. The fact it has a 52% approval rating says it all. Almost half our readers did not like it. That said it was promoted well enough that it was the #4 most watched horror film so far. I saw the movie but never made it to the end I turned it off about halfway through.
#5) Piranha (2010) – 70% of Horror Fans liked it: James Cameron thought this movie was a disgrace to 3D but genre fans definitely did not agree at all. It is not only the 5th most watched horror films by fans it also landed as the #2 horror film of 2010. A remake of the classic Roger Corman film it is a must see for fans of b-movie horror. Can you really go wrong with hot chicks, and killer fish? I think not.
#6) Shutter Island – 67% of Horror Fans liked it: We got alot of heat when this made a variety of our staff picks for Best film of 2010 but regardless enough of you saw it to make it land at number six most watched horror film of all time. Clearly this is more thriller then horror but I think this is easily one of the best thrillers to get puked out of the Hollywood machine in a very long time. Great casting an outstanding director and a twist ending that sticks with you long after the film ends. Shutter Island also has the distinction of being #7 on the Top horror films of 2010 list.
#7) Dawn of the Dead (1978) – 85% of Horror Fans Liked it: George Romero is simply put the man. He for me is the father of modern zombie films and defined great filmmaking with a social message, great scripts and balls to the walls gore and violence but with a powerful human story. Gore for the sake of gore is not Romero’s style but he is certainly not afraid to rip things up. George Romero has had some recent failures but that doesnt make him any less a master of horror. Dawn of the Dead is not only the 7th most watched horror film of all time but it is also according to your votes the 5th best horror film of all time.
#8) Trick R Treat (2009) – 81% of Horror Fans Liked It: Trick R Treat was treated completely without respect by the studio that released it. They had a masterpiece in their hands and rather then throwing it into theaters they dumped it onto DVD. Trick r Treat is the greatest horror anthology since Creepshow and with 81% of horror fans loving this film it is clearly must see horror. Trick R Treat is also the Top rated horror film of 2009 beating out big name theatrical releases including Zombieland and Drag Me To Hell.
#9 Predators (2010) – 65% of Horror Fans Liked it : Robert Rodriguez got all the glory but Nimrod Antal directed this project which got a very mixed reaction from horror fans. It is the 9th most watched horror film of all time as of today and 65% of horror fans like it which is by no means horrible but certainly not going to make it win any awards with fans. I for one loved this movie for what it was an action packed scifi adventure with my favorite killer from another universe, The Predator. I watched this movie three times the week that I bought it that is how much I enjoyed it and that for me is extremely rare.
#10) The Thing: 80% of Horror Fans Liked it. The Thing has an impressive ranking of 80% and quite frankly I think it deserves a MUCH higher ranking. The Thing is the greatest sci-fi horrro film ever made hands down. With its isolation elements, fantastic writing and great casting and lest we forget fantastic practical FX it is a true delight. Gory, well developed and intense The Thing is a movie that all fans of sci-fi terror should own! The only thing that surprises me is that The Thing is only #32 on the Top Horror Films of all time. I expected alot more of you would have voted for it and ranked it much higher.
So there you have it the 10 Most Watched Horror Films as of March 2011. This list will change dramatically as you vote for movies you have seen. Be sure to take a minute and rate horror films you have seen and read the complete list of Most Watched Horror Films to see what else you might be missing out on.