2011 is not even over and there is a boat load of really great horror movies still coming but so far 2011 has been a great year for me and my personal horror experience. Just this week alone I have watched two horror movies that have completely blown my minds and reassured me that the horror genre is not all about remakes and reboots and that in the deepest bowls of the Hollywood machine there are still some creative people making movies that diehard horror fans who want more than just horror diluted down to the most common box office denominator can enjoy.
So with that said I wanted to do a Best Horror Films of 2011 so far with full intentions of updating with a new list in the future. There are still a lot of small horror films I have not seen that I really want to so do not be surprised if I revisit this topic in a month or two with a more complete list.
So in no specific order and with no attention for pleasing a studio or for that matter anyone here are what I consider to be the best horror movies of 2011 so far that I have seen. I feel passionately that every film on this list will please horror fans especially those who want a little bit more from the genre.
Attack The Block: Watched this one just last night and I can sum it up as Critters meets Monster Squad. Not laugh out loud funny but definitely has plenty of dry wit and humor it tells the story of a young group of thugs who while in the process of terrorizing their UK block where they live end up having to save the world. Attack the Block takes alien invasion to a level its never been to with an outstanding cast of young unknowns backed up by one of my genre favourite Nick Frost from Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. If you like monster movies you will be hard pressed to not love Attack the Block which is currently in limited release right now.
Stakeland: Stakeland which I just reviewed and watched making this a great week for my horror movie experiences is The Walking Dead of vampire movies. Stakeland is complex, violent and thought provoking with interesting and powerful characters, fantastic practical effects and a script that begs for the movie to never end. Stakeland is basically I am Legend telling the story of a world fallen under the heel of vampires but Stakeland doesn’t rely on horrible CGI and is good in every way that I am Legend is bad.
Insidious: James Wan’s Insidious is a throw back to classic ghost stories. It is a relatively unique concept about a boy who slips into a coma and his parents learn to cope with it and in doing so discover something much darker and eviler about his slumber. Its creepy, it’s dark and it’s a fun ghost story that supernatural film fans can love. Easily the best ghost story movie I have seen in a few years.