Mehs Top 10 Horror Films of 2009

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With a bit of luck I will not be the only site writer doing a Top Horror Films of 2009 but since I wanted to be sure we had one up.. I decided to be the first to post a Top Horror films of 2009 list. My list is a mix of theatrical releases and direct to dvd titles and all and all I think its a list of films that although you may not have on your Top films list... you hopefully can concede that they are all fine horror films.  Some films you can nit pick had a release somewhere in 2008 but i am doing my list based off WIDE release where everyone could see it in 2009. So yes some are technically 2008 releases and I am sure our detractors will throw me under the bus but this list is what it is.

In no particular order here are the films that I consider to be the Top Horror Films of 2009. Included with each film is the rating in our film database based off staff and reader reviews. Please take a minute and submit your reviews for any films on this list you have seen. Good or bad lets hear it!

Dead Girl: Dead girl went direct to DVD and when I was sent a screener for the film I was quite intrigued to learn about a movie with such an interesting title. Is it a zombie film? It is a vampire film? Is it a tale of the demonic undead? This Film is definitely none of the above and a little bit of the above. Dead Girl tells the story of young friends who find a girl bound to a table in an abandoned building that is beautiful and vulnerable. What happens next is both depraved and highly disturbing as two friends come to grips with their own moral compass with tragic results..... the woman bound in the building is victimized again and soon the victimizers learn a very harsh lesson in life and death. Truly one of the most disturbing movies I have seen in a long time and equally a truly well written and fascinating experience.

Dead Girl (2009) Dead Girl (2009)
Daringly original, genre-busting and certain to cause debate, Deadgirl is an odyssey into the soul of our alienated youth. But by injecting universal teen moral moorings into something fantastical and terrifying, the film takes ...
76% Approval
(Based on 5 Reviews, Write one )

Zombieland: Zombieland is a movie I waited for impatiently from the moment I first heard about it... for it to arrive in theatres. Although I overhyped it in my mind the movie was still exactly what I hoped for. Zombie land is funny, dark and witty delivering one of the most creative and entertaining zombie films ever made by the Hollywood machine.  As much as George Romero’s latest zombie films Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead took the wind out of my sales... Zombieland put it back in. It’s a buddy flick with edge and it’s got laugh out loud ‘har har’ jokes as well as witty and subtle humour mixed with the undead and bloody carnage to deliver a truly fun experience.

Zombieland Zombieland
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesnt have fears. If he did, hed kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evol...
88.18% Approval
(Based on 22 Reviews, Write one )

Surveillance:  Released on DVD August 18th 2009Jennifer’s Lynchs Surveillance is one of those rare movies that actually caught me off guard and threw me for a complete loop. It had a very limited release in 2008 but most of us common folks saw it in 2009 when it hit DVD which is why it makes this list. Much like Adam Green’s SPIRAL this movie will make you think. The tale of two FBI agents sent to capture a pair of serial killers who have struck in a little town the story quickly explodes into complete insanity. Two quirky FBI agents, local cops who break the law while they enforce it and two seriously sadistic serial killers working as a team make Surveillance one hell of a film. Surveillance is the definition of a great film and one that I think horror fans that enjoy thrills as much as ‘gore’ will truly enjoy.

Surveillance Surveillance
It’s been a hell of a day on the highway. When Federal Officers Elizabeth Anderson and Sam Hallaway arrive at Captain Billing’s office, they have three sets of stories to figure out and a string of vicious murders to c...
80% Approval
(Based on 1 Reviews, Write one )

End of the Line:  Canadian horror movies don’t tend to get enough recognition. Although there are alot of great horror films made in Canada very few are truly Canadian. Enter the apocalyptic tale End of the Line. The movie tells the story of religion gone badly as a local cult declares the End of Days and sets about making sure it happens as un-suspecting people ride the subway home. End of the Line is a low budget horror film that is both creepy and well written with an emphasis on great characters and story telling that really shows. Dark and disturbing the film is a disturbing delight from start to finish... oh and it’s Canadian!

End of the Line End of the Line
In this unsettling and creepy thriller, Karen (Ilona Elkin), a young nurse who works in a psychiatric ward, boards the last subway train of the night only to have it stop suddenly in the middle of the tunnel. As those around her...
76.67% Approval
(Based on 9 Reviews, Write one )

Pontypool: Speaking of Canadian you cannot talk about awesome horror movies from 2009 and use the word ‘Canadian’ without including Pontypool. Pontypool is one of the best zombie movies in a while and it goes back to the roots of what George Romero did so well in his first zombie films. Pontypool tells the story of a radio DJ in Canada who is on air when a sudden outbreak turns people in town into murderous zombies. With an emphasis on storytelling and characters versus over the top gore and carnage Pontypool is the closest thing to a zombie stage play I will ever see. Thought provoking and full of depth Pontypool is a throwback to Night of the Living Dead. A fantastic zombie film for true fans of the genre!

PontyPool PontyPool
Film is getting a limited release through IFC. Helmed by renowned Director Bruce McDonald, PONTYPOOL marks the filmmaker’s first venture into the horror genre. The film is adapted from the novel “Pontypool Changes Ever...
83.75% Approval
(Based on 8 Reviews, Write one )

Trick R Treat: Trick R Treat is one movie that was severely violated by the studio. Very much deserving of a theatrical run Trick R Treat is one of the best horror anthologies that has ever been made. This anthology of stories which are all tied together is the definition of a bundle of terror and a bundle of awesome. Admittedly not very scary for the hardened horror fan it is well thought out, quirky, dark and at times quite disturbing. Trick R Treat is hard to find at retailers but if you look hard enough or buy online you will definitely not be disappointed.

Trick `R Treat Trick `R Treat
It is said that Halloween is the night when the dead rise to walk among us and other unspeakable things roam free. The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil mischief, and one small town is about to ...
83.57% Approval
(Based on 14 Reviews, Write one )

Drag me To Hell: Sam Raimi’s return to horror was headline news everywhere and although the film did not live up entirely to its potential it was classic Raimi and for that I loved it. It contains lots of homage’s to his classic films and the film was packed full of cliché terrors but ones that I loved. More horror then comedy it had just enough humour to make you chuckle and enough jumping scares to make you grin. With hints of Evil Dead and Army of Darkness but not quite the same level of magic Sam Raimis Drag Me To Hell was a fun run down memory lane. The ending of this movie made it worth the price of admission.

Drag Me To Hell Drag Me To Hell
Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, professor Clay Dalton (Justin Long). Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) arrives at the bank to beg for an extens...
77.2% Approval
(Based on 25 Reviews, Write one )

Martyrs.  Released onto DVD April 28th 2009 I was first told about this film by our own MovieMaven. Martyrs is easily one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. It is gruesome, disgusting and absolutely sadistic but it’s also enthralling. The film is extremely violent but the story is what draws you in and grabs you and leaves you glued to the carnage on the screen. I hate films that focus on extreme violence but Martyrs is impossible to resist and pull away from. When you finish watching this French film you will be left violated, disturbed and wishing you had not watched it. A few minutes later you will likely be reminiscing on the film and how deep its message really was. A fantastic film by a filmmaker who clearly has a ton of potential to explore in future films.

Martyrs Martyrs
France. A night at the beginning of the 1970s. Lucie, a little girl missing for over a year, is discovered wandering by the side of a country road. Near catatonic, she can say nothing about what has happened to her. The cops qui...
83.33% Approval
(Based on 15 Reviews, Write one )

Paranormal Activity: You cannot do a top list without including Paranormal Activity. The film made history with its box office draw and was also a fan favourite. Paranormal Activity was a social experiment on many fronts. Marketed virally and shot for under $25k the movie has gone on to make the studio an absolute fortune. The film was not only marketed socially but it’s also a social film in the sense that the best way to experience it is not on DVD or on a screener but in amongst the common folk and horror fans in a theatre. Experience the terror of your fellow theatre goers and Paranormal Activity really draws you in.

Paranormal Activity Paranormal Activity
After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban “starter” tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most acti...
80% Approval
(Based on 17 Reviews, Write one )

Hopefully you enjoyed my list even if you dont agree with it completely. Be sure to take a minute and read Justins Top 10 Horror Films of 2009 List. Its entirely different from mine and a great read!

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