Top 5 Horror Movies of 2010... So Far

PoppaScotch

So 2010 is already half way over and I still haven’t gotten around to doing any of those pesky New Year’s resolutions.  Ah who cares, like I really need to curb my Liquor Store robbing habit anyways?  Who am I really hurting anyways?  No one… well except all those people I shot.  But who cares about them right?  The voice in my head told me to do it and after I die I get to go to the mushroom kingdom and spend my days as a Roller Coaster and blowjob tester.….

Anywho, sine the year is already half over, I figured that now would be a good time to take a look into what 2010 has given us so far as horror is concerned so here we go, Poppascotch’s Top five of 2010… so far.

5: Cabin Fever 2 – Dir: Ti West: Production problems including Ti West wanting to completely disown this film are always bad sign when it comes to the quality of the film.  However I did feel that Cabin Fever 2 wasn’t the best horror film in the world, it showed a lot of promise with engaging characters, strong (albeit misplaced) character motivations, and a completely different tone that the first film.  For all of you gore fans and 80s horror nostalgia fans, this one is a must see and I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Although I enjoyed the film, I still want to see Ti West’s directors cut someday which has the potential, from the building blocks that I saw, to be one of the great horror movies.

4: The Crazies – Dir: Breck Eisner: In a world where horror movie remakes constantly fill the silver screen as a half grab attempt at making money while insulting and pandering to audiences at the same time, it is extremely refreshing to see a remake come out that is actually a good film.  Breck Eisner’s The Crazies takes the basic skeleton of the original film and improves on everything that was lacking on Romero’s original.  I mean let’s not kid ourselves here, Romero’s original film was a good little movie, but it wasn’t great.  It wasn’t even one of his top 3 films.  Breck Eisner realized that and made a film that is similar, relevant, and at the end of it all…. Fantastic.

3: Never Sleep Again: the Elm Street Legacy – Dirs: Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch: Ok, maybe this one is cheating a little bit, but guess what, I don’t care for rules and since it’s my list, I’m going to include a four and a half hour documentary film if I want to.  SO THERE!!! EAT IT!!!  Wait, what was I talking about… oh yeah… Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy covers the entire cannon of the Nightmare on Elm Street series from the original installment all the way to Freddy vs. Jason.  They get interviews and insight from damn near everyone involved in the series (except for Johnny Depp) and it is really a treat to see everyone hark back on their days when they created a piece of one of the greatest horror franchises of all time.  The segments go by individual movie, so it is easy to put down and pick up as your schedule allows, and if you are a fan of The Nightmare on Elm Street films, then you need to see this immediately.  I will admit that the thought of a four and a half hour documentary seemed a bit excessive to me, but while you are watching and enjoying it, the time flies by.

2: Splice – Dir: Vincenzo Natali Vincenzo Natali... name not ringing any bells for you?  That’s OK, don’t beat yourself up over it.  I mean, he was only the guy who gave Cube to the world as well as the strange and interesting Cypher.  Still no?  Well that is ok, as long as you get to check out the film Splice which is a fantastic piece about responsibility, the role of man as creator, and ultimately the consequences of your actions.  On the surface, it appears to be a nice little horror film with good storytelling and a pretty messed up ending but in retrospect, there is much more going on under the surface.  Check this one out as soon as you get the chance.  This one will probably be in the list at the end of the year for best of 2010… although the year isn’t over yet….

1: The Human Centipede:  The First Sequence – Dir: Tom Six I already talked about this one in detail so I won’t reiterate the same talking points again. Most of you genre fans already know what the movie is about and have either seen it, or never intend to. I wish you would reconsider if you’re in the latter party because this film is truly something special. At its core, it is a shocking film that is being marketed as something grotesque and as a sort of rite of passage for gore fans to see if they can stomach it. The truth is that there is so much more to this film than just a crazy premise and some excessive gore. Watch the film, read into the underlying concepts, and then honestly try to tell me that this film isn’t good. It’s a shocking and insane experience, but it’s also a piece of art.

So far 2010 has been a pretty good year for horror films and judging from the remaining release schedule for the year, it looks like it may be one of the best horror film years in recent memory.  Then again we won’t be able to bestow 2010 with that decision for another few months, but hey… we can still hope right?

What to Watch For: Tucker and Dale vs Evil – I have seen this film and I highly recommend it to everyone.  Now it is much more of a comedy than a horror movie, but the ridiculous slapstick-esque comedy will entertain you for sure.  Definitely check this out when it drops. (I will write about this soon)

Also on the radar… Predators, Saw VII, Mother’s Day, and many many others

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