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Special Post: Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(Honorable Mentions)


Who says there are not good horror films anymore?  This decade(2000-2009) produced some of the best horror films of all time, and many other memorable ones sure to become classics someday.  The notion that there are no good horror films anymore lies in fault due to Hollywood passing over many of these films in favor of lesser quality flicks that only aim to make money and appease the moronic general public.  Be it as it may, these films are getting the recognition they deserve in this blog.  It’s the least I could do.  Now here I give you the 50 Honorable Mentions of the decade…

(in alphabetical order)

2001 Maniacs

– Tim Sullivan broke onto the horror scene with this Eli Roth(Cabin Fever, Hostel) & Scott Spiegel(Intruder) produced re-imaging of Herschel Gordon Lewis’ 1963 classic Two Thousand Maniacs!,and while Sullivan has fallen from grace 2001 Maniacs remains a great re-imaging and a bloody good experience for horror fans.  This story about a vengeful southern town luring Northerners to their BBQ-glazed doom boasts lots of awesome kills, good laughs, and awesome performances from Robert Englund(A Nightmare on Elm Street series) and Guiseppe Andrews(Cabin Fever, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever).  Sullivan’s execution is top-notch, and 2001 Maniacs remains a memorable and awesome beer-n-wings film.  Read my full review for this film here: 2001 Maniacs

Alien Raiders

– Last decade gave us several DTV efforts that came with awesome live-action FX, and Alien Raiders is one of them.  Centering on a robbery at a low-end supermarket during their closing hours, we get a fun experience that delivers great alien action and numerous twists and turns.  With no “name” stars aside from maybe Carlos Bernal(of “24” fame), it is easy to understand how Alien Raiders slipped under the radar in 2008, but it is still a shame this sweet watch has not received the attention it deserves.  Read my full review for this film here: Alien Raiders

Alive

– His follow-up film to the incredible Versus, Ryuhei Kitamura’s Alive gives us the sweet story of a condemned man who survives his execution, and is then given a chance to surpass a second attempt, but with harrowing consequences.  Kitamura once again delivers stunning visuals in a well-crafted story that never stops developing, and while the level of true “horror” in this watch is lower than in Versus or his most recent film The Midnight Meat Train, Alive delivers two hours of good filmmaking and a memorable experience.  Read my full review for this film here: Alive

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

– Judging by the impact this film has had on the modern day slasher sub-genre, it seems all the boys really do love Mandy Lane.  Amber Heard(Zombieland, Pineapple Express) stars as the girl all the boys want, and one that an obsessed stalker is willing to kill all of her friends over at a weekend country getaway.  It is obvious that director Jonathan Levine and writer Jacob Forman are devout fans of the slasher sub-genre, and they include every imaginable and respectable cliché that slasher fans have learned to love.  The film paces well and comes with a well-written story, and while the ending seems to have a love/hate relationship in the genre, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is a nice shout-out to the wreckless lust we all felt for the girl who was out of our league.

Anatomy

– We were exposed to a slew of poorly executed medical horror films last decade in Awake, Pathology, and Autopsy, but our German horror brothers gave us a positive experience in the 2000 film Anatomy. Centering on a medical student uncovering a dark secret involving her university killing people to use as cadavers, great writing and direction made for a truly engaging watch thanks to the awesomeness occurring on screen.  While Anatomy heads more in the “thriller” direction about halfway through the story, it still delivers a good horror effort that results in one of the better medical horror films of recent time.  Read my full review for this film here: Anatomy

AVP: Alien vs. Predator

– I am sure that I will get a bit of hate for this one, but I fully believe AVP: Alien vs. Predator to consist of the required criteria to make this list.  We waited over a decade for this awesome idea pitting two of horror’s greatest creatures against one another to come to film format, and while Paul W. S. Anderson has been hit/miss(with mostly “miss”) during his filmmaking career, he provided a fun and positive experience with this entry into the Alien/Predator sagas.  The film’s PG-13 rating does little to slow down the carnage and its simple yet awesome storyline kept me engaged from the get-go.  Plus, Lance Henriksen returns to the Alien series in this one, and goes out in sweet fashion.  Read my full review for this film here: AVP: Alien vs. Predator

Black Sheep

– Reminiscent of the zany films director Peter Jackson delivered in the early 90s, Bad Taste & Dead Alive, this New Zealand effort from writer/director Jonathan King gives us an awesome experience that you know you will never forget way before hitting the Play button.  When an experiment to increase sheep productivity is faltered by an animal rights group, they inadvertently release a deadly breed of sheep keen on consuming human flesh.  This sweet story is complimented with heavy loads of gore and hilarious live-action sheep puppetry resulting in one of the most fun films of last decade.  Read my full review for this film here: Black Sheep

Blood Car

Blood Car is probably the rarest entry on this list, which is a shame given this film’s unique and rare plot. In a day and age where gas prices are nearing $40 a gallon, we follow a vegan loser who learns that his barely-functional wheatgrass car engine runs perfectly on blood, resulting in gory and hilarious events as neighborhood pets and eventually unsuspecting humans fall victim to the loser’s need to keep his car, now a chick magnet, chugging blood.   This awesome plot comes with good direction and great execution with its fun quirky elements and awesome live-action kill scenes, and while this is no Dead Alive, Blood Car delivers enough of the “goods” to satisfy the “blood car” in all of us.  Read my full review for this film here: Blood Car

Botched

Botched was one of last decade’s most surprising films for me in that I came across this film randomly and was rewarded with an enjoyable dark horror/comedy with an insane plot and good cheezy direction. Before Botched I had never seen a horror film center on a bank heist gone wrong, and the awesomeness is increased when the film’s ridiculously awesome antagonist makes his gory entry into the film.  The laughs are plentiful and the buckets of live-action gore reign high, making this lesser-known 2007 watch one of last decade’s most under-appreciated.  Read my full review for this film here: Botched

Brotherhood of the Wolf

– One of the best overall films on this list, Brotherhood of the Wolf held back more than I wished on its horror element, which is why it made the Honorable Mentions list and not the top 100. Coming from the always-awesome Christophe Gans, this tale based on a series of wolf killings that occurred during the 18th century provides a unique story that blends, politics, love, death, and some good creature horror into one cohesive and beautifully shot piece.  Read my full review for this film here: Brotherhood of the Wolf

Chasing Sleep

– Despite Chasing Sleep debuting in 2000, it took me the rest of the decade to finally give this psychological horror film starring Jeff Daniels a watch.  Jeff portrays a lonely man who’s wife goes missing under dire circumstances, and while the police-gathered evidence leads elsewhere, he can’t get over the feeling he has something to do with his wife’s disappearance, sparking a serious of horrific psychological revelations. The story moves very slow yet is so intricate that it requires your devout attention to make sense of it, which makes it unique for the often dumbed-down horror genre we love so dearly.  Read my full review for this film here: Chasing Sleep

Cold Prey

– Norwegian horror film Cold Prey provided an interesting take on the slasher sub-genre by setting the film in an abandoned hotel surrounded by miles of uninhabitable snowy conditions, which sadly for our snowboarding protagonists also happens to house a crafty killer bent on butchering the unsuspecting young adults.  Director Roar Uthaug(yeah, his name is Roar!) provides great tension and positive execution of the awesome atmosphere he created with the film’s well-employed abandoned hotel, as well as good effective kills, a requirement in the infamous slasher genre that has added another country to its list of victims.  Read my full review for this film here: Cold Prey

Constantine

– Based on the popular DC comic series “Hellblazer”, Constantine gives us a sweet story involving a war between God and Satan that eventually makes its way into our world and attracts the attention of John Constantine, a man sentenced to suffer eternity in Hell who plans to rid the world of Satan’s demons in hopes of a free pass into Heaven.  Director Francis Lawrence does a fine job with the film’s atmosphere and awesome visuals, and includes many unique and horrific elements that keep the viewer’s attention throughout the films 2-hour runtime.  Read my full review for this film here: Constantine

Creep

– The debut film of the constantly awesome UK auteur Christopher Smith, Creep takes full advantage of its creepy London subway setting and gives us an awesome and terrifying creature film that’ll make you think twice before taking a late-night subway ride.  Smith perfectly executes the horror involved and gives us good scares and a satisfying creature that delivers good carnage, showing us that right from the get-go Christopher Smith had what it takes to make it in this genre, and with his 2010 film Black Death he proves that he is still going strong.  Read my full review for this film here: Creep

Daybreakers

Daybreakers impressed me in that it gave me an original take on the often clichéd vampire sub-genre by giving us a storyline in which vampires have taken over the world and are about to completely rid Mother Earth of all available blood.  This plot grows in originality with its usage of social unrest among the starving vampires and follows a group of covert vampires and humans who are on the brink of a cure for vampirism, forcing them into a deadly battle with a big business company who needs vampires to continue consuming its blood substitute.  Brothers Michael/Peter Spierig direct this star-studded film and deliver positive horror that comes in a well-shot package and delivers some nice gory results as well.  Read my full review for this film here: Daybreakers

Dead Set

– While not an “official” horror film, this four part series debuted on British television back in 2008 and in the end was cohesively a full film, warranting its inclusion in this list. Dead Set provides one of the coolest zombie films I have ever seen thanks to its plot involving a group of Big Brother contestants who’s world outside them becomes overrun by a zombie invasion, forcing them to make the decision between staying in their cozy solidified residence, or leaving to locate their loved ones.  Which do you think they chose? Great direction results in awesome zombie action, intense gore, and good atmosphere thanks to the film’s setting, making Dead Set a film I truly appreciate.  Read my full review for this film here: Dead Set

Dead Silence

Saw creators Leigh Whannel and James Wan gave us a film that comes with one of my favorite usages of horror…dummies.  This vengeful story about an executed ventriloquist seeking revenge against the family that wrongfully accused and executed her gives us plenty of spook and positive-usage of the dummies, and left me with only complaint: I did not get enough awesome dummy action.  James Wan brings us well-executed horror and Whannel’s screenplay comes with the usual twists and turns associated with his name, and as expected he once again gives us a shocking climax that you never see coming.  Read my full review for this film here: Dead Silence

Dead Snow

– Nazi zombies are not new to the genre, but Norwegian horror film Dead Snow gave us possibly the best usage of Nazi zombies there is.  Centering on a group of medical students on a ski vacation who come across a hoard of vicious resurrected Nazis, we are given a fun fast-paced watch that delivers good laughs and insane gore despite it being the lackluster CGI variety.  Read my full review for this film here: Dead Snow

Diary of the Dead

– George A. Romero’s last “good” horror film, he joined the POV fad and gave us the first zombie film to be shot in such a manner with Diary of the Dead.  Focusing his social commentary on the media’s love for violence as well as the digital age, he gives us a positive story following a group of college students recording their travel across Pennsylvania in hopes of finding their families amid the zombie chaos all around them. Romero give us awesome atmosphere and uses the POV filming technique to potential in giving us awesome sets and his usual good zombie action.  Read my full review for this film here: Diary of the Dead

– After Resident Evil opened the door to adapting popular horror video games, Doom gave us a star-studded cast starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and despite having all the elements needed for the usual Hollywood film failure this film provided a fun horror experience.  The storyline involving a group of highly-trained marines sent to a distant planet to investigate the breach of a high tech research center by genetically enhanced creatures is an awesome one, and the level of cheeze reigns high with fun direction delivering lots of action, gore, one-liners, and incredible looking creatures as well.  Read my full review for this film here: Doom

End of the Line

End of the Line is one of the only truly independent films to make this list, and that comes due the filmmakers making the most out of the low-budget, compounded by good writing/directing talent as well.  The story revolves around a group of strangers forced to band together when a religious-themed apocalypse occurs, and while the story is simple in nature director Maurice Devereaux does much with very little and succeeds at providing good tension and horror, especially during the film’s amazingly creepy final sequence.  Read my full review for film here: End of the Line

Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane

– Given the modern day slew of zombie films constantly put out by get-rich-quick companies and filmmakers I did not expect this film to be anything but maybe a mediocre watch, but I was dead wrong.  The zombie sub-genre is given a new setting in this DTV watch in that the entire film takes place onboard a plane ride from Los Angeles to Paris.  A mad scientist on the run from the CIA boards the plane, and unsurprisingly his toxic vial of who-knows-what is inadvertently opened, resulting in the perfect nowhere-to-run scenario for the few travelers desperately trying to fend off the growing zombie presence onboard the plane.  Lots of gore, sweet kills, and insane zombie action adorn the film, making this one of the most surprisingly good films of recent time.  Read my full review for this film here: Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane

Jeepers Creepers

– Pedophile Victor Salva broke into the new millennium with this 2001 film about a brother and sister plunged into the horror surrounding an indestructibly heinous monster who resurrects every 23 years to feed on any human he desires.  With a high level of horror campyness Salva provides us a fun watch that along with its cheeze gives us sweet monster action and positive horror/tension.   There is a reason why this film is so well-known even outside the genre, and that is because despite its flaws it gives us a memorable watch that you most likely will never forget.  Read my full review for this film here: Jeepers Creepers

Lady in the Water

– Before his association with Devil, M. Night Shyamalan received nothing but hate after Signs, and while I can understand the hate for The Happening(in which little “happened”), the negatives buzz around Lady in the Water is unjust. In the vein of Pan’s Labyrinth but obviously not as good, we get a great horror/fantasy story that is not only intricately addicting but consists of colorful characters portrayed by veteran actors Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Freddy Rodriguez, Black Guy, and of course M. Night himself had to make an appearance. M. Night sells this positive story with his superb direction, making this simple and under-appreciated film worthy of this list.  Read my full review for this film here: Lady in the Water

My Blood Valentine remake

– The obvious remake of the 1981 classic, this was the first remake to be delivered in the vastly overrated 3-D technology, and while it had its flaws this was definitely one of the better remakes of recent time and provided a fun experience.  Story-wise it follows the original overall, with a few changes that were both good bad although I really missed that it did not include one of the originals’ biggest selling points, the gift boxes the killer would send out.  Dracula 2000 director Patrick Lussier did a good job including positive tension and that all-too-important element we refer to as “gore”, and while not as moody as the original this remake gives fans what they wanted to see. Read my full review for this film here: My Bloody Valentine remake

Noroi: The Curse

– We all know of Japan’s fascination with horror films involving curses and the supernatural, and while they put out a slew of such films every year Noroi: The Curse is one of the best they have ever delivered.  Focusing on a documentary filmmaker investigating what appear to be unrelated cases involving an ancient demon known as a “Kagubata”, we follow this well-moving story through much tension until its shocking and satisfying climax.  Director Koji Shiraishi does a fantastic job selling the film to the viewer as a real documentary, and while I was not a fan of this film’s long (115 minute) runtime, it provided enough quality tension and creativity to keep me engaged.  Read my full review for this film here: Noroi: The Curse

Orphan

– Killer kids are nothing new to the genre, but this story involving a young couple adopting a seemingly sweet girl and suffering dire consequences for it had me shocked at how gutsy this film was.  Prior to this the worst kill delivered via a child that I had seen was the “crayon” kill in The Children, but Orphan proved to be a contender in that area thanks to Jaume Collet-Serra’s gutsy show-all direction not shying away from the goods and harrowing kills delivered by the sweet little orphaned girl.  Good execution sells the film, and its seemingly simple story only improves when the surprising twist kicks in.  Read my full review for this film here: Orphan

P2

– With its storyline written by famed French horror director Alexandre Aja, P2 is a simple film that delivers what we horror fans love to see thanks to Aja producing and first-time director Franck Khalfoun doing things right.  We follow a corporate businesswoman who’s high stressed Christmas Eve turns to terror when she finds herself locked in the parking garage with a lonely and sadistic security guard.  This setting provides an awesome nowhere-to-run scenario that forces our protagonist to make life/death decisions that will test her both physically and mentally, a result of good writing from both Aja and Khalfoun.  For a simple film with not many characters we get some awesome kill sequences that come with the utmost of gory awesomeness.  Read my full review for this film here: P2

Re-cycle

The Eye writers/directors Danny and Oxide Pang gave me a film with story and elements so unique that I was left baffled at how creative of a watch Re-Cycle is.   After writing successful love novels we watch an author who decides to switch genres and write a horror novel suffer terrifying events when one of her characters appears in real life and she decides to follow him into his dimension of supernatural terror.  The storyline continues to grow in originality with the numerous different elements thrown in during the author’s trek through the horrific dimension, which comes with good horror thanks to the Pang Brothers re-instating themselves as Asian horror phenoms.  Read my full review for this film here: Re-cycle

Red

– The third Jack Ketchum adaptation to make this list, Red is not an outright horror film in comparison to the other entries on this watch, but instead delivers horror in the shameless acts committed and the revenge that must ensue to make things right.   The always awesome Brian Cox stars as a humble widowed outdoorsman who one day comes across three young teens looking to rob him, and kill his beloved dog for no good reason.  When the parents of the teens do nothing about the heinous act, the outdoorsman is forced to take matters into his own hands with satisfying results.  The film is simple, and thanks to good writing and execution Red is a truly engaging watch who’s sad story comes with positive horror.  Read my full review for this film here: Red

Rogue

– Killer croc films pop up around the genre every few years or so, and while Black Water was a decent effort, Primevil and Crocodile reminded us of how these films can turn sour very quickly. Australian director Greg McLean however gave us one of the better killer croc films in Rogue, which follows an American journalist(Michael Vartan) who comes across a giant killer croc on a photo expedition and finds himself stranded with a boatload of tourists soon to find themselves in the belly of the giant beast.  Good tension results in good horror, and this simple film becomes another notch in the belt of one of the horror’s premier upcoming directors.  Read my full review for this film here: Rogue

Sheitan

Sheitan is a French watch that garnered good buzz in that it stars none other than Vincent Cassel in a superb performance as another colorful and demented character.  We follow a group of kids partying at a late night Paris disco who decide to take a scenic trip to the country, and come across a hospitable ranch caretaker bent on using the friends for a satanic sacrifice.  Great visuals and the always awesome Vincent Cassel make this an awesome visual treat, and the storyline comes with good religious horror and horrific twists sure to keep you engaged throughout.  Read my full review for this film here: Sheitan

Shiver(Eskalofrio)

– This Spanish horror film slipped under the radar in 2008, and gives us a sweet story about a young boy allergic to the sun who is forced to move with his mother to a shadowy village on the edge of a mountain.  Immediately after moving to the town a series of heinous murders take place, and while he is the obvious scapegoat over the events he soon finds himself to be the next victim of the bloodthirsty creature committing the mayhem.  We are given a positive entry in the vampire sub-genre with Shiver thanks to its good story and great direction as director Isidro Ortiz provides good kills/atmosphere/tension in this lesser-known but satisfying film.  Read my full review for this film here: Shiver

Shutter

– This Thai film(remade in the US in 2008) comes with one of the creepiest stories on this list, and comes with a thought-provoking message about how you cannot hide from your past, especially a dark past that you never fixed.  The atmosphere is great and came with numerous scares thanks to a positive directing effort from directors Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, making Shutter one of the better Asian horror films of all time.  Read my full review for this film here: Shutter

Sorority Row

– One year after the My Bloody Valentine remake we were given another remake of an early 80s film in Sorority Row, the remake of The House on Sorority Row.  While this remake did not cover any new ground it was a nice experience for slasher fans because it kept all of the usual cheeze we were given in the 80s except in this case the cheeze came in a modern day package.  Director Stewart Hendler properly executed the film to include this high level of cheeziness, which comes adorned with awesome kills, good laughs, and a sweet killer.  Read my full review for this film here: Sorority Row

Spiral

– His first horror film after the ever-awesome Hatchet, writer/director Adam Green joined directing forces with star Joel Moore and gave us a simple yet well designed psychological horror film centering around an awkward telemarketer who’s hidden mental anguish breaks out when he encounters a new and attractive employee who takes a liking to him.  The horror is not as present as Green’s other films, but Spiral gives us a nice and effective take on the psychological horror sub-genre.  Read my full review for this film here: Spiral

Tales of the Black Freighter

– This 26 minute animated companion piece to Zack Snyder’s The Watchmen gives us the awesome plot of a mariner who survives a deadly pirate attack only to suffer even more fateful consequences when he returns home to warn his people of what happened.  The visuals are amazing, and captivating execution from directors Daniel DelPurgatoria and Mike Smith make this an engaging watch that gives us some of the best animated horror of recent time.  Read my full review for this film here: Tales of the Black Freighter

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond is a straight up 80s B-movie in a modern day setting, and as customary of such films it was released only in select “dollar” theaters, giving me a B-movie experience on the big screen.  The film is not without its many flaws, but the storyline involving a group of teens playing an old supernatural board game provides for an interesting storyline with good chills and lots of cheeze to go with it.  Awesome visuals adorn the film (as well as Rob Rod’s two hot nieces), and while most of the gory kills come in the form of lame CGI we get enough fun elements to turn this low-budget watch into an enjoyable horror film.  Read my full review for this film here: The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond

The Call of Cthulhu

– Based on H. P. Lovecraft’s most famous story about a giant sea creature beckoning to the calls of the Cthulhu Cult and a young man’s interest and investigation in the matter after coming across his late-grandfather’s inquiries on the matter.  This film is unique in its own right in that it is the only silent film on this list, which also comes shot in black and white and runs a mere 47 minutes.  Director Andrew Lemon does a fantastic job executing this film, and along with Sean Branney’s faithful adaptation of Lovecraft’s story comes great horror in a package often reserved for horror’s founding films.  Read my full review for this film here: The Call of Cthulhu

The Collector

Feast and Saw IVVII writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan teamed up once again to give us their own original series about a sadistic killer with The Collector.  This original story gives us a ex-con desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, and plans to do so by robbing the home of a rich family.  Little does he know, when he shows up to rob the home he becomes an unknowing participant in a deadly game set up by another criminal already in the home, a criminal that set up a series of traps that lead our ex-con to realize that he picked the wrong night to be a criminal.  The criminal vs. criminal element of this film is a unique idea that thanks to positive direction from Marcus Dunstan provides high levels of tension and horror thanks to the insane situations our protagonist is put into in this Saw-esque effort from two of the genre’s hardest working writers.  Read my full review for this film here: The Collector

The Deaths of Ian Stone

– One of the better Horrorfest entries out there, The Deaths of Ian Stone was a joy to me due to its original story about a young ordinary man who one day becomes an unfortunate participant in a world where he is constantly being killed by a group of supernatural beings and forced to awaken in a new life each time.   We get plenty of action to compliment this positive story, and while the film loses a bit of steam at the end of the second act we are treated to a satisfying climax that keeps the action and horror going until the credits roll.  Read my full review for this film here: The Deaths of Ian Stone

The Eclipse

– This little-known Irish horror film delivers a bit more romance and drama in comparison to its horror, but boy is its horror of the highest quality.  At times it felt like The Eclipse did not know what it wanted to be, switching between horror and drama, and while the horror comes erupting out of nowhere it provided me with some of the best scares I have ever seen.   I was honestly left wishing that this film would have been a devoutly horror film, only because had it fully kept up with the horror it contained it would have been one of the scariest films I’d ever seen.  Read my full review for this film here: The Eclipse

The Fourth Kind

– This pseudo-documentary focusing on the untrue “true” events of a long-standing series of alien abductions in the isolated town of Rome, Alaska provided horror fans with an uncommon telling of a story in this film’s documentary-esque delivery.  The Fourth Kind is made to feel like a show you see on National Geographic of Discovery Channel regarding aliens, an idea that we seldom see used in the genre(used with The Poughkeepsie Tapes) but one that I will gladly accept given it is a break from the norm.   Director Olatunde Osunsanmi executes this film in a very convincing fashion, and gave me some of the best chills and jump scares that I experienced for the decade.  Read my full review for this film here: The Fourth Kind

The Gift

– A little more thriller than the amount of horror I would like to see, Sam Raimi’s The Gift will come off very tame compared to his other horror works, but in the end he delivers a well-shot and very well-executed story from none other than Billy Bob Thornton about a woman with extrasensory powers who helps authorities track down the killer of a young woman.  The star-studded cast provides great performances, even from Keanu Reeves, and The Gift amounts to an under-appreciated watch that gives us good tension and enough bits of horror to warrant its inclusion on this list.  Read my full review for this film here: The Gift

The Girl Next Door

– Another adaptation of a Jack Ketchum novel makes this list in The Girl Next Door.  Based on the true story of Sylvia Likens, two young orphaned girls are sent to live with their authoritarian aunt who along with her children and friends subject the girls to heinous acts of torture and humiliation.  Stephen King referred to this film as the most shocking film he’d seen since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and rightfully so.  Director Gregory Wilson leaves no stone unturned and his gutsy execution results in not only true unrelenting horror, but a sad film who’s hard-hitting scenes will stick with you forever.  Read my full review for this film here: The Girl Next Door

The Mothman Prophecies

– Surprisingly, the infamous “moth man” of West Virginia had yet to receive a horror film bearing his legacy until this 2002 Richard Gere-starring film about a reporter drawn to a small West Virginian town where his interactions with the moth man lead to chilling results.  Well-told and slow-moving, director Mark Pellington provides great atmosphere and direction for this adaptation of John A. Keel’s novel, and leaves us with a memorable and creepy story despite its crumbling third act.  Read my full review for this film here: The Mothman Prophecies

The Signal

The Signal is one of the more unique films on this list in that it gives us three writers/directors directing a cohesive story broken up into three segments.  The horror takes off right away and delivers one of the best “infected” first acts that I have ever seen, and while I was not a fan of the second act at all the film returns to form in the third segment and ends strong.  With social commentary about our need and dependency on television, The Signal gives us an original story that thanks to positive direction results in a watch deserving of this list.  Read my full review for this film here: The Signal

The Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key surprised me in that it provided great horror and a unique story often reserved for R-rating, never a PG-13 film like this one.  We are given a sweet hoodoo/voodoo tale following a young hospice worker assigned to an old plantation home in Louisiana who becomes enthralled in the home/family’s dark and evil past.  Positive scares and good creepy atmosphere adorn the film throughout its 104 minute runtime, and contrary to its PG-13 rating it never gets silly or gives us dumbed down elements, just good horror.  Read my full review for this film here: The Skeleton Key

Unrest

– One of my most enjoyable films from the initial Horrorfest, Unrest gives us a simple story about a young medical student who’s cadaver shows signs of a torturous death, leading her to research the matter and put herself in a dire situation with supernatural origins.  Execution is key in this film, as director Jason Todd Ipson uses little to attain the high levels of tension in the film, relying heavily on his amazing atmosphere and useful camerawork to deliver some genuine spooks.  Read my full review for this film here: Unrest

Wolf Creek

– The second film from Australian director Greg McLean to make this list, Wolf Creek gives us a “true story” about a group of backpackers who find themselves stranded in the giant Wolf Creek National Park in the Australian Outback, and after accepting help from kind bushman find themselves trapped in his deadly game of torture and the “thrill of the hunt.  It takes a long while of development for things to get going, but Greg McLean sells this film to us from the get-go and in the end provides a solid entry into the horror genre when things get going and the horror kicks in.   We are given an awesome killer thanks to John Jarratt’s great performance as Mick Taylor, as well as McLean’s positive writing of the character and his always good execution all around.  Read my full review for this film here: Wolf Creek

Thanks for reading.

The rest of the Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade

Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(1-25)

Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(26-50)

Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(51-75)

Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade(76-100)


 

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  1. January 2, 2010 at 3:06 am

    “Too bad he nearly outdid his “American Psycho” performance with a taped recording of his UK Psycho(HaHa) blowup on the set of Terminator Salvation.” haha! Ah! I love that movie though! So far, so good. Let me know when you have the rest of the countdown up, oh and pizza/beer/wings night sounds fun!

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    in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure
    in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are
    wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints?
    Appreciate it!

    • October 11, 2013 at 2:52 am

      I really do not clear my head exactly. Normally I just try and limit distractions, like television, and then I just get to it. Of course I have been doing this for several years and have now found my rhythm and style, and honestly it is probably going to take some time for you to figure out what works for you. Since my reviews are usually under 1,000 words it is not too hard to get to work, compared to someone who writes short stories or novels.

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