My Best & Worst Films Of 2011

2011 hasn’t exactly been the best year to be a Horror fan, but it’s not been as bad as some people make out. In this list I’m going to give you a run-down of my best & worst of 2011.

To see the trailers for these films just click on the film name, I’d also like to point out they are in no particular order, So here we go:

  • Blood Runs Cold – Winona, a successful artist looking to get away from her stressful life. Her manager rents her a house in her home town where she runs in to an old boyfriend. They go back to the house, only to find out it is not as empty as they assumed. A great little independent flick that brought back the claustrophobic feel to the Horror film.
  • Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark – A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. Guillermo Del Toro’s beautiful film was a bit of a letdown, but I blame the CGI monsters and allowing myself for getting in the hype. Despite this it is a great film and very,very well done.
  • The Rite – An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course. This is easily one of Anthony Hopkins best performances, he is amazing to watch as always and fully grabs your attention when he’s on screen, it might not be the film the trailer led us to believe it would be but despite this it’s great none-the-less.
  • Creature – In the back country of Louisiana, a group of friends unearth a terrible secret that unleashes a monster from the depths of the swamp. You’ll know my views on this film from my review, if you haven’t watched it then give it a try.
  • 11-11-11 – After the death of his wife and child, an author travels to Barcelona to see his estranged brother and dying father, where he learns that his life is plagued by events that occur on 11/11/11. A great film from Darren Lynn Bousman, this film was one of the highly anticipated films of the year and it delivered.
  • ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 –  “ChromeSkull” is the sequel to the 2009 horror hit “Laid to Rest.” It brings back ChromeSkull, who barely escaped death in the first movie and is hell-bent on continuing where he left off… and forging a new path of terror and destruction. How ChromeSkukk isn’t a new Horror icon I’ll never know, It’s brutal and not for the squeamish 
  • Troll Hunter – A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter. This fantastic Norwegian film is a must see, it truly is a fantastic film. Catch it before it’s rumoured American remake gets released.
  • Dead Hooker In A Trunk – Four friends set out on an everyday errand and end up in a fight for their lives when they discover the body of a dead hooker left in their trunk. Technically this film was made in 2009 but it only got it’s worldwide release this year. The Twisted Twins debut flick (which is highly influenced by Tarantino/Rodriguez) is amazing to watch and will be a future cult classic.
  • Insidious – A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. James Wan is a genius, he brings us great, original Horror films and with this film he shows us you don’t need a huge budget to make a good film.
  • Grave Encounters – A ghost-hunting reality television show, all in the name of good television, lock themselves inside a building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted – it is alive – and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. This is by far my favourite film of 2011. It kept me on edge the whole time and was great to see someone breathing new life in-to the low budget found footage genre.
  • Attack The Block – A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion. This is easily one of my favorite movies of 2011 and one of the best monster movies I have seen since Toby Wilkins Splinter.
  • Tucker and Dale vs Evil – Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids. Best Horror-Comedy I’ve seen since Shaun Of The Dead.
  • I Spit on your Grave – A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead. This remake was a rarity in the fact of it matched it’s predecessor.
  • I Saw the Devil – When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge. This Korean flick shows Hollywood the way Horror should be made.
  • Stake Land – Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in an empty pit of economic and political disaster. A vampire epidemic has swept across what is left of the nation’s abandoned towns and cities, and it’s up to Mister, a death dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to get Martin safely north to Canada, the continent’s New Eden. A great addition to the Vampire genre.
  • Black Death – Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village. If you’re a fan of Christopher Smith then you know what you’re in for and after ‘Creep’ and ‘Triangle’ this was a great addition.
  • The Ward – A Horror/thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost. The much anticipated return of John Carpenter and also a film that showcases the talent of Amber Heard.
  • Mother’s Day – The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests. A very good remake of the 80’s exploitation film, it’s tense atmosphere is very, very well done.
  • Primal – Five friends join anthropology student Dace on a journey to study a remote ancient rock painting. Their excitement vanishes when one of their friends becomes delirious after skinny-dipping in the waterhole. Feverish, bleeding, confused their friend has gone primal. Before they can escape another one of them starts to regress posing a hideous choice kill their friends or be killed by them. This Australian flick was very enjoyable and a film I can watch over & over.
  • Chillerama – It’s the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America and Cecil B. Kaufman has planned the ultimate marathon of lost film prints to unleash upon his faithful cinephile patrons. Four films so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil until this very night! With titles like Wadzilla, I Was A Teenage Werebear, The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, and Zom-B-Movie, Chillerama not only celebrates the golden age of drive-in B horror shlock but also spans over four decades of cinema with something for every bad taste. JUST WATCH IT!
  • Inkubus – Inkubus tells the story of a skeleton crew working the final shift at a soon to be demolished police station. The night takes a gruesome turn when the demon, Inkubus, calmly walks into the station holding the severed head of a murdered girl. Robert Englund in one of his best performances of the latter stages of his career.
  • Beware – The town of Shady Grove holds many dark secrets. Amongst those secrets is the sadistic tale of “Shane”, a boy who was tortured and chained to a tree as a youngster. Legend has it that for years he survived in the woods all alone until one day he managed to escape. Now, damaged and broken, he wanders those woods in search of blood, with his trademark chains fused to his wrists. Despite years of tales and urban myths, no proof of his existence has ever been discovered, until five unsuspecting teens reveal the truth on an ill-fated trip.  This film is nowhere near perfect but that’s part of it’s charm. Jason Daly give you everything you want from a slasher flick: a demented killer, boobs and buckets of the red stuff. It’s a fun popcorn flick.
  • Hobo With A Shotgun  A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. I love, LOVE this film! Great b-movie fun!
  • YellowBrickRoad – 1940: the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind. 2008: the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar. If you want to watch a film where not very much happens and at the end you just feel sad because you know you’ll never get that time back then go ahead and watch this.
  • Fright Night 3D – A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire. This remake of the 80’s classic broke my heart, I wish I never watched it as I’ll never be able to watch the original without thinking of this garbage.
  • Scream 4 – Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer. Wes Craven has been a serious let-down for a long time now, this just shows how much.
  • Hellraiser: Revelations – In this ninth installment of the Hellraiser franchise, two friends discover a puzzle box in Mexico, which opens a gateway to Hell. Before long, dermatological nightmare Pinhead has returned to make the lives of everyone in his way miserable. No Doug Bradley, no fun….. PLAIN AWFUL!!!
  • Season Of The Witch – 14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague. Why this was billed as a Horror movie I’ll never know! Total snoozefest.
  • The Roommate – College student Sara finds that her new roommate Rebecca has an obsession with her, which quickly turns violent. This film was a serious let down, goes to show you that hype can be a bad thing for a film.
  • Shark Night 3D – A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to shark attacks. A film SO bad it’s just plain awful!
  • Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence – Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy. This is just getting out of hand
  • Apollo 18 – Decades-old found footage from NASA’s abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. Basically Blair Witch but on the moon, just Blair Witch is better and a-lot more entertaining
  • Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings  Follows a group of friends that decide to go snowmobiling during their winter break. They make a “wrong turn”, getting lost in a storm. A franchise that needs to stop, apart from a couple of good kills it doesn’t do much to hold your attention.
  • 51 – ’51’ chronicles what happens after political pressure from the American public forces the Air Force to provide a few well-known reporters with limited access to the most secretive base on the planet: Area 51. one of the worst films I saw this year, I couldn’t wait for it to end.
  • Deadtime Stories Volume 1 In this anthology of horror tales two hikers are trapped in a cave-in, a jilted teen lover turns bad, and man is murderously desperate to help his ailing wife. All I’ve got to say is…. Romero, What happened?!?!
  • Red Riding Hood Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. The poster/trailer should’ve said ‘If you like Twilight you’ll love this’
  • Panic Button Four young people win a competition of a lifetime. They head off on an all expenses paid trip to New York, courtesy of social network As they board the private jet, they are asked to relinquish their mobile phones and take part in the in-flight entertainment – a new online gaming experience. It had potential, but fell flat.
  • The Howling: Reborn – On the eve of his high school graduation, unremarkable Will Kidman finally bonds with the girl he has long yearned for, reclusive Eliana Wynter. But he also discovers a dark secret from his past… that he is about to become a werewolf. An awful addition to an awful franchise, stick to the original.
  • Children of the Corn: Genesis –  A young couple tries to free an imprisoned child with catastrophic results. If you’ve seen any of the ‘Children of the Corn’ then this is nothing new and not worth your time and money.
  • The Woman –  When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to “civilize” the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy. I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of Lucky McKee and he didn’t change my mind with this outing.
  • Quarantine 2: Terminal –  A plane is taken over by a mysterious virus. When the plane lands it is placed under quarantine. Now a group of survivors must band together to survive the quarantine. I was looking forward to this sequel but it truly was appalling, really disappointed. 
  • Final Destination 5 – Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there’s no way you can cheat Death. There’s nothing Final about this dying franchise
  • Zombie Apocalypse – Months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population, a small group of survivors fight their way cross-country to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina. A good story that was ruined by poor acting and awful CGI, not even Ving Rhames could save this film. 
  • Paranormal Activity 3 –  In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. Same old, same old…..
  • Bag Of Bones – Mike Noonan, is an author living in Derry, Maine who suffers from severe writer’s block after the death of his wife, Johanna (called Jo), from an undiagnosed brain aneurism. 240 minutes long with about 20 minutes of it only worthwhile watching.
  • Red State  Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda. Believe it or not I really enjoyed this film, so why is it in the ‘worst’ section? Well it’s NOT a Horror film! Argue about it all you want but I would call it an action/thriller. The Horror elements are so small it shouldn’t have been marketed as a Horror.
  • The Thing  At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. Nowhere near the original  and horrible CGI compared to the amazing practical effects of it’s predecessor.
  • The Resident – When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her. When I first saw The Hammer logo and Sir Christopher Lee’s name on t5he same page again I got very excited, unfortunately I was let down. This film is highly predictable. You feel like your back in the 90’s, yes it is that generic.

Well there you have it, my best & worst films of 2011, you may disagree with some or even most and I know for a fact that I have missed some (I can’t watch ALL the films of 2011) but this is MY best & worst so tell me, what are yours?

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