Year In Review: The 11 Best Horror Movies of 2011

5. The Thing

This is probably the film I’ll get the most flack for having on the list, but I actually dug the movie. I’m a huge fan of John Carpenter’s film, and I’m always looking to immerse myself in that world, with the Blu-ray, novelization, and video game. The Thing isn’t perfect by any means and I shed a tear for the lost practical effects, but I felt this movie worked fine as a prequel and fairly well on its own. Plus, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

4. I Saw the Devil

Perhaps this film is best classified as “horrific” rather than “horror,” and what’s unique about I Saw the Devil is that the ‘good guy’ is the one doing all the terrible things. There are just some people in this world you don’t want to fuck with and Kyung-chul just messed with him and must suffer at his hands for his horrible crime.

3. Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale is a great idea that actually lived up to most of its potential. The film follows the misadventures of two lovable hillbillies who are wrongly believed by a group of idiotic teens to be murderous rednecks. As the two attempt to sort things out, things go from bad to worse and fingers are lost, people are skewered and teens start dying. With great performances from Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine, the film is fun and original. My few gripes are some iffy CGI in a spot or two and some repetitive deaths, but overall it’s great fun.

2. Attack the Block

Listen bruv, this wildly entertaining movie merges tons of great laughs with good action and some vicious beasties. There are excellent performances from all the goods, great action set pieces, cool monster designs, all wrapped up in a fun package. If you missed this one, you’re a bad person.

1. Insidious

Insidious has stayed with me ever since my first viewing. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say it’s one of the scariest movies of the last decade. I think it might even make it to the 10 best horror movies of 2000-2010. I loved this flick. It was creepy and scary in a lot of different ways, a good mixture of visuals, sounds, and jump scares that never felt cheap. The film also impressed with its decision to go the whole ‘real life ghostbusters’ route, which totally worked for me. I did have a problem with the ending, like literally the last 50 seconds, but it wasn’t enough to spoil my experience.

So those are the eleven horror films I enjoyed most this year, what about you?

Robert Fure is many things: horror expert, ruggedly handsome man of the world, witty prose composer, and writer of his own biography page. Beneath the bravado is a scared little boy, ready to grow into an awesome man and make lies about a scared little boy inside of him. Wait a minute...

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