It’s that time again, Halloween is just around the corner and we’re here to bring you our top picks for horror movies from this year. If you’re looking for horror movies from other years you can find links at the bottom, this post is only about movies that came out this year. Surprisingly I haven’t seen very many horror movies this year, I’m not sure why, but I think I have a solid 5 recommendations as well as some that I meant to see, but never got around to.
As with all my other lists, this is my opinion so don’t take it personally if you disagree. Instead, why don’t you head down to the comments and tell us your favorite horror movies from this year so that I can make sure I check them out.
5. Scream 4 (imdb) – I know it doesn’t hold a candle to the original which is one of my favorite horror movies of the 90’s, but I thought it was easily better than Scream 3.
4. TrollHunter (imdb) (stream instantly now!) – This movie came out in Norway in 2010, but didn’t make it to the US until this year. Shot in the first-person style that has become so popular these days, we follow a group of kids as they set off to document mysterious bear killings only to find out that there are real life trolls. I thought this was very well done, the trolls look really good for what I thought was a lower budget, and this movie surprised me a lot, in a good way.
3. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (imdb) – This is another one that was made in 2010, but didn’t get released in the US until recently. Tucker and Dale just want to fix up their new cabin, but a group of college kids think they are creepy rednecks that want to kill them. After some of the kids go missing and end up dead, the kids believe that Tucker and Dale are behind the murders… This is probably the most fun I had watching a horror movie all year. It’s got a great comedic overtone and an original idea that leads to just an all around fun time. Plus I’m a fan of Tyler Labine so that helps.
2. Red State (imdb) (stream instantly now!) – Kevin Smith’s entry into the “horror” world. I use “horror” loosely because I don’t know if I would call this a horror movie. It’s more of a suspenseful drama, but it had it’s share of creepy moments. Don’t be deterred by the fact that it’s Kevin Smith either, this movie is just a flat out good movie. The only thing I’ve been able to compare this to is “The Devil’s Rejects”. It’s not twisted in the same way as “DR”, but it’s definitely twisted.
1. Insidious (imdb) – I’m sure a lot of people are going to give me shit for this one, but I loved this flick. I am in the same boat as everyone else though, the 3rd act was kind of ridiculous and kind of killed the pace of the movie, but I still thought it was good and had it’s fair share of creepy moments and scares. James Wan and Leigh Whannel are the same guys that brought us the original “SAW”.
La Casa Muda (imdb) – This was just released in the US and while I initially thought it was a POV flick in the vein of The Blair Witch Project, it turns out it’s not. However, the movie is shot in one continuous shot for the 90 or so minutes. What that means is that the camera never cuts and plays out in real time. This made for an interesting experience. I didn’t think it would be so noticeable that the camera never cut, but it is and it’s kind of cool. There are obviously tricks used in the filming where they actually did cut and film the next scene, but everything looks so flawless that it’s really hard to tell. This one is obviously in Spanish so be prepared to read, although once the movie gets going there’s not a ton of dialogue anyways.
Quarantine 2: Terminal (imdb) – While “Quarantine” was a remake of “[REC]”, “Quarantine 2: Terminal” is not a remake of “[REC]2”. This one is a direct sequel to “Quarantine” and follows the rabies virus as it spreads out of the apartment and onto a flight headed away from Los Angeles. It’s not filmed in the POV style that the first one was, which was a little disappointing to me, but they do throw in a few scenes like that. I thought it was a decent sequel, nothing spectacular, but if you have time it’s worth a look.
I haven’t seen the 3 movies below, but I plan to and think they are fairly safe recommendations.
Paranormal Activity 3 (imdb) – Obviously the 3rd movie in the Paranormal Activity franchise, this time we go back in time and see the beginning of the, umm, paranormal activity as it happens to the girls when they were kids. I like the Paranormal Activity movies and from what I’ve seen/read, this one is a solid entry in the series and brings everything together nicely.
Apollo 18 (imdb) – What a surprise, a found footage flick. This time it takes place on the moon. Footage is found that reveals a secret mission to the moon. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but I thought it’d be worth a look… maybe.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (imdb) – The Guillermo Del Toro written/produced flick starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pierce looked really creepy, I just never got a chance to check it out. After moving into a new house the daughter discovers there are creatures living with them.
So there you have it, my horror recommendations for 2011. I don’t know, it just didn’t seem like a great year for horror this year or maybe I was just busy and missed some. Please let me know if I did, but don’t tell me I missed things like: “Fright Night”, “The Roommate”, “Priest”, “Vanishing on 7th Street”, “Final Destination 5” or “The Thing”. I know about those… they weren’t on the list for a reason, but by all means go back and watch “John Carpenter’s The Thing”, just leave the prequel alone.
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