Horror Cinema 2011: 20 Best, 20 Worst, and 13 to Watch Out for Next Year Not very long ago I was commenting (ok, whining) that 2011 was one "weak-ass" year for fans of horror cinema. But then I sat down to write a top ten, which became a top twenty ... plus a bunch of "honorable mention" titles left over. And after I finished cobbling together a Bottom 20, just to keep things even, I was irritated to notice that I've already seen at least 13 2012 horror flicks that also deserved a mention. So here's the whole package, courtesy of me, Movies.com editor and resident film critic for FEARnet.com. Top 20 Horror Films of 2011 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Honorable mention: (click title for full review) Atrocious, The Clinic, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Hostel Part 3, A Lonely Place to Die, Saint Nick, The Silent House, The Tunnel,Paranormal Activity 3, The Reef, Urban Explorer, Wake Wood, We Are the Night (subtitled, not dubbed!) Worst of the Year 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time If the first 10 amendments to the Constitution went before today’s voters, how would they fare? Change of Heart About the Bill of Rights?… Is it possible that some of our constitutional rights aren’t the dreamboats we think they are? Maybe they’re even cheating on us. For example, the Supreme Court has ruled that rich knuckleheads have the constitutional right to make unlimited political contributions. We’re Having a Steamy Affair With Rights… President Obama, sworn defender of our constitutional rights, has said, “In the United States, health care is not a privilege for the fortunate few; it is a right.” And so far, Chief Justice John Roberts is backing him up. Meanwhile Duty Sits Home Waiting for Us to Text About Hooking Up Later, Maybe, if Nothing Else Is Going On… NARAL defends the constitutional right to abortion. NRA defends the constitutional right to something similar, ex post facto. Reactionary troglodyte Tea Party embraces the Constitution—says it means government wronging rights. And…
Year in Review: The 15 Best Foreign Films of 2009 Martyrs* (Pascal Laugier, France) This brutal, bloody, and occasionally terrifying movie also made Robert Fure’s Best Horror list, and it most definitely deserves the honor. A young girl is traumatized and grows up thirsty for revenge. But is she targeting the right people? And who’s the razor-wielding woman haunting her every night? Mother (Bong Joon-ho, South Korea) After the spectacle of his blockbuster monster movie The Host, Joon-ho scales it back and returns to the dark and moody procedural territory of his best film to date, Memories of Murder. Ong Bak 2* (Tony Jaa, Thailand) Film School Rejects called this the greatest martial arts film ever, and while I myself prefer to avoid the hyperbole I will agree that it comes pretty damn close. Pontypool* (Bruce McDonald, Canada) Who would have thought Canada would be the ones to bring an original spin to the zombie genre? A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, France) [Rec]* (Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, Spain) Revanche* (Gotz Spielmann, Austria)
The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time What is it about a perfectly done horror movie? You can't say there's a single way to do it: some use the time time-tested hot-chick-in-distress formula, some hinge on graphic displays of gore and disembowelment that make you recoil (even though keep watching, you sick bastard), and some simply shake you to your core...and in some cases drive you to therapy. But however a good scare flick works, it works, and in the process creates what are arguably your most vivid movie traumas memories. Ghosts, possessed kids, mutant killers, zombies—everyone has their own fear button, and everyone can have theirs pressed. Videos at the source Goddamn, I love horror movies Good Horror Movies Every Fan Has To See If you ask people on the street for some suggestions of a great horror movie, odds are you'd get a wide range of answers. You’d get everything from the scariest slasher film to horror comedies and even b-rated horror movies that barely classify for the genre. Because we all have a different capacity for being scared and our own unique reasons for watching horror films, we of course have varying tolerances for gore and suspenseful movies. Great horror movies drag out the suspense until the end, sometimes never concluding with victory. Let's get started, shall we? Great Scary Movies Halloween [Blu-ray]Amazon Price:$19.99 $5.99 Buy Now(price as of Oct 10, 2013) The Vanishing (The Criterion Collection)Amazon Price:$29.95 $15.95 Buy Now(price as of Oct 10, 2013) Charles Band's Puppet Master CollectionAmazon Price:$59.95 $26.50 Buy Now(price as of Oct 10, 2013) Zombieland [Blu-ray]Amazon Price:$19.99 $7.00 Buy Now(price as of Oct 10, 2013)
9/11 movies: Four brilliant 9/11 films that get overlooked. - By Bill Wyman From the fall of Troy to the bombing of Hiroshima, the response of artists to tragedy and cataclysm has been wide and varied. In the years since 9/11, we've seen everyone from Bruce Springsteen (The Rising) to Don DeLillo (Falling Man) try to make sense of the senseless in one way or another. As the 10th anniversary looms, the New York Times has published an almost comically long list of 9/11-related arts events. One of my former colleagues at NPR, Renee Montagne, explored the idea that we're expecting too much too soon in an interview with Kurt Vonnegut on an earlier 9/11 anniversary. In this way, the artistic responses we're looking for may just not be here yet; they may be hidden or suppressed. These four films were released around the same time. The iconoclastic filmmaker Richard Linklater is known for raucous comedies like Dazed and Confused and School of Rock, but he also did a less-noticed animated film called Waking Life. And the thematic similarities are too great to ignore.
- StumbleUpon Midnight in Paris Woody Allen’s latest places starving writer Owen Wilson in Paris with his fiancée, Rachel McAdams. Searching for inspiration for his incomplete novel, Owen begins taking strolls around the city at night where he discovers an unexpected group of people. Let the Right One In The best vampire movie ever made in my opinion. Watch Let the Right One In for FREE on Amazon Instant Video The Man From Earth Holy &#%@ this film’s plot is fascinating! Garden State This is my absolute favorite film. Waking Life It’s impossible for you to grasp Waking Life without actually watching it, but I’ll do my best to explain it. Watch Waking Life for FREE on Amazon Instant Video Closer This film is a rather dark, yet comedic story about the twisted relationships between Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen and Julia Roberts. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphendre et le Papillon) Sin Nombre Snatch Watch Snatch for FREE on Amazon Instant Video Spirited Away The Descent Once Punch Drunk Love Rubber
100 Horror Films Not to Miss! & Fangoria Frightfest - So horror junkies lets get injected with the best nail biting films out there! 100. They Live (1988, Directed by John Carpenter) 99. Hostel (2005, Written and Directed by Eli Roth) 98. 97. 96. 95. 94. 93. 92. 91. 90. 89. 88. 87. 86. 85. 84. 83. 82. 81. 80. 79. 78. 77. 76. 75. 74. 73. 72. 71. 70. 69. 68. 67. 66. 65. 64. 63. 62. 61. 60. 59. 58. 57. 56. 55. 54. 53. 52. 51. 50. 49. 48. 47. 46. 45. 44. 43. 42. 41. 40. 39. 38. 37. 36. 35. 34. 33. 28 Days Later (2002, Directed by Danny Boyle) 32. 31. 30. 29. 28. 27. 26. 25. 24. 23. 22. 21. 20. 19. 18. 17. 16. 15. 14. 13. 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.
Movies for a desert island You don’t need much of a setup for this one: It’s a Desert Island List of visual media that I’d like to have with me if I were shipwrecked. Here are the rules: 1. This list is composed solely of motion pictures and TV shows. 2. 3. I’ve listed my short film pick and my TV season first, followed by a list of 10 theatrical features in alphabetical order. View the slide show The Top 10 Existential Movies of All Time Browsing through my DVD collection recently I realized that I have a fairly decent selection of what can be called 'existential movies' -- philosophical films that study the nature of existence and what it means to be alive. It's debatable as to what defines the 'quintessential' existential movie, but ultimately it must speak to the human condition and reframe it in such a way that the viewer gains an enhanced appreciation of their own existence and situation in life. These are the kinds of films that you find yourself reflecting back upon time and time again as you engage in your own day-to-day life, struggles and relationships. Thus, I present to you the top 10 existential movies of all time: 10. The best of the 'last man on Earth' movies, The Quiet Earth (1985) looks at human nature and the value of social relationships through a post-apocalyptic lens. 9. The movie also acknowledges the harsh realities of modern relationships. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.
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