Over the past week we’ve been uploading all of our best and worst lists from the past year, now inside you’ll find Mr. Disgusting Best & Worst of 2007 list, which I’m sure some of you will have no problem being rude about. Feel free to post your top 10 lists below. Read on for the list and see you in 2008!
Synopsis: A paranoid, unhinged, war veteran who sees insects everywhere holes up with a lonely woman, who is hiding from her abusive ex-husband in a spooky Oklahoma motel room.
Final Thoughts: In the end BUG stops about one step short of becoming a David Cronenberg movie… It’s complete madness, insanity and disturbing. It’s a real shame that this tiny film was overlooked in the midst of big movie summer madness.
Synopsis: The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.
Final Thoughts: With it’s ridiculous title and terrible marketing campaign the film didn’t perform in its limited theatrical run, which is a shame considering how much fun the film is. Any horror fan will be laughing non-stop at the inside jokes developed just for their entertainment. The only drawback to the film was the soft ending, which easily could have been brutal to no end. It’s a rarity having a film that gets the viewers inside the mind of the actual killer, and one that’s so loveable. This is a delightful treat that pretty much any horror fan will enjoy.
Synopsis: Grindhouse – noun – A downtown movie theater – in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace of the ’30s and ’40s – known for “grinding out” non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies. From groundbreaking directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez comes the ultimate film experience: a double-bill of thrillers that will recall both filmmakers’ favorite exploitation films. “Grindhouse” will be presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. Tarantino’s film, “Death Proof,” is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while Rodriguez’s film explores an alien world eerily familiar to ours in “Planet Terror.” Welcome to the Grindhouse – it’ll tear you in two.
Final Thoughts: It’s a real shame that GRINDHOUSE performed so poorly, although it’s nice to see Tarantino and Rodriguez get a dose of reality. Although the films don’t really have a good repeat value, the experience of seeing this in the theater with the faux trailer was more than epic. It was the experience of a lifetime… too bad you all missed it. Suckers.
Synopsis: Based on the true story of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation’s history, “Zodiac” is a thriller from David Fincher, director of “Se7en” and “Fight Club.” As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
Final Thoughts: Fincher’s vision is compelling, chilling, extremely intense, captivating and beautifully told – I feel ZODIAC might stand the test of time and become yet another classic from this acclaimed director… Fincher has come the closest to cracking the code than anyone else and I don’t expect a better Zodiac film to come along… ever. This is THE Zodiac movie. Come and beat it.
Synopsis: Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.
Final Thoughts: I’m still perplexed with Warner Bros. The film was slated for release on October 6 where not another single horror film was coming out. TRICK was coming out alone, with positive reviews from test screenings AND all of the web hype. TRICK feels like a real-world version of NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS with the beautiful set design. The interesting stories all intermingled into one was craftfully done leaving us all begging for more by the final credits.
Synopsis: A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole-up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Final Thoughts: Perfect, except for the ending… THE MIST had it all – monsters, blood, guys, religious freaks, cults, spiders and more suspense than anything else this year. Another gem from Dimension Films.
Synopsis: A group of high schoolers invite Mandy Lane (Amber Heard), a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.
Final Thoughts: Still looking for a release in 2008, ALL THE BOYS feels like an edgy ’90s horror film – think SCREAM only it’s not a joke. It’s hip, cool and uber violent… there’s no holding back, which is why this is a gem. Too bad Dimension didn’t know what to do with it, they have no idea what they lost.
Synopsis: While an extreme right-wing candidate advances to the second ballot of the presidential election, a group of young armed robbers holes up in a backwoods inn. The inn is located in an old mining wasteland, and its managers are a particularly sordid lot (to wit, (neo-) Nazi cannibals).
Final Thoughts: I’m still super nervous about people seeing this as I personally LOVED it, but know for a fact many will hate it. FRONTIER(S) feels like a lot of other horror movie sequences meshed into one, but I found it constantly entertaining, violent, creepy and suspenseful. This is one of those movies you’ll watch over and over again, which to me is the true stamp of approval from any horror fan.
Synopsis: “REC” turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station. Receiving a call from an old lady trapped in her house, they reach her building to hear horrifying screams — which begin a long nightmare and a uniquely dramatic TV report.
Final Thoughts: I was expecting yet another nosedive from Filmax, only REC is superb. It’s probably the best voyeur film ever made and deserves to be remade more than any other film out there. It’s a damn shame most of you won’t get to see this in a theater because seeing it in a cinema really adds to the impact of this film. REC is another film that will stand the test of time and become a legend in your horror collection.
Synopsis: Still grieving over her recently deceased boyfriend, a pregnant woman becomes haunted by a mysterious woman.
Final Thoughts: …and then there’s INSIDE. This French film is in a class of its own, probably one of the single greatest horror achievements of all time and definitely one of the greatest horror films you will ever see. The beginning of the film is one of the creepiest things you will ever witness eventually transforming into one of the most grotesque and bloody finales to ever grace your screen. INSIDE is a masterpiece of filmmaking, a film you will show to all of your friends and maybe even your parents (just to shock them). There’s not a single person on this planet who will hate this movie, unless of course they’re freaking insane.
Joshua (Fox Searchlight), Them (ILS) (Dark Sky Films), 30 Days of Night (Sony Screen Gems), Fido (Lionsgate), The Poughkeepsie Tapes (MGM)
Synopsis: In this follow-up to the worldwide hit ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, the iconic monsters from two of the scariest film franchises ever, wage war in an American Midwestern town – with the residents caught in the middle.
Final Thoughts: Read my review, good lord!
Synopsis: Brandi (Mena Suvari) hits Tom (Stephen Rea) with her car on her way home from a night of partying. With Tom still alive but lodged through her windshield, she promises to go a hospital but then decides to leave Tom to die in her garage as she realizes that her future is inextricably tied to her victim. Realizing this plan, Tom knows escape is his only chance for survival.
Final Thoughts: I really had high hopes for this film considering I LOVE Stuart Gordon and am very much aware of the actual chilling story. Personally I thought the film was unintentionally racist, bland and thoughtless. It was such a disappointment that it almost made me cry.
Synopsis: Christmas break. A young woman catches a ride home from a stranger she meets through a college ride board. Racing to beat a severe winter storm, the two young travelers take a shortcut down a remote country road, only to find themselves forced into a snow bank by a mysterious vehicle that engages them in a dangerous game of chicken. Over the long night that ensues, an intense relationship develops between the pair as they must brave the elements and confront the road’s sinister legacy that dates back to the terrible events that occurred there in the 1950s.
Final Thoughts: After I visited the set I knew something was “off”. When the film only opened in two theaters it was pretty much confirmed… this movie was going to suck donkey balls. Eventually the film arrived on DVD and I felt obligated to watch it – it only took me three tries. Such a God-aweful, slow, boring piece of sh-t, WIND CHILL is probably the most unseless film ever assembled. And I thought THE FOG remake was bad.
Synopsis: Skinwalkers is about a 12-year-old boy who suddenly finds himself at the center of a battle between two warring groups of werewolves. One group of werewolves is sworn to protect him, the other group is trying to kill him — and the young boy’s mother has to find out why her son is at the center of the conflict before time runs out.
Final Thoughts: I was told this movie was bad well before release, and yet people at Lionsgate were swearing up and down it was good. I cannot begin to tell you how insulting this film was – and the fact that it was cut down to PG-13 was shocking! The only thing this movie had going for it was blood and sex – both removed. And the werewolf make-up, what the f-ck happened? Shoot this film with a silver bullet, it should be nothing but dust.
Synopsis: A man and a woman awaken to find themselves captured in a cellar. As their kidnapper drives them psychologically mad, the truth about their horrific abduction is revealed.
Final Thoughts: Another atrocity from After Dark Films. Apparently “torture films” were the new cool, but nobody told After Dark that there weren’t any real torture films out there. SAW doesnt reallly count if you ask me. Anyways, this film was originally a piece of crap (I saw the Cannes cut) and then they added more blood and guts. Sure it made it more entertaining at times, but gore for the sake of gore is just stupid. Like why the f-ck do we have to watch people drink vomit and guts? Seriously.
Synopsis: After a sinister crash on the highway in a small New Mexican town, people start disappearing and animals and nature begin dying. The Sheriff (Vaugier) investigates, only to actually witness a killer creature and realizes that the creature is the reason for the disappearances and deaths. After surviving an attack, The Sheriff and others try to survive the creature and being killed.
Final Thoughts: I debated where to place this in my top 10 list, considering this film really gets under my skin. I cannot believe it cost nearly $3 million to make. UNEARTHED is like watching a Sci-Fi Channel original – stupid dialogue, terrible creature FX and a moronic plot make this one of the crappiest films I’ve ever seen that hit a theater. I’d rather watch GLITTER.
Synopsis: The story centers on a corporate climber (Nichols) who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard (Bentley). With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.
Final Thoughts: I had such high hopes for this one that I think it helped ruin my experience. Sometimes I think it wasn’t “that bad”, but then I stop and remember the scene in the elevator where Wes pretends to be a Hindu. P2 is so incredibly dull. P2 is garbage better suited for the dumpster located on P1. Even on DVD I wouldn’t recommend this mind-numbing and bland experience. Watching P2 is like eating a rice cake, it looks like food but it’s really just cardboard.
Synopsis: Written by Stuart Beattie (Collateral) from an original script by Todd Farmer (Jason X), “The Messengers” is a horror tale that follows the lives of a family moving into a run-down sunflower farm. As the farm begins to revive after years of disrepair, the family begins to notice uncomfortable and alarming changes in their father’s behavior.
Final Thoughts: So forgettable I barely got through this movie as well. Just like WIND CHILL it took me three tries to finish the film and am shocked they’re making a sequel. I should never be so bored that I’d rather watch Rachel Ray cooking on th Food Network.
Synopsis: “Case 39″ centers on an idealistic social worker (Zellweger) who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that things are not as they appear.
Final Thoughts: I snuck into a test screening of this and usually I dont write reviews for these. But holy crap this has got to be one of the worst big budget horror films of all time. There is no focus, terrible acting, ridiculous trwists and worst of all 80 fake scares. Even with serious editing I’m quite sure this film will still be a hunk of dog stink.
Synopsis: A weekend of camping in the mountains becomes an excursion into hell for a young couple, who become pawns in a grotesque plot hatched by deranged locals.
Final Thoughts: Wow, all I can say is wow. It’s really aggrivating when someone tries to release a DVD movie in theaters and convince us that it’s worthy of a theatrical run. TIMBER FALLS might have been OK on DVD but seeing it in a theater will have you scratching your head and fleeing the scene of the crime sueing for a refund. The directing is well done but the screenplay is bland and the acting ridiculous. No thanks for ever and ever.
Synopsis: The story takes place in modern day Bucharest and tells the tale of nineteen-year-old Vivian Gandillon (Bruckner), who has spent her life on the run from the truth…. that she is a werewolf. When her affections for a visiting American artist threaten to expose her family’s secret society, she must choose between her love for an outsider and betraying the secret vows of her family.
Final Thoughts: WHAT THE HELL DID I SEE? I kept looking around the theater to see if anyone else was as bored as I was. When it was over all of my friends said the same thing, “I would have left if you had asked…” I was so pissed that I sat through this crap. B&C carries some of the lamest FX, dialogue and acting ever to grace the big screen. Here’s what I wrote in my review this past January, “In short, there is absolutely nothing remotely interesting or original in this forced adaptation. BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE just don’t mix well, it left a terrible taste in my mouth that I couldn’t rinse out. Avoid at all costs, this could easily be the single worst horror film of 2007 – and we just started the New Year (sigh).”
The Tattooist (Ghost House), Nightmare Man (After Dark Films), Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror (Xenon), The Reaping (Warner Bros.), The Hills Have Eyes 2 (Fox Atomic)