I really like to make lists. I do top 5′s and top 10′s regularly on my tumblr. If I were to say what would top the Best New Things of 2011 list, it would be becoming a contributor on this site. So, when I was invited to take part in our Best/Worst of 2011, I got very excited. While I didn’t see as many films as I would’ve liked this year, 5 were definitely worthy of being labeled “the best”.
Best Horror of 2011: Lauren Taylor
Micah (Best/Worst) | Lonmonster (Best/Worst) | Evan Dickson (Best/Worst) | Lauren Taylor (Best/Worst)
Posters (Best/Worst) | Trailers (Best/Worst) | Performances (Best)
Having been given a Troma film as my first Bloody Disgusting review, I knew it would either be a hit or complete sh*t. I got a gem. Blood Junkie is a throwback that never realizes it is so, and has plenty of humor, gore and awesomeness. My review truly summed up why I put this on my Best of 2011: “All in all, the beauty of Blood Junkie definitely lies in the respect that it never takes itself seriously – which is unbelievably refreshing in an age where mainstream horror, that lacks any sort of charm, does.”
It could be true that I am putting this on my Best list just in case Adrien Brody would read it and be impressed and then call me up (please do). However, the idea of waking up, stuck in a car, dead bodies around you, not knowing what the hell is going on…it’s a bit nerve-wracking. Throw in a delectable performance by Adrien Brody and it’s an amazing experience. He rouses every emotion he portrays to perfection. And even swollen and bloody, I’m still unbelievably attracted to him. Psychological in the horror realm, and damn good at it, Wrecked is worth a re-watch.
Since April, I’ve watched a good handful of horror films – half of which dragged on, half pointless, and ended up crap. Rammbock is far from this. Running at 59 minutes, the movie throws you a ‘zombie’ story, plays it out and wraps it up neatly. There is still the classic moments of panic, overload, and loss – but without all of the filler.
Rarely does a ‘commercial’ film strike me in the way Insidious did. I watched it alone, on my couch, on a rainy day and there were many moments where I went “Eeeeeeeee!!!” loudly. Evoking the beauty of the classic Poltergeist, Insidious takes the haunted house story, adds a twist, and gives it a well done studio ending.
TrollHunter. Ahhh! This movie is just so beautiful. There are so many insane moments within i from the effects to the acting and setting. Everything makes it a lot of fun and my number 1 of 2011.
Unlike everyone else on the planet, I liked Burke & Hare. It could be that I want to have Simon Pegg’s babies, but I honestly felt the story was well told and well acted. The sets were superb, the cast was impeccable (I love Jessica Hynes) and it was a clever film. I can only think that perhaps Americans don’t like dark British humor. And accents.