With some feature commentary, too.
1.) Antichrist (2009)
Trier stated that he failed to make a horror movie, yet perhaps he was
being sly or understating this movie somehow. Graphic, disturbing,
violent, and dealing with a battle of the sexes that takes place in a
hostile nature environment, this film doesn't pull any punches. Its also
another reminder that staying in a cabin in the woods is a terrible
2.) 28 Days Later (2002)
Never mind the debate about
whether or not they are zombies, for it takes away from the fact that
this is a great, depressing film that manages to be rather
claustrophobic, too. The characters never really ever feel safe, and the
last act not only borrows from Romero but even presents its own spin on
certain topics that the master of zombie horror addressed in his
classic Day of the Dead (1985).
3.) Shaun of the Dead (2004)
witty, sharp, and both a funny send up of the genre and a loving homage
to zombie movies, this is an awesome zombie-rom-com that is smartly
written and paced. The two leads are really likable, and this film
observes one of the main rules of zombie movies: feature characters that
the audience can relate to and root for.
4.) Ginger Snaps (2000)
much blood, and a decent amount of gore are part of this feminist take
on werewolves. Two sisters end up in a huge mess, and it quickly spirals
out of control, as body mutilation and the onslaught of womanhood take
hold. Probably one of the best werewolf movies ever made.
5.) Slither (2006)
a really funny and slick horror film in addition to being disgusting
and gross, James Gunn puts his own unique stamp on the "Alien slugs"
subgenre. Features an excellent (as usual) performance from Nathan
Fillion, but its Henry Gregg that steals the movie as the endless quote
machine mayor. "That bitch is hardcore."
6.) Saw (2004)
Truly disturbing, violent, gruesome and rather tense, the first entry in the long running series is almost underrated, oddly enough. Jigsaw is a truly creepy villain, and the film sports a handful of moments that are shocking and well executed.
7.) Zombieland (2009)
from Shaun of the Dead in that it is only a straight up comedy with
zombies involved. The cast is fantastic, the jokes are well written, and
the movie is endlessly entertaining. Clearly a new modern favorite, and
I'm still hoping for a sequel.
8.) Dog Soldiers (2002)
fine example of a good werewolf movie, even as it admittedly borrows
from other horror and sci-fi movies. Spoon is one of the coolest horror
characters ever, and the film never really lets up after a good solid
and more quiet beginning. Seems most of the good werewolf movies have
been made in the last 20-25 years (the original The Wolfman still a
9.) Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2007)
unique, twisted, and clever, there's something fascinating about this
movie even though it uses "This is being filmed live" brand of film
making that has become really popular thanks to The Blair Witch Project.
Leslie is actually a really entertaining and lively character despite
being the villain-its really interesting how in slasher movies the
killer is typically not only front and center, but a tad disturbingly
easy to root for. Stick around for the end credits.
10.) The Call of Cthullu (2005)
being way too short, this is still a really cool black and white silent
film adaptation of one of Lovecraft's most famous works. Mostly on this
list also for not featuring any CGI, as the practical effects look
good. It would be great if the creators of this movie went on to make
others like it, using the same techniques.
The Rest of the List:
11. Cloverfield (2008)-90, monsters
12. The Host (2006)-90, monsters
13. Let The Right One In (2008)-90, vampires
14. Pulse aka Kairo (2001)-90, ghosts
15. Dawn of the Dead (2004)-90, zombies
16. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)-90, undead
17. Paranormal Activity (2009)-90, demons
18. The Crazies (2010)-88, monsters
19. Pontypool (2008)-88, zombies
20. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)-87, slasher
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