December 25, 2009

The Best Movies of 2009- 1-5

2009 was a pretty solid year for the Horror Genre. A lot of the year's best came from overseas, but American Horror showed strong too, which is a good thing; it's nice to see a good Global mix going on, as far as Horror movies are concerned. Different countries and cultures have their own voices that make the genre stronger, and we truly need to hear them all. Aww, look at all of that diversity!

So let's take a look at the best of what 2009 had to offer us, shall we?
Yes I know, this movie was made a few years ago, and some other Horror sites named it as one of their best back then, but it wasn't released until this year, so shush. They we're just showing off, and we don't do that around here. Much.

I can't remember the last time that a Horror flick captured us, enraptured us, and left us wanting more, more, more, like Trick r' Treat did. It captured the essence and atmosphere of Halloween like few other movies ever have, and took us on a clever and near-perfect journey through it all.

Trick r' Treat has become mandatory yearly watching for the creepy month of October. We hesitate to give any movie an A+ score, because to me that implies a sort of perfection, but we really had no other choice with this one; it's damn near perfect.

Ignore the few Internet naysayers that will say "it was alright" or that "it didn't come close to living up to the hype," because they are wrong. You need to own this movie. Own it and love it. Unless of course you don't like awesomeness, then feel free to ignore this one altogether.
I have one thing to say, and one thing only: any movie that plays For Whom the Bell Tolls over its opening credits is aces in my book.

Alright, I lied, I have more to say... This movie is fun as hell,  and aside from the annoying actions of the main chicks throughout most of the movie, is easily one of the best of the year. Woody Harrelson is brilliant as Tallahassee, the zombie-ass kicking southern boy with a penchant for awesome one-liners. I mean no disservice to the other actors in the movie, but he carried this one on his back, and even pressed it over his head a few times. Everyone else performed admirably too, but Woody definitely stole the show.

Then again, Bill Murray pretty much stole the show in this one too, and Amber Heard's cameo was pretty great too...

As Horror Comedies go (especially of the Zombie variety), dare I say that this one is better than Shaun of the Dead? Though that question is totally up for debate, I do say it's better, because it is. See it, and if you already have, see it again. You'll never look at Twinkies in the same way again.
The Children is the best Creepy Kid movie I've seen in ages, and we tip our hats to the British for creating such a creepy, nasty little gem.

A feeling of dread and unease permeates throughout this movie and never really seemed to let up. It's also got its share of vicious violence and gore, and when all of those elements are mixed together, The Children basically has a square dance on your nuts, until you end up hiding in your closet and crying like a small child. Alright, I may be exaggerating just a bit, but this is one taxing movie, and that's no joke.

The Children is profoundly disturbing, and it left us feeling a bit numb at the end. It only reveals bits and pieces of the reasons for the children turning on their parents, and maybe the not knowing why is the worst part. Actually, the worst part is probably the fact that 6 and 7-year-old kids are hell-bent on killing their parents. Yeah, that's probably it.

The ending was one of the best that we've seen in quite a while too; It came out of nowhere, and chilled us to the bone. It also left us with questions which I wish we had definitive answers too, but hey, at least it made us think. Definitely one of the best genre flicks we've seen in years.
A return to Horror form for Sam Raimi, Drag Me to Hell is a hell of a lot of fun to experience.

I love the dry wit on display here, as too many Hollywood Horror flicks seem to forget to be fun these days. The "we used to have a cat" bit kills me every time I see it. The look on Alison Lohman's face is just priceless.

This movie definitely reminds us of the more campy 80's Horror fare. It's fairly linear, over-the-top, a bit tongue-in-cheek, creepy, gross, tension-filled, and we know exactly where it's going and we can't wait for it to get there. Aside from "the fire dance," and one obvious plot twist (you'll see it coming from miles away), this movie made us smile the whole way through. Even the ending goes against popular convention in some ways, which we loved.

Unfortunately, it didn't kill at the Box Office as we had hoped it would, but at least it looks really good on Blu-ray. If you haven't seen it yet, go grab a copy on DVD or add it to your Netflix queue now. I promise that it's a fun time that you won't regret.
District 9 really isn't a Horror movie per se, but as a far as Genre flicks go, it just has to be counted on everyone's lists as one of the years best, even we Horror Geeks..

What Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp pulled off here with a tiny budget of around $30 million, is nothing short of pure genius. Gorgeous, action-packed, bloody, messy, and engrossing, District 9 reminded us that sometimes the good guys can win, and that smart, well-made movies can stand far above their dumber, more expensive popcorn flick brethren.

District 9 stood above them all this year, and it shone brightly while doing so.

Heart and soul count, and this is one crazy movie that delivers those goods while kicking your ass at the same time. Now, Neill Blomkamp needs to get busy on District 10, because we need to know what in the hell happened to Christopher Johnson and Wikus! It's killing us!

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  1. Fantastic list. I wouldve had Drag me to hell as number 1 on mine. I guess its only Americans that can see something in Trick r Treat. I thought it was so dull and boring.

  2. I agree 500% with you about Trick R' Treat. I fucking loved it so much. My No. #2 would be Orphan but everyone got their own opinion. I hated Drag me to hell.

    btw, have you seen The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations? I saw the 1st one and loved it. After seeing the 2nd one(which was disgusting) I wasn't hyped to see the third one but when I saw it, I frigging loved it(my #3). Would love if there is a reply.

    Nice blog you got here. It will be my regular horror guide.

  3. Thbanks Ifaz, we willt ry to guide you along the right horror path!

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