But wait a sec. It’s hard thing to point out a pure horror movie. Ya know, something that scare the shit out of you. So I’ve been lazy and included horror comedies, some thriller, some half-scifi’s… yes, everything that I consider a genre movie leaning towards horror or a close subject.
This is just my opinion and I just don’t care if anyone agrees with me. You will find some odd choices, but this is movies I’ve seen several times and I feel they’re getting better and better. Even if they are low budget bigfoot-movies or mainstream-thrillers about a smart cannibal. It saddens me that I’ve decided to leave out David Fincher’s Zodiac, because that’s THE best movie during the decade – but it borders to drama (the same thing with the equally brilliant Memories of Murder) and is not pure genre cinema.
You will also notice that I left out Asia completely, and that’s why I haven’t been THAT impressed by the horror movies from that area. There’s a lot good ones, even great ones… but no, they really never felt connected to me. I preferred their dramas, scifi’s, action flicks… but maybe I’m just tired of all these asian ghosts?
Okey, here it is, in chronological order:
Hannibal (Ridley Scott)
- I’m not kidding you, but this is one of the most underrated movies of the decade. I’ve seen it so many times I just can’t count it anymore.
From Hell (The Hughes Brothers)
- Also criminally underrated. I don’t give a shit how brilliant Alan Moore’s original graphic novel is, I won’t read it anyway.
Darkness (Jaume Balagueró)
- Forgotten, but still scary and creepy. And with a fabulous cast!
Bubba Ho-Tep (Don Coscarelli)
- Not even close to a horror movie, but the ingredienses are there. One of the warmest movies I’ve seen actually.
Wrong Turn (Rob Schmidt)
- One of the real throwbacks to the "good old days", and it still works really good. Lovely backwood-slasher!
Eyes of Crystal (Eros Puglielli)
- Brilliant and violent neo-giallo, one of the best giallos I’ve seen in many years!
Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright)
- The best horror comedy every made. I like it so much, I have a copy signed by the director and the two stars!
Dawn of the Dead (Zack Snyder)
- Yes, fantastic movie. Not so deep, but a helluva zombie-flick with tons of gore and very well made. A classic.
The Descent (Neil Marshall)
- A list without this movie is not a list. You all know why.
Hostel (Eli Roth)
- Don’t get me started on stupid idiots calling this movie “torture porn” (and nowdays they, the same idiots, call every movie with blood “torture porn”). Still a very good movie.
Land of the Dead (George A. Romero)
- One of Romeros biggest hits, and a wonderful zombie-movie which seems a bit to static sometime, but Romero is Romero and he’s the zombie-master.
Isolation (Billy O'Brien)
- This is a movie that should be more talked about. Nothing special really, but a fine production with fine actors and a mutant cow. It can’t go wrong.
House of Wax (Jaume Collet-Serra)
- You are correct. This is a slasher-remake with Paris Hilton. But to be honest, it’s still a very entertaining, very violent and very handsome piece of shit. And I love it.
Cigarette Burns (John Carpenter)
- I updated the list with this masterwork of television. One of Carpenters best work ever, and it should be in the list.
Abominable (Ryan Schifrin)
- A fantastic little creature feature with amazing gore and a cool script.
Mulberry Street (Jim Mickle)
- I consider this a masterpiece. Low low budget, smart, well acted and cool as hell. Everyone has to see it.
Slither (James Gunn)
- A big flop, but also a big movie with a big heart. And lot’s of slime.
Altered (Eduardo Sánchez)
- DTV can be wonderful, and here we have a very competent and smart little movie.
The Hills Have Eyes (Alexandre Aja)
- One of the best remakes ever made. To be honest, I even think the sequel is kinda fun ;)
End of the Line (Maurice Devereaux)
- Another sleeper. Brutal and original, but never let’s you go. Great indie!
[Rec] (Jaume Balagueró)
- One more spanish masterpiece, this time one of the most intensive zombie/mutant movies ever made.
28 Weeks Later (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo)
- Sorry, this could probably be the most intensive zombie/mutant movie ever made. Also directed by a Spaniard!
Diary of the Dead (George A. Romero)
- Come on, this is fucking great. Clearly an experiment, but it get’s more impressive for every time I see it.
Hostel 2 (Eli Roth)
- Yes. I loved the sequel. If you don’t accept it, go and… do something else.
Planet Terror (Robert Rodriguez)
- This was one of the most enjoyable cinema experiences I’ve ever had.
The Mist (Frank Darabont)
- Could be the best King-adaptation so far. And a perfect ending to.
Mother of Tears (Dario Argento)
- Everybody with good taste hate it. I think it’s a tasteless, marvellous piece of Italian splatter.
Mirrors (Alexandre Aja)
- Surprised? This is a good horror movie, and it’s never boring. That’s enough for me.
Martyrs (Pascal Laugier)
- Heaven. Pure heaven.
Infestation (Kyle Rankin)
- Funny and charming, cool insects and a good story. One of the surprises of 2009.
Yes, folks. That’s all. I liked Paranormal Activity, but I’ve only seen in once. I’m still waiting for my blu-ray of Ink, and I just didn’t have time yet to see Seventh Moon yet. But I will. And I might regret that they never got on my 2009-list.
So, any comments?