Movies to Die For: The Tens

Here we are, my little ghouls, at the end of our trip down Elm Street.  I don't want to say much today, maybe you can reflect on the themes we've discussed and give the last six years of terror its own voice.  I for one am excited to see a return to light-hearted romps through the graveyard while still having hard-hitting, blood curdling fear at my fingertips.  Now, let's take a look at our last 27 titles.

 

We Are What We Are – 2010
Black Swan – 2010
I Saw the Devil – 2010 (This Korean crime thriller is intense, even for revenge films…)
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil – 2010 (Whether you’re a fan of Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, or horror films, there’s something in this for you, also this might be suitable for a wider adult audience)
Stake Land – 2010
Kill List – 2011
The Woman – 2011
Absentia – 2011
Livide – 2011 (One of the most beautiful French horror films I’ve seen) Beyond the Black Rainbow – 2011 (so visually stunning)
Snowtown – 2012
Maniac – 2012
Excision – 2012
American Mary – 2012 (from the Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska, plenty of camp, gore and fun, some body horror so don’t tell me I didn’t warn you)
The Conjuring – 2013
Oculus - 2013
Byzantium – 2013
You’re Next – 2013
The Sacrament – 2013 (Although I usually hate found footage movies, this is an exception.)
Goodnight, Mommy – 2014 (one of the most unique facets of this stellar Austrian film is its basis in capgras syndrome)
It Follows – 2014
Life After Beth – 2014
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – 2014
Starry Eyes – 2014 (cults and the dangers of stardom make for a pretty great film)
Crimson Peak – 2015 (Guillermo Del Toro slays me. I happen to think this is big budget horror done extremely well)
The Visit – 2015 (M. Night Shyamalan will always have a place in my heart)
31 – 2016 (I LOVED this film. Like loved, loved it. I can’t wait to see the director’s cut)

I know we've reached the end, but don't scream my darlings! I've got more Halloween tricks and treats for you this month, I promise. Cross my heart and hope to DIE.  While you're waiting patiently, take a look at the trailer for Rob Zombie's 31!

Movies to Die For: The Aughts

Much like the 70's, the turn of the century dealt a significant blow to American Life.  In the aftermath of the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, we see a nation in pain.  A people trying to find their voice and regain their identity.  Horror is not doing well at the box office.  The public doesn't want to be reminded of their pain.  There is a significant bid to ban horror all together.  Again, our monsters change. Of course there are some stand out films, if you're looking...

American Psycho - 2000
Battle Royale - 2000 (This Japanese film felt to me, like the intellectual precursor to The Hunger Games. FAR more violent and creepy, but if you watch you'll get my meaning)
The Others - 2001
Session 9 - 2001
Ichi the Killer - 2001
Donnie Darko - 2001 (this is easily one of my favorite films of all time, so lovely)
The Devil's Backbone - 2001 (this might be my favorite Del Toro film)
Cabin Fever - 2002 (This film redeemed Eli Roth for me..I HATED Hostel so. so. so much. I'm happy I saw Cabin Fever AFTER I saw that abomination)
28 Days Later - 2002 (masterpiece, hands down)
Ju-On: The Grudge - 2002
May - 2002
High Tension - 2003
House of 1000 Corpses - 2003 (I. Love. Rob. Zombie)
Shaun of the Dead - 2004 (so funny, so wonderful, so appropriate for people who may not love horror)
Dawn of the Dead - 2004 (you give me a zombie baby any time.  I'm in.)
Dead and Breakfast - 2004 (comedy. tons of gore. brilliant film.)
Wolf Creek - 2005
The Devil's Rejects - 2005 (I. Love. Rob. Zombie!!)
Taxadermia - 2006 (I'm going to warn you...EXTREME body horror. Tough stuff)
Slither - 2006
Inside - 2007
Halloween - 2007 (I know this movie is a bit controversial for purists, but I loved it)
30 Days of Night - 2007
Grindhouse - 2007 (Death Proof over Planet Terror, but both are solid)
Teeth - 2007
Let the Right One In - 2008 (Do yourselves a favor and skip the remake, this Swedish original is so beautifully made)
Antichrist - 2009 (Lars Von Trier. This is tough, guys. It's worth it if you can get through it)
Drag Me to Hell - 2009
Daybreakers - 2009 (low budget, original, pretty damn great)
Zombieland - 2009 

There you have it, folks.  Join me tomorrow as we wrap up our little journey with titles from the last six years!  For now, take a look at Dead and Breakfast!

Did I take a wrong turn?  Leave your favorites in the comments!
 

Movies to Die For: The 1990's

The 1990's was a weird decade for horror.  All the gore and mayhem of the 80's felt trite and vapid in the somber, ultra-cool 90's.  On one hand, we begin to see a lot of parody movies and comedy films.  On the other hand, amidst the blockbuster remakes of classic films are some intellectual, and brutal gems. So, keeping that in mind, here are the next 25 (okay, fine...33) titles on our journey through the evolution of horror:

Exorcist III – 1990
Misery – 1990
The Reflecting Skin – 1990
Arachnophobia – 1990
It – 1990 (I saw this too early, this is why I’m not…a fan of clowns, guys)
Silence of the Lambs – 1991
Cape Fear – 1991
The People Under the Stairs – 1991
Man Bites Dog – 1992
Braindead/Dead Alive – 1992
Candyman – 1992
Bram Stoker’s Dracula – 1992 (I know people are torn on this one, I love it so, so much.  It’s breathtaking visually, so if you can’t get past Keanu Reeve’s accent, there’s still something for you)
Interview with the Vampire – 1992 (more haunting than horrific and such a wonderful film)
Army of Darkness – 1992
The Dark Half – 1993 (Romero. Home run. Again.)
Dellamorte, Dellamore/Cemetary Man – 1994 (Lots of gore, not so much fright...all fun)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare – 1994
Se7en – 1995 (What’s in the box?!  What, indeed…)
The Addiction – 1995 ( a chilling and cerebral little movie starring a knockout cast, led by Lili Taylor: “My indifference is not the concern here - it's your astonishment that needs studying”)
The Day of the Beast – 1995 (this might be okay for those who aren't super into horror, its a fun parody of the antichrist genre)
From Dusk Til Dawn – 1996 (Tarrantino and Rodriguez.  Fun and fright.)
Scream – 1996
The Frighteners – 1996 (Peter Jackson, you sly dog. )
Thesis – 1996
Cure – 1997 (Japanese horror movies slay me. This is one of the best, ever)
Event Horizon – 1997
Funny Games – 1997 (don’t bother with the American remake..enjoy the weirdness of the original)
Perfect Blue – 1997 (an enchanting animated film from Japan)
Ringu – 1998 (you guys…this movie…I wish I could see this again, for the first time…)
The Sixth Sense – 1999
Stir of Echoes – 1999
Audition – 1999 (boy holds audition, girl attends audition…solid movie ensues)
 

Tomorrow, we're heading into the new age of horror with the next 25 titles from the 2000's!  Until then, take a gander at the trailer for The Addiction.

Want to check out back? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Movies to Die For: The 1980's

In the 1980's, special effects technology has matured and filmakers are racing to dream up sequences that will satiate and terrify audiences.  Energy and vitality returns to the genre that exhilarates us as we are given our fill of full color, brutally realistic (for the time) gore scenes, malicious monsters and devilish stalkers. Materialism and excess is a hallmark of the decade and cinema is not left behind.  Slasher flicks reign supreme and alongside them we begin to see the exploration of the body and its limits.  While the country is busy working out with Jane Fonda, horror filmmakers are tearing bodies apart and rebuilding them in a grotesque new image. 

The Shining - 1980 (duh...)
Prom Night - 1980
Friday the 13th - 1980
Motel Hell - 1980
Inferno - 1980
The Evil Dead - 1981
American Werewolf in London - 1981
The Howling - 1981
Poltergeist - 1982 (This is a film I wish I could see again for the first time...masterpiece)
The Thing - 1982
Creepshow - 1982
Videodrome - 1983
Sleepaway Camp - 1983 (I watch this every year and it only gets better...)
The Company of Wolves - 1984
Nightmare on Elm Street - 1984 (did you know that our Mr. Krueger is technically a ghost?)
Children of the Corn - 1984 (creepy kids, amiright?)
Re-Animator - 1985
Day of the Dead - 1985 (a triumphant return to zombies for Romero...le sigh)
The Fly - 1986
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - 1986 (a young Michael Rooker gives a stunning performance as the title character)
Vamp - 1986 (campy, silly, and totally wonderful...also Grace Jones.  I mean...)
Hellraiser - 1987 (if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor)
Evil Dead II - 1987
Near Dark - 1987
The Lost Boys - 1987 (even as a mean, possessive vampire Keifer Sutherland is still a dreamboat)
They Live - 1988 (my favorite from John Carpenter)
Hellbound: Hellraiser II - 1988 (rarely are sequels this good)
Pet Sematery - 1989 (Dead is better!)

Bonus: Nekromantik (1987) - This movie is not for the faint of heart, its a bit intense.
Killer Clowns from Outer Space (1988)- This comes highly recommended. I don't do clowns.

Join me tomorrow as we continue our trip down nightmare lane with our next 25 titles from the decade that was too cool to care...the 1990's!  For now, relax with this trailer from They Live.