Friday, December 27, 2013

My Top 10 Horror Films of 2013

Disclaimer: I would like to add that I didn't get to see every horror film that was released this year. So if you don't see something on this list, it might be because I didn't see it. This list is my opinion and my opinion only. If you do not agree with my list then that is your problem. Feel free to post your list in the comments, but do not start a flame war over this. It is just a list.

That being said, here is my list...

10. The Purge

The Purge just barely made my list. I really had big hopes for this film, but it kind of fell a little flat for me. With a concept of all crime is legal for 12 hours, all they could come up with is a home invasion film? I don’t know, I think I just expected more, but I enjoyed it for what it was. Although I thought the ending was a little unrealistic.

9. Curse of Chucky

This movie had everything going against it. First, it was the 6th movie in a dying franchise. Second, it’s following the worst movie in the series which was no more than a shitty comedy. Third, it was the first Chucky movie to be released straight to DVD. I expected the worst, however I must say it was a pretty damn good movie. Some of the most fun I had with a straight to DVD movie. And that’s saying a lot for a Chucky film.

8. World War Z

With all the things I heard online about the train wreck the production of World War Z was, I was not expecting much. Therefore, I was surprised to see a pretty decent new-age zombie flick in the end. It probably will not become any type of Zombie cult classic film, but it was good enough for me to add it to the list.

7. Dark Skies

For a movie about aliens I thought this one was pretty decent for a PG-13 rating. It had some good creeps and scares to set it apart from the others.

6. Texas Chainsaw 3D

I know some people like to bash this film, but I had a lot of fun with this. The opening scene picking up right where the original left off was great and well done. Yeah the timeline might be a little messed up for it to make perfect sense, but who cares? As along as Leatherface has a chainsaw, I’m happy.

5. Insidious Chapter 2

Although I didn’t think Insidious Chapter 2 was as good as the first, it was still pretty damn good. I was able to see this in a double feature show with the first and it was amazing. I hope I'm not giving away too much, but my favorite part of Chapter 2 is where a scene from the first film intertwines with a scene in the second. Very creative in my book.

4. I Spit On Your Grave 2

Would you look at that, a straight to DVD film gracing the top five of my list. One thing I hate is how people think if a movie doesn’t come to theaters, well then it must suck. That is not the case and I Spit on Your Grave 2 is no exception. This movie blew me away. With enough twists, turns and gore to keep any horror freak satisfied. Best of all it has no relation to the first film, so you can check it out without watching the first.

3. You're Next

Essentially this is another home invasion film. I know what you are thinking, another home invasion movie? Don’t worry, this one tops them all. To me this felt like watching an old school slasher from the 80’s, but filled with enough twists to keep things fresh. The three antagonists of the film each wear a mask. A fox, a tiger, and a lamb, which just adds to the creepy factor. An instant classic!

2. The Conjuring

This movie gave me chills. That is saying a lot coming from me. I’ve seen a lot of horror films in my day and for me to admit something gave me chills then it must have been good. This movie is rated R strictly based on scare factor alone. So that is really saying a lot. I had a hard time placing this film on my list, it was going to be number one for awhile, but after seeing the film for a second time the fun factor died down for me and dropped down to number two. Don’t get me wrong it’s a great horror film. A must see.

1. Evil Dead (2013)

I love movies that are bat shit crazy, and the 2013 remake of Evil Dead was bat shit crazy and then some. Yeah, I know it has it’s flaws, but all movies do. This movie pushed the boundaries of what you can get away with in a rated R horror film these days. I applaud the director for using more practical effects in the film rather then using CGI effects. Every time this movie ends, I just want to throw my arms up and cheer.

So there is, my Top 10 Horror Films of 2013. If you haven’t seen or even heard of any of these films, then I suggest you really look into them. If you’re into horror, then you should at least give them a rental.

Check out last years list, Top 10 Horror Films of 2012.

Check out the rest of my lists on my page A List of Lists.