While 2008 saw the release of more than a couple awful horror films like Mirrors, Diary of the Dead, and remakes like The Eye and Prom Night, there were also a bunch of awesome films (mostly foreign or independent) that arrived in our lives. That being said, lets get right into it! Here are some of my favorites of 2008! And I know if ya look on Imdb, a couple of these will list a 2007 date, but i'm going by when they came into the US and into my life, as that's really all I can go by. I can also only go by the movies i've seen, so if I left anything out that you loved, kindly leave a comment and mention it instead of getting all up on my case bout it! Finally, click on the links that look like links you could click on for my full and exhaustive reviews.
Let The Right One In
Best vampire movie ever. 'Nuff said. My favorite horror movie of '08. Hands down. I watched it a week or so ago and I still can't seem to shake it from my mind. Each day, my love grows stronger. I could probably write a song about it. But i'll spare you.
Second favorite movie of the year and trust me, I feel bad about bumping it to the number two spot. Well actually, it's probably a tie. This movie is absolutely brilliant and it's not so often that a horror film brings tears to my eyes. Not that this one brought tears to my eyes or anything...
There seems to be a lot of hate out there for this movie and I really can't see why. I think it's a remarkable achievement and should be applauded. Not that it's got a heck of a lot of good competition, but i'd say it's the best hand held camera point of view movie out there. But then again, that's putting it in the running with...
Ok, so maybe REC's the best of that type. REC no doubt wins the award for scariest horror movie of the year, I can say that much. It got an American remake before it even came out on DVD in the states. That's saying something about the quality of the film. I'll never shake the image of that skinny mutant chick off my mind. And i'm not sure I want her to leave my mind.
The Ruins was a totally original idea for once and I quite enjoyed it. It's not the greatest movie ever made, but god damnit if I didn't have fun watching it.
Ya, ya. Bring on the hate. This is another one thats had its fair share of being shat on but again, I don't see why. It's not an original movie per se nor is it anything groundbreaking, but The Strangers is a good movie and I don't care what anyone says. Especially in comparison to the other theatrical releases for horror of the year, The Strangers came out smelling like a rose.
How they continue to make these films interesting and new is beyond me, but by god they most certaintly do. What other horror franchise was still churning out quality material by the time the fifth installment rolled around?! Most times, they crap out at three or even two, but Saw manages to keep on keepin on. We must applaud that.
Jack Brooks : Monster Slayer
A CGI-less Robert Englund starring throwback to the good old fashioned fun and gory days of horror. If you didn't have fun watching this one, you're probably already dead! Isn't fun pretty much the main reason we watch movies?
A hugely flawed movie, to say the least. But Inside provides amazing and excessive gore and that pretty much negates all the bad in the movie. It's a wild and bloody ride and once it's all said and done, it's hard to hate on it.
This scene by scene remake of the '97 original absolutely blew me away. Click that above link for my full analysis of the movie. I think most people probably missed the point of the whole thing, and missing the point would severely hurt ones appreciation and enjoyment of it. So maybe read that post and give it another viewing.
I seem to be the only one on this planet that truly appreciates Zombie Strippers for what it's supposed to be. Everyone I talk to seems to hate this movie, but how can ya knock it! It knows it's stupid and ridiculousy over the top! It relishes those qualities! And those qualities are exactly what makes it so awesome. Some of the most fun i've had watching a movie this year.
Best killer croc on the loose movie ever made? Quite possibly. There's some stuff in this movie that I always wanted to see in a killer croc movie but no one ever seemed to deliver. Wolf Creek director Greg McLean scores again.
I also liked Otis, Lost Boys : The Tribe, P2, Teeth, and Frontier(s).
So was it as bad of a year as most have considered it? If we're talking theatrically in America, absolutely. But if we're talking all around, we got a few masterpieces this year and that's really all you can ask for. Two movies that came out this year, The Orphanage and Let The Right One In, made it into at least my top 20 movies of all time, and that impresses me enough to call it a good year.
Now that you've seen my favorites of 2008, head down a couple posts to see all the horror movies i'm looking forward to in 2009!