Favorite Horror Films of the Past 10 Years

Sometimes a little fake drama is just what you need to forget about real-life drama of ministry for a couple of hours.

I occasionally watch scary movies.  Deep down, we like being scared.  Notice how every classic Disney cartoon has some scary parts, bad guys, lots of drama.  I am not a film critic so I just ramble on about my thoughts and try to give a little info without giving away too much. The titles are links in case you want to find out more.  Some should only be watched by horror aficionados.

28 Days Later (from UK, 2002)

There is something about apocalytpic, dystopian dramas that appeal to me.  I have even read Mary Shelley’s “The Last Man.”  Fascinating scenes of a deserted London are in this movie which seems to run forever but didn’t get boring.  That fact that the some survivors turn out to be as dangerous or more than the infected makes an important point about humanity.  You see how people cope/survive during unspeakable widespread tragedies.

Shaun of the Dead (from UK, 2004)

This movie is hilarious.  Glad I finally saw it.

Dead Snow (from Norway, 2009)

This was funny like Shaun of the Dead, although much gorier, and definitely a horror film first, whereas I would call “Shaun” a comedy.  It is also an obvious homage to Evil Dead, with cabins, chainsaws, etc.  Medical students in a cabin in the mountains have to deal with Nazi Zombies.

Ginger Snaps (from Canada, 2000)

Where Teen Wolf was a cheesy comedy, this film makes a direct comparison between adolescence and lycanthropy.  It’s about two weird sisters who are outcasts, one gets bit/scratched by a werewolf and begins changing.  Much of the changes, though, appear somewhat normal for some teen girls hitting puberty.  It would probably be more appreciated by girls than guys but I thought the story was original and the two teen girl actors did a great job.  It’s really a sad film, with….a sad ending.

Let the Right One In (from Norway, 2008)

I haven’t seen the US remake and don’t plan to.  The dialogue/acting could be stodgy at times but it’s a great film about friendship and lonely kids.  I don’t like vampire movies in general, but when the vampire is a little girl who has an older friend get blood for her so she doesn’t have to kill……..she’s sad and likeable.  She befriends a loner kid whose mom is always at work and takes up for him when bullied.  It’s not a romantic relationship and the innocence of their friendship contrasted with the violence is interesting.

Honorable Mention

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon:  A faux documentary about an up and coming slasher.  Maybe a amalgamation of Blair Witch, Scream, and Friday the 13th. I feel like if it had a little something more, either the right director, more money, little better script or acting, it could be a great film.  The guy is silly, normal, etc. as he explains some of how he does what he does.  He is charismatic, even.  There is some humor, such as emphasizing the importance of cardio, “because it’s hard to appear to be going slow but still catch up with the victims.”  It does have a great surprise twist that I didn’t see coming.  The last part of the film is a typical slasher chase.

Dog Soldiers:  Has some cheesy parts and lines and special effects, but had some neat parts, too.  A special ops team on a training mission come across werewolves and hole up in an abandoned house in Scotland.

Saw:  I finally “saw” it and it was okay but I felt it was a little too complicated.  Too many flashbacks.  I wonder if they couldn’t have simplified it.  The last 10 minutes, though, with the music, and John getting up off the floor….Whoa!  I suppose it combines psychological terror plus gore better than any other because it’s about a twisted human and not zombies or monsters.

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4 thoughts on “Favorite Horror Films of the Past 10 Years

  1. Shaun of the Dead RULES! I need to watch it again.

    The mask on the one guy in SAW was creepy. Can you imagine having that face come at you in the dark?

    btw, I just received the Television updated edition of Halloween — excellence!

  2. brian

    i rewatched shaun recently, easily rewatchable, partially b’c you miss so much because of the accents.
    i saw the step-dad phillip on a PBS mystery show the other night and I laughed just seeing the actor

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