- Pinup Dolls on Ice
This had all the things I love about the classic slasher movies: Inventive fantastic kills, characters that you want to root for and some you want to see get hacked to bits, a sexy cast, and a badass maniac. This is the second movie in the series (Bikini Girls on Ice was #1) and I’m hoping they continue this into a long running series.
2. American Mary
The latest effort from the Soska Sisters starred one of my favorite scream queens of all time Katharine Isabelle. Loved the look and feel of this movie! The original plot and intriguing world of the movie sucked me in right away.
3. Evil Dead
I was skeptical going in to this remake but once it got started I absolutely loved it. It had the fun and zaniness of the original and plenty of splatter gore. I really appreciate that they got some serious intensity into it which has often been the downfall of movies trying to capture the feel of the original Evil Dead.
4. Frankenstein’s Army
This had the potential to be #1 this year but the found footage gimmick held it back. That said it was still one of my favorites of the year. I guess I’m a sucker for Nazi zombies and monsters.
5. Saturday Morning Mystery
A parody of the Scooby Gang that puts the gang in a real horror movie situation. This worked so well because they didn’t ram the comedy aspects down your throat and instead let the tension build when it made sense.
6. Why Don’t You Play in Hell
This Japanese movie I was lucky enough to catch at a festival this fall. It is over the top from almost the very beginning and it just ups the craziness from there. Dumptrucks of blood and lots of laughs.
7. Hatchet III
Old school American horror was strong again this year! Lots of genre favorite actors and sweet effects.
8. This is the End
This one is more comedy then horror but there is enough apocalyptic demon stuff going on I am comfortable with it on this list. Absolutely hilarious and even more so if you’re a fan of the work this group has done in the past.
9. VHS 2
A very strong second effort for this franchise. Admittedly not a fan of found footage movies this anthology style movie had tonnes of great ideas and really made the most of the style. The segment with the cult would make an amazing feature.
10. Fright Night 2: New Blood
First off: This isn’t a Fight Night movie. I have no idea why they shoehorned this into being a sequel to that franchise as this story would be stronger on its own. That said I went into it knowing that and decided to put aside my distaste with that decision. On its own this is one of the better vampire movies in recent times. Loved the effects and the story was great at hitting on the alluring aspects of vampires without losing the monster part. It’s a shame this was called fright night because it probably could have spawn its own franchise if it was handled right.
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