Top 10 Horror Movies of 2008Posted by: PuppetMaster
Its the end of the Year and its time for the Top 10 Horror Movies of 2008! Top 10's are never easy to do. Over the coming days I will be sharing my various top films of 2008 broken out by genre and or specific topic. First go I am doing my top 10 Horror films of 2008. Hopefully you have not heard of them all. It would be nice to have some lesser known horror films introduced to you all. That said... here are my Top 10 Horror Films of 2008. Obviously most of these films are rated R or Unrated so the audience for this top 10 is definitely the adults.
10) CloverField: Cloverfield made my list for a variety of reasons. The two reasons that were key to it making its way onto my top 10 list were its marketing and the style of the film. Cloverfield redefined the word Viral Marketing and caused an absolute rampage of interest on the Internet. It marketed itself very effectively and managed to garner world wide interest without running a single commercial on TV. Add to that the whole way the film was shot in the first person as if you were there and you end up with an interesting and entertaining film. The look, the feel and the overall experience make this film #10 on my list. Although Cloverfield was flawed in many ways and was prone to making people motion sick with the handy cam shooting style I still think it deserves to break onto the Top 10 for its innovative approach to film making and marketing.
9) Pathology: Pathology did not get a lot of love at the box office and amongst my friends I am one of the few who actually enjoyed this film. I thought it was dark and creepy and very much believable. All elements that I enjoy in my horror films. About a Med Student who finds himself caught up in a game of 'kill without being noticed' it is truly a fun and unique tale that is both gruesome at times and also driven heavily by a great story that takes some fantastic twists near the end. Alyssa Milano does a great job in this film and yes... true to form.. she gets naked. I found myself very attached to the characters in this film and interested in the outcome. Every twist and turn intrigued me and had me wondering what was next. Pathology is one of my favorites and without question the last 20minutes make the movie.
8) The Lost: Jack Ketchum is a very well known author who is seriously disturbed. To be more fair I suppose I should say his writing is seriously disturbed. I first got into his books and films with The Girl Next Door which was seriously one of the most disturbing and violent films I have ever seen. A Lot of the violence is implied and the story telling is truly terrifying which is what made Girl Next Door so insane and also well done.The fact it was based on a true story just scared me even more. This film led me to The Lost. Jack Ketchum's The lost is a lot more psychedelic then Girl Next Door but it is equally disturbing. It is well written with a fantastic cast of unknowns and will definitely make you squirm as you near the end of the film. It has a final sequence in the film where the lead character does an impromptu surgery that is shown off camera but even off camera it is easily one of the most disturbing things I have seen on film... or not seen. Very dark, very well written and a tribute to Jacks novels. Normally films based on books fall short but this one did not.
7) The Cottage: One of my favorite sub genres of horror are Horror Comedies. Two of my all time favorites are Army of Darkness and Deep Rising. I like them dark and gritty but also with some laughs. The Cottage delivers on this. It is a crime thriller in the vein of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels which throws in some interesting twists when they introduce a mutated bush man who likes to kill folks. A pair of bumbling fools kidnap a mafia bosses daughter and retreat to a cottage. While there the Mafia Boss tracks them down and sends his best killers to dispatch the two kidnappers. Problem is the assassins bite the big one when they meet the mutant and mayhem ensues as kidnappers become prey and they must try to escape. Dark, funny, and also quite gruesome its a fun horror film for those who like to laugh during their terror.
6) Borderland: Borderland is one of the films that was released for the After Dark HorrorFest. As a rule the AfterDark HorrorFest has had ALOT of really terrible films. So it was a really nice treat to get to see one I actually liked. Based on a true story its about people who go missing on the border of Mexico. Based loosely on a true story it is very much more crime thriller then horror but it definitely does cross over the line at times. Well written it is fast paced and disturbing and gives you a look at what life on the Border is like for those who live there as well as the tourists who go there... and sometimes do not come back. If you like thrillers you will enjoy this one.
5) End of the Line: End of the Line is a French Canadian film which was shot on a shoe string budget. Its big claim to fame is we really do not know what the budget was.. we just know it was minimal. The film is a unique take on the apocalyptic tale where by a religious group sets out to bring about the end of the world. Although the budget was limited this film is a fantastic apocalyptic tale that demonstrates very well that indie budgets when used effectively can result in a fantastic final project. The cast of unknowns paired with great writing and some interesting special FX result in a really fun thrill ride.
4) Frontieres: It seems as of late that if you really want to see some messed up stuff on film you need to turn to french Filmmakers. It started with High Tension and its taken to new levels with Frontieres. This movie is easily the most violent film I have seen in a very long time and redefines the word violent. About a group of friends who run into a deranged family in the country side it is non stop blood bath from opening to end. Seriously one of the bloodiest films I have seen in a long time it is also well written and driven by story. Although violent it does not use the blood and carnage to move the story along which makes it a very good horror film. All be it very violent.
3) Splinter: Splinter got no love from the studio that put it out. A low budget sci fi horror film it deserved a lot more respect and should have gotten a much wider release in theaters. The closest comparison I can make is 'The Thing' since this film carries along some of the same plot lines. A couple find themselves trapped in a gas station with a car jacker as a creature outside attempts to make them a part of it. The acting is fantastic, the visual fx are both fantastic and at times HIGHLY disturbing. I realize that comparing a film to the classic THE THING is a very bold statement. Its one I have never made before but stand behind here. SPLINTER although shot with limited resources is in the same vein as The Thing and is easily one of the best horror scifi films done in years. With a focus on the story and the characters with the cool FX being secondary SPLINTER is one hell of a movie. If you liked The Thing you will love SPLINTER. Easily one of the most over looked films of 2008.
2) TEETH: Teeth is one of the most uncomfortable films I have watched in years. The whole concept is enough to make any man squirm. TEETH tells the story of High school student Dawn (Jess Weixler) works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group's most active participant. Her task is made even more difficult by her bad boy stepbrother Brad's (John Hensley) increasingly provocative behavior at home. A stranger to her own body, innocent Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence. As she struggles to comprehend her anatomical uniqueness, Dawn experiences both the pitfalls and the power of being a living example of the vagina dentata myth. TEETH is simply summed up as 'disturbing' while still being funny in a very dark kind of way. Well written and very creative it is easily one of the most unique films I have seen in years.
1) Spiral: I got a screener copy of Spiral along time ago and I have to tell you my reaction even now is WOW. Spiral is directed by Adam Green who did Hatchet. Now I am sure alot of you liked Hatchet but I did not. It was a mindless and empty horror film that relied on lame one liners and over the top gore and blood to drive it. Frankly I thought that Adam Green had very limited talent. Then came Spiral. This movie is the definition of what a Hitchcock thriller should be. It is the best thriller I have seen in YEARS and easily made its way to #1 on my list. The film tells the story of a loner who finds friendship with a woman but finds that his friendship is at risk when he can not control his dark seeded feelings and urges.
Now that I have done my top 10... what is yours? Feel free to share in the comments what your favorite films of 2008 are.