Top Ten Horror Films 2000-2010 Part 2
Oh snap! Don’t go in there you fool! WHY DON’T YOU LEARN! Well in top ten horror films part 2 we learn not to go into caves, tempt ghosts, open portals into other dimensions, go into any room with a 1408 number, don’t go into a theme park when it’s a zombie apocalypse and don’t drink crazy water!
The Descent (2005)
Neil Marshall you sick genius. If you are claustrophobic then this is definitely not for you! Now I am not claustrophobic, in fact I am one of those people who would bounce up and down in a lift to scare other people but I really don’t like being constricted and those caves are horrible (I don’t even like ties being too tight) A group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of caves by an unknown force that lurks in the shadows in The Descent, the second horror feature from Dog Soldiers writer/director Neil Marshall. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
Dear god this film scares the $#*! Out of me! And that really is saying something, I may jump in most horror films but they don’t truly scare me like this film does. The female acting in this film is one of the best I have seen in a horror and they really can portray horrific scenes and terrifying moments which really makes you think what people may do to survive.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
What I like about this film is that it cost nothing, it was all done on one camera, and everything happened in one house and had a cast of mainly two but still brings the fear that many haunting stories don’t. Katie (Katie Featherson) and Micah (Micah Sloat) are a twenty something couple who’ve just moved into a new home in San Diego, CA. Katie has an interest in the paranormal and believes that malevolent spirits have been following her since childhood, though Micah is not so easily convinced. However, after several nights of loud noises and strange happenings, Micah starts to agree with Katie that some sort of ghost may have followed them to the new home. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
This film unlike many others doesn’t go for the same mistakes of most modern horrors where they go for big bangs and people being thrown from wall to wall, but in this film they are far more subtle and it really works from the beginning noises creaking in the house to the foot prints left in the flour all very subtle scenes which really brings the terror.
The Mist (2007)
This movie is my favourite sci-fi horror written by Frank Darabont based off a Stephen King novel it brings the character development and relations of Shawshank Redemption with the thrill/horror of the shinning and then throws monsters in from a another dimension for good measure. When a thick fog descends upon a rural community and claims the lives of anyone unfortunate enough to be caught outside, a small band of survivors seeks refuge in a local grocery store. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
Now I don’t normally like a movie stuck in one place (except dawn of dead) but this really breaks the mold of normal horror films because it’s not just moronic teenagers with no personality, but this film gets you feeling for the characters and makes the impact of character deaths all the more disturbing (if you have seen the end you know what I mean) the monsters in this film are hidden well behind the mist which makes it more creepy and shocking when they strike. It’s a horror/sci-fi movie of real conviction. It deserves to be a hit.
This film is a fantastic return to supernatural chills, psychological twists and top shelf special effects in a time of weak horror flicks that increase the gore with every new film they make just to top the last saw film. Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is an author who specializes in horror, but who only believes in what he can see with his eyes and touch with his hands. Having constructed an entire career on his ability to dispel superstitious “haunted house” rumours, Mike is convinced that the afterlife is a manmade construct designed to offer false comfort to the weak minded. Mike’s latest project is a book entitled “Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms,” and it seems that in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, this sceptical scribe may finally find proof of the supernatural. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
Well Samuel L. Jackson definitely said it “it’s an evil f#@king room”. This film is really suspenseful and creepy this is helped by the manager’s desperate attempts to stop the novelist from going into the room 1408 which was really dark and definitely has stopped me from going into any room 1408. Loving that this film is another steven king novel adaptation. So if this film has any impact on you it’s that ‘it’s only just begun’ is officially the creepiest song ever!
Zombie Land (2009)
Not a particularly scary film but it does have its moments and as a paranoid nerd I liked the start monologue of instruction on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. “never forget to double tap”. A cowardly shut-in named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to join up with a seasoned zombie slayer named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. As Tallahassee sets out on a mission to find the last Twinkie on Earth, the duo meets up with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two young girls who have resorted to some rather unorthodox methods to survive amidst the chaos. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
With a strong cast that always delivers great and believable characters, then there’s the very good zombie effects put in place that were shockingly good considering its mainly a comedy horror film. The scariest scene would have to be the morning when that girl turns into a zombie and the main guy is caught completely off guard, very similar in look to ‘The Dawn of the Dead’ scene with the main characters family turning in the bedroom.
The Crazies (2010)
‘The Crazies’ is the only film similar to the original chainsaw massacre that has the same impact and shock in this decade and for that it makes the list. ‘The Crazies’ is a remake but unusually it’s much better than the original version. The citizens of Ogden Marsh are happy, albeit unremarkable people, but they’re about to discover just how fragile their warm slice of the American dream really is. When a mysterious toxin transforms the locals into murderous maniacs, it’s up to Sheriff David Dutton (Olyphant) to find out why a man who was once an upstanding citizen would attempt to massacre the local youth baseball team, and a caring father would burn his beloved family alive. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
What I love about this film is that the bad guys aren’t mindless zombies or ravenous monsters but instead it’s the normal town’s people who are turned into crazy blood driven psychopaths which are both clever and cruel, the worst possible combination. Timothy Olyphant does a great job as a town’s sheriff delivering a strong lead reminiscent of his justified TV performance.