Another year of horror has come and gone. Was it a
banner year? Probably not, but it wasn’t a terrible year either. I guess you
could say there were a lot of average to just above average movies. Of course
we had sequels and remakes, which seems to be a hot topic these days. There
were some movies with some originality to them, which seems to be what horror
fans are looking hard for. Some of the movies in my list surprised me in a good
way, while others turned out just as bad as I thought. So here we go starting
with my favorites...
Why not start off the list with a surprise, and a movie you probably
won't find on many other lists. While “Warm Bodies” has similarities to Romeo
and Juliet, it certainly isn’t just a sappy love story. It’s a different kind
of zombie movie about a very special zombie. Allowing audiences to first hear R’s
thoughts and later speak, makes him a likeable character from the start, and
provides plenty of humorous moments throughout. There is also just enough
action, and yes romance to complete this story full of interesting ideas. The
great chemistry between the lead actors makes this movie complete.
Before seeing this movie I would never have thought it would be on this
list, at least not on the good side. It’s not often that audiences find sequels
that are better than the original, but that is definitely the case in the V/H/S
series. It’s a pleasant surprise to see the improvement from V/H/S to V/H/S/2.
It starts with a set up story that actually makes sense, and then moves on to
some solid short stories. There is definitely some imagination in the unique
way each story is shot. The movie also gives audiences something a little
different in each story, as it as something for fans of ghosts, zombies,
bloodshed, or aliens.
“Insidious: Chapter 2” does just enough to prove it’s a
worthy sequel. Most of that is due to how well the story is constructed around
the events of chapter 1. It’s not surprising that the scares didn’t match
chapter 1, but the tension and creepiness is still present. The actors seem
more comfortable with their characters this time around, so they should be
ready for chapter 3.
I really thought this was going to be #1 for a long time, but changed my mind when putting this list together. The expectations for “The Conjuring” were high, and thanks to James Wan,
it met those expectations. The movie is well done from beginning to end. There
is little wasted time, and characters for the audience to care about. The
acting is good enough not to distract from the story at hand. While admitting
that “Insidious” had me jumping out of my seat, this movie didn’t. However,
there are plenty of scary scenes, which will leave audiences freaked out. I’m
already looking forward the sequel, and spin off of Annabelle.
movie is just so much fun to watch, I just couldn't resist making it #1. It
might get off to a suspect start, but it surprisingly becomes an absolute
pleasure to watch. Sharni Vinson puts on a terrific performance, as she quickly
gets the audience on Erin’s side. She effortlessly makes her character seem so
sweet and innocent, and then turns her into a killing machine. There are plenty
of victims suffering some brutal, and bloody deaths. While the twists might not
be hard to figure out, they in no way hurt the story. If you liked “The Purge,”
or thought it needed to be upgraded, than you should find “Your Next” even more
to your liking.
And now my top five least favorite movies of 2013…
My favorite five featured an anthology so why not include one for the worst
five. A sanitarium makes a good backdrop for this kind of movie. Malcolm
McDowell serves as the perfect lead doctor for a sanitarium, and narrator for
the story. However, it would have been nice to see the tales have a little more
bang to match that sanitarium feeling. Yes, each main character proves to be
crazy, but the tales don’t match that crazy feeling because they take too long
to develop. Each story has a twist, some better than others. The first tale
stands out above the others from top to bottom featuring an excellent
performance from John Glover.
What audiences get in "I Spit on Your Grave 2" is a different
story, but the same theme as the previous movies. There isn't much new except
for an unexpected change of scenery. The rape and torture is still tough to
watch. Katie's revenge is all right, but not better than any of the movies.
Since nothing new is accomplished, it lands on this list!
I can't say Rob Zombie doesn't come up with some wild ideas. While it
might seem pointless, the movie is still well shot. Some horror fans will
really enjoy the craziness, and bloodiness of the dreams. Sherri Moon Zombie
does a surprisingly good job as Heidi. However, while the audience can see the
reason why the witches go through all of this, the pointlessness of it all is too much
Sometimes I can’t wait for sequels, but “The Last Exorcism 2” wasn’t one
of them. I’m sure those who loved the original were extremely let down by this
one. It really is just another movie. The story is simple, the acting isn’t too
bad, there are some decent scare attempts, and everything leads to the exorcism
once again. At least this time it really might be the “last” exorcism!
call this “Fright Night 2: New Blood?” They should have dropped the “2.” It
isn't a sequel, but a reboot, which didn't make a lot of people happy. A lot of
it is the same story with different actors. The few minor changes aren't good
enough to save it. Since there really is no need for a reboot after a superior
one was just done, it lands the top spot in a bad way!
or not, that is my list. I wish I saw all of the movie 2013 had to offer, but
unfortunately I didn't. Maybe I left off something you liked or didn't, but I
missed it. While "Gravity" is an amazing movie, I decided to leave it
off the my favorite list just because it would have been too easy to include it. Also, while what happens is true horror, I didn't quite think it should
be measured against the horror films on theses lists.
now a few additional awards to wrap this up...
Evil Dead: Most painful injuries/deaths for the characters
Best horror movie you might not know about