The Top 10 Deadly Movies of the past year
2010 was a pretty decent year for us horror fans. There were a lot of good titles to choose from in the theatre, the straight to DVD shelves, and on the festival circuit. The remake frenzy appears to be slowing if not quite showing sign of drying up. There were returns to a few familiar franchises in the guise of sequels, reboots, reimaginings, or restarts. The best offerings were of course the films that didn’t fall into any of those Hollywood marketing terms. The Top 10 below are Deadly Movies favourite horror offerings of the year, there are some notable abscentees from other 2010 lists and some entries which may cause a raised eyebrow, but as ever all these lists are nothing but conjecture (of course mine is the correct list).
Note: These are 2010 movies based on there general release dates rather than production dates (i.e. these are movies that the vast majority of us saw in 2010)
No 10: Piranha 3D
10: Piranha 3D: If ever a fan favourite creature feature franchise warranted a revisit it’s Piranha. Not so much a part 3 or remake, Piranha 3D was more of a genre love-fest; piling on the staple conventions of nudity and gore. Although the film was certainly successful in embracing exploitation (both reveling in it and poking fun at it) it did suffer badly at times from serious pacing issues and the very odd decision to stage the blood-bath finale without much of the major cast. Still, a very enjoyable modern creature feature – and there isn’t many of them. Deadly Movies has high hopes that ‘Piranha 3DD‘ will iron out some of the pacing issues. (see the Deadly Movies review here)
No 9: Cabin Fever 29: Cabin Fever 2: A 2009 movie that saw it’s worldwide D2DVD release in February 2010. This one one of my favourite direct to DVD releases of the year. Ti West’s film may have suffered from some well publicised production issues, but it was a highly enjoyable gore-fest that revisited the 80s without being a blank parody. Calling on the end of ‘Carrie‘ for inspiration, the film goes to lengths to please gore-hounds, while nicely linking to Eli Roth’s first film and simultaneously avoiding an easy retread (many filmmakers would’ve simply given us another cabin and another group of teens vacationing in the woods).
funny, repulsive, disturbing, and generic. Contradictions indeed. But a contradiction this film certainly is. Take away the well publicised gimmick (three humans sewed together ass-to-mouth) and there’s little else here bar the sound performances. The gimmick however is so vile and stomach churning that it is enough to lift the film to higher horror plains. The sheer depths of personal depravity and horror experienced by the film’s long suffering victims is a harrowing watch for audiences that buy into it and don’t hide behind the self protection censorship of dismissing it as laugh-out-load comedy. It isn’t. It’s sickening. And in that much the film deserves to be acknowledged for pushing the envelope with a desensitised fanbase.
Deadly Movies Film of the Decade 2000-2010). REC2 takes the ‘zombie-like infection’ in an interesting and brave new direction. Some fans loved the plot curve-ball others were less accepting. At the very least it was interesting and certainly unforeseen. Carrying on the handheld first-person point of view the horror keeps coming at the same blistering pace as the original. Yes the impact of the first film is lost, but REC2 is still a solid sequel and a powerful piece of horror.
What do think? Agree? Disagree? Discuss.