The horror/scary movie genre has seen a rebirth over the last few years- with an emphasis on the “RE” part. Basically, it’s been more of the same. Every so often a horror gem will emerge though. The clouds open up and angels (or demons) will sing. As for 2009? You decide.
10). Dead Girl
Not Living Dead Girl or The Dead Girl. Just plain Dead Girl. One word sums this one up: Disturbing, and not just on a psychological level. It’s morally and visually the most disturbing movie I think I have ever seen. Two teen-aged boys find a “dead girl” naked and tied up on a gurney in an abandoned mental hospital. You can figure out the rest of it. How she got there or became a zombie-like creature was never explained and maybe that was the worst part. No, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t.
9). Trick R Treat
An interesting movie with several different stories interwoven on one Halloween night. It won’t make you hide under your bed, but it just might make you pull the covers up a little higher.
8). Friday the 13th: the Remake
What happens when Hollywood needs a quick fix? Conventional wisdom says they will try to redo what works. While I wouldn’t want to imagine a whole other 32 part franchise, it was nice to see a visit from an old friend.
7). The Haunting in Connecticut
A family moves into a house and come to find out (shocker) it used to be a mortuary! The only thing missing in this movie was “Theeeerrr heeeeeEEErrre”. Yeah, but still the special effects and the direction was nice, even if the plot was more of the same. “Thank you sir, may I have another?”
6). H2: Halloween 2
Is it just me or is Rob Zombie getting better at making movies? It’s still a sequel to a remake of an urban legend based on a campfire story made up my Mark Twain. Okay take everything I wrote after “remake” and ignore it as whining.
5). Paranormal Activity
Definitely one of those “low-budget” big hits. Produced for something like $45,000 Paranormal Activity still has the chops to scare the hell out of people, especially Stephen Spielberg.
4). The Unborn
A modern Rosemary’s baby you could call it. Only less scary and with a much hotter main character.
Hollywood went all out on this one and came up with a winner. In some ways it is reminiscent of Shaun of the Dead, but a little scarier and definitely a lot funnier. Woody Harrelson is outstanding.
2). Saw VI
New ways to kill people; that’s what the SAW series offers. There is clearly a very twisted and complex mind at work her, and I don’t mean Jigaw!
1). Drag Me to Hell
… or to Wisconsin, same place. Okay here’s the deal, a loan officer pisses off a gypsy and the result is? (Everyone say it together) “A CURSE!” But still, this movie is brilliant and definitely worth a rental if you missed it in the theater.