Welcome to my countdown of the best horror films of each year (and decade). I am starting with 2009 and working my way back all the way until 1970 or so. If all pans out the way I imagine, I will post one or two top 10 horror movie lists per week until I run out of years. A bit daunting, sure, but it should be fun in addition to my daily horror review.
You can find all of my top horror movie lists here.
Time for a little love for the year that was 2001.
10. Joy Ride
How the hell this movie was good is completely beyond me. Paul Walker. Really? Steve Zahn? Really? Somehow it all works out and is a whole lot of fun. Note: Don’t mess with truckers.
9. From Hell
Well done retelling of the one of the original icons of fright, Mr. Jack Ripper. The ladies will love some Depp, the guys some Graham. Another win-win.
Stuart Gordon does H.P. Lovecraft. That will never get old.
7. The Bunker
There is something very scary going bump in the night. Seven German soldiers about to find out what exactly it is. Subtle, claustrophobic, and unnerving as hell.
6. Thir13en Ghosts
Some of the best set design in horror which makes up for the lack of structure. Tons of hot babes and blood. Another fun, but stupid horror flick. This one is great to throw on in the background of a party.
5. She Creature
HBO nearly commissioned a whole slew of classic monster movies during the early 2000′s. She Creature was the first and sadly, only one that was made. This is the mermaid horror film that you have been looking for.
4. Ghosts of Mars
A lot of people don’t like this movie. It simply a crazy scary alien “turn off your brain” and enjoy the ride kinda flick. Don’t take it too seriously and you might find yourself enjoying it.
3. Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra
Not really horror, I know – but it celebrates bad drive-in movies of yesteryear in a way that I feel should be represented on this blog somewhere. The first time I watched this movie I hated it, but for some weird reason I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Then I watched it again and have been quoting it ever since. One of the best spoofs I’ve ever seen.
2. Jeepers Creepers
A sweet new horror icon was born. Too bad this franchise didn’t take flight (in a good way). Still, the original is full of terrifying moments and light-hearted laughter.
1. The Others
A supernatural thriller that focuses on character development and atmosphere to ratchet up the suspense. And Nicole Kidman gives one of her best performances.