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The Best Horror Film of the Last 10 Years

October 27, 2013




Hello all. Mark here.

We are back with another spectacular tournament. So far we’ve figured out the best remake (The Thing) best bad horror villain (The Shark Who Ate Sam Jackson in Deep Blue Sea) and Best Worst Sequel (Blade: Trinity).

Now, we want to know what is the best horror film of the last ten years. John the Horror Czar and I came up with 32 films that we enjoy and probably talk about too much. We had some overlapping films and we differed entirely on some (We shall not talk about John’s dislike of Insidious). How can you not like this guy? He is the scariest thing since the Troll in Ernest Scared Stupid.

red guy insidious

The 32 films cover unique MFF viewpoints and run the gamut of zombies, demons and centipedes. We understand that hundreds of horror films have been released in the last ten years and these 32 do not necessarily represent the cream of the crop. These movies represent our opinions and I (Mark) understand that Devil probably does not belong on the list. However, I love the intro and atmosphere of the film.

This week will knock the 32 down to 16. So, vote, comment, share and vote tomorrow.

John has added some cheeky commentary about each face off.

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First Round

Spelunkers Paradise Bracket

“Subterranean Morlock vampires face a serial killer; a Korean Kaiju sea monster battles Pumpkinhead‘s hellspawn son and his sexy lady werewolf pack; the Warren’s try their ghostbusting skills on a naked zombie woman; and some tough-as-nails tortured young girls aim their vengeance at the British invasion.”  –John

The Descent (2005) vs. Behind the Mask (2006)

The Host (2006) vs. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Ed:             “My readings indicate the presence of decaying breasts.”
Estelle:      “Ed, this is no time for jokes.”
Ed:             “No, really, honey. I read the MFF review and this zombie lady is LEGIT NAKED throughout the entire movie!”
Estelle:      [silence and a glare of disapproval]

The Conjuring (2013) vs. Deadgirl (2008)

Martyrs (2008) vs. Attack the Block (2011)

Red Demon’s Lair Bracket 

“A camera shy poltergeist distracts Nazi zombies by subtly moving objects around in the kitchen; demon-slaying college kids try their wits against Jigsaws GRE questions; a red-faced Darth Maul demon from The Further gets marooned in a shopping mall during a zompocalypse remake; and our favorite “dead by dawn” demon dream team floods some evil teenagers with blood geysers.”  –John

Paranormal Activity (2007) vs. Dead Snow (2009)

The Hazing (2004) vs. Saw (2004)

Insidious (2010) vs. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Evil Dead (2013) vs. Them (2006)

Upside Down Skyline Bracket 

“A Lamia and Lucifer arm wrestle to pass the time when an elevator on a non-stop trip to Hell gets stuck; an evil mean old ghost lady fights a bunch of mean insane ghosts; Death tries to settle the score by killing inbred mutant monster people during a gymnastics meet; and two lovable guys who can’t read fast enough to keep up with subtitles get scared and accidentally kill their way through a possibly haunted Spanish orphanage.” –John

Drag Me To Hell (2009) vs. Devil (2010)

Insidious 2 (2013) vs. Grave Encounters (2011)

Final Destination 5 (2011) vs. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Tucker and Dale versus Evil (2010) vs. The Orphanage (2007)

Merman Harbinger Bracket 

“Carefully selected good-looking 20-somethings navigate a corporate horror gauntlet knowing that failure places them on their knees behind the Merman in the most disgusting medical experiment ever; a satirized disfigured man-child tries to cleave his way through mountains of bikini D-cups in and a sea of crotch-biting piranhas; a British competition pits English ne-er-do-wells against a much more game-faced rival team in this week’s 28th episode of “Survivor UK: Zombie Island”; and Spanish zombies trap a Swedish tween vampire and her awkwardly young love interest in an apartment building.”

Cabin in the Woods (2012) vs. The Human Centipede (2009)

“Whoa!  She’s cute.  And is that Ei Roth?”

But as he stared at this, wading in the water…

This was aimed at his swim trunks below the surface.

Hatchet (2006) vs. Piranha 3D (2010)

Shaun of the Dead (2004) vs. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

[Rec] (2007) vs. Let the Right One In (2008)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2013 2:55 pm

    Seriously? How in the hell is Dawn of the Dead (2004) losing to Insidious? One of those movies was part of a cultural shift that ushered in the zombie wave. The other was Insidious.

    • October 27, 2013 3:12 pm

      Dawn did a great job of capitalizing on Danny Boyle s 28 Days Later. It is one of my favorite remakes. However, Insidious and James Wan are hot right now. The ten year gap probably doesn’t help either. I loved the world building of Insidious. It was a cheap (One million budget) little indie that ushered in today’s crop of profitable indies (Sinister, Purge). Tough out in the first round.

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