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The Best Horror Film of the Last 10 Years: Round 3

October 29, 2013




The 16 have become eight. Eight films known for their deft handling of horror tropes, blood explosions and memorable characters who have their vacation ruined by pesky college kids.

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These eights film played with horror conventions or mastered them. The Conjuring used every trick in the book to perfection, Cabin in the Woods destroyed the “Cabin in the Woods” concept and Drag Me To Hell is a joyous experience about someone actually getting dragged to hell. Whether it be by world building, messing with horror tropes or creating badass bad guys these eight have it all. These films are the real deal (combined RT score of 81%) and have gone to hell and back to make it this far in the tournament.

Alison Lohman Drag Me

Vote! Comment! Share! Come back tomorrow for the Final Four! Thanks.

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Spelunkers Paradise Bracket

The Descent Vs. The Conjuring

This is a unique match up. Will the little Scottish spelunking survival film The Descent upset the James Wan Juggernaut? Both directors started off with low-budget horror (Saw, Dog Soldiers) and moved on to build impressive resumes. Neil Marshall directed the Game of Thrones season two classic episode Blackwater and James Wan is currently making cars go very fast with Fast7. 

Both The Descent and Conjuring featured big scares, tough-believable female leads and memorable bad guys. The Descent was a claustrophobic gore fest that scared the crap out of me (you know the scene). The Conjuring was so scary that the MPAA gave it an “R” rating despite obviously being a PG-13 film.

Who wins?


Red Demon’s Lair Bracket

Saw vs. Evil Dead

Will Jigsaw and his Macgyver torture techniques stop the remake of the original evil in the woods? The Saw name has been sullied by the multiple sequels and their love of gore porn. However, the original was a dirt cheap experiment featuring creepy puppets, DIY techniques and wonderful final line “Game Over.” Evil Dead is a lean, mean brutal machine that satiated horror buffs love of blood, chainsaws and pithy demons.


Upside Down Skyline Bracket

Drag Me To Hell vs. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

The little films that could. Drag Me To Hell and Tucker & Dale are blasts of pure mayhem that focused on jubilant fun and subverting slasher tropes. They played with convention (College kids killing themselves?) and featured beautiful set pieces (The car fight in Drag me is hilarious and scary). Drag Me was a critical darling (92% RT) and Tucker & Dale is a word of mouth sensation that is slowly building a dedicated following. What is worse? suicidal college kids or this lady?

Drag Me



Merman Harbinger Bracket

Cabin In the Woods vs. Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

Can anything stop the Whedon express? Cabin in the Woods is a trippy, multi-layered film of absurdity and intelligence. Creativity abounds and so does the blood. Will Shaun of the Dead and its lovable characters, genre bending and infinite rewatchability defeat the unstoppable Merman cabin?

Vote! We shall see.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. johnleavengood permalink
    October 29, 2013 6:49 am

    Voting on these made me feel very conflicted. I want them all to win!

  2. October 29, 2013 10:17 am

    Tucker & Dale was an awesome movie and one that I would not have found had it not been for MF&F! As awesome as it was, it does not really fall within my parameters of horror.

    It was also mean of you to make me pick between Cabin in the Woods and Shaun of the dead and I can’t believe the Descent is beating the Conjuring! WTF? You are killing me here – was there an earlier poll that I missed because Trick or Treat should have been put up to a vote. It was terribly underrated

    • October 29, 2013 10:32 am

      The horror list was an MFF special. We knew Tucker and Dale wasn’t horror but we love the film and the way it plays with conventions. We thought it would be fun to include it. Glad to hear you found it on MFF!

      Cabin and Shaun voting has been closer than I thought. Shaun is putting up a heck of a fight. I love The Descent. Glad it is winning. The Conjuring was great but Descent is more of a game changer.

      I was surprised by Trick ‘r Treats early exit. However, They just announced a sequel! Stoked to see how that works out because sequels are rarely as good.

      Thanks for the comment! Round Four tomorrow!

      • MIz Anthrope permalink
        October 29, 2013 11:05 am

        I guess I am going to have to re-watch The Descent – perhaps I missed something the first time I watched it

  3. johnleavengood permalink
    October 30, 2013 7:02 am

    Trick ‘r Treat was “Creepshow good” with a contemporary advantage. I hope they treat the sequel well, honor the solid-storyweaving, and don’t turn it into the next V/H/S (which I like, but it held no candle to Trick).

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