“Top 5 Horror Films of 2012” – Opinion by Mike Holtz

 

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“Top 5 Horror Films of 2012”

By: Mike Holtz, WeWatchedAMovie

In honor of my excitement (squeal like a little girl kind of excitement) for Evil Dead coming up this week I thought I’d look back at the year that wasn’t. 2012 had more than its share of horror disappointments and mediocre efforts and 2013 hasn’t exactly busted out of hells gate either. Other than Mama we have been treated to titles like Texas Chainsaw 3D and Dark Skies but fear not! Or do fear! er… dammit what I’m trying to say is The Conjuring and Insidious 2 and Evil Dead are on their way! Lets take a look back at the few gems 2012 had to offer and then afterwards you can have some alone time to think about how easy it’s going to be for 2013 to be better. Here are my top 5 horror films of 2012:

#5.) V/H/S

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(Multiple Directors)

A hit and miss Horror Anthology that is the true definition of found footage (seriously, I got dizzy) with the first and last shorts being the best of the bunch. The first short Amateur Night literally had me screaming at my television in sheer man horror (if you’ve seen it you know exactly what I mean by man horror). The film as a whole is certainly not perfect and carries some head scratching entries too but its a must see for fans of horror anthologies. (A sequel is due in 2013 as well) 7.0/10

4.) Compliance

Compliance

Directed by: Craig Zobel (Great World of Sound)

Okay, okay I know it’s not a horror movie by definition but if you’re a fast food clerk at a chicken joint in the South there is really nothing scarier. In all seriousness Compliance does have the feel of a horror movie with all of its inevitable dread (even if nobody gets stabbed). This film about a prank caller tricking an overly eager to please Manager into subjecting a teenage girl to do horrendous things will have you wondering how people can be so stupid considering its based on a true story. A well acted, disturbing movie that will have you on Wikipedia immediately after. 9.0/10 ( I realize this is the highest rated movie but in the context of horror it still comes in at #4)

       #3.) Sinister  Sinister

Directed by: Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose)

This was probably the most highly anticipated horror movie of the year for me as I read reviews and listened to the critical acclaim. All that being said….. even though Sinister comes in decently at #3 it was still disappointing for me. It’s the exact reason I still haven’t watched the red band trailer for the upcoming Evil Dead movie. All of the freaky Bughuul shots and imagery that would have been so shocking in the right context was already in my head from the multiple trailers I’d seen. The film didn’t have too many more scares than what was already given away. That being said the film can’t be to blame for the trailers….Ethan Hawke was great and a couple of those reels were super creepy. Lawn Work actually caused me to scream a obscenity starting with the letter F right in the middle of the theater and had I not already seen Bughuul in the trailers? That creepy dude would have brought out a lot more four letter words. 7.0/10

#2.) The Possession The Possession

Directed by: Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch)

Might catch some flack for this one but let me explain. I understand that The Possession wasn’t full of originality and was for the most part a by the book horror film. So why is it #2 on my list? Because it also happened to be well shot and well acted (featuring the underrated acting skills of one Jeffrey Dean Morgan). I actually believed the fathers love and fear for his daughters (awww) when they were in danger and that can be rare in horror, especially mainstream horror. Sure there were a couple of un-intentionally laughable moments like when the screen kept going black every 5 seconds with a different caption and single piano note (The whole crowd ending up laughing hysterically). But the ending actually brought some surprisingly edge of your seat scares and I had a really good time watching The Possession. As a matter of fact…. the 2nd most fun I’ve had in a horror movie all year. (Get it? Because its #2!) 8.0/10

#1.) The Cabin in the WoodsThe Cabin in the Woods

Directed by: Drew Goddard (Directorial Debut)

The easy champ here. The Cabin in the Woods had originality out it’s ass. (Does that read like it sounds? If not just say it out loud and you’ll see what I mean….look…what I’m trying to say it’s that it’s an original movie. Damn…..) It reminds me a lot of another movie about the lovely outdoors….Cabin Fever. It jumps around from genre to genre but does so on purpose and keeps you on your toes. Just imagine…… a horror movie where you don’t actually know what’s coming next! From hilarity, to horror, to Sci-fi, to end of the world fair and most of it pulled off with a straight face and coherent story. That’s an achievement. Also, the ending is badass. It’s one of those movies that you can’t wait to buy so and pause the Blu-ray to take in all the cool shit they are throwing at you at. It’s a plethora of horror awesomeness. You could even say it was like The Avengers of scary things  on-screen at one time . (See what I did there? Written by Joss Whedon? Did ya get it? huh? Did ya?).  9.0/10

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