19 Feb Top 100 Horror Films of the 2010s | 79-60
Top 100 Horror Films of the 2010s | Part Two
Ok, we’re back for part two of the countdown: my top 100 horror films of the previous decade. Did you miss the last part? Click here to go there now: Top 100 of the 2010s | Part One
Let’s count down from 79-60, eh?
My List | #79-60
79: Halloween 2018
Halloween is one of those properties that people have very strong feelings about. When you release a direct sequel to the original, which ignores everything in-between (sorry Busta), you’re fighting an uphill battle. Fortunately, for me, Halloween isn’t my favorite franchises, so I’ll watch a little bit of everything.
Halloween 40 gave me everything I was looking for, including some really mean-spirited kills. I was just looking to be entertained, and H40 did that. I’m a bit more nervous about the upcoming sequels, but I’m still looking forward to seeing where they go.
78: 3 From Hell
What a completely unnecessary movie, but I’ll take all of the Firefly family I can get. Sheri is at her best here, and delivers a great performance. How fun is Richard Break in this too? Mr. Salami!
Again, this whole thing was unnecessary, but I had a blast with it and had a corny grin the entire time I was watching it. But let’s end this one here, Rob. RIP Sid.
The Puppet Master franchise was always a favorite of mine growing up, and after some of the entries, I wasn’t too excited for another. But just add some S. Craig Zahler, who is responsible for some of the best movies of the past five years, and you have a winner. It was gross and offensive, and so much fun!
Nazis and puppets are like peanut butter and chocolate: they just work.
76: The Cured
The Cured was a surprise for me, and while it lacks some of the horror elements, it makes up for it by being something completely unique. Aside from being unique, it has good performances and as a family guy, it hit me in the family feels.
Ellen Page is always good, and I’m a fan of just about everything she has done, but it’s the story that got me here. What a completely unbelievable situation to place yourself in for our main character, which is what makes it really cool.
Mark Duplass is such a likable guy. This was such a unique take on the found footage genre, which as you may know, isn’t my favorite. It can be my favorite at times, but most don’t do anything original. Creep did something new.
You have an incredibly likable but weird main character, some good scares, and Peachfuzz. The second is also decent, and from what I understand, there may be more in the works. I’m in.
74: Child’s Play
When I first heard the news about a Child’s Play reboot, I couldn’t care less. I saw the original when it came out, but never cared much for Chucky. Leading up to the release of what I expected to be a dumpster fire, I decided to open up my Child’s Play boxset for the first time and watch all of the movies. And huh… turns out I love them!
With my new-found love for the franchise, I was even less excited for a reboot. This actually helped me, because I went in expecting just crap. And what I got was one of the most fun views of the year. My son and I had a blast watching this one. Great kills, Aubrey Plaza, and the most engaging theme song of all time.
So, take off your horror hipster bowler hat, or your nostalgia glasses, and give it a try. It’s a lot of fun, and gets a lot right. They made it their own thing, and I think it was successful.
#73: The Endless
I’ve written about Team Benson/Moorehead before, so it’s not surprise that they’re appearing on my list here. The Endless is a followup to 2012s Resolution, and while that’s a cool indie film on it’s own, it’s only enhanced by The Endless.
I’ve really become down on lower budget and indie films lately. When I was younger, I had a much higher tolerance for all types, but not anymore. While I appreciate the work people are doing, they’re just not for me. And I’d encourage any budding filmmakers to watch everything from these guys (along with The Head Hunter), because Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson get it right. This is how you low budget. I’m willing to ignore some lower-budget filming issues when there is a great story, and they’ve created a really engaging story here with some cool effects.
Stay tuned as we work down the list as you’ll see these guys pop up again.
#72: The Purge
When I was putting together my list, I was really surprised that The Purge was from the 2010s; it feels further back.
When it comes to actually terrifying concepts, The Purge gets it, and has really become part of the culture. As a “hyper-vigilant” guy (my wife says “paranoid”), this one feeds my prepping mindset. My son and I will talk about scenarios of what we would do if something like this was real.
I enjoy most of the sequels as well; The First Purge was a bit annoying because of being a bit too heavy-handed with a political message, but was still an enjoyable watch.
This is the one that started it, and is worth a watch.
Brimstone is such a good movie. Not just a horror movie, but a good movie. Great performances, combined with a good set, design and costumes, this is a good movie. I typically don’t like non-linear films, but I think they did a good job of building off of the different sections.
The length of the film can be a detractor for some, but it’s worth going on this journey.
The Clovehitch Killer stars Dylan McDermott as Don Burnside, local church and scout leader, along with being a family man. They live in small town Kentucky which has a dark past: The Clovehitch Killer.
Great performances from everyone here, and McDermott was excellent. Engaging story, and I generally cared about the characters. Well shot and scored, and did some things new. I like how a lot of films lately turn to kids to solve the problem, and this is a good addition to that.
This was in my top twenty for me in 2018. I’m a Brit horror fan, and this checked a lot of the boxes I wanted. Great cast, good acting, interesting stories and twists. It anthology-ish, but everything connects together in a pretty cool way. There were a few moments in the film that gave me goosebumps, and I’m game to watch anything with Martin Freeman.
#68: The Possession
This one is a family favorite, and my son, refers to it as “The Boxxxxxxx.”
It was a new take on the possession/supernatural genre, and that doesn’t happen often. We always see these tales about Catholic/Christian-type hauntings, so seeing something different was cool. Who knew Matisyahu could be so cool in a movie? I mean, he is a cool guy…
Nothing fancy here. Just an enjoyable watch.
#67: The Void
The Void took me a few watches, and I have plenty of problems with the movie. The story is a bit messy, but there are so many cool elements in the movie that I still really dig it. I’ll take Lovecraft just about any place I can, and this delivers a bit of that, a bit of cult, weird monsters and some good old violence. Again, there are issues with this movie, but it has some really cool elements that make up for those.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with Ghostland, as it’s from the director of Martyrs; I have an interesting history with that movie, and you can check out one of our podcast episodes on that by clicking here.
Initially, I was a little let down by Ghostland because of its predecessor, but the more I thought about it, the better it got. There are some parts of this movie that are hard to watch, and when you think of the whole story, you realize how sad it is. Even with all of that, I still recommend this one.
#65: Hell Fest
Fun movie, better gore than expected, and not the expected ending for a movie in the theaters.
It’s nice to be able to unplug for 90 minutes and not have subtext or hidden meaning. Just fun.
And this totally helps me justify my reason on why I don’t go to haunted houses. I’ve had this fear for years for exactly this reason.
#64: Juan of the Dead
You either like this movie, or you’re wrong. And yes, I do believe opinions can be wrong. This is such a fun movie, and worth the subtitles. I love when we can get behind a completely unexpected hero, and see his journey.
The hate for the followup to The Strangers was real, and I think pretty unfair. The Strangers is one of the best horror films ever in my opinion, so it’s hard to try and recapture what they had in the original; it’s also one of the few movies that scared me.
I think that’s maybe why I enjoyed this one so much: it did its own thing. Same team, and while it was based off of our antagonists from the first, they made this one fun. This is the kind of movie I don’t mind tossing on in the background, where the original isn’t on a regular rotation. The performances, music and general atmosphere in this one is just fun.
#62: Piranha 3D
Growing up in the 80s and 90s, I have very fond memories of things like Monstervision and USA Up All Night and low-budget films. While my tolerance has dropped for low budget, I still appreciate the aesthetic and the fun factor. Piranha 3D, helmed by Alex Aja, made a fun low-budget film without being low-budget feeling. Surprisingly good cast, and fun! Plus, things that the 12-year-old boy in me really appreciated.
Thelma was maybe my biggest surprise of 2017. This movie blew my mind, and I didn’t know a thing about it. I was just browsing on Hulu and gave this one a shot. Beautifully shot, haunting, erotic, and sad.
Eili Harboe is a star in my book. So convincing in her performance. More people need to see this movie.
Earlier in the list, you may have read that I’m not a huge fan of found footage, but this one was a game-changer. It also has a segment that scared me (Second Honeymoon).
I can’t say I enjoyed the sequels as much, but this was a solid first entry.
Part two in the books. Stay tuned for part three as we work our way towards my top films of the last decade