THE REANIMATOR'S TOP TEN BEST AND WORST OF 2005!
With 2005 finally coming to an end, and everyone looking forward to a better year in 2006, take a look at The Reanimator's Top Ten Best And Worst Of 2005 in horror film! While all of us may not totally agree with the order of this list, we do agree that 2005 was a pretty good year for horror. But like most things in 2005, there were alot of sucky moments. Maybe you agree, maybe you do not. But there is one thing we can all agree on though, breasts are good.
TOP 10 BEST
#10: WHITE NOISE - There's always room in my heart for a good ol' supernatural thriller. I was actually taken by surprise with White Noise. I went into the theater with low expectations and came out completely satisfied. Plus Michael Keaton's performance was well delivered. And for once we get a ghost flick without the creepy little kid who somehow always knows the right things to say to the deceased.
#9: HIGH TENSION - I would be nuts not to include this film in my top ten. Horror doesn't get any better than this. It's gritty and tragic and makes for some serious stomach churning. I might have ranked this higher on my list if it weren't for the ridiculous dubbing placed throughout the film. Oh well, I suppose every other aspect of the film makes up for it.
#8: WAR OF THE WORLDS - Yeah, it's not really horror but it comes damn close. Finally Stephen Spielberg has figured out that the aliens aren't our friends this time around. Although I wasn't real threatened by the 'artificial intelligence' like aliens, I still found myself at the edge of my seat throughout the entire film. This is one of the few summer blockbusters this year that I managed to keep my eyes open during and that's saying something.
#7: WOLF CREEK - Now this is a horror film that all movie goers should experience. It's a real life tragedy that sets an unsettling mood throughout the entire film. Although it takes a while to get into the action, it's well worth the wait. The story builds an incredible anxiety that I guarantee you will be unleashed before the credits roll.
#6: THE SKELETON KEY - This has one of the best twists I've ever come across in a horror film. The story in itself is rather dull and the characters can't be looked at as anything more than one dimensional, but if you're a fan of jaw droppers this is certainly a must see.
#5: THE RING TWO - I don't care what anybody says; The Ring 2 is one of the best horror films of the year. Sure it doesn't touch the first in comparison, but it definitely has its moments. The performances by the lovely Naomi Watts and David Dorfman cannot be overlooked. Even with a somewhat dull script, the two actors were able to carry the film to the end which in my opinion is something you don't come across to often.
#4: THE AMITYVILLE HORROR - This film pleased the hell out of me. I don't recall ever seeing the original film, but I was sure there was a reason. Somehow I stumbled onto the remake and I was instantly hooked. This flick has got to be the biggest surprise of the horror genre this year; at least it is in my opinion. Though it lacks in the violence and gore department, it is makes up for it in the story and direction. This is a must see for all horror fans.
#3: SIN CITY - I had high expectations for this flick when I walked into the theater and I came out not the least bit disappointed. Robert Rodriquez and Quentin Tarentino have a mast piece here. The visuals are absolutely stunning and the story is brilliant. Throw in some A-list actors such as Bruce Willis and Clive Owen and you've got one of the best films of the year.
#2: CRY WOLF - Crucify me if you will, but I found Cry Wolf to be a hell of an entertaining flick. Sure it doesn't have the gore factor that everyone was expecting but it has an excellent story that I was very profound of. I can't really explain what I saw in the film for every 3/4 horror fans found this to be total garbage, but trust me when I say this is definitely a work of art.
#1: SAW II - Oh yes, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that this film deserves the number one spot. I was a huge fan of the original flick and this one was just as good if not better. The story was brilliant and the direction was fantastic. I really can't express my feelings for this film because I'm sure my opinion varies from that of other fans of the genre. I would definitely recommend this film to any individual who claims to be a movie buff. Although you may not agree with me on every aspect of the film I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed.
Honorable Mentions: House of Wax, Hide and Seek, Constantine, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, Mindhunters
TOP 10 WORST (in no order)
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS - It took me a while to really get my opinion straight for the film. As much as I felt it was a huge improvement from House of 1000 Corpses, it was still a lumped together mess that I could live happily without having viewed.
THE FOG - This was a complete disaster and a pointless remake. I mean the original flick could hardly be called good so who in their right minds would want to remake this. An utter mistake for a film and a complete waste of time.
ALONE IN THE DARK - Oh where to begin. How about I just end this right now by saying this was one of the worst horror films I've ever seen. Sorry Uwe Boll, but you don't deserve to point a camera.
DARK WATER - I found myself bored out of my mind while viewing this. Again, another unnecessary remake we could have done without.
BOOGEYMAN - Wow, this could be compared to Alone in the Dark in many ways. It's a complete rip off of 2003's Darkness Falls and to say the least, it's a steaming pile of crap that you should do all you can to avoid.
CURSED - Talk about disappointment. My expectations for this film were surprisingly high; even after all the talk of how horrible it was. Looks like the majority was right this time around. The title definitely speaks for itself.
UNDEAD - Wow, this was an absolute disaster. With the never ending chain of zombie flicks that have been released since last year, somehow I am not surprised.
VENOM - Sorry, but the post Scream flicks have died off (with the exception of Cry Wolf). This had some of the most horrible acting I've ever seen in a horror film. Grant it, the film did have some pretty gritting deaths, but that still doesn't make a film good.
THE CROW: WICKED PRAYER - Stop with the unnecessary sequels already. Dimension should have learned by the first sequel that it wasn't working out. The Crow is one of the best films of all time and these lame sequels that continue to be green lit are just being put to shame.
LAND OF THE DEAD - I'll probably be shot for this one, but seriously, what was interesting about Land of the Dead? Sure it had some excellent scenes, but like I said with Venom, one element doesn't make a film good. Sorry Romero, but this wasn't one of your best.
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