A Decade of Horror: 2006

Final Destination 3

Yes, another Final Destination film has made the list. FD3 is a film that isn’t very good, and is the beginning of the franchise losing it’s luster, but the deaths, and especially the opening sequence are what make this one of my favorites of the franchise. The DVD also comes with an amusing “Choose your own Adventure” style way of watching the film where you can change the outcome of certain scenes. That gimmick alone is worth the price of admission.

Silent Hill

Another video game to movie adaptation that skips out on the original story of the game it’s based on for something a bit more….manageable for a film. Unlike the complete change between Resident Evil the game and film, Silent Hill sticks somewhat close to the story of the original game, while taking elements from other entries in the game series. The highlight of this film is really the town of Silent Hill itself, as a heavy emphasis is put on making the two sides of the town distinctly different and creepy.

The Hills Have Eyes(Remake)

Ah, yet another remake hits my list, but in this case it’s a remake that I prefer to the original source material. Alexander Aja’s take on The Hills Have Eyes is a near shot for shot remake of the Wes Craven original, but it works so much better than the Craven original. There’s more gore in this version of Hills, not to mention better special effects in general, but the reason I like this film more than the original it’s based on is simply because the original Hills isn’t very good. It’s a decent story, but Craven hadn’t quite gotten the proper grip of directing he later showed on A Nightmare on Elm Street, and in the hands of Aja, Hills breathes in a way the original couldn’t.

Fido

Zombies have been big business the past few years, as everyone has jumped on the undead bandwagon. Fido follows in the footsteps of Shaun of the Dead, making zombies funny without losing the inherent horror of the situation. Set in an alternate 1950’s after a zombie war, Fido is about a boy and his zombie. Both hilarious and heartwarming, I urge you to check out Fido.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Another film taking its cues from Man Bites Dog, Behind the Mask follows a film crew as they document a real life slasher villain named Leslie Vernon. Playing on the idea that slasher villains are real, we get an inside look into how our favorite big screen killers plot out their killing sprees. Despite a bit of tone shift toward the end, Behind the Mask is a fantastic reinvention of the classic slasher film, on par with Scream as a slasher film parodying itself.

S&Man

Pronounced “Sandman”, S&Man is a mockumentary about the world of underground voyeuristic horror films, including interviews with the crew from Toe Tag Pictures (creators of the August Underground series) and Bill Zebub (director of The Worst Horror Movie Ever Made and other trash) while also playing with the idea of how easy it could be for someone to get away with making real snuff within the world of pretend. One of the most unnerving doc/mockumentaries I’ve ever seen, S&Man is a fascinating look at the world of underground horror with a dash of storyline to make things more interesting.

Halloween Night

It’s a direct to DVD slasher movie that  I honestly haven’t seen it in a few years, but I liked it when I saw it. It’s not terrible, but it’s also not likely to win any awards. I added it to this list because it’s one of those films that surprise’s you by how much better it is than its cover would let on.

Salvage

This is another film that goes beyond its unimpressive box art and proves its worth. Following the exploits of a young woman who is brutally murdered, only to wake up hours earlier back at work, on track to meet her own horrible demise again, and restart the loop. A twist ending makes this one totally worth watching, and the acting is better than what you would expect from a low-budget horror film like this.

Bloody Reunion-AKA: To Sir with Love (Seuseung-ui eunhye)

Korea makes yet another impact on my lists, this time with a surprisingly heartfelt, albeit bloody and twisted story Bloody Reunion. The tale of a school teacher who invites a group of her former students together to say goodbye before she dies turns into a twisted blood bath as the truth is slowly revealed.

Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror

I love this movie. I know this movie is terrible, and I love it anyway. Hood of Horror captures the essence of the classic EC Comics with a blaxsplotation coat of paint over it. If you enjoyed Tales from the Hood, you may enjoy this film, but just know that all the class and style of Tales from the Hood is completely thrown out the window in this film leaving a cheesy anthology film that manages to be entertaining despite its glaring flaws.

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