My Top Ten Horror Movies from 2006 – 2016. 10 Years 10 Films
Patrick’s granddad was a horror film enthusiast with hundreds of films on VHS video. It’s probably where he gets his love for all things creepy (film-wise that is). His first childhood memory of watching a horror was the Living Dead, which he watched with his brothers and mother in the comfort of their family living room. Convinced by Patrick’s older brother that the film is suitable for his little brother’s to watch … little did his mother know what she was in for when she settled down with a nice cuppa tae for some light family entertainment.
Me? My first childhood memory of watching a horror film was in my beloved granny’s farmhouse in Monaghan with my brother and cousin. It was really late, pitch black outside. We were surrounded by hills on every side of the house. The nearest neighbours were ages away down old country roads with not a street lamp to be seen, and there we were happy as larry to have the living room to ourselves to watch the late night movie. The name of the film is hazy but as far as I remember it was Poltergeist. What I distinctly remember though is being more freaked by the abundance of holy pictures of the ‘Blessed Virgin’ and ‘Jesus’ adorning most of the walls in the house. I remember feeling that I’d probably be cursed now for watching such ‘blasphemy’. The feeling didn’t last of course and like Patrick and his grandfather before him, I love a good fright night in front of the big or small screen.
So with my love for a good fright, here are my My Top Ten Horror Movies from 2006 – 2016. This list is based on the films I’ve seen. I’d love to know what you think of my picks and especially if I’ve missed a ‘better’ film for a particular year – so let me know in the comment section below this post. Happy Horrors!
Name: Saw III
IMDB – Metascore: 48% | Viewers rating: 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 28% | Audience Score: 72%
Length: 1 hour 48 minutes
Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus MacFadyen
Synopsis: For me 2006 wasn’t overflowing with great horror films, or perhaps I just missed them. If you’ve seen Saw and Saw II then you’ll know what to expect from Saw III. Jigsaw is back to his bad behaviour with lots of gore.
Name: 28 Weeks Later
IMDB – Metascore: 78% | Viewers rating: 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 70% | Audience Score: 66%
Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle
Synopsis: A deadly virus throughout Great Britain, the US Army trying to protect a small group of survivors in London. Sure what could possibly go wrong?
Name: Let The Right One In
IMDB – Metascore: 82% | Viewers rating: 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 98% | Audience Score: 90%
Length: 1 hour 55 minutes
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Synopsis: Oskar and Eli, a bullied boy and a very special little girl will entertain and intrigue you through their special friendship. I could tell you more but I’d hate to ruin it for you.
Name: Drag Me To Hell
IMDB – Metascore: 83% | Viewers rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 92% | Audience Score: 62%
Length: 1 hour 39 minutes
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier
Synopsis: Just as the poster says ‘Christine Brown has a good job, a great boyfriend, and a bright future. But in three days, she’s going to hell’ Tis not a good week for Christine!
Name: Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil
IMDB – Metascore: 65% | Viewers rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 84% | Audience Score: 84%
Length: 1 hour 29 minutes
Directed by: Eli Craig
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden
Synopsis: Definitely one of my favourite films from the last ten years. Tucker and Dale, you can’t help but love ’em. Unfortunately though their idea of a holiday in the mountains in a ‘quaint’ cottage doesn’t go to plan, at all at all!
Name: You’re Next
IMDB – Metascore: 66% | Viewers rating: 6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 75% | Audience Score: 59%
Length: 1 hour 35 minutes
Directed by: Adam Wingard
Starring: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen
Synopsis: As with 2006, I found 2011 a difficult year to choose my favourite horror film, and not because there was abundance. Perhaps I didn’t watch enough of them? You’re Next isn’t my usual type of horror flick, however it did entertain for most of its length. What’s it about? A family getting attacked by mysterious killers in the night, in their home! Make sure you lock the door before watching this one.
IMDB – Metascore: 53% | Viewers rating: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 63% | Audience Score: 61%
Length: 1 hour 50 minutes
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone
Synopsis: A true-crime writer, a box of super 8 home movies, and a serial killer from the 60’s, need I say more?
IMDB – Metascore: 68% | Viewers rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 86% | Audience Score: 82%
Length: 1 hour 52 minutes
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
Synopsis: So apparently before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the ‘true case files’ of Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were called to help a family terrorised in their own home, a secluded farmhouse by the way, by an evil presence. Creepy with a capital ‘C’.
Name: The Babadook
IMDB – Metascore: 86% | Viewers rating: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 86% | Audience Score: 82%
Length: 1 hour 33 minutes
Directed by: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
Synopsis: Creepy AF. A single mother, a dead father, a little son who’s afraid of a monster in his room. But what happens when the monster in the closet isn’t really make-believe! Agh!
Year: 2015Name: Bone Tomahawk
IMDB – Metascore: 72% | Viewers rating: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 90% | Audience Score: 72%
Length: 2 hours 12 minutes
Directed by: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox
Synopsis: Is it a Horror? Is it a Western? I suppose with a soft spot for Kurt Russell since my childhood days of ‘Big Trouble in Little China’, I couldn’t help but choose this film for my ‘Top Ten’ What’s it about? A cave, cannibal kidnappers, and a wild west rescue mission!
So that’s it!
10 Years 10 Horror Films! … but if I had to choose my favourite Horror Movie from 2016?
Well for now it has to be …
Name: The Boy
IMDB – Metascore: 42% | Viewers rating: 6/10
Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 27% | Audience Score: 39%
Length: 1 hour 37 minutes
Directed by: William Brent Bell
Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell
Synopsis: This film got low ratings but ratings aren’t always everything (well about 90% of the time). I enjoyed this film. I found the imagery freaky and its story creepy. It’s about an American nanny who comes to a remote English village to care for an eight year old boy. However the boy isn’t really a boy at all, and this isn’t a story about Pinocchio.