Best American Horror movie of the decade

Discussion in 'Reader Polls' started by Ash28M, Jan 12, 2010.

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Best American Horror

  1. Paranormal Activity

    3.5%
  2. Devil’s Rejects

    8.8%
  3. Grindhouse

    8.8%
  4. The Mist

    14.0%
  5. Session 9

    8.8%
  6. The Hills Have Eyes

    1.8%
  7. May

    8.8%
  8. Hostel

    3.5%
  9. Drag Me to Hell

    3.5%
  10. Open Water

    1.8%
  11. Dawn of the Dead

    5.3%
  12. Cloverfield

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. American Psycho

    3.5%
  14. 1408

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Saw

    1.8%
  16. The Strangers

    3.5%
  17. The Ring

    1.8%
  18. Frailty

    10.5%
  19. The Ruins

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  20. Other (Specify)

    10.5%
  1. Ash28M

    Ash28M Active Member

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    Despite the the abundance of remakes and sequels there were a few gems popping up every year. What was the best? .. and I can only include 20 so I'm sure i'll miss some of your favorites, so choose "other" if that's the case.
     
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  2. zompirejoe

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    For me it has to be The Mist. The movie has scares, thrills, very few laughs, and a whole lot of what the fuck moments.It is a very effective horror film, with a bleaker than bleak ending.When I saw the film in the theater the audience actually cheered in spots, and collectively shuddered in others. The film's ending will be a topic of conversation for years to come.
     
  3. Mutilated Prey

    Mutilated Prey Soul Stealer

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    I'm gonna go with Wrong Turn (other), not necessarilly because it was the most well done out of the list, but it was the first after a 90's decade of tragedy where I started to believe people could still make a good backwoods slasher. Then things like Hostel, Wolf Creek and Touristas were soon to follow.
     
  4. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    Wrong Turn blew. And the 90's was not a "decade of tragedy." The one that just ended was! Fuck, I just watched Halloween: Curse of Michael Myers the other day (which was one of the worst movies I remember of the 90's), and I actually noticed probably 3 or 4 elements of the movie that became mainstream trends in the new millennium (bizarrely enough, shaky cam wasn't one of them - but factory / mechanical sound design and a wannabe-gritty look were).

    Anyway, I voted for May even though technically I liked Open Water the best. Not because in the slate of "realistic" horror films (including Paranormal Activity and Blair Witch Project) it was the most brutal - everyone knows it was more suggestion than anything else. But because I thought it was a lot creepier than Blair Witch Project and I could actually stand the characters, unlike Blair Witch. I voted for May because it actually was brutal and nasty when it wanted to be, deeply funny, sensitive and fascinating, and didn't insult its' audience.

    Honorable mention going to American Psycho, which I think had some problems in the transitions from humor to horror (and the bum scene was just plain bad). And, Open Water. Which still blows me away.
     
  5. Mutilated Prey

    Mutilated Prey Soul Stealer

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    Hush yer mouf I know what you did last summer scream urban legend boy :D
     
  6. fattyjoe37

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    Frailty was easily my favorite
     
  7. KGBRadioMoskow

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    Respect to American Psycho, Drag Me to Hell, the under appreciated The Mist and the IMO over rated Session 9. All of which are keepers in my collection. And Saw and The Ruins were worth watching.

    But Frailty is the only film on the list that genuinely creeped me out. I consider that film one of the best of the decade, and worthy of being called a classic.

    Edit - not that anyone gives a rat's posterior what I think, but looking over the ratings I gave in my DVD collection list (out of 4 stars):

    Grindhouse - don't own, not really interested
    The Hills Have Eyes - don't own, definitely not interested
    Open Water - don't own, not interested in owning or seeing again
    Paranormal Activity - just got, haven't watched yet
    The Strangers - haven't seen yet
    Dawn of the Dead - 2
    Devil’s Rejects - 2
    Hostel - 2
    The Ring - 2
    Cloverfield - 2.5
    1408 - 2.5
    The Ruins - 2.5
    Saw - 2.5
    Session 9 - 2.5
    American Psycho - 3
    Drag Me to Hell - 3
    May - 3
    The Mist - 3
    Frailty - 3.5
     
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  8. Body Boy

    Body Boy Well-Known Member

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    May was phenominal.
     
  9. Ash28M

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    I refuse to give in to your 90's propaganda!
     
  10. Body Boy

    Body Boy Well-Known Member

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    Me either. :( 90s were worse than the 2000s, though only by a little because of the huge output of crap this previous decade let out. :[ I'll never forgive it for Sole Survivors: The Killer Cut. Fuck!

    The first half of the 90s was basically the stale end of the 80s. It's funny, cuz you can see some overlap with other decades' films, but for the 80s to 90s, it really was a black and white situation. Late 80s got a bit weak, but then 90s took that weaker late 80s, and made it unbearable unwatchable retreads. What was memorable? Silence of the Lambs, Candyman, Army of Darkness, and few others...

    Then the second half (well, 3.1 years I guess) comes along with December 1996's Scream, which is pretty good, but ends up giving us a new terrible spin on the formula. I liked I Know What You Did Last Summer, and some had bright ideas like Cube. But really, even though we can see bright-colored fashions now with at times dreads, bleached, streaked and hazel hair with styles that are all too shiver-sending, it was quite a miss-fire. Though I will say, for some of the examples above, that it wasn't a complete destruction on our horror humanity. But when the more memorable titles that pop out include mediocre stuff like The Dentist, something went wrong. :(
     
  11. evildeadfan123

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    Hard to choose. Went with Devil's Rejects. The rest in order: Grindhouse, Dawn of The Dead Remake, Session 9, Drag Me To Hell. Too many to choose from.
     
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    so many to choose from i chose the mist
     
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    Loved a lot of those, and this decade blew away the 90s! But my choice has to go to... oh wait American release... okay my vote goes to The Mist!
     
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    I went for Reject's, Honourable mentions to Jeepers Creepers, Hatchet, Cabin Fever & Land Of The Dead.
     
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    Oh yeah, Hatchet! Another one to support my backwoods theory :)
     
  16. evildeadfan123

    evildeadfan123 Sam & Dean Winchester

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    Crap, forgot about Cabin Fever.
     
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    whoops! voted other before i reread the title and noticed the american bit. i was gonna piss and moan that let the right one in wasn't on the list. guess i should have voted for the ruins.
     
  18. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    My personal favorite: Drag Me To Hell. It was just so much fun.

    And as much as I've disliked everything else Rob Zombie's done thus far, I still think The Devil's Rejects is pretty amazing. It's exactly the kind of movie Zombie should be doing. The only problem is, I think it's also the only kind of movie he's capable of doing ... So until he proves me wrong, he's not going to get any better.

    Another big favorite for me was Orphan. Also a lot of fun, kind of twisted, and very suspenseful. I also enjoyed The Ring, Tarantino's Death Proof (Planet Terror was awful), and The Mist had more pros than cons, although I'm not sure it'll get any better with repeated viewings. And, oooh, MINDHUNTERS!
     
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    Grindhouse was a one of a kind film and gets my vote. Honorable mention to May, The Devil's Rejects, and American Psycho.
     
  20. Hatchetwarrior

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    The Mist, one of the few horror films of the decade that truly blew me away when I saw it. But, overall it was a great decade for horror. Let's hope the next one continues the trend *fingers crossed*
     

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