The year 2009 saw a mixture of comedy-infused horror, retro-70s horror, vampires, zombies, sequels, and remakes.
Studios saw fit to go with what they know – this includes expected sequels like [Rec] 2, Halloween II, Saw VI, and The Final Destination; it also includes not-surprising remakes in an attempt to recapture success – see Last House on the Left, My Bloody Valentine, and Friday the 13th. Clearly, though, audiences and critics wanted some humor accompanying their horror, which explains the success of Zombieland. (Drag Me To Hell, while a critical success, did not perform as well as expected. In the end, though, it still made profit). What’s also undeniable is that audiences flocked to movies using the 3D gimmick – My Bloody Valentine and The Final Destination were big winners.
The Top 10 Horror Movies of ’09
10. My Bloody Valentine
This remake of the 1981 slasher takes place in a mining town where a horrible massacre occurred on Valentine’s Day many years before. The murders start up again… has the killer Harry Warden returned? Originally presented in 3D. Reviewed here.
9. Saw VI
More bloody mayhem as Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), Jill Tuck (Betsy Russell), and Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith) return. This time, there’s a political angle to the carnage as the movie takes on the insurance agents and the health care system. Naturally, there’s intrigue involving the major players, too. Directed by Kevin Greutert, Saw VI was much better received than Saw V, but it was easily defeated at the box office by Paranormal Activity.
8. [Rec] 2
The action continues from [Rec], with the medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation. Directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza return, with an encore by Manuela Velasco. Reviewed here.
After a plague has transformed most people into vampires, the vamps start worrying about the blood supply running out. eanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. Directed by the Spierig Brothers, and featuring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill, the movie could be seen as a metaphor for battle over oil.
6. Dead Snow
Nazi zombies intrude on a ski vacation taken by Norwegian medical students. Gory and fun to watch, with obvious Evil Dead influences.