The year 2010 was another year of sequels, remakes, and torture porn scenarios. A couple of foreign films pushed limits – one of them opening up an investigation on whether it violates certain laws. The American releases, however, are your typical cash grabs – Paranormal Activity 2, Resident Evil 4, Saw 7. Some flicks were better than expected – Piranha 3D and The Crazies, for example; others were disappointments, like the Elm Street remake. The standout was Let Me In, the remake of a Swedish film. It was a success with both critics and audiences.
The Top 10 Horror Movies of 2010
10. The Wolfman
Remake of the werewolf story The Wolf Man (1941), with Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, and Hugo Weaving. Silly at times, but very gory and much better than you expect.
9. The Human Centipede
Tom Six delivers this geek show of a film about a mad German scientist (Dieter Laser) who kidnaps three unfortunate tourists (1 Japanese man and 2 American girls) turns them into a “human centipede”. That involves – get ready – surgically attaching them – mouth to anus. The lesson to be learned from the ending is: don’t be the one in the middle. Created in 2009 but not widely seen until 2010, this film would have probably been voted as the sickest, except for a little thing called A Serbian Film.
8. Saw: The Final Chapter AKA Saw 3D
Self-help guru Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery) writes a book about how he survived a terrifying ordeal courtesy of Jigsaw. Or did he? Considered the most violent of the entire Saw series, this one is supposedly the final, and it was shown in 3D (in case the title didn’t give that away). On hand for this final outing is Tobin Bell (in flashbacks, obviously), a returning Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), Jill (Betsy Russell), and … Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes). Yes, you finally find out what happens to him. The film was successful, probably because Saw VI was better than Saw V in the eyes of the audience, probably also because of the 3D gore, we’re sure.
7. A Serbian Film
Probably one of the most divisive and disturbing movies ever made, there are those who might feel A Serbian Film shouldn’t be on the list of top 10 horror movies of 2010. On the other hand, there are those who might feel it should be #1 on the list. It certainly gets a reaction from almost everybody who watches it – and most who watch it can’t forget it. (No, we have not seen it). We are aware, however, that it contains images of such depravity – involving newborns, for example – that it makes Antichrist look positively chaste. Maybe you want to see it, maybe you don’t. Your call; keep your shrink’s number handy.
6. Resident Evil: Afterlife
Alice (Milla Jovovich) is back in this 4th film – and Paul W.S. Anderson returns to direct. Joining her in the ongoing battle against the Umbrella Corporation are Claire (Ali Larter) and her brother Chris. Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) makes an appearance at the end. Relased in 3D, as expected. Most critics panned it but most viewers liked it – par for the course for these films.
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