Sunday, 3 January 2010

End of Year/Decade Lists!

Everyone's doing it, so I thought I'd join the bandwagon. Here are my top ten horror films of 2009, and my top twenty horror films of the decade!


1. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
2. La Horde (Yannick Dahan, 2009)
3. Inside (Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury, 2007)
4. Thirst (Park Chan-wook, 2009)
5. Antichrist (Lars Von Trier, 2009)
6. Vinyan (Fabrice Du Welz, 2008)
7. Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2009)
8. Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (Yoshihiro Mishimura & Naoyuki Tomomatsu, 2009)
9. Drag Me To Hell (Sam Raimi, 2009)
10. Trick 'r Treat (Michael Dougherty, 2007)
Special mention: Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008). I saw the film in 2008, but seeing as it only got its DVD release this year, I thought I'd include it, because it's damn well worth mentioning twice...see my decade list below!


In no particularly order, aside from that little film at #1...

1. Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008)
2. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
3. Inside (Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury, 2007)
4. La Horde (Yannick Dahan, 2009)
5. Frontiere(s) (Xavier Gens, 2007)
6. REC (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007)
7. The Orphanage (Juan Antonio Bayona, 2007)
8. Saw (James Wan, 2004)
9. Switchblade Romance (Alexandre Aja, 2003)
10. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001)
11. The Machine Girl (Noburu Iguchi, 2008)
12. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom, 2004)
13. Calvaire (Fabrice du Welz, 2004)
14. Vinyan (Fabrice du Welz, 2008)
15. Repo! The Genetic Opera (Darren Bousman, 2008)
16. The Host (Joon-ho Bong, 2006)
17. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (Lloyd Kaufman, 2008)
18. Them (David Moreau & Xavier Palud, 2006)
19. Colin (Marc Price, 2009)
20. The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005)

I've got to give a very honourable mention to 2001's Hannibal (Ridley Scott), because I love that film to pieces, no matter how much hate it gets! Other special mentions go to this year's Thirst (Park Chan-wook) and Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra), as well as 2007's Teeth (Mitchell Lichtenstein). There are, of course, plenty of films I've missed over the past ten years that, once I've seen them, may well have made the list! I realise there are a lot of European films on this list, but I can hand-on-heart say that the horror coming out of Europe this past decade has been some of the most impressive, to me, for a very long time.

So, there are my lists. Agree, disagree? Do let me know. Here's to a 2010 full of more wonderful horrific offerings!


Mikel J. Koven said...

A very good list. There some here I need to check out.

AstroTurf said...

!! Nice list!!
Feel flattered that "Let the right One in" came so high on your list!( Since I'm a Swede=)
I sure will look up some of the other films you listed!

the jaded viewer said...

Solid list. I had Martyrs as #1 on my 2009 list. And that opened up a sh*t storm.