I’m already prepared for a backlash for some of the film I’ve chosen – especially my #1 spot. A few of my choices aren’t typical horror films (with all the appropriate iconography, etc) in the conventional sense, but rather these were the ten films that boiled my blood (in the best way), terrified me, disturbed me, and had me talking and thinking about them for days later. I’ve chosen these films because they embody all of the reasons I fell in love with the genre in the first place. I give you, my dear horror friends, my top ten horror films for 2012. And let’s be clear before I say anymore: if I were to include television in this list, this year’s seasons of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Asylum would take the number 1 and 2 spots, hands down. But onward to our list of horror films for 2012!
1. The Pact
I expect to take a bit of heat for this choice – and I have no issue with that. The Pact disappointed a lot of audiences, but I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I saw this film all alone in the dark, and I won’t give anything away – but if you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you do the same. The film mixes suspense, the supernatural, and the super-creepy in a perfect mix of thrills, chills, and gross-me-outs. This film surprised me. I knew nothing about it going in, and I will admit that I didn’t see the genre-typical “twist” coming at all. That’s worth a #1 spot to me.
I have unfortunately subjected myself to the CW’s 90210 on more than one occasion (a friend had a reoccurring role in the show), but it’s because of this that Excision blew me away the way that it did. AnnaLynne McCord, the star of both 90210 and Excision, is a (normally) beautiful young actress who plays an ugly (inside and out), disturbed, bullied, and confused young woman. She yearns to be a surgeon, and her dreams of Doctorhood are beginning to consume her thoughts entirely. With hints of black comedy, Excision is fantastically beautiful in its cinematography, and just as you are starting to warm and sympathize with our leading lady, the plot takes a nasty turn toward evils-ville. And to think, the first time I watched this film, I thought for a split second that the surgery might have really worked!
3. The Cabin In The Woods
I loved The Cabin In The Woods when I first saw it – and rightfully so, because it’s one of the best horror films of the year. However, it’s not scary. It’s funny, it’s nostalgic, and I enjoyed it – but I don’t want horror to go in this direction in 2013. Let’s bring back the fear. This film was released in April, and since then, I’ve discussed it with just about everyone I know, and perhaps I’m just sick and tired of it, but whatever the reason, it only takes the third spot this year.
I feel like a jerk putting this film on my list, because it won’t be released mainstream until 2013. However, I put Kill List in my Top 10 last year, and that film was released this year, so I’m just following suit. Resolution is an independent horror film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. It’s a breath of fresh air, it’s upsetting, it’s disturbing, and it’s utterly raw. I believe it will be the little film that could, and it’s going to kill Top 10 Horror Lists in 2013. Get stoked.
The point of this film, which apparently caused mass walkouts when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (and not because it was a bad film), is how we are conditioned to do things that go against our natural and basic instincts as long as we believe we have the law on our side. This film upset me, it angered me, and it confused me. If you’re at work, and you receive a phone call from an authoritative figure – at what point do you – and can you – say “no”? This film struck me with fear in a big way: it’s based on a true story. Correction – based on true stories. Plural. That’s terrifying! I watched this film alone, did some research on Google to verify what I had watched, and then I took a shower because I felt dirty. That seems to be the trend in this year’s horror viewing.
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