It's here again....that special time where we look back and sit in judgment over what the past year has brought us; in this case my top 5 fright flicks of 2007. Counting down....
Rob Zombie's Halloween
I originally anticipated that this would be numero uno on my list this year, what with my being such a rabid Halloween and Rob Zombie fan and all, but Mr. Zombie disappointed me a little with his overly strong focus on the monster and not enough character development for those the monster was stalking. However, the ending alone was creepy enough and the rest of the film 'jump scare' and gory enough for this one to crack my top five.
30 Days of Night
Being a huge fan of the original graphic novel series, I eagerly anticipated the film version of this story of modern vampires descending on a small Alaskan town during their 30 day stretch of darkness. The flick was definitely above the average of what I expect from a movie, but fell just short of living up to the original story. Still, it was far and above most everything else released this past year in the horror genre.
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Pure horrific fun from beginning to end. If you haven't seen this mockumentary focusing on the exploits of serial slasher wannabe Leslie Vernon, you are really missing a gem of a movie. If nothing else, Robert Englund as 'the Ahab' makes this flick well worth watching.
I really can't explain why I enjoyed this movie so much. Maybe it was the goofy marine monster, maybe it was the beautiful Hi-Def Blu-Ray imagery, maybe it's just because there are not enough monster movies being produced for my taste but this flick is a joy to behold. If you haven't seen it yet, stop wasting time and buy/rent it now!
Hands down the best viewing experience all year for this Horror Guy. I'm completely pissed off that the powers that be chose to split up the two flicks making up this theatrical double bill of awesome-ness when it was released on DVD a couple months back; made it difficult to recreate the experience at home. Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror paired with Tarantino's Death Proof made for one kick-ass movie combo that pulled no punches. From the opening faux trailers to the closing credits of the second feature, I was riveted.
Either of my readers care to share their favorites of 2007?