US site Movies Films and Flix has created a popular vote to choose the best horror movies of this century (started in 2001 and will end in 2100), and the list is VERY controversial.
The first place will share opinions: “O Secredo da Cabana” (2011). While many believe that one of the brightest films of recent times, another finds the ending to be sizeless junk.
The list is quite eclectic and unusual, with films that can’t even be considered horror. Still, it’s worth the detour.
Let’s go to the list:
10. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
The plot is this: Christine Brown (Alison Lohman, excellent) is a young and ambitious loan broker in Los Angeles. In the company of her boyfriend, the charming professor Clay Dalton (Justin Long, great), Christine seems to lead a peaceful life. This is until the day she receives a visit from the mysterious Lady Ganush (Lorna Raver), who arrives at the bank where Christine works to ask for a loan increase and to be able to pay her house. By denying the request, which was only meant to impress the boss, Mr. Jacks (David Paymer), Christine ends up dishonoring Ms. Ganush’s life. The elderly woman is expropriated, but after that she will put the life of young Christine in the face of a supernatural and desperate curse.
Drag me to hell always has a surprise in store for its ending, which makes it an even more sophisticated production. One of the film’s most curious aspects is its soundtrack: it was originally produced in the ’70s for the classic The Exorcist, but has been left out. It was nice to see Sam Raimi come back to his roots and play behind the camera.
9. Mulholland Drive – City of Dreams (2001)
Diane travels to Hollywood to pursue the fame’s dream and gets involved with Rita, whom she falls in love with, despite being more concerned with being noticed thanks to her power of seduction over director Adam, with whom she intends to get married. Betrayed and doomed, Diane hires a murderer to end Rita’s life. This is where a new life begins: a life of fantasy, which Diane finds as the only way to sublimate her regret. In this fantasized life, Rita is alive and all the characters play different roles… A film in Lynch’s good sense, where the search for meaning is useless and the surreal is sufficient in itself.
8. Everyone Almost Dead (2004)
Edgar Wright, the producer of “Attack on the Building” at the time was just an illustrious stranger when he delivered what is considered one of the best films of the past decade. Extremely creative, Wright subverts the subgenre of zombie films with this acidic, quintessentially English comedy. Shaun (also unknown at the time Simon Pegg) is a loser, always takes his girlfriend to the same pub, and prefers to have fun with his worthless friend (role of Nick Frost, initiating one of the funniest pairs in the world. cinema) to truly enter adult life. However, when a zombie apocalypse takes over the world, without the two knowing it for a long time, Shaun becomes a hero, and has the chance to prove himself to everyone.
It goes without saying that “Everybody Almost Dead” is one of the most revered recent films, and it kind of gave birth to the reinvigorated sub-genre, which includes films like “Zumbilândia”. Edgar Wright has become one of the most creative filmmakers of recent years, delivering works such as “Scott Pilgrim Against the World” and “Lead Lead”.
7. The Babadook (2014)
The Australian horror film garnered critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and grossed $ 5 million worldwide.
Named as one of the most impressive of its kind in recent years, the story revolves around Amelia (Essie Davis) and her son (Noah Wiseman), who lost his father in a violent manner. Oterror begins when the boy encounters a mysterious children’s book called “Mister Babadook” and ends up freeing a terrible creature.
Jennifer Kent (from the short film “Monster”) made her directorial debut with “The Babadook”, which was shot independently, via crowdfunding.
The feature is available on Netflix.
6. Current of Evil (2015)
The praised terror ‘Corrente do Mal’ (It Follows), starring Maika Monroe (‘Bling Ring – The Hollywood Gang’), premiered in Brazil during the Rio Film Festival and became a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival 2014.
Young Jay (Monroe), 19, leads a peaceful life, devoting herself to studies, flirting and weekends by the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and a constant feeling that someone or something is following her.
Faced with this burden, Jay calls on his friends to find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be just steps away.
The script and direction are by newcomer David Robert Mitchell.
5. Let her in (2008)
Oskar, an anxious and fragile 12-year-old boy, is often teased by his best classmates, but he never defends himself. The lonely boy’s desire for a friend is fulfilled when he meets Eli, a girl of the same age, who moves into the neighborhood with her father. Serious and pale, she only leaves the house at night and does not seem affected by the low temperatures. Coincidentally, the city begins to be haunted by a series of murders and unexplained disappearances. Blood seems to be the common denominator of these crimes, and for an introverted boy like Oskar, who is fascinated by horrific stories, it doesn’t take long before he realizes that Eli is a vampire. But an undeclared romance is born between them, and it gives him the courage to fight his attackers. Forever frozen in a twelve year old body, with all the confused feelings and emotions of a teenage girl, Eli knows she can only go on living if she moves on. But when Oskar finally makes it to the showdown, she returns to defend him using the only weapon she knows.
“Let Her In” won an American remake from director Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”).
4. Abyss of Fear (2005)
In “Abismo do Medo”, a horror film that was one of the biggest surprises of 2005, six girls are trapped in a cave after a rock breaks and blocks the exit. While looking for a way to escape, they find themselves pursued by strange presences that inhabit the darkness; the tension caused by the situation they are facing brings back old differences between women, leaving them against each other.
3. Extermination (2002)
One of the most acclaimed horror franchises, ‘Extermination’ raised nearly $ 150 million with its first two films, released in 2003 and 2007.
“Extermination” shows the consequences of an experience with a powerful and deadly virus. Transmitted in a drop of blood and devastating the planet in seconds, the virus leaves all infected in a permanent state of murderous fury, feeding on human flesh, like Zombies. In 28 days the country is completely dominated and a few survivors begin their attempts to secure a future, even though they know the deadly virus is not the only thing that puts them at risk, but also those infected with it, who have an anger-like illness.
From the moment we are introduced to the main character (Jim), who after waking up from a coma begins to walk around the city of London, totally devastated, not knowing what had happened to the world, a cold rises in his spine and we were only afraid to think about the idea. Imagine walking alone in your city, totally devastated, wouldn’t that be weird?
2. The labyrinth of the fauna (2006)
Mexican Guillermo del Toro (“Hellboy”) drew inspiration from himself to produce this creative and fascinating production. According to the director, when he was little, he was “visited” by a faun in his cradle and since then he has not forgotten this mythological being, half-human / half-goat.
But the Labyrinth of the Faun is not for children, although it does touch on themes such as legends and fairies. Do not take your little child, you will regret it, there are scenes of a lot of violence and earthiness, in addition to the deaths which will surely terrify the little ones.
This production is able to combine two themes which, in theory, have nothing in common, fantastic realism and politics. Ofélia is a girl of around 12 who will live with her mother and her stepfather in a remote forest in Spain in 1944. Ofélia’s mother is pregnant and the young girl has to face the cruelty of her beau -father who hates her almost in a hideous and veiled way. While walking around the house, he discovers the labyrinth of stones and there the Faun tells him that he is Princess Maona and to return to his kingdom he must do 3 tasks before the arrival of the full moon.
1. The Secret of the Cabin (2011)
Five friends, young university students, travel for a weekend in the cabin of one of their cousins. The inhospitable place is the typical setting for several horror films, from “Friday the 13th” to “Evil Dead”. Among the youngsters, mostly faces unknown to the general public, is the athlete, character of Chris Hemsworth, the Thor himself. As this basic plot of any horror movie unfolds (where we see young people savoring, drinking, and drugging themselves), we get glimpses of frames (scene that opens the movie), led by the Oscar nominee. Richard Jenkins, and by Bradley Whitford, company employees busy with an immediate situation. Throughout the screening, we wonder what the hell the two plots have in common, and when they’ll connect, or if they’ll actually meet. That’s all the fun of “The Cabin’s Secret”, the way these two stories come together is the most delicious pinch that Whedon formulates especially for fans of the genre. The film subverts, at the same time as it becomes the maximum satire of any horror film ever produced. Several references are thrown here, and range from the aforementioned “Evil Dead” to “Hellraiser – Reborn from Hell” (1987); it’s hard to explain why without spoiling yourself too much. But it’s safe to say that the production runs as much (or even more) of a parody as it does a horror movie on its own.
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