In an attempt to avoid too-long-blog-post fatigue here is part two of my top horror films of 2013, again in no particular order.
A Field in England
I was so excited for this. Excited to the point that I nearly chased the postman down on the morning of its release. Luckily for me and the postman, it was not a disappointment and is a great example of a film where everyone involved is working towards one particular vision. Everyone knows I’m a big Ben Wheatley fan and it is exactly because of films like this – daring, dynamic and not easily forgotten. It also contains the tent scene….oh the tent scene. My review is on the blog and also at AllHorror.net
Some may argue that Stoker is more of a dark drama than a horror but there are some tension-filled sequences within it that for me, more than qualify it for inclusion in a horror list. The piano scene in this, although one more fitting with drama than horror, is one of the most well-crafted scenes I’ve ever witnessed
One of the films on this list I could totally write a very long (and spoilery) essay on, having seen it twice so far and am pretty much sure I’d get even more from it on future viewings. The romance at the heart of the film feels like a genuine romance and the character development and actor chemistry adds an extra punch to an action-packed, tragic story. Some wonderful, yet fairly subtle vampiric make up grounds the tale in a gritty reality.
Big Bad Wolves
A morality gut-punch with a side of dark comedy that deserves all the praise it has received and more. Really one of those films that hits you so hard that you can’t adequately discuss it until much later on…and then you can’t really stop talking about it. Fantastic comic and emotive performances combine to create a film about torture that takes the consequences of vigilante justice very seriously
Speaking of gut-punches, Jug Face delivers a frank discussion about acceptance of consequences and the restrictions that secluded cultures and rituals place on those within them and at no point backs out. Everyone knows that I love a film that sets something up and no matter how unpleasant it is, follows through rather than backing out for a more favourable outcome and this does exactly that. Worth watching for fans of The Woman to see Sean Bridgers and Lauren Ashley Carter reunited.
The scariest film I’ve seen all year. Genuinely unnerving and a fine departure from the glut of found footage films out there. By using a Peep Show POV shooting style you are thrown right into the thick of the action, yet are still allowed to see things that the characters themselves don’t. At times, this is wonderfully subtle, but maintains enough tension that the big scares truly scare. For further evidence, check out the Abertoir video where I look most like I need a pint.
All Cheerleaders Die
Out of all the films on this list this one is probably the one I’ve recommended most to people, simply because it is so different. A little bit late 90’s witchcraft movie wrapped up in an innovative, exciting, yet ultimately cynical Lucky McKee coating. Bookended by one of the best opening and best closing moments All Cheerleaders Die is one I can’t wait to see again.
First, a confession: I was not sold on this film upon starting to read the synopsis before Celluloid Screams. Second, another confession: by the end of that synopsis I was in love with the idea and wanted a theme song. Another one on this list that I’ve seen twice, Discopathe is a grubby, occasionally very darkly funny film that will get its infectious soundtrack and gory imagery stuck in your head. My full review is just a few entries ago so feel free to check it out for more details.
So that concludes my favourites of this year. What are yours? Anything else I should be checking out? As always, my twitter is @caitlynmdowns, or you can just comment here. Thanks for reading!