10 Good Recent Horror Movies

Monday, March 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm

These 10 good recent horror movies have been released in the last year, and they’re sure to deliver a necessary dose of thrills and chills. From devil-worshipping cults to post-apocalyptic settings, there’s a horror scenario to meet the needs of even the most finicky fan.

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Zombieland – The top-grossing zombie film of all time (at least as of this writing), Zombieland stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin in a horror/comedy about the aftermath of an undead rampage. Wichita and Little Rock (Stone and Breslin) are a pair of sibling con-artists, Columbus (Eisenberg) follows a complex series of rules to survive, and Tallahassee (Harrelson) is just a good-ol-boy in search of a Twinkie. Bill Murray also shows up in a surprising cameo.

Dead Snow – This Norwegian horror/comedy features a group of medical students who’ve decided to spend Easter vacation at a remote cabin. Unfortunately, a group of gold-obsessed Nazi zombies have recently awakened in the area. I think you can guess where this is all headed. If you enjoy dark humor and plenty of gore, then Dead Snow is for you.

The Road – While it’s not technically a horror movie, this tale of a man and his son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world is all kinds of terrifying. With the sun blotted out and cannibals and killers around every corner, the Man (Viggo Mortensen) and the Boy travel south on foot in the hopes of finding a better life. In flashbacks, we get to know the Wife (Charlize Theron) and learn of her fate. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from Cormac McCarthy.

The Wolfman – In this remake of the 1941 classic, Benicio del Toro stars as Larry Talbot, a man who returns to his ancestral home following the grisly death of his brother. Once there, he joins with his widowed sister-in-law (Emily Blunt) to learn what really happened, but the answers will put him on a collision course with an agent from Scotland Yard (Hugo Weaving) and his own father (Anthony Hopkins). Oscar-winning effects guru Rick Baker handles the make-up chores.

Frozen – Three friends (Kevin Zegers, Emma Bell and Shawn Ashmore) are enjoying a ski trip when the unthinkable happens. Trapped on a lift without food or water, the trio endures freezing temperatures and the sinking feeling that nobody is coming to their rescue. Far more uncomfortable than the average slasher flick.

Walled In – Mischa Barton stars as the representative for a demolition company in this atmospheric thriller. Hired to destroy an old building, she’s horrified to learn that a crazed killer once entombed people within the walls of the structure. But whatever happened to the killer? Based on the bestselling French novel, Les Emmures, by Serge Brussolo.

Triangle – This British horror flick stars Melissa George (30 Days of Night) as a single mom who joins her friends for a day of sailing. But when they find an abandoned ocean liner and a freak electrical storm hits, that’s when the blood begins to fly (courtesy of a creepy guy with a sack over his head). Written and directed by the same guy behind Creep and Severance.

House of the Devil – Intended to look like a throwback to the scary flicks from the early ‘80s, House of the Devil features period music, Sony Walkmans, and lots of feathered hair. It also includes a creeping sense of doom, Tom Noonan looking like a madman, and a babysitter who should’ve passed on the extra money. The deliberate pace builds to a nightmarish crescendo, and the film includes welcome cameos from Mary Woronov and Dee Wallace. Jocelin Donahue, the lead actress, can also be enjoyed in the horror/western The Burrowers.

The Crazies – When a toxic chemical gets into the water supply, the peace-loving citizens of Ogden Marsh, Iowa turn into frenzied psychopaths. Can the small group of uninfected survivors weather the storm, or will they be caught between their crazed neighbors and the trigger-happy military? Starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell, The Crazies received surprisingly high marks from critics.

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl – Based on a manga, this Japanese gorefest revolves around two girls competing for the affections of a boy. Of course, in typical crazy Japanese fashion, one girl is a vampire and the other is a composite of several deceased females. There’s also a mad scientist dressed in Kubuki attire and his sexy nurse assistant. Let the battle begin!

Here’s hoping you enjoyed this list of 10 good recent horror movies. If you’re interested in renting any of the films described above, check out the free membership from Netflix. They have a frightening selection, and we’ll even get a tiny (about the same size as Chucky or The Leprechaun) commission for sending you there.

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March 1, 2010

David W Allen

Loved Zombieland. Of the 47 rules I think rulke No#1 rocks. Go Woody.

March 2, 2010


Yeah, Rule #1 would be of major importance when zombies walk the Earth. As a smoker, I’m afraid I’d be completely screwed.

May 23, 2011


zombieland is the best of that list

August 8, 2013


Stopped reading at The Wolfman.

April 7, 2014


That’s a shame, as I revealed the cure for cancer a few paragraphs later.

May 23, 2015


You made Anthony Hopkins sad.


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