Horror Movies 2009

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm

No matter what time of year you read this, Halloween will always be just around the corner. In celebration of the day devoted to witches, goblins, and things that go bump in the night, I’ve put together a list of horror movies 2009. Why 2009? Well, that year saw the release of a number of high-quality tales of terror, from vampire movies to slasher movies.

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Lesbian Vampire Killers – Two pals, one who was recently dumped by his girlfriend and the other a former clown, hike to a remote village and wind up involved in an ancient curse that causes every village girl to become a lesbian vampire on her 18th birthday. Luckily, one of the friends may very well be the descendant of a famous vampire hunter. Critics took the film to task, but it delivers exactly what would be expected from a movie titled Lesbian Vampire Killers (including a gay werewolf thrown in for good measure). If you’ve ever read Maxim or watched Shaun of the Dead, go ahead and give it a try.

The Unborn – David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity) helms this tale of a young woman (Odette Yustman) who becomes tormented by an evil-looking child calling himself “Jumby.” Finally realizing that it’s actually an evil spirit looking to use her death to cross over into the material word, she recruits Rabbi Joseph Sendak (Gary Oldman) to help here. But the malevolent spirit has no intentions of going quietly, and soon the bodies begin to pile up. Co-starring Cam Gigandet, Meagan Good, Idris Elba, and Carla Gugino.

Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead – A college student (Janet Montgomery) and a busload of escaped convicts wind up in the woods being stalked by murderous mutant hillbillies. “Three Fingers,” the most notable of the hillbillies from the first two films, makes his triumphant return. While it’s not as good as the second of the series, it still resolves the age-old question of who would win in a showdown between cons and inbred mountain folk.

Trick ‘r Treat – Mixing horror and dark comedy, this film features a much better cast than what you would expect to see in the average straight-to-DVD release. In the tradition of Creepshow or Tales from the Darkside, the film is an anthology of four stories, each taking place on Halloween. A demented school principal devises a very special punishment for a boy caught stealing candy, a group of kids visit the site of the legendary “Halloween School Bus Massacre,” a 22-year-old virgin wanders into the woods and encounters a vampire, and a mean-spirited old man learns the true meaning of Halloween the hard way. Starring Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb, and Dylan Baker.

Grace – Filled with scenes of cannibalism and lactation, Grace takes a disturbing look at motherhood. Jordan Ladd is Madeline, a young woman who loses her husband and unborn child in a car wreck. Even though she’s been told her baby is dead, she decides to carry it to term. Imagine everyone’s surprise when the seemingly stillborn infant suddenly begins to cry. But it also smells, attracts flies, and develops a strange craving for blood, leading the desperate Madeline to do anything needed to satisfy her miracle child. Two people fainted during the screening at Sundance, so get ready to be put through the wringer.

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Jennifer’s Body – Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) penned this tale of two besties, the popular Jennifer (Megan Fox) and the nerdy “Needy” (Amanda Seyfried), who go to see an indie rock band and wind up involved in a Satanic ritual and its aftermath. When Jennifer becomes possessed by a demonic force and begins butchering local boys, “Needy” resolves to stop her former friend at any cost…and make those responsible pay. Combining horror with the sensibilities of a teen movie, Jennifer’s Body should appeal to viewers of both genders.

Saw VI – In this installment of the never-ending Saw franchise, Lt. Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and Jill Tuck (Betsy Russell), the ex-wife of Jigsaw, battle to see who will continue his legacy of suffering. Meanwhile, a number of people meet brutal ends via ingenious traps, including torso vices, hanging by barbed wire, and a spinning carousel with loaded shotguns positioned all around.

Lo – When a demon shows up and abducts his girlfriend, an average guy is forced to use an ancient book to summon help. He brings forth the demon named Lo, and the two begin a test of wills. Along the way, the young man begins to realize that there was more to his true love than he ever imagined. An inventive little horror/comedy/romance that comes off like a stage play.

The House of the Devil – Trying to afford the move into a new apartment, a college student (Jocelin Donahue) accepts a babysitting job at a creepy mansion in the middle of nowhere. It turns out that there’s no baby to be watched, only the elderly mother of a creepy fellow (Tom Noonan) who seems obsessed with the lunar eclipse happening that night. A true throwback to the films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, House of the Devil even features cars from the period and feathered hair. The tension builds slowly, leading to a climax filled with blood, dead bodies, and frightening rituals. Also starring Mary Woronov.

Drag Me to Hell – After she unintentionally humiliates an old gypsy woman, a young bank employee (Alison Lohman) finds herself under a curse designed to cast her into Hell. With three days of torment to look forward to, she must race against the clock to ward off the effects of the magic. Justin Long is the supportive boyfriend, and Lorna Raver steals the show as the crazed gypsy lady with nasty dentures and a funky eye. Sam Raimi directs his first horror movie in many years, but his talent for bizarre camera angles and darkly comic touches are still present.

These are my favorite horror movies 2009, but this by no means an exhaustive list. For more idea, be sure to sign up for an online rental service like Netflix. We do get a commission when you become a member, but it all goes right back into the site. Besides, I’m a believer in their product, having been a subscriber since 2009.

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