Why I Liked It: Instead of watching ditzy teenage girls give themselves up to whatever horrible thing is out there, The Descent stars an all-female cast consisting of tough and sensible women. This unique perspective on dealing with a terrifying experience is done differently than any other horror movie I’ve ever seen, but more importantly it is done well. Camera angles from inside the cave made me feel claustrophobic which helped build tension and left me gasping for air as I grew emotionally invested in the fate of each character.
Why I Liked It: This flick combines the zombie and possession subgenres in an unprecedented way. Although most of the scares are the cheap “jump” scares, following the cast from room to room builds an atmosphere that will leave you on edge throughout the whole movie. The film was remade for an American release titled “Quarantine” but do yourself a favor and watch the original and its sequel, [REC]2, if you want to see how the story was meant to be told.
Why I Liked It: Forget everything you know about the torture-porn films you’ve seen before (Saw, Hostel, Human Centipede etc.). Instead of ridiculous, nearly impossible visuals that are meant to make you squeem, Martyrs will disgust you in a different way. Sure, Martyrs is gruesome, but not because of shock scenes like self-amputation or cannibalism. It’ll feel like a chore after a while, but watching the same woman get beaten dozens of times will leave you feeling just as helpless her, which I’d call real horror.
Why I Liked It: It takes guts to make an anthology film, but it takes skill to make one with stories that tie into the others as well as the ones in Trick ‘r Treat do. It is not nearly as scary as the other films I named in the article, but with an awesome twist at the end, blood and guts that celebrate the Halloween spirit, and general support for the bad guy, it will be hard to watch this film just once.
Why I Liked It: Although the movie is probably more of a “thriller” than “horror”, the surprising and unorthodox murders earned this movie a spot on my list. Stoker will keep you engaged and guessing until the very end with plenty of surprises and scares along the way. This movie has elements everyone will like, even people who hate traditional horror films.