The Best Horror Movies of 2010 [The Top 10 Released and Top 10 Unreleased]


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The hardest part of making a Best-of-the-Year list is establishing the parameter of the year, so I’m just going to make this simple and do two horror lists.  The first is exclusively films that had either a theatrical, DVD or VOD release  in the US of A.  The second will simply be the unreleased films I saw in 2010, be they via film festival, import disc or screener, that did not receive Stateside distribution.

Breck Eisner Interview. [THE CRAZIES director chats with HND about remakes, the government, self-censorship and more.]


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Regular readers should know I don’t do interviews all that often.  But when an opportunity to interview Breck Eisner came up, I knew it was something I should jump on.  I’ll admit, though, I was a little nervous about it at first.  I was afraid I’d end up hating THE CRAZIES; that it would wind up being another dismissible, un-endearing remake out of Hollywood and that meeting Eisner the morning after might be rather awkward.

Well, if you read my review of it you should know by now that was not the case.  I loved it quite a bit, which certainly talking to the man behind it hell of a lot easier to do.  Enjoy.  (And if you haven’t seen THE CRAZIES yet, there’s no real spoilers here, but you might as well go see it first before reading because, well, just go see the movie; it deserves it.)

Nice to meet you.

You too, Peter.  Thanks for the time.

No problem.  I’m actually doing this interview for a site called HorrorsNotDead.com

[Laughs] Spread the word, man. Spread the word.

That was actually sort of the crux of my review, that if horror fans don’t turn out opening weekend for something this good, they’re part of the problem.

I know, I know, let’s get them there. Horror is just inherently smaller movies. You get a Shutter Island every once and a while – whether that’s really horror or not is debatable – but we don’t get the high profile movies so much, and so when they’re not high profile you don’t get the spending budgets in advertising. We’re out spent in all the other movies a hundred times, and so we’re trying to create this grassroots, online way and hopefully people come to support it.

THE CRAZIES Review. [2010's First Must See Horror Movie.]


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Directed by Breck Eisner, 2010
Written by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright


You’re forgiven for being apprehensive about a remake of THE CRAZIES, George Romero’s classic (as in age, not quality) bit of ’70s violence and paranoia.  I know I was.  After all, we live in a climate where studio (not talent) driven remakes arrive at regular intervals calculated by accounting departments, where insulting remakes are a dozen a dime and where exceptional remakes are a dime a decade.  You’ll not be forgiven, however, if you call yourself a horror fan and still turn your back on Breck Eisner’s exceptional remake of THE CRAZIES this weekend.  I don’t care what your excuse is, either; if you have more than 2 hours time to spare in the next 72 hours and you opt not to pay deserving coin to see THE CRAZIES at your local picture house, you’re officially part of the problem.

For those who haven’t seen the original 1973 film, THE CRAZIES is about a small town held under brutal government quarantine after a plane carrying an insanity-inducing, water-born virus crashes into the county water supply.  That’s it, really.  Whereas the original film was a jumbled-up mishmash of an outbreak film that was as much about a few town folk as it was the govies’ inept handling of the situation, this new evolution of THE CRAZIES has abandoned the latter part wholesale.  Instead, it focuses entirely on the town Sheriff (Timothy Olyphant), his wife (Radha Mitchell), his deputy (Joe Anderson) and his wife’s co-worker (Danielle Panabaker) as they try to survive the arrival of this colossal government fluster cluck.

Not only do they have to contend with a ‘contain at all costs’ military presence, but the rest of the townies pose an even more lethal threat.  The virus, which carries over the original film’s codename of Trixie, has the effect of transforming the infected into hideous killers swarming with varicose veins.  They’re not mindless, though.  Depending on the stage and severity of incubation, the Crazies can still talk and plot, they’re just crippled by poor impulse control.  That last bit makes for an exciting and fresh variant of dread we don’t see often in Hollywood horror: human in thought, zombie in action.

Last Week in Horror News: December 6th to the 13th


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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • THE CRAZIES – Second trailer.
  • SOLOMON KANE – A cool clip from the movie, which still lacks distribution in the States but since it is a sold, dark fantasy flick, I’m putting it here out of hope.

Studio News and Attachments

  • MIRRORS 2 – The Nick Stahl starring sequel to Alexandre Aja’s dull remake of a dull movie gets a longer plot description and a full cast.
  • SEASON OF THE WITCH – If you like fire and Nicholas Cage’s forehead, then have I got a poster for you!
  • GHOSTBUSTERS 3 – Sigourney Weaver hints that Bill Murray might be playing a ghost this time around…
  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES – Natalie Portman will produce and star in a big screen adaptation of no one’s favorite alternate universe literary classic.
  • VLAD – Summit’s Vlad the Impaler film, written by “SONS OF ANARCHY” and GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS star Charlie Hunnam, will have no hits of vampires in it.
  • HALLOWEEN 3D – The Weinstein Company is scrambling for new ideas to make a movie no one wants into a movie at least one person wants.
  • RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE – Slides from fall 2010 to the second week of 2011.

Remakes

  • THE WOLFMAN – Emily Blunt says the reason for the shifting WOLFMAN release date has always been driven by special effects deadlines; not because Joe Johnston made a crappy movie.  Speaking of, the flick got an R rating this week.
  • FANTASTIC VOYAGE – The ’60s classic sci-fi flick about shrinking down and going inside the human body joins the growing list of movies James Cameron might tackle next.
  • THE GATE – H.R. Giger will be designing some of the creatures for Alex Winter’s THE GATE 3D.
  • FRIDAY THE 13TH 2 – Unsurprisingly, Platinum Dunes’ proposed sequel to Marcus Nispel’s reboot of F13 has slid from its extremely tentative August 13th, 2010 date to the ambiguous To Be Determined.
  • DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT – Josh Vargas wants to remake S.F. Brownrigg’s film, but with some violent updates.
  • NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Samuel Bayer’s remake of NOES is currently undergoing some reshoots, presumably after first test screenings weren’t so hot.

Indie, Foreign, and Random News

  • Zombie STAR WARS – Some guy zombiefied Drew Struzan’s original STAR WARS posters.
  • 2010 Slamdance Lineup – The Sundance offshoot that essentially discovered PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has announced its competition slate for next year.
  • Paramount Goes Low-Budget – The massive studio has set up a fund to produce micro-budget films in at attempt to recapture the profit margins of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, which they released earlier this year.
  • PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE SEARCH FOR KATE – Speaking of, PA now has a follow-up comic series.

Non-theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • [REC] 2 – The first 5 minutes of the film are online, and though they are badass, they’re not nearly as awesome as what happens later on in the movie.
  • HALLOWEEN 2 – The alternate ending.
  • RARE EXPORTS – This is what happens when you dig up Santa Claus.
  • CABIN FEVER 2 – There is no reason you should be looking forward to this movie.
  • 13 HRS. – The producers of DOG SOLDIERS would like to show you their new werewolf movie.

Last Week in Horror News: February 15th to the 22nd.


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Dreadful week for news.

Theatrical Trailers and Clips

None.

Studio News and Attachments

  • FROZEN – Helmed by Adam Green, A Bigger Boat’s first production gets its central triumvirate cast: Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore and Emma Bell.
  • DEAD AT 17 – Vanessa Hudgens wants the lead role in the adaptation of the comic series about a dead girl tasked with saving mankind, which sounds exactly like the plot of the great game PAINKILLER except with a teen.
  • PRIDE AND PREDATOR – Elton John is producing a movie that finds an alien crash landing and slaughtering the protagonists of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.  My god.

Remakes

  • STEP FATHER – The same shameless group who did PROM NIGHT garner nothing harder than a PG-13 once again.
  • THE CRAZIES – Photoshop promo poster out for the Olyphant starring remake.

Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER 2 – The official MySpace page confirms that production is a foot on the indie sequel.
  • ALIEN RAIDERS – Ben Rock and his cast and crew have published a commentary for the well talked ALIEN RAIDERS online as it was curiously absent from the DVD.

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • HUMAINS – New trailer.
  • RED SANDS – Nine minute long clip.
  • CALLER ID – Trailer that delivers exactly what that title implies.
  • BLOOD RIVER – Full trailer for Adam Mason’s latest.

Last Week in Horror News: January 11th to the 18th


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Note: was anyone else aware that South Korea has a reality show about exorcisms?  And that its music is the SAW theme?

Also, what billiards game involves a blue pool table with no pockets and only three balls, the goal of which, as far as I can surmise, is to hit both balls after bouncing off at least two of the rails?  I really want to know what this is called as it is on TV All. The. Time.

Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Sorry, bone dry.

Studio News and Attachments

Remakes

Indie, Foreign and Random News

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Horror News Catch Up: November 5th to the 23rd


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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Really?  I was gone for two weeks and not a single new theatrical trailer came out?  I must have missed something…

Studio News and Attachments

Remakes

Indie, Foreign and Random News

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips




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