Monday, March 28, 2011

Amanda's Horror Years- 2005

I am back with another horror year. This time I am delving into 2005. Not a great year for horror, but there were a couple of good movies released this year.

Let me begin with my favourites. There was one movie which I loved from this year and that was the Australian horror/thriller Wolf Creek which I reviewed here.I think that this was a great movie and I have watched it many times. It seems to get better each time I watch it. I like that it is Australian too. Another movie I liked was White Noise starring Michael Keaton. This was a good, interesting take on EVP(Electronic Voice Phenomena). The Exorcism of Emily Rose was a decent horror movie and I liked it a lot. A lesser known movie called Hide and Seek was released in 2005 and this starred Robert De Niro and  Dakota Fanning. I hadn't heard anything about that movie but when I watched it, I liked it. Dark Water starred Jennifer Connelly and it was about a woman who moves into an apartment with her daughter. They hear ghostly sounds and something is oozing from the ceiling. It wasn't a bad movie. The Skeleton Key was a thriller/horror starring Kate Hudson and was about voodoo. It was entertaining enough. The Descent was a surprise hit in this year and it is about a group of women who get trapped in a cave. They are not alone, though.....One of my favourite movies from this year was Hostel. This movie was the inspiration for loads of torture-porn movies but I liked the original best. I thought that some of the Hostel -type movies that followed were not as good as this one.

Now, onto the not so good movies from 2005. Let me start with the shockingly bad remake of John Carpenter's The Fog. The Fog(2005) was so bad that I laughed out loud. There was no comparison between the original and that piece of rubbish, in my opinion. Next, the awful remake of The Amityville Horror. Ryan Reynolds as the lead???? That didn't sit right with me. I just didn't like it at all.Another crappy remake was House of Wax. If it was supposed to be a remake of the Vincent Price movie, then it was totally wrong. There was nothing about this film that I liked. Paris Hilton in a horror movie? Give me a break. The only thing that people talked about was her getting killed in it....Dominion was a prequel to the classic The Exorcist and it wasn't really that good. Boogeyman starred Barry Watson and is about a young man who is haunted by something not from this world. It wasn't much good. Wes Craven brought us Cursed starring Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson. I hate to say it, but it wasn't great. Cry Wolf was another horror/thriller and it wasn't good either.....

There were some decent sequels this year such as Saw 2 which was a great movie!!!!The Ring 2 was not bad also. The Devil's Rejects was a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses directed by Rob Zombie. It was entertaining. I am not a huge fan of Rob Zombie and I was not crazy about his remake of Halloween. The Devil's Rejects is worth a watch though. George A Romero gave us another zombie movie, Land of the Dead. This was a decent movie and it starred Simon Baker and Asia Argento.

That is my 2005 round up. I could have omitted some movies, so if you don't see your favourite here, let me know.....


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