Friday, September 7, 2018

Amanda's Horror Years- 2008

So, 2008 was a pretty good year for horror movies. There were a few highlights and some films that I would rather forget! I will begin with the best ones. I realise that I will have missed some, but these are films that I have seen so if there are any that have been omitted, let me know!

The Strangers is the first film that I think was very good. I liked the premise and it was creepy in parts.There was a feeling of dread and isolation throughout and it works well, I think. I liked the cast and the ending was pretty decent. Another movie that I enjoyed was Cloverfield. I am not sure if this would be classed as horror or sci-fi, but I am including it here. I liked it a lot. It was fun. Next up is Splinter. I really liked that film. Midnight Meat Train stars Vinnie Jones and Bradley Cooper and it is based on a story by Clive Barker and I thought that it was interesting. I liked parts of the film and it was a highlight from this year. Martyrs was released in 2008 and this film can be difficult to watch in parts, but overall, I enjoyed it. It is not a feel good film though and be warned the ending is quite bleak! If you enjoyed the Spanish horror movie, REC, then the American remake, Quarantine, might interest you. This was another good movie from this year. I liked the original REC and I found the remake very entertaining. Pontypool was a very enjoyable film and there is not much to it at all but it really works. I liked it a lot and I highly recommend this one.

Now, onto the rest. I enjoyed some of these and some of them were just brutal and not in a good way!
Some middle of the road horrors are Swamp Devil, Backwoods, Eden Lake( I hated the ending), Let the Right One In, Long Weekend(remake), Midnight Movie and Train. Some of the worse ones are Mirrors(boring), Stag Night(average), Shutter, Seventh Moon(awful movie), Red Canyon, Prom Night remake(horrible), Pig Hunt, One Missed Call, Amusement, Babysitter Wanted, Dark Reel, The Happening(no explanation needed!), Lake Mungo. Now, I know some people might enjoy them, but I found a few of them boring and not good.

There were a few sequels in this year. The best of those was Saw 5. The worst was Return to Sleepaway Camp.That film was awful. Really awful. No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker was okay.
The rest are Anaconda 3, Boogeyman 3, Feast 2, Lost Boys: The Tribe and Rest Stop:Don't Look Back. Nothing amazing there. So, that is my round up of the best and worst of 2008. All in all, this was a decent year for horror. There are some good titles there and lots to choose from if you need something to watch! As always, let me know your thoughts on this year!!!


Tony Briley said...

Great list Amanda! I'd forgotten a lot of those and this was a nice reminder. Except you also reminded us of The Happening, which was torturous. Please don't let that "happen" again. Haha!

Unknown said...

😀😀Thanks Tony!I think The Happening was dreadful indeed. I sat through it somehow. I don't know how I did it!!!

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