08 January 2015

Best Horror Films 2014, Part 2: 1-15

...aaaaand here's Part 2!

[Click the links to get to the reviews].



Maynard's Top 30
Best Horror / Horror-Related Movies 2014
Part 2: #15 - #1

15.
Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi's
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
New Zealand, 2014

A very welcome breath of fresh air to both, the vampire genre AND the mockumentary genre. A hilarious and immensley diverting funfest, so full of innovation, unique ideas and bloody outstanding humor, it's insane. Hands down, the best vampire-themed movie of 2014!



14.
Till Kleinert's
THE SAMURAI
Original Title: Der Samurai
Germany, 2014

Seeing this movie for the first time felt like a Samurai creeping up to me in the middle of the night, swinging his Katana and cutting off my head. THE surprise of 2014. Blood, violence and insanity vs. coming-of-age, coming-out and self-discovery. A cinematic indie miracle, best German horror film in like forever. Chapeau!

13.
Tommy Wirkola's
DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD
International Title: Død Snø 2
Norway / Iceland, 2014

What could have been a massive disaster, ended up being the absolute best and most impressive horror sequel of 2014. Bigger, better, funnier and way, way more bonkers than the first part. A hilarious nazi-commie-gorefest somewhere between the early works of Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. Scandinavian Nazisploitation rocks!

12.
Óscar Rojo's
OMNÍVOROS
International Title: Omnivores
Spain, 2013


Best Spanish horror film in quite some time, as well as the best cannibal-themed horror film since "Ravenous". A dark and unsettling little indie chiller that feels as if Agustí Villaronga made an anthropophagus-themed remake of Brian Yuzna's "Society". Warning: this movie can spoil your appetite and/or turn you into a vegetarian!

11.
Richard Gray's
MINE GAMES
USA, 2013

Ridiculously mindblogging and surprisingly sophisticated mindfuck, somewhere in the vein of "Triangle" and "YellowBrickRoad". Probably the most shrewd, most imaginative horror-themed film of the year, at times so tense and suspenseful, I simply couldn't believe it. "Mine Games" deserves so, so, so much more love and attention!


10.
Ti West's
THE SACRAMENT
USA, 2013

The most overrated horror director of the last 10 years finally lives up to its reputation by delivering not just the best found footage film of 2014, but also the absolute best adaptation of the Jonestown mass-suicide ever. So gripping, so chilling, so fucking powerful, I'm still amazed. Awesome acting, breathtaking finale - wow!


9.
Paul Hyett's
THE SEASONING HOUSE
UK, 2012

A movie like a hammer to my head. "The Seasoning House" was defintely the most disturbing thing I've seen in 2014. The rape'n'revenge genre taken to a new level by creating scenes and images that are so frighteningly violent, I was close to turn it off because I thought I'm watching something forbidden. Gives the term "brutal as fuck" a complete new meaning.

8.
Gerard Johnstone's
HOUSEBOUND
New Zealand, 2014

One of only few movies I've seen in my life that manage to make you laugh your ass off AND scare you shitless at the very same time. Non-Peter-Jackson New Zealandian cinema has never been better than this epic, unbelievably unpredictable and nerve-wrackingly suspenseful horror-comedy-thriller. Top-notch acting, especially Morgana O'Reilly which I'd call "Hottie of the Year".

7.
David Robert Mitchell's
IT FOLLOWS
USA, 2014

The eeriest, creepiest and scariest movie of 2014. I'm really afraid to watch this movie a second time. Images of unknown persons slowly walking towards you have never been so unbe-fucking-lievably scary. This movie could be easily described as "the future of horror", especially because of its outstanding creepiness, its super-original storyline and its eargasmic electro soundtrack.

6.
Luciano Onetti's
SONNO PROFONDO
International Title: Deep Sleep
Argentina, 2013

A movie that looks and feels as if the 1970s have never ended. "Sonno Profondo" is not just the best Giallo-themed movie of 2014 - it actually IS a Giallo film. As Giallo as Bava, Argento, Avati or early Fulci, and more experimental as every single contemporary Gialli film. Incredibly suspenseful, fabulously photographed and accompanied with a totally insane prog-rock score.

5.
Dan M. Kinem & Levi Peretic'
ADJUST YOUR TRACKING:
THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE VHS COLLECTOR
USA, 2013

Probably the most amazing horror-themed documentary I've ever seen, exploring the wacky, weird and plain fascinating world of VHS collectors who would do everything to satisfy their craving for more and more and more VHS tapes. Entertaining, informative and barnstorming from the very first to the last minute. Academy award nomination puh-lease!

4.
Juno Mak's
RIGOR MORTIS
Original Title: Geung si
Hong Kong, 2013

Not just one of the greatest Asian horror films in a very long time, but also one of the most eclectic, most complex horror-themed films in a long, long time, combining a wide array of genres such as horror, fantasy, comedy, action and drama into one helluva excellent motherfucker, packed with so many powerful images, scenes and performances, it's gobsmacking!

3.
Alex van Warmerdam's
BORGMAN
Netherlands / Belgium / Denmark, 2013

Next to "The Broken Circle Breakdown" and "Spoorloos", the absolute best Benelux-based film I have ever seen. A baffling and inscrutable cinematic puzzle consisting of European folkore and biblical elements, grotesque humor, over-the-top and weirdness and slightly disturbing bizzarrerie. Unbelievably written and directed, full of stunningly superb acting. Fucking insane!


2.
Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz'
GOODNIGHT MOMMY
OriginalTitle: Ich seh Ich seh
Austria, 2014

The most shocking, most unsettling Austrian film since Michael Haneke's "Funny Games", maybe even better. A simple but clever story, told in a way that could be described as intriguing, mesmerizing and intimidating at the same time. At times tense and thrilling, at times uncanny and frightening, at times simply agitating. I have seen the future of Austrian cinema and I fucking loved it!


1.
Jonathan Glazer's
UNDER THE SKIN
UK, 2013

This is not just a movie, this is something different. An experience. A torture. A mystery. A piece of cinematic genius that creeped under my skin, crawled around between my bones and muscles for hours, days, weeks until it finally decided to stay here forever and ever and ever. "Under the Skin" is one the greatest and most impressive films I have ever seen. As frightening as "The Shining", as hypnotizing "2001: A Space Odyssey", as shocking as "A Clockwork Orange". In tone and style, it's definitely very Kubrick-esque, but without copying his style. It's like Jonathan Glazer simply enhanced and refined Kubrick's work and put it to a whole new level. Kubrick 2.0 or so. Oh fuck it, I'm talking rubbish. Don't mind me, I'm unimportant. It's "Under the Skin" that is important. I daresay it's the most important movie in about 30 years. It's groundbreaking and game-changing. It's fucking perfect. It's the future.

2 comments:

  1. I might well be the lamest horror movie fan in the world. Yes. I have seen none of these movies.

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