From the producers of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” comes “Attack the Block,” a fast funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London tower block into a fortress under siege, and a weapon wielding teenage thugs into heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space.
I don’t look back on 2011 with as much disdain as I did 2010. In fact, my view of the last twelve months in horror is rather positive. The VOD and foreign film output broadened the canvas of films to choose from and presented a welcome (often much-needed) alternative to the usual steady stream of studio remakes, sequels and overall “bad decisions.” (Priest? Blech.)
The list inside represents my top five of the year. And it was tough to narrow the selection down, however, these five best represent films that I enjoyed the most, that I think are incredibly strong and will stand up over time. Far too often I think “best of” lists are riddled with – yes, terrific movies – but their staying power dissipates.
Before we start, I wanted to fire off a few titles that didn’t make the cut but deserve a mention.
Our year-end “Best/Worst in Horror 2011″ coverage begins here. Over the next few days, we’ll be rolling out a series of lists from various Shock contributors.
We begin with Jeff Allard who has compiled his top five horror titles. I use the word “titles” because, as you’ll see, he’s included some small screen scares. Keep in mind, everyone is entitled to his/her opinion so keep the feedback clean and respectable. We welcome intelligent conversation and criticism. - Ryan Turek, Managing Editor