Another year of horror in the books. Though as years go, this one seemed to have less horror than most -- a trend that is reflected in our collective "Best of 2014" list below. Starting at number one, and then on through the list, there are fewer pure horror staples than we've seen in years past, even when 2013 seemed to signal this same trend.
(Editor's note: Over the rest of this week and next we'll be rolling out our staff picks for the best in horror from 2014, leading up to the official BGH Best of 2014 list and the Year in Review podcast. Enjoy!)
While tallying the final votes for the annual BGH Top Ten countdown, one trend became immediately clear, even if it wasn’t obvious as the year progressed: 2013 was the year of the alt-horror movie. Some may argue the point, but depending on your tally, we’re looking at roughly three of the top ten and six of the top 15 films that could be considered “true” horror -- that is, film’s whose primary aim is to scare and excite.
The reality is that starting with the number one film, and moving down the top ten, most of these films come with caveats or tongues planted firmly in cheek.
In the face of the on-rushing zombie hoards of World War Z, one man proved that he was chosen. Touched by the grace of the Father, this ruggedly handsome hero kept his wits about him, and used an 8th grade understanding of biology to turn back the zombie threat and win World War Z for all of humanity.
Over at the podcast, we've been working hard to make sure every one of our episodes is available for download, which is how we arrived at BGH Classic. By selling back episodes, we're able to keep the lights on around here, and we very much appreciate the support. Now we're trying something new. We're hoping to offer "packs" of classic episodes that allow you to get more BGH for less money!
What "Paranormal Activity" has done for haunted houses is what "Dark Skies" could do for close encounters of the alien kind. At least that's the hope of filmmaker Scott Stewart and producer Jason Blum, the latter of whom produced "Activity" as well as "Insidious".
As with many of its 70's horror franchise contemporaries, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" has become a series whose present continues to lose connection with its past, even as new entries stumble over themselves to pay homage to their roots. In 1974, Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel captured lightning in a bottle with a chaotic, nasty film about a family of cannibals living deep in the heart of Texas.
For the third year in a row, the editorial team here at Bloody Good Horror has put their brains together to define the best in horror for the year. In 2012, we tried something different, with each writer submitting a ballot, which then became a ranked order of their votes. These votes were calculated (1st = 10pts, 10th = 1pt) and the films were ordered in terms of points earned. With each film you'll see how many total votes it received, as well as how many points it earned. There were 12 total voters, so a perfect score would be 120.
BGH's editor in chief offers the final take on the best and worst of 2012.
1. Cabin in the Woods - Nothing else even comes close to "Cabin in the Woods" on this year's list. Whedon deftly deconstructs the genre while simultaneously reveling in its tropes, the mark of a truly great satire. The only exception? Don't try showing this movie to a non-horror fan, the stares of confusion will bum you out. This one is strictly for us weirdos.
10. Prometheus - Probably the movie that disappointed me the most in 2012. Scott created a gorgeous, sweeping sci-fi vision, but got tripped up by some questionable scripting. Damn near a classic, but instead a hugely flawed and entertaining film.