About a year ago, when this site was in its infancy (insert joke here about how childish it usually still is), I compiled a Top Ten list of my favorite horror films of 2009. Admittedly, this was not an easy task though I consider at least the first four to all be exceptional examples of horror done right. Looking back at this past year, however, I am hard pressed to come up with a single movie that I would deem as such. This can't possibly be right...right?
To be fair, my main interests in horror continue to be in discovering (or rediscovering) movies from several decades ago and therefore I do not go out of my way to hit the multiplex with each new Hollywood endeavor nor do I scour about trying to track down all the best of the independents when they find a release, but the crop that I have caught in 2010 have been underwhelming, to say the least.
There was the usual ho-hum remakes (The Crazies, NOES) and sequels (RE4, which I really only saw because my buddy insisted that IMAX 3D would make it worthwhile...not so much). Throw in the overhyped (Human Centipede, Frozen) and series' I tuned out long ago (who is still watching these Saw movies?) along with the old masters whose outings pale in comparison to their earlier work (Giallo, Survival of the Dead) and those which sounded more interesting than they turned out to be (Burning Bright, Altitude) and there is really not much worth celebrating.
This is not to say it was all entirely awful, but frankly, it makes me a little sad to think Piranha 3D would top any list I might attempt to sort out. By all means, people, correct me if I am wrong here. I would be more than happy to eat crow if there were examples of decent horror that I missed along the way because as it stands now, I've got nothing for you.