Been going through the various Best Horror Movie Of 2013 lists while
waiting to get over this stupid flu. Here's what I've watched so far and
my general impressions.
Contracted - The best of the indie bunch. Great, original premise. Very scary and with a decent message about how people react to sexual assault - even if they are friends with the victim.
American Mary - Simply amazing.
Insidious - Had to watch this before I could watch Insidious 2. Awesome rethinking of a haunted house story. Very well done and very scary.
Insidious 2 - Not as good as the first one but still very, very clever.
Dark Touch - Also really good. Flips around the Carrie myth to make it an allegory about childhood abuse in rural Ireland.
Kiss of the Damned - Like 70s erotic horror and/or grindhouse films? Then you'll love this homage to them. Not into erotic horror, then not so much.
Resolution - Interesting in that it doesn't seem like a horror movie until the very end and then you realize what's happening and it's freaky as shit.
Stoker - I have nothing good to say about this film at all. And I think that there was really no point in having her masturbate about her uncle on screen for a full five minutes.
VHS2 - Complete garbage.
We Are What We Are - Completely and totally awesome. Brutal, scary, in your face pure horror. Almost as good as Contracted.
You're Next - Generally very well done traditional horror movie - but I think the reveal came out too early in the film.
Black Rock - Billed as "Feminist horror" it's neither feminist nor a horror film.