Okay, this was during my dark period. I missed stuff from 2002 to 2015 in theaters, so some of the most popular stuff might not make my list. All I can do is shrug and move on. Not included this time are sequels to Resident Evil & Hatchet & Saw, remakes of I Spit On Your Grave and Piranha, and foreign films Troll Hunter & I Saw the Devil. I'm giving you 10 films I enjoyed or thought were important in some way ...
First up we have one of the funniest movies I've seen, Tucker & Dale vs Evil. It hits all the right notes in this satirical look at slasher films and the division of people by education. Stream it on VUDUfree, tubi, and Crackle
Blurb - Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.
Before directing Captain America's first movie, Joe Johnston tackled the remake of Universal's The Wolfman. I know this movie is flawed, especially the one they released in theaters, but I love it. The original is one of my favorites of the original Universal Monsters, racing neck to neck with The Mummy. The cast is fantastic, and the use of CGI and location puts us back into the 19th century. I also sold it as a love story to my wife for our Valentine's Date making it the 2nd werewolf picture in a row for us. Stream it on HULU.
Blurb - Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American man is bitten and subsequently cursed by a werewolf.
I may have mentioned my man-crush on Timothy Olyphant but I don't know if I've stressed my love for Radha Mitchell. Both are great in this George Romero remake. Check it out on VUDUFree & tubi.
Blurb - After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.
Before Matt Reeves showed us his version of The Batman, he directed the remake of Let Me In. I think this remake is more difficult than the usual one since the original foreign language version came out 2 years earlier. Chloe Grace Mortez is mesmerizing in this film as the woman who can't grow up. Plus you don't have to read it. Check it out on Netflix.
Blurb - A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.
I wrote about this on Wednesday's post about movies to stream right now. I love throwback movies like black death. Of course, Sean Bean is in it, and Eddie Redmayne has a strong performance as well. Stream it on HULU.
Blurb - Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.
I enjoyed this stuck in the elevator thriller from M Night Shyamalan - it says he came up with the story which means he probably said "people stuck in an elevator - GO." I like the chemistry of the actors involved. I saw it on Netflix years ago, but now it's a rent/buy to stream.
Blurb - A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.
My 2nd favorite "Angel" movie is Legion. It has a solid cast and plenty of action. Plus you get to see Doug Jones without a ton of gear on. Stream it on Starz.
Blurb - When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope.
I haven't seen the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. I do own it in a box set and have planned on checking it out but in the end, I always decide to go on with my life. This came out a year after the Friday the 13th remake but it just didn't make me excited like the Jason reboot. I wish I knew why. Maybe this one is important because it tells studios to quit remaking our classic films if they aren't serious. Check it out for yourself on Netflix and HBOMax.
Blurb - The spectre of a disfigured man haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.
Many people might have this at 1 but I've never seen Insidious. 2 franchises start around this time and I never got into either - this one and The Conjuring. James Wan continues to make popular scary films and this one is on my to-watch list. We can stream it together on HBOMax.
Blurb - A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
Before Amber Heard was terrorizing Johnny Depp she had 2 horror movies come out in 2010: The Ward and And Soon The Darkness. Both are worth a watch, and both have solid casts. You can only buy/rent the Ward to stream but you can check out Karl Urban and Amber Heard their movie on VUDUfree & Roku.
Ward Blurb - An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.
And Soon the Darkness Blurb - When two American girls on a bike trip in a remote part of Argentina split up and one of them goes missing, the other must find her before her worst fears are realized.