Poll Results: Best Horror Film from the 2000s

Our run of horror-themed polls has come to a close. Here is what was voted as the best horror film from the 2000s:

The Descent

– The Descent: 8 votes
– Let the Right One In: 6 votes
– 28 Days Later: 5 votes
– Paranormal Activity: 5 votes
– Saw: 5 votes
– [REC]: 3 votes
– The Ring: 3 votes
– Drag Me to Hell: 2 votes
– Ju-on: The Grudge: 2 votes
– The Mist: 2 votes
– The Orphanage: 2 votes
– Audition: 1 vote
– Dawn of the Dead: 1 vote
– High Tension: 1 vote
– The Others: 1 vote
– Session 9: 1 vote
– Trick ‘r Treat: 1 vote

Write-in votes:
– Ringu: 1 vote (1998 release, sorry)
– Shaun of the Dead: 1 vote (probably should have included this!)
– Surveillance: 1 vote (hadn’t even head of this one, but now I’m curious)

Awesome, awesome voting this time around! Very pleased to see The Descent win, as that was definitely one of my highlights from last month’s viewings. Always good to have a wide variety of votes, too.

This Week’s Poll: I had thought about doing a political-related poll this week, but I figured everyone is tired of hearing about politics lately. Instead, let’s shift gears to a more enjoyable topic: Studio Ghibli. Instead of asking for the “best” Studio Ghibli film, I want to know your favorite. There are plenty of great choices for this one.

Have a great week everyone!

Horror Movie Roundup #2: Children of the Corn, The Descent 1 & 2

I’m still pushing through my ever-growing stack of horror films, and for this batch I visited an 80s classic, a modern favorite and a dreaded direct-to-video sequel. Here are my mini-reviews for each of them:

Children of the Corn [1984]
Children of the Corn [1984]
Children of the Corn has all the makings of a great horror film: evil children, Satanic cults, a creepy rural town, and to top it off, it’s based on a Stephen King short story. Throw in a young Linda Hamilton embarrassing herself, and this should be a fun ride, right? Not exactly. Unfortunately, the film suffers from a lack of suspense, and it never really gets as spooky as you might expect. Much of this likely lies in the fact that this is a short story stretched out to a 90 minute feature. It feels like a bit of a throwaway film, and it’s surprising that it is still so popular today (the ninth entry went direct to video last year). Still, it’s not a bad effort, just a somewhat disappointing one when considering its legacy. 6/10

The Descent [2005]
The Descent [2005]
When six girlfriends get together for a spelunking adventure in an unmarked cave deep in the Appalachian Mountains, it doesn’t take long for things to go horribly, horribly wrong. The Descent, a title that works in multiple ways, takes us deep into the pitch-black cave with these women; their headlamps and flares are the only lights used to show the impending atrocities. With the foreboding darkness and tight, narrow crevices inside the cave, there is always a powerful sense of claustrophobia. Those who struggle with confined spaces will have a hard time watching this film. Once the shit hits the fan, so to speak, The Descent takes a horrifying, bloody turn with some truly impressive gore. There’s something for everyone in this clever horror flick, and it’s easily one of the best I have seen from the last decade. 8/10, leaning up

The Descent: Part 2 [2009]
The Descent: Part II [2009]
This direct-to-video sequel follows a new group of people who head down in the cave in search of those missing from the original. With new writers and a new director, the film doesn’t follow the vision of Neil Marshall’s 2005 feature, and it greatly suffers as a result. There are far too many moments that stretch credibility beyond belief, and it pisses all over some of the events from the original. The sense of claustrophobia is kept to a minimum as well, as the characters seem to maneuver around more wide-open spaces, and the lighting is way too bright this time around. As a stand-alone film, it isn’t terrible (there’s plenty of gore and a few memorable moments), but watching it comes with the risk of lessening the original’s impact. 5/10

Have you guys seen any of these three films? What do you think of them?