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Welcome to Horror-wood!

By Beckii CMovies - 12 October 2011 9:32 AM | Updated 9:50 AM

Welcome to Horror-wood!

Ever switched on all conceivable light sources in the house just to grab a drink of water from the kitchen? Have you been scared witless by strange noises in the dark? Or experienced that overwhelming reluctance to close your eyes in the shower, lest you open them and find something else in the mirror staring back at you? Well, things are about to get a lot creepier. So harness that courage you know you have buried deep within and prepare to get freaky with these horror films crawling out of the crevices for the year.

 

#1. Fright Night

Scream-ometer Reading: 3/5

This remake of the 1958 film is like a finely tweaked cover tune; it's the creation of a new recipe from the same basic ingredients, yet finds the kind of resonance that doesn't displace  the movie's original themes. With a rather credible cast line-up – Anton Yelchin, Toni Colette and Colin Farrell as a psychotically charming blood-sucker, Fright Night seems to be able to deliver just the right amount of tense moments and solid action sequences to keep you at the edge of your seat. One thing's for sure, it's nothing like that other vampire franchise which is making us shiver for all the wrong reasons:

 

#2. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Scream-ometer Reading: 1/5

Another rehash of an old film but considerably less enjoyable, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a slovenly effort at horror. The movie displays immense potential with an amazingly talented Bailee Madison as the leading child-victim, but is ultimately bogged down by glaring plot holes in addition to heavily CGI-rendered creatures that look more like the ridiculous spawn of Critters and some very generic looking monkeys. Eventually, you'd end up more frightened by Katie Holmes horrendous attempts at acting than the actual storyline itself:

 

#3. Apollo 18

Scream-ometer Reading: 1/5

In the vein of countless other “found-footage” horror films like Paranormal Activity, Rec and The Blair Witch Project, Apollo 18 presents an interesting premise with the idea of Soviet astronauts out in space with a bunch of unknown creepy crawlies. It's a little trickier with this particular sub-genre, because it's all about building the right atmospheric tone and unleashing scares at the most opportune moments. Unfortunately, Apollo 18 takes forever to set-up and the shaky camera movements/blurry static shots mean you're not only left bored but also nauseous:

 

#4. Dream House

Scream-ometer Reading: 1/5

Really a thriller dressed in horror clothing, the heart of the screenplay for Dream House revolves around a man struggling to protect his family from an encroaching darkness that keeps trying to disrupt the nature of reality. Although Daniel Craig turns in a winning performance as his character wrestles with the truth of some grisly crimes, the film appears to be weighed down by too much exposition and too little suspense:

 

#5. Wake Wood 

Scream-ometer Reading: 3/5

Backed by a comparably modest budget, Wake Wood tells the tale of a young girl mauled to death by a rabid dog, and who's resurrected by her devastated parents so eager to bring their child back to life that they ignore all the rules for unnaturally reviving her.  Inevitably, chaos and gore ensues. While the “evil-kid” story comes across a tad cliché, the film seems uncomplicated enough to supply a few truly spine-tingling scenes. And if the trailer is anything to go by we say hold on tight to the person next to you in the theatre: 

 

#6. The Thing 

Scream-ometer Reading: 3/5

Many will be surprised to discover that this is actually a prequel to John Carpenter's 80s horror classic of the same name (it's supposedly not another remake). Boasting the same producing team behind zombie epic Dawn of the Dead, The Thing sees spunky Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Grindhouse, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) battling an alien disturbance in the troughs of icy Antarctica. Early reviews have applauded the film's efforts at resuscitating some good, old-fashioned suspense, but the verdict's still out on whether it'll turn out to be simply another CGI-laden mess:

 

#7. Paranormal Activity 3 

Scream-ometer Reading: 4/5

The first film in this sleeper hit horror series was shot on a shoe string budget and ended up being 1 of the most profitable movies ever made. 4 years and one (chilling) parallel prequel later, director Oren Peli's back with yet another prequel set 18 years prior to the events in the first 2 films. In this latest installment, we discover the origins of the entity that started harassing sisters Katie and Kristi in their childhood, which aims to serve as a sort of explanation to the hauntings thereafter. Nonetheless, the trailer is quite terrifying (in a very realistic, everyday way) yet we're pretty sure you'll end up replaying the end of it just to confirm what you saw: