At this point I had not yet seen : Lords of Salem, Maniac or Antiviral and both The Innkeepers & Kill List appeared on my Top list of 2011 so are not included here.
I host a horror show called ‘Inside Horror’ which makes my opinion absolutely no more important then anyone else’s when it comes to end of year lists. The top 5 films on my list all made major impacts on me while the second 5 were solid / interesting experiments (Beyond the Black Rainbow) in a year that left me otherwise pretty uninspired when it came to Horror. A number of the short films from ‘The ABC’s of Death’ would have made my list but as a whole it was a little difficult, ‘O’ for Orgasm by Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet (Amer) was the most beautifully shot film i saw all year.
Best performance in a Horror film this year was hands down Gretchen lodge’s searing, desperate turn in ‘Lovely Molly’.
Best debut performance is certainly the dead pan comic timing of Chase Williamson in the mad-brilliant return of Coscareli ‘John Dies at the End’
Best Direction would be for ‘Sinister’ which was very well crafted but the end deflated it’s impact on me.
If V/H/S was solely based on David Bruckner’s opening short ‘Amateur Night’ it would have been my fav film of the year- Anthologies are always patchy but here the low- fi punk aesthetic really helped connect the stories and even the weaker ones were still interesting.
But ‘Citadel’ was the only straight- horror film that really impressed me this year, perhaps the very personal backstory of the director being attacked filtered through my viewing experience but it felt like a great return to personal genre filmmaking like Cronenbergs ‘The Brood’ or Polanski’s ‘Repulsion’.
Most anticipated film of 2013: You’re Next
2.The Cabin in the Woods
3.John Dies at the End
7.The loved Ones
8.Here Comes the Devil
9.Beyond the Black Rainbow