Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Best in Horror Awards: Nominees


The year is quickly coming to an end and there's only one day left for you to vote for the Mandy's Morgue of Horror Best of 2011 Awards! One of the big categories is for the best horror film of 2011, which includes 10 movie nominations. The nominees are:

Scream 4:

Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson team up again in this installment, which takes place 10 years after the events of the first film. The movie follows our favorite final girl, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as she returns to Woodsboro to promote her new self-help book. Upon her return, things seem like they've never changed and the murders start up all over again. This time, the victims are complete teenage clones of all of Sydney's friends, played by Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, and Rory Culkin. The film also brings back Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox Arquette) and the lovable Dewey Riley (David Arquette) who team up once again to solve the case. The movie continues to poke fun of the slasher-horror genre while simultaneously commenting on the obsession with the media and fame within our generation.

Insidious:

This creative paranormal horror, directed by Saw's James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, follows a small family who are adjusting to their beautiful new home. Immediately, weird things begin happening and the couple's son, Dalton, notices it before everyone else. While investigating in their attic, Dalton is scared by something, falls and hits his head. The next morning when his father, played by Patrick Wilson, tries waking him, he's terrified to learn that his young son has mysteriously drifted into a comatose state. The family moves out of the home and Renai (Rose Byrne) realizes that the paranormal activity has nothing to do with where they live; the activity is all revolving around their comatose son, who is being haunted. The film has a creepy feel and also has a brilliant performance by Lin Shaye who plays a psychic medium.

Stake Land:


Technically, this post-apocalyptic vampire horror was originally released in 2010 but didn't hit shelves until 2011. The film is part road-movie, part vampire/zombie flick, which follows a young man, Martin (Connor Paolo) who upon being rescued from "Mister" (Nick Dimici), follows him along his journey, learning how to survive along the way. During their trip the two men encounter a pregnant waitress, played by my favorite scream queen, Danielle Harris, and a nun (Kelly McGillis), who join them on their quest. The movie has a "Mad Max" feel and is a unique take on the vampire genre.


Paranormal Activity 3:

This ghost story is a prequel to the low budget hit, Paranormal Activity, and takes place 18 years before its first two predecessors. The movie follows a young Katie and Kristi, the two sisters who are tragically haunted by a powerful demon who will stop at nothing to have them completely to itself. This entry details how the activity first started, with the demon mainly focusing on Kristi who mistakenly believes him to be her (invisible) friend, Toby. When the girls' mother and her boyfriend try making a sex tape, they accidentally catch paranormal activity instead. This prompts the pair to set up tapes around their house as they try and recapture more activity.

The Thing:

As if being out in the middle of Antarctica wasn't bad enough, imagine finding a giant alien frozen in ice and realizing that it is still very much alive. Although this film has the same title as the 1982 John Carpenter classic, it is actually a prequel that takes place immediately prior to the events involving Kurt Russell and his awesome facial hair. This time around the lead is a woman, played by the lovely Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a scientist who makes up part of an American team and Norwegian team who are conducting research. Once the team dig up the space craft and let the alien loose, trouble obviously ensues.

Fright Night:

This remake stars the handsome Colin Ferrell as Jerry, the charming vampire who moves next door to Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin). At first things seem fine until Charley's friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) points out how suspicious Jerry actually is: he only comes out at night, he boards up his windows, and...oh yeah, he has no reflection. Once Charley realizes what his seemingly innocent neighbor actual is, he makes it his mission to put an end to his reign.

The Human Centipede 2:


This over-the-top sequel follows the mentally unstable Martin, who is completely obsessed with "The Human Centipede" film. After repeatedly viewing the movie, Martin decides that he is going to make his very own human centipede and instead of using 3 people, Martin concludes that he will use 12. The movie is extremely violent and grotesque and once the action picks up, it doesn't stop until the final frame.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil: 

This comedy-horror follows two lovable buddies, Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), who are mistaken as psycho-killer hillbillies. The story follows a group of stuck-up college kids who run into the two friends at a gas station and naively assume that the men are dangerous. When one of the friends falls into the lake and almost drowns, Dale jumps in to save her. However, one of her moronic friends sees what happens and believes that Tucker and Dale have kidnapped the girl. The movie is filled with laughs and awesome amounts of gore, and it also has heart. Why would anyone assume that two hillbillies out in the middle of the woods were dangerous?!


Final Destination 5:


Everyone knows that you can't cheat death; when it's your time, you're going to die regardless. However, what if one of your friends knew that a tragic accident was going to happen and they saved your life? Well, in the Final Destination franchise, we know that that is only the beginning; if you try and cheat death once, it's going to get you back ten times worse. In this installment, a group of people on an company retreat escape a collapsing bridge that claims many people's lives. Shortly after, they realize that their lives aren't completely safe and death is still very close to them.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark:

This remake, directed by Guillermo Del Torro, follows a father, his girlfriend, and his daughter as they move into a 19th century Rhode Island mansion. Soon, the young girl begins to see goblin-like creatures who are intent on making her one of them. The movie is dark, creepy and stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes.

Those are the nominees for the best horror films of 2011. Other categories in Mandy's Morgue of Horror Best of 2011 include, best horror show, best horror villain, and best kill. Please vote now!

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