Friday, January 31, 2014

The Best in Horror - 2008


Welcome, as I (Brandon C. Sites: Critic of Modern Day Horror) take you on a journey back to what I thought was the best in horror for the year 2008. When creating these best of lists, I didn't set any perimeters to the amount of films that I would include in each category. 

With that in mind, it is possible for there to be zero (yes, zero!) films in any given category if I felt there was nothing worthy of inclusion. On the other hand, if I felt there were 5 or even 10 films worth including in a certain category, ....well then there is going to be 5 or even 10 films in that category.

My main reason for taking this approach is, because I didn't want to list films as being the best of for the sake of listing films. Also, if I felt that a certain category really stood out in horror for that year, I didn't want to be limited in the amount that I could choose as well.

For me personally, 2008 was a weak year for horror films. The two that did manage to stand out (Lake Mungo, Acolytes) dug behind the surface of seemingly normal neighborhoods to examine the real life horrors that its characters encounter.

So kick back and see whether you agree or disagree with what I thought to be the best in horror for the year 2008.

Picture:

Lake Mungo
Acolytes

Director:

Jon Hewitt: Acolytes 

Actor:

Joel Edgerton: Acolytes
Michael Dorman: Acolytes

Actress:

Margot Kidder: Love at First Kill

Supporting Actor: 

Vinnie Jones: The Midnight Meat Train

Supporting Actress: 

Belinda McClory: Acolytes
Jenny Spain: Deadgirl

Cinematography:

Mark Pugh: Acolytes 

Score: 

Francois-Eudes Chanfrault: Donkey Punch




*Please Note: In any given year, there will always be a Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress category. The addition of any additional categories (example: Cinematography) is based on whether or not there are any horror films released, in any given year, that are worthy of mention in any additional category / categories.

Also, from time to time, these best of lists might be revised to include additional titles. The main reason being that some films might have played in a film festival one year, but didn't find nationwide distribution until years later. A good example is All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. First released in 2006, it didn't play in theaters here in the US till 2013.

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