Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Best in Horror - 2009


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 2009. 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, looking back at 2009, I saw a lot of technically proficient films that were flawed from a narrative prospective in some rudimentary way. The Last House on the Left, The House of the Devil, A Perfect Getaway, Grace and Case 39 are good examples of what I am talking about. 

So kick back and see whether you agree or disagree with what I thought to be the best in horror for the year 2009.

Picture:

Zombieland
Storage

Director:

Michael Craft: Storage 
Dennis Iliadis: The Last House on the Left
Ti West: The House of the Devil

Actor: 

Sam Parsonson: Coffin Rock
Damien Garvey: Storage 
Garret Dillahunt: The Last House on the Left
Matthew Scully: Storage

Actress: 

Renée Zellweger: Case 39
Virginia Madsen: The Haunting in Connecticut 

Supporting Actor:

Tom Noonan: The House of the Devil
Tony Goldwyn: The Last House on the Left
Robert Mammone: Storage
Andrew Prine: Sutures
Timothy Olyphant: A Perfect Getaway

Supporting Actress: 

Monica Potter: The Last House on the Left
Kiele Sanchez: A Perfect Getaway
Carrie Fisher: Sorority Row 
Delphine Chanéac: Splice
Mary Woronov: The House of the Devil

Cinematography:

Eliot Rockett: The House of the Devil 
Sharone Meir: The Last House on the Left  
Daniel Pearl: Friday the 13th
Zoran Popovic: Grace
Mark Plummer: A Perfect Getaway

Score:

Jeff Grace: The House of the Devil

Sets / Set Decoration: 

Friday the 13th
The House of the Devil

Sound:

Drag Me to Hell





*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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