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 2001.
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.
Looking back at 2001, I wondered if I should even create a list for this year. It was that weak of a year for horror! Thir13en Ghosts stood out for its technical elements. Jeepers Creepers and Wendigo started out well, but eventually fell apart. Ghosts of Mars had a solid cast right down the line, but no one actor stood out enough to be included in my Best Of list.
I think the main problem was that the slasher genre was dying out. The market had been too over saturated with Scream clones. 2001 was one of those years in which horror was trying to find its footing, but always came up short. I think the less said about 2001, the better.
So kick back and see whether you agree or disagree with what I thought to be the best in horror for the year 2001.
Larry Fessenden: Wendigo
Steve Beck: Thir13en Ghosts
Patricia Clarkson: Wendigo
Erik Per Sullivan: Wendigo
Gale Tattersall: Thir13en Ghosts
Don E. FauntLeRoy: Jeepers Creepers
Bennett Salvay: Jeepers Creepers
Effects / Make-up:
Set / Set Decoration:
*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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