Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Best in Horror - 2007


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 2007. 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, 2007 was an exciting year for horror. While no one horror film reinvented the wheel as Scream did back in 1996, there were plenty of films that tried to add new variables to existing sub-genres. Some examples include 30 Days of Night, Paranormal Activity, Trick 'r Treat, etc. Some films had something to say about the inner workings of society as a whole. Those films include Funny Games, 28 Weeks Later and Teeth. Not one, but two Stephen King adaptations (The Mist, 1408) hit the big screen as well. Some fans dug them, but (for me personally) they were nowhere near the same league as say Carrie (1976) or even The Shining (1980). Of course, there was a slew of remakes, sequels, and supernatural tales, but we also got some good ole' fashion throwbacks to the horror films of yesteryear. One thing that definitely stood out to me was the variety of horror films being released in 2007.

Overall, a lot of these films included many fine technical elements. There were a lot of good, solid horror films in 2007, but (BUT) with the exception of the film Cthulhu, there was no film that (as a whole) made me go WOW.

So kick back and see whether you agree or disagree with what I thought to be the best in horror for the year 2007.

Picture:

Cthulhu

Director:

Robert Rodriguez: Planet Terror
David Slade: 30 Days of Night
Dan Gildark: Cthulhu

Actor:

Will Smith: I Am Legend

Wes Bentley: P2 
Kurt Russell: Death Proof
Freddy Rodríguez: Planet Terror

Actress: 

Naomi Watts: Funny Games
Rose McGowan: Planet Terror
Emily Blunt: Wind Chill

Supporting Actor: 

Michael Pitt: Funny Games

Danny Huston: 30 Days of Night 

Supporting Actress: 

Zoë Bell: Death Proof

Cinematography: 

Darius Khondji: Funny Games
Jo Willems: 30 Days of Night 
Andrzej Sekula: Vacancy

Screenplay (Original or Adaptation): 

Grant Cogswell: Cthulhu

Editing:

Sally Menke: Death Proof
Robert Ivison: Trick 'r Treat
Monika Willi: Funny Games

Effects / Makeup:

Trick 'r Treat
30 Days of Night

Sets / Set Decoration:

Trick 'r Treat

Costume Design:

Trish Keating: Trick 'r Treat
David C. Robinson: Funny Games





*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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