10 years of horror: Looking back at 2010-2012

Here’s part two of my retrospective on horror movies from the past 10 years. I started reviewing films back in 2008, and since Halloween is close, I figured I’d take a look back at some of the best in horror.

These are the scary pictures that stood out in 2010, 2011 and 2012. For my look back at 2008-2009, click here.

The Crazies (2010)


Here’s an example of a remake that holds up on its own. This version of “The Crazies” is a remake of the 1973 picture with the same name.

This one went a bit overlooked when it came out in theaters, but if you notice it on a streaming service, I’d recommend checking it out. The film opens spectacularly with a very dramatic sequence and follows that up with a nice bit of mystery in the first act.

The rest of the movie is an intense tale of survival, where both heavily armed soldiers and infected, rage induced individuals are a threat.

On top of the fear and thrills generated by the movie’s concept, though, “The Crazies” had another thing going for it. Unlike some other horror/thriller pictures out there, “The Crazies” featured some fantastic characters. You don’t just want to root for the characters because they’re protagonists, they also happen to be intelligent, likable and relatable.

It helps that the three protagonists are well portrayed by Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell and Joe Anderson.

Attack the Block (2011)


This was one of the more unique picture’s I’ve seen since I started and I didn’t watch it until it was released on home video.

Much more of an indie picture, this UK film crossed many genres, including action, comedy, sci-fi and a touch of horror. Also, it has a name in the cast you might recognize, Mr. John Boyega. Yes, one of the leads in the new “Star Wars” trilogy was seen here just a few years earlier in one of his first major roles, and he did fantastic work.

The movie has great entertainment value, the aliens featured are different and interestingly designed, and there’s even some well managed social commentary to give the picture an identity.

It’s a smart film with a lot of heart, some solid performances and a killer soundtrack.
Not the scariest I’ve seen, but it has some great thrills and is a bunch of fun.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)


This one isn’t just a good recent release, it’s one of my favorite horror movies made. Not only does it have some scares, but it’s also a smart, satirical look at horror movies in general.

The movie calls out several horror tropes, while also embracing the genre’s concept to create some thrills and chills. The former element, which is mainly portrayed humorously, is done with a great side-story following office workers who are watching everything taking place.

It has likable characters, nice performances, humor and some freaky moments. Plus, it features one of the best climaxes of any recent film.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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