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Horror Movies 2011 – Guide

Top 20 Best Horror Movies 2011 - Let’s take a look at the biggest and best horror movies of 2011. The scary list features the usual mix of follow ups (Paranormal Activity 3), redos (Fright Night), and original fare (Insidious). Quite honestly it’s not been a great year for the genre but I’ll help you find the handful of stuff worth watching.

We’ll go through the good and the bad. Here’s our definitive guide to the best horror movies, 2011 :

- JANUARY -

Season Of The Witch
Release Date: 7 January 2011 (U.S.)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Graham, Christopher Lee
Director: Dominic Sena

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Not the long awaited remake of Halloween III, this period horror sees Nicolas Cage as a medieval knight who agrees to transport a devious witch to an abbey where her powers can be destroyed. Even though he’s playing a Crusader, Cage is sporting an American accent. Expect more of such silliness from director-of-the-ridiculous Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone In 60 Seconds). The movie has an old-school Hammer Horror vibe which could lead to unintentional laughs but at least it feels kinda different thanks to its unusual concept.
[Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes): 10%] [Public (via IMDB): 5.4/10] = {Ranked: 5th Worst Of The Year}

The Rite
Release Date: 28 January 2011
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Toby Jones, Alice Braga, Rutger Hauer
Director: Mikael Håfström

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A young American priest enrols at the Vatican’s exorcist school but has his doubts so is put in the care of Anthony Hopkins. The two go on a series of exorcism adventures, that will no doubt involve scenes copied from other exorcist movies. Hopkins has been on low-effort cruise control for years. The director helmed the excellent 1408, but advance word on The Rite is mediocre.
[Critics: 19%] [Public: 6.0/10] = {Ranked: 19th Best Of The Year}

- FEBRUARY -

The Roommate
Release Date: 4 February 2011
Starring: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet
Director: Christian E. Christiansen

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Sara (Kelly) is a college student randomly assigned to a freshman dorm with a stranger named Rebecca (Meester). They start off as friends but things turn deadly as Rebecca becomes obsessed with Sara and begins to target people in her life. So this is basically a remake of Single White Female, with less edge. The director has no real experience in the thriller/horror genre. Has bland written all over it.
[Critics: 4%] [Public: 4.5/10] = {Ranked: Worst Of The Year}

Black Death
Release Date: 4 February 2011
Starring: Sean Bean, Kimberley Nixon, Carice van Houten, Eddie Redmayne, John Lynch
Director: Christopher Smith

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Journey to an apocalyptic medieval world during the first outbreak of the bubonic plague. A band of brothers are on a quest to hunt down a necromancer, rumoured to have made a pact with the forces of darkness and raised the dead in a small village. From the British director of Creep and Severance. Black Death has already been released in the UK where critics gave it an impressive 72% on Rotten Tomatoes, calling it a well-acted, twisty Gothic horror, with grisliness that’s a tad too over the top.
[Critics: 73%] [Public: 6.5/10] = {Ranked: 6th Best}


The Resident
Release Date: 18 February 2011
Starrring: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Lee
Director: Antti Jokinen (his first movie)

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Hammer’s first film for over 30 years stars Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Hammer veteran Christopher Lee. Swank plays a doctor who moves to a, er, swanky apartment in Brooklyn only to slowly realise that the landlord (Morgan) is developing a dangerous obsession with her. A terrifying game of cat and mouse ensues as she fights to rid herself of his sinister intentions. The plot doesn’t read like a Hammer Horror movie at all. It’s clearly just a brand name that was bought by the highest bidder.
[Critics: 37%] [Public: 5.2/10] = {Ranked: 17th Best}

Vanishing On 7th Street
Release Date: 18 February 2011
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo
Director: Brad Anderson

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A massive power outage plunges Detroit into darkness, and almost the entire population vanishes into thin air. A small group of survivors gather in an abandoned tavern, where they realise the darkness itself is out to get them and only the diminishing light sources can keep them safe. Director Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist, Transsiberian) makes thoughtful, suspenseful horror/thrillers. He’s the reason to be excited about this. Except advance buzz, again, isn’t very good.
[Critics: 52%] [Public: 4.9/10] = {Ranked: 16th Best}

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  • Thom said

    I can’t believe there are so many horror movies in 2011, and I thought they overdid the superhero genre!

    I can’t say I’m particularly interested in any of them. With horror movies I tend to always go with word-of-mouth whether a film is any good or not.

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    • Lulu said

      Many of the movies listed here are NOT horror movies, like Piranha 3DD and Final Destination 5.

      They can only be considered as action or thrillers at most.

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      • Lulu said

        To clarify, just because someone/group of people died a horrible death doesn’t make the movie a horror movie.

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        • spoons said

          well actually they are horrors just because they aren’t a slasher horror movie doesn’t mean it’s not horror. Horror is something you find horrific hence the name and being hunted down by death with no escape is pretty scary. in that context i would call it a slasher movie except you can’t see the attacker.

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          • Luke said

            I think Final Destination is definitely thriller/suspense, not horror. Piranha, who knows? Avoid it at all costs.

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      • Sheridan Passell said

        Wah? Final Destination and Piranha are horror movies. Any film database will list them as horror or horror-thriller. Both have evil forces killing off most of the principle cast one by one in gruesome ways to elicit fear, disgust and horror from viewers.

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        • HottDave said

          Sheridan, I so agree with you.

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          • ranj said

            Final Destination same story, the horror long gone, but Piranha 3d really good stuff really enjoyed it, like The Rite and are you really ice cool, u would be great to watch horror with. X

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      • keeley said

        Actually LuLu, they would be classified as horrors.
        If they make you jump, or give you a scare; that is a horror movie. Most thriller movies are just action movies.

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        • col said

          Lulu i kind of agree with you but can you tell me a good horror movie to watch and hope i have not yet seen thanks C

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          • Alicia said

            Thrillers make you jump and leave you guessing till the end. they are most physcological. I agree with Keeley Lulu they are all classed as thrillers/horrors.

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    • Luke said

      I watched Insidious last night, it was a very average movie. Paper thin plot.

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  • Sheridan Passell said

    @Thom – Word of mouth is certainly a deciding factor.

    The best horror movies of 2011 really should be Fright Night, Insidious and The Thing. If those turn out like they ought to, it’ll be a good year.

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    • anni said

      Priest sound good !! also scream 4 too !! wow there are going to be a lot of scary movies in 2011 !! I wish I could participate in a good horror movie , taking off all stress making the shots , hehehehe just saying ;)

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      • morgan said

        scream 4 sucked but priest was amazing

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        • saad said

          I agree with Lulu … if you want to watch a good horror movie from 2011 try Paranormal activity 3

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      • Lola said

        Actully the movie Scream 4 isnt really good at all, just by looking at the trailer you can already tell who the killer is.

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  • Joker said

    Wow another Final Destination. There are some franchises that just don’t know when to quit. Anyway Scream 4 is my number one 2011 horror movie hands down and after that I would put The Thing. I’m eager to see Radcliffe in Woman in Black. It’ll be refreshing to watch him play a role other than the boy who lived.

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  • My Butt's Bigger Than You(rs) said

    God, James Wan is a MACHINE.

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    I’m interested in the Woman in Black and that’s about it.

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  • T.ROSS said

    Nice. From this list I am probably most intrested in Woman in Black, I thought Eden Lake was amazing, so I am siked for James Watkins’s follow up film. I dont know too much about Cabin in the Woods, but I love promo posters. I think it will be one of the best horror movies of 2011, if it’s not pushed to next year. Like Innkeepers which is Ti West’s new film after last year’s The House of the Devil. There has already been hype over some scenes that some critics got to see. Plus it is being shown at 27th edition of the Sundance Film Festival. I think it’ll be awesome. T.ROSS

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  • crazy man said

    i cant wait to see all these movies im seeing every single one

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  • Bevan said

    Black Death has already come out on dvd

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      In the UK it has, we’re going by US release dates here. It’s out in US theaters on 11th March 2011, and is available On Demand from 4th February 2011.

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  • kyle said

    Loved The Collector. Can’t wait for the sequel. It’s going to be awesome. The Collector wasn’t well heard of but I saw it awhile ago and thought it was great.

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  • Streamline Putcher said

    2011 horror movies I’m looking forward to most are Scream 4 and Final Destination 5.

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  • Lauren said

    Looking forward to seeing quite a few of the them especially scream 4 but why make another human centipede!

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  • Nads said

    WOOOOOOOOOO GO SCREAM 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • heath said

    well they just don’t make em like they used to. i think the thing should be interesting but they probably wont do the classic any justice. if they do it right scream 4 could be cool. and the woman in black sounds appealing…. i guess. where are all the good slashers at? seems like new movies have to have some crazy demon or spirit or plot twist. seriously give me teens being slayed because they were smoking pot and im good

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      Mainstream slashers are out of fashion again. Studios have been remaking the classics one by one but now they’re basically all used up. But slashers will be back. The reaction from early test screenings of Scream 4 has been good, a big box office for that would encourage them…

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  • Berna said

    Excited to watch 2011 horror movies like: Final Destination 5, The Roommate, 11-11-11 :)

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  • gd smith said

    I’ll end up watching most of the films on the list as my mental age and lack of taste dictate that i must watch horror. I have no choice in these matters.

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