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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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  • Movie Fanatic said

    I think hands down the scaries movies in 2011 were Paranormal Activity 3 and Insidious. I don’t think predictable movies were everyone gets murdered by a crazy serial killer is true horror. I think that when peole watch scary movies that they actually want to be scared, not just watch a group of people one by one get killed and their blood and guts slatter everywhere. I don’t know if it’s just me but that’s not scary, it’s just stupid.

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  • ArNoLd said

    I think Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never is far scarier that any of these.

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  • eka sumanja said

    Bagi para Horores, Coba deh nonton “Wrong Turn 1-4” keberanian anda bakalan benar-benar di uji.. pasang mata anda dan nikmatilah adegan-adegan yang NGERI abissss!!!!

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  • mat said

    Following these “suggestions” I saw Insidious last night and was pretty let down by it. The movie has some good ideas but basically, it’s a remix of different other movies of the genre. The scene where dad’s on the other side is rather hilariously awkward. On the other hand, I liked the ghosthunter team and the 80’s feel about it.
    The most annoying thing about this movie, though, was the sound. It’s like “whisper whisper whisper BAAAANG… whisper whisper whisper BAAAAAAARGH… [dissonant violins]….”. I think this trend of making horror movies scarier by adding loud bangs is cheap and annoying, specially when you watch the movie on DVD at night and you have to turn up the volume in order to actually hear the conversations and the suddenly big noise that makes you press the remote like in a reaction test so the neighbors don’t turn up clutching an axe because they fell out of bed three times now.

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  • Trenton said

    You have obviouslly not seen the original Amittyville horror.

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  • jayden said

    what about grave encounters? that movie scared the sh*t out of me!

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      I should add it, you’re right. Will do so shortly. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  • horror movies said

    A really good list of horror movies but I have already seen all of them.

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  • Apeksha Khanna said

    I Liked The Rite just Because of Sir Anthony Hopkins

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