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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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  • gd smith said

    scream 4 looks good. but I can’t help feeling it will just lead to loads of bad slasher reboots. I vaguely recall some bother in the summer of 97 or there abouts and a remake of happy birthday to me.

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  • Teeeeeeeeempzzz said

    Red riding hood, Vanishing on 7th Steed and Scream 4!

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  • Shank said

    Piranha and Saw movies are terrific, i love horror movies Scream 4 fun ……………………………………………………..

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  • wendy said

    I am waiting for “Don’t Be Afraid Of the Dark” I saw the trailer when we went to see “Devil” and it scared the bejesus outta me! Its a shame they keep pushing it back!

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  • i only stream free movies online said

    Damn i just watched The Resident online today.. pretty good movie.

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    • i only stream free movies online said

      vanishing on 7th is out too and i think ill watch it now

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      • Sheridan Passell said
        Sheridan Passell

        That is illegal. If you’re a movie fan support films and see them in the cinema. Or download from iTunes. It doesn’t cost much.

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        • i only stream free movies online said

          if the cinemas never started robbing people then they wouldnt have the problem of not meeting their budget.. It is rediculous that they charge $15 to see a movie..thats the price of the movie when it comes out on DVD, let alone if you are going on a date or have children and take them to the show, Itunes is a monopoly and i wont support them sorry, I have like 4 different computers and will not waste my time having to reset my itunes so that i can exchange music throughout my dif computers. So until a warning or illegal sign pops up when i go onto a website see a movie i wanna watch click play and close a couple pop ups. I am proud to be able to watch a movie online for free. Ill be happy to be a critic too, bc i think i get to see movies before half of them do

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          • Sheridan Passell said
            Sheridan Passell

            Compare it to any other art form (theater, musical etc) $15 is nothing. $15 for an evening’s entertainment is not unreasonable. Is the woman you’re dating not even worth 15 bucks? How is iTunes a monopoly when you have the option to buy it on dvd, or rent it from netflix? Why do you need it on 4 computers? And even then, that’s perfectly possible. I dunno man, Avatar was illegally downloaded 16 million times last year, Kick-Ass 11 million times. Kick-Ass didn’t make enough money back to guarantee a sequel. Imagine if half those 11 million people had rented it, the filmmakers would be able to do another. It’s a shame.

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          • i only stream free movies online said

            nah man movie theaters suck and its not worth 30 dollars to go on a date into a crowded theater. More than half the time there are annoying ass people in there ruining the movie for all And then they wanna r*pe you with their prices on popcorn and fountain soda, a small bag of popcorn and a small drink comes to 10 dollars, and only costs them 50 cents maybe the theater buisness is the reasoning for all this downloading, think if they would charge less more people would come and then create a better revenue. Think a family of four pays 60 dollars to go to a two hour movie let alone concessions, Id rather stay home in the comfort of my own home lay with my girl on the couch and maybe even fit in a quickie in there at some point..and i dont download i stream them so in reality i am not doing anything illegal the websites are

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          • Thom said

            yeh dude, last night I was with some mates and they started beating up some other kid until he was in a coma. I was only watching so its not like I did anything illegal.

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          • gd smith said

            Tis the curse of the Internet. Absolutely unstoppable.
            Obviously, I have never watched a film illegally, but I can’t help but suspect that a lot of films would never be seen if people actually had to pay for them.
            Plus, There are more films put out than ever and virtually none of them would have found an audience at any point in the entire history of cinema. In horror this was true even at the height of the VHS boom. A lot of old horror films no longer have any form of copyright and as a horror nerd I have paid an arm and several legs forking out for ancient VHS tapes to feed my habit. I seriously doubt any of that money gets to the talent either.
            And let’s be honest the film industry has always claimed they were about to collapse. Would Kick-ass made anymore enough money to generate a sequel or did the word of mouth and illegal downloads actually make it look more popular than it was?
            The Thing has just got a prequel. Carpenters film bombed at the Box office and it’s cult was based on kids watching it for free on the old puke.

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  • Tamanna said

    wooohoooo!

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  • Tamanna said

    i think ‘cabin in the woods’ is a slasher film.

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  • Tamanna said

    hey everyone,did you see that? ‘don’t be afraid of the dark’s a rated R movie.=))

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  • Garth said

    Could be quiet an interesting year with films but why do so many copy others

    Red Riding Hood………Doesnt anyone remember A Company of Wolves

    and as for the film about the dark taking people this will be very interesting to watch as I copy writted the story Nylathorp in 1993 after releasing sneak previews of it at a summer camp once
    although Im sure it will just be a freak accident if the two turn out alike lol

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  • Mario said

    Horror films are not made with much integrity these days, as so many directors rely on CGI, horrible lighting, bad scripts, bad actors and way too much bad music. I have now learned to wait for dvd or hbo with regards to viewing them, otherwise they are a major waste of my money and time.

    Movies for profit and profit alone are the main problema. Too many fools jumping on the band wagon because they want to make a profit. They crowd the space from real horror writer/directors who are inundated by bs by the time they want to make something great; it has already been done way too many times, horribly.

    I hope things change soon.love watching a very scary movie before I go to sleep. They give me nightmares, which I love!

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  • Mr. I/Y said

    Anal Destination 😀 😀

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  • Ryan said

    Great list I can’t wait to see some of these films, especially season of the witch!

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  • antony ndichu said

    scream 4 is jst tha one and also the roommates and i spit on ua grave en the rite.

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  • Dessel said

    I love horror films……. Who will reign this year?
    I’m looking forward for SCREAM 4 and Final Destination 6.

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  • Romy Michel said

    I definitely want to see how Scream IV will end, wonder if they will finally kill off Sydney that would be unexpected! I can’t wait to see “Red Riding Hood”, “Mother’s Day” and “The Woman in Black”.

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