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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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  • Dave Sucre said

    Wo!wo! i wish they can be released at the same time.Am dyin to c Amanda Seyfried ..ya knw ‘Red Ridin Hood’ stuff!!..

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  • Dave Sucre said

    Didn’t know dat Maggie Q. is 1 of da actress in ‘The Priest’…..does she do it to it more than in ‘Nikita’ thing..?I keep on asking ma self.

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  • Markus said

    Not interested in any remakes, pirhanna, fright night, or the thing which was awesome with kurt russell and dont want to see them mess that one up but they will, just any new ideas they have, the sequels and remakes they can keep. with so many great horror writers out there whose works have gone untouched, f. paul wilson, dean koontz, norman partridge, david wellington to name a few,even stephen king has some scary novels that have gone untouched on the screen, bag of bones for example, why keep looking back to the 80’s for ideas and just bring us new ones. enuff reboots, remakes, sequles, prequels, jesus just go to the book store and pick a horror novel and make a movie about is , geeesshhh.

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  • Summer said

    Wow are you serious? Is there realy another final destination being released? I love them films although I think the last one kinda dissappointed me a lil but not too much, however can’t wait for the next one!

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  • La'ree said

    I saw the Insidious preview last night when I went to see Red Riding Hood and it looks good.

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  • Emerson Bryan dj Dilla said

    horror movies in this year were really great!!
    but im sad to say that all of this movies are very predictable and not unique to watch……
    i hope that there would be one great discovery of an interesting horror movie like SCREAM 4

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  • Mario said

    Why are so many of you so content with remakes and sequels? What we need is a really scary original movie; one that will make them scream in the aisles, running to the bathroom, or snack bar for some breath. It is time America lives up to her crown as reigning movie Nation, stemming from Hollywood USA!

    Yes, I do believe the stiripS are ready to set this in noitoM!

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  • Robin said

    Where has all the good horror gone.Both in books and movies just like Rock N Roll its a dying gene.Back to my 50 60 and 70s horror movies if its not bad acting its fake gore and sex what does that have to do with horror.RJD

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    • Mario said

      This puritanical (sounds like tyrranical) Nation has diluted true horror, because obviously, they are expecting movies and tv and actors and musicians to set some kind of example (especially for their kids) that they themselves have neglected. Meanwhile, all this over glamorized gore slips through the cracks, so long as it is over the top, so that their children won’t feel like it is reality (all while their parents are absent) as their true examples. Prozac was not created for nothing, if you know what I mean.

      Eventually, all this will be broken, and true horror will once again shine forth upon the silver screens! Hellalua!

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  • shailender said

    needle is my first horror movie that i can see……and the roommate is also fantastic movie

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  • Torrey said

    How are they gonna do human centipede part 2?

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  • Mario said

    The Roommate is of course just a cheap knock off of the original SWF, which starred two much better actresses. The Human Centipede, once again, is another sequel. WTF?

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  • merrie said

    Just finished watching the resident it is a brilliant film full of suspense and had me glued.

    The performances were so convincing.

    Definately the new genre of horror (psychology) from Hammer..

    Christopher Lee included! 🙂

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  • Brian said

    At least the bulk of these look to be heading away from the “teenagers in trouble” films of late. They’ve been taking perfectly good ideas (or worse yet..the dreaded remake) and ruining them with the same premise…”let’s sneak out, have a party, show off zero acting ability, get picked off one by one, all to the backdrop of obscure heavy metal music”. Snore!! Sick of it! Thankful for ‘The Raven’, ‘Woman in Black’, etc. finally breaking the trend.

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  • joe said

    i dont know how i feel about the fright night remake,the original was a really underrated film,i loved it and im not sure about colin farrell playing the chris sarandon role-too many good films are ruined by being remade imo-hope im wrong though

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  • Mario said

    Hammer is finally back? Christopher Lee? Goody! Is the new Hammer under David Heyman’s control?

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