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Horror Movies 2011 – Guide

Final Destination 5
Release Date: 26 August 2011
Starring: Emma Bell, David Koechner, Tony Todd, Courtney B. Vance, Miles Fisher
Director: Steven Quale

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‘The Final Destination’ (4) was given a huge boost by the addition of 3D, resulting in a $186m worldwide theatrical gross from its $40m production budget. So the producers’ grand design is to run this idea into the ground, even though the story ran out in the first movie. In this 5th episode, one man’s premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But the group were never supposed to survive, and the Grim Reaper is working overtime, nudging over paint cans etc, to finish them off. Can they find a way to escape the pre-determined pattern of their demise? Don’t expect anything new here, the series has become more of a roller coaster ride than a movie.
[Critics: 59%] [Public: 6.4/10] = {Ranked: 9th Best}

– SEPTEMBER –

Apollo 18
Release Date: 2 September 2011
Starring: Unknowns
Director: Trevor Cawood

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What if the Apollo missions to the moon hadn’t stopped at 17? The real Apollo 18 was cancelled by NASA in the 70s, but this supposes it secretly went ahead and found alien life. The movie will made up of found footage purported to have been shot by the crew of the shuttle. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) produces. Made quickly and for little money it’s proved controversial in Hollywood since it has an identical premise to a much bigger movie, Dark Moon, that is slowly being developed for release in 2013.
[Critics: 21%] [Public: 5.4/10] = {Ranked: 10th Worst}

Shark Night 3D
Release Date: 2 September 2011
Starring: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee
Director: David R. Ellis (Snakes On A Plane)

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[Critics: 16%] [Public: 4.0/10] = {Ranked: 4th Worst}

Tucker & Dale vs Evil
Release Date: 30 September 2011
Starring: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden
Director: Eli Craig

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Tucker and Dale are best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. This is a gory, good-spirited horror-comedy that cleverly flips the many cliches of the killer redneck movie. Tucker and Dale are both wonderfully played. The college kids overact a bit, but it’s still a most enjoyable ride.
[Critics – 87%] [Public – 7.6/10] {Ranked: Best Of The Year}

The Woman
Release Date: 30 September 2011
Starring: Pollyanna McIntosh, Sean Bridgers, Angela Bettis
Director: Lucky McKee (The Woods, May)

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[Critics: 81%] [Public: 6.2/10] = {Ranked: 5th Best}


– OCTOBER –

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Release Date: 7 October 2011
Starring: Laurence Harvey
Director: Tom Six

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The Human Centipede has become infamous, one of those “omg have you seen?” shock-value movies. The YouTube trailer has been watched 4.6 million times, a huge number for a low budget horror. Therefore last spring’s self-proclaimed ‘sickest movie ever made’ is getting a sequel, with, one assumes, an even longer chain of characters sewn together by their digestive systems, ass to mouth, and a doctor even more perverse than the first. See this if you want to know what the fuss is about. Then regret it. It’s the horror equivalent of Two Girls One Cup, in a more literal way than you’d imagine. [Critics: 30%] [Public: 4.3/10] = {Ranked: 6th Worst}

The Thing
Release Date: 14 October 2011
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

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Prequel to the ’82 John Carpenter classic, set in the Norwegian camp that discovered the alien craft and shapeshifting creature. I’ve seen it and this is a very decent effort that, while it doesn’t live up to the previous version, has some inventive ‘Thing-outs’, great sound, and a talented cast that are putting full effort in. You will enjoy it quite a bit if you know Carpenter’s version well but don’t nitpick (yes, the dog is a different colour). Watch it on DVD because the big screen doesn’t do any favours to The Thing cgi. Unfortunately the studio scrapped the practical FX after negative test-screenings.
[Critics: 36%] [Public: 6.4/10] = {Ranked: 13th 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
        Sheridan Passell

        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
    Sheridan Passell

    @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
      Sheridan Passell

      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
      Sheridan Passell

      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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