Top 10 British Horror Films Of The Last 10 Years9.05.14 # Horror Movies # 6 Comments
British horror films. The Brits love a good fright. Especially in the queue for a taxi after 10 pints… hang on… that should’ve said fight. But we do like scary movies too, honest. A pity then that British horror films are too often pumped out like cowpies on the green fields of England, the objects of cynical speculators seeking an easy path into the film biz. Still, where there’s dung, there’s also a smattering of flowers to pick – and that’s just what this list represents, as we look back over the top 10 best British horror films of the last decade.
10: Severance (2006)
He may stand redeemed in the eyes of Eastenders viewers, but for those of us who don’t remove our brains and safely stow them in a shoebox at 7.30 on a Tuesday and Thursday, Danny Dyer stands as one of the crown chumps of UK cinema – the trigger for an avalanche of guffaws at the very mention of box office stinkers like Pimp (total gross: £205) and Run For Your Wife (£602).
Yet not every Dyer outing is, well, dire. Take Severance, scripted by hardcore horror fan James Moran and directed by Christopher Smith: it’s a tale of corporate team-building exercise-turned-bloodbath – although so spirit-violating are such outings that a spike jammed in your gut would come as a blessed relief so long as it happened prior to the group sing along of Mr. Brightside.
9: Attack the Block (2011)
Would Attack the Block seem to reek so heavily of white guilt if we Brits hadn’t been exposed to its lovably lanky, frightfully middle-class funnyman of a director, Joe Cornish, for so many years previously, via his various TV and radio outings with comedy partner Adam Buxton?
Maybe not, though it’s hard to escape the feeling that Moses (John Boyega) and his gang are treated with an unquestioning reverence, while Luke Treadaway’s slacktivist is somehow demanding of our scorn. Then again, if it’s hard to find an audience identification point, there’s no denying Cornish delivers an effective transposition of Predator to a south London housing estate.
8: Triangle (2009)
“And the Auld Triangle went jingle-jangle,” sang those Aran sweater-sporting berks from Inside Llewyn Davis – but the only jangling that goes on in Triangle, the post-Severance offering from Christopher Smith, is the jangling of nerves. And the jingling? Yeah, there’s none of that. Not very f**king scary is it, jingling?
Melissa George plays the luckless protagonist at the eye of the twisting, terrifying storm, a nightmare that could only have been worse had her character, Jess, found herself trapped in the early ’80s ferry-set soap opera also called Triangle. Go on, Google it – it’s well bobbins.
7: 28 Weeks Later (2007)
Yes, okay, so compared to its forebear, 28 Weeks Later lacks a certain degree of bite. Having said that, the saga of ravenous running zombies set in motion by Danny Boyle proved surprisingly simple to revive for a second helping, with Intacto director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo at the helm this time round.
Aided by a solid if unspectacular cast, including Rose Byrne and a pre-Avengers Jeremy Renner, Fresnadillo does a decent job of first calming the stormy seas bequeathed him by Boyle, before duly whipping up a nail-biting whirlpool all of his own. And like every decent FA Cup run, there’s only one place it can all end – Wembley!
6: Eden Lake (2008)
A first of two entries on this list for director James Watkins, who converted the promise he demonstrated with this white-knuckle debut into the higher profile gig of The Woman in Black.
Admittedly, the point Watkins is trying to make with Eden Lake is muddy as your average British waterway, with him seeming to pitch the viewer against both Michael Fassbender and Kelly Reilly’s YP couple AND the working class kids who torment them. But there’s no arguing with the execution; tight as a garotte round the gullet and perfectly balanced on a razor’s edge of tension.
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