Every year for Thanksgiving we of the Creepercast give thanks for the horror! This year we each present the top five films we’ve seen this year for the first time, like Thankskilling3, with honorable mentions of course. Here’s my list (Jeff) and please listen to the show to hear us get more in depth!
5: “Rubber” (2010) (Creepercast #92: The Stuff Dreams are Made of!)
Avant-garde, invasive, ridiculouse, and just plain fun! A tire goes on a rampage as we and many of the characters watch! Who says nothing good comes from France!
4: “Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies” (2012)
This is just an excuse to get Bill Oberst Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and zombies on my list. I consider it lucky I only need 1 movie to do that! This is the second time we talked about creepy guy, creepy torso guy, and brilliant creepy actor Bill Oberst Jr. (see Creepercast Episode 74: Dream Seeking with Peter Dukes! for the first time) and lead to the epic discussion with our Master of Creeps a few months later. As Mike said, there is very little about this movie that makes it worthy of much notoriety. Except for Bill’s brilliant portrayal of Abe and the interesting mix of historical content!
3: “Grave Encounters” (2011)
Since the Creepercast began I have continually mocked and been annoyed by found footage films. Maybe I’m starting to soften to the sub-genre but I’ve actually put a couple on this list. This one in particular is fun, messes with found footage archetypes, and does have some good scare moments. Only problem is I’ve read everything about the sequel, which sounds like pure rubbish, and having done so it causes me to dislike this one a little by proxy. Irregardless it made this years list!
2: “Sinister” (2012)
Found footage is much better used as a storyline rather than a device that over emphasizes the plot. In other words “Sinister” was actually very good. Ethan Hawke was great, the story solid and almost realistic characters. Plus no Hollywood ending. It (found footage) was the basis for the storyline (both figuratively and literally) , and the cinematography was very found footage-esque which made it fun and legitimately creepy!
1: “The Cabin in the Woods” (2011)
It took me awhile to work up to watching this mostly because I knew Joss Whedon wasn’t directing and I really think Thor is only good at… well, Thor. But while following this one I learned he had a very heavy hand in the writing and a lot of directing advice. The film shows it, dark humor, a few good spooks, and brilliant action. To say the man isn’t a god of his craft would be really undermining his brilliance! I have only one thing left to say… “It had to be a merman!”
Honorable Mention: “V/H/S” but not the entire film, only 2 of the short films are interesting enough to garner an honorable mention despite the fact there is no good reason for them to be on VHS tape. Read my complete Examiner review for more!
“Amateur Night” Directed by David Bruckner
Three buddies prepare for a night on the town and hopeful debauchery by affixing a small camera and microphone to a pair of glasses worn by one of them. The dizzying affect of the camera as we “see through the eyes” of the party goers is only good at helping us identify with drunken group but also adds an interesting view at the end. Eventually they convince a couple women to go back to their hotel for more debauchery but one of them is not what she appears to be. Only, in many ways she is, Bruckner wanted us to know she was odd for a reason. Perhaps he made her too odd because the twist isn’t very twisty. But the film itself isn’t bad, drunken nauseating footage aside.
“The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger” Directed by Joe Swanberg
This one is mostly interesting because it was all captured on video chat. What makes it so unique is that it’s mostly conversations between a med school guy and his supposed girlfriend. It’s important to note that their conversations are obviously recorded on his side (known only because the girls video window is the larger while his is small and in the corner) even though when asked if he’s recording he keeps having an excuse for forgetting. I any event all the action is on her side as she becomes more and more convinced that her apartment is haunted by a child. Fortunately the story is more layered than that and lets just say that Swanberg doesn’t fail at bringing what may be aliens back into a the horror spotlight. All the same, the sick thing that happened to Emily, though it refers to a childhood experience we hear them talk about, really seems to be what happens right before our eyes.
As for Thankskilling3!
The concept is hilarious, the killer turkey from the first film goes on a hunting trip to find the last remaining copy of Thankskillng2 after space turkeys destroyed them, thus there is no Thankskilling2 in reality. It opens pretty funny, kind of “Natural Born Killers,” 50’s sitcom like, with a foul mouthed turkey family. Then it gets all weird and Jim Henson like. It is most likely the worst film of the year in all ways!
Until next year Happy Horrorgiving!