As I look back on my list of the 10 best genre movies of this year I notice there are no real "indie gems". What do I mean by "indie gems"? The tiny independent films that are unleashed onto a unsuspecting world, and slowly (but surely) excite the self-loathing, yet adventurous independent film community. Last year we had mini-masterpieces like Monsters, The Reef, and Rubber along bigger titles from Magnet Releasing that blew the collective minds of horror nerds and lovers of strange cinema alike. The only movie that came out of nowhere and thoroughly impressed me this year was the sorority horror tale Alpha Girls. That film felt like it was made with a, "if this is the only film we ever make then god-damnit everything is going in!" I love that about independent horror movies. Since Alpha Girls won't get a wide release until 2013 I will refrain from including it in my top 10 of this year.
My favorite movies of the year were large, lumbering messes that either delivered action, gore or aberrant behavior in deliciously satisfying ways. The films on this years list are not subtle, thought-provoking or clever, but they are intelligently crafted and beautifully executed. They are just bold, brash and full of kung fu/wolf punching/fried chicken madness! That isn't to say there aren't any indie gems waiting for me to discover. So if you believe that I missed a small yet mind-blowing flick then please let me know in the comment section below. So, without further ado, let the list begin.
7. The Grey
4. God Bless America
3. The Raid: Redemption
2. Killer Joe
A repulsive trailer park family filled with incredible character actors decides to kill one of their kind to cash in on the life insurance. Enter Matthew McConaughey's Killer Joe, a hit man that seduces and intimidates his way into their family. Why he wants to join their pack is never really revealed, but once he is double crossed one of the greatest endings in recent memory begins. Instead of the normal shoot-out or brawl Friedkin unveils the most disturbing and psychologically traumatizing dinner ever conceived. Killer Joe is the work of a nut, but a masterful nut.
1. Django Unchained
((Poster by The Rahzzah)
Thank you for reading this list. Here are a few Honorable mentions:
FDR: American Badass; Beyond the Black Rainbow; Haywire and Cabin in the Woods