Horror Addicts Top Ten Movie Contest Update

Horror Addicts it’s time to give you an update on how the movie contest is going.

The below list is the list of the Top Ten so far from the user lists that have come from our listeners, and readers.

Do you agree with this list of Top Ten movies or do you feel your movies are missing? There isn’t a lot of movies from those who are fans of Foreign Horror Fans.

Well this is just a reminder it’s your time to get your top ten list into the email address of HAddictsmovies@gmail.com to get a chance of seeing one of your films listed.  The deadline is August 15th so time is running out.

Again all we want is your top ten films, year of release and country of origin.

We have had some great sample lists provided to us as examples so check them out.

They were provided by writer Kevin Glennon and Directors Philip Chidel and John Pata.

Now without further delay here is the list of films that have gotten the most repeat submissions and will be in the Top Ten.

  • Dead Silence – 2007 (US)
  • Ghost Ship   – 2002 (US)
  • Paranormal Activity  -2007 (US)
  • Saw  – 2004 (US)
  • The Descent – 2005 (UK)
  • The Mist – 2007 (US)
  • The Ring   – 2002 (US)
  • Case 39 – 2009 (US)
  • Frailty – 2002 (US)
  • The Strangers – 2008 (US)

Some films that are just short of the Top Ten.

  • Shutter – 2008 (US)
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf – 2001 (French)
  • Insidious – 2010 (US)
  • Let Me In – 2010 (US)
  • Orphan – 2009 (US)

The key thing to note about the above list of film so far is that most are from the US. I know we have fans of Foreign horror but nothing has really come in for those movies. So the challenge is on.

So get your personal list of Top Ten Horror Films released during form 2000 to end of 2011 into us as soon as you can.  Their are prizes at risk for those within the US and Canada, and for those overseas bragging rights to see one of your films listed.

A Guest Top Ten Horror Movie List – Kevin Glennon

The below is from the author of the book, yes I said book,”Vikings, Vampires and Mailmen” by Kevin Glennon. The thought here was to get another view of a horror movie list by checking with one who writes horror.  So, Kevin was kind enough to help us with this bit of research and submitted the below list to share. If you haven’t seen it David reviewed his book in a previous post on the blog.

Top 10 Horror Movies – 2000 – 2011
by Kevin Glennon

10. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010 – USA)
This movie did to horror what Chris Moore’s book Fool did to Shakespeare.  Sometimes even Evil isn’t black and white.

9.  Bubba Ho-Tep (2004 – USA)
Everything about this movie is original and fresh, which is why a boring bad guy like a mummy can be feared again (finally).  And what Bruce Campbell movie was ever bad?

8.  F ido (2006 – Canada)
This movie is teeming with monsters, only they’re not the zombies.  The gore is brilliant, but the filmography makes this a borderline art film by a clear horror fan.

7.  Zombieland (2009 – USA)
We knew what we were getting by just the title alone, and it doesn’t disappoint.  Great acting actually pulls this movie together, as it’s really nothing special from a zombie-horror perspective.

6.  Shadow of the Vampire (2000 – USA)
You never actually know if there are real monsters – only that everybody is moments away from being ripped apart.  It’s a great way to bring back such a horror classic.

5.  Cloverfield (2008 – USA)
Perhaps the only modern movie to do CGI right without taking away from the horror.  Clearly someone was listening in film school when the lesson was “less is more.”

4.  Saw (2004 – USA)
The perfect modern American horror movie, with original plots and twists.  In a world of smartphones with GPS and 911, this flick brought scary back.

3.  Troll Hunter (2010 – Norway)
This is CGI done right – very tasteful, original story with a genius balance of teasing the viewer with information before finally revealing things.  Great acting and locations.

2.  Night Watch (2004 – Russia)
A great twist on traditional vampire movies, this story gets everyone dirty.  It’s not good vs. evil so much as evil vs. more evil.

1.  Shaun of the Dead (2004 – UK)
One of the smartest movies in a long time, and doesn’t skimp on the gore or the loss of good characters.  Easily one of the best zombie flicks of all time.  I’d put it on the list multiple times if I could!

Two takes on Vampires

I recently read two books that take a very different look at what vampires are like. There are a lot of vampire books and movies out there and each one has a different idea on what vampires should be like. The fact that you can have so many different takes on these mythical creatures is probably why people never get tired of them. We’ve had stories about vampires dating back to 1819 and vampires are just as popular today as they were in the 1800’s.

The first book I want to take a look at is from Nancy Collins who has written quite a few vampire novels including the Vamps series of novels and the Sonja Blue series. The book that I’m talking about here is the fourth book in the Sonja Blue series called  A Dozen Black Roses. This book was originally released in 1996, the version that I read was a revised edition published by Biting Dog Press last year.

A Dozen Black Roses takes place in part of a large U.S. city called Deadtown. The citizens of Deadtown are made up of drug addicts, alcoholics, gang members and vampires. There are two vampires that are fighting for control of Deadtown. One is Lord Esher who was good friends with a certain horror author from the 1800’s. The other is Lord Sinjon who founded Deadtown and is a much older vampire then Esher.

Everyone in Deadtown lives in fear of Esher and Sinjon but things change when Living vampire and monster hunter Sonja Blue comes to town to put an end to both vampires. Sonja soon discovers that destroying the vampires may not be as easy as she thinks when she meets a boy named Ryan whose mother is being brainwashed into marrying Lord Esher. Sonja promises to save Ryan’s mother but Esher practices black magic and has power that may be to much for Sonja to handle.

A Dozen Black Roses is a bloody good time. There are some great characters in this book, including an alcoholic priest with a troubled past and an aging hippie that doesn’t take crap from anyone. I really enjoyed the backstory on Esher and Sinjon. Both vampires even when they were human only cared about having power over others but their personalities are very different.  Also the way they gained their power is  different as well as how they conduct themselves. Esher has plans on expanding outside of Deadtown and through black magic has a more loyal following then Sinjon. Sinjon on the other hand is satisfied being the drug lord over Deadtown and still dresses and acts as he did in the 1700’s. Nancy Collin’s vampires have very unique peronalities but all have the same motivations which to me makes them more interesting.

My favorite part of the book was how Eddie and Sonja became surrogate parents for Ryan.  These two characters don’t have any experience with children but when Eddie finds Ryan eating out of a dumpster he does what he feels he has to do by taking Ryan in. Sonja on the other hand makes the promise to get Ryan’s mother back and shows a different side to herself when Ryan shows his feelings for her.

I also enjoyed the action scenes in this book. One scene I didn’t see coming was when the townspeople have decided they’ve had enough of hiding in fear and go through “changes” as they decide to rid Deadtown of  lowlifes. Another good one was when two gang members are forced to fight to the death naked, while suspended in a cage above an audience of bloodthirsty vampires. This scene will hurt to read if you are a guy. I also liked the suspense that buils towards the end as Sonja prepares to take on Esher.  A Dozen Black Roses is definitly worth your time.

In A Dozen Black Roses the vampires are after power. This is quite a bit different from the vampires in Vikings, Vampires and Mailmen by  Kevin Glennon. In Kevin’s book the vampires just want to eat humans, not just suck their blood, no thats to easy, these vampires want to eat you.

Vampires, Vikings and Mailmen is about the few brave men that make up the United States Vampire Service, a secret government contractor that is dedicated to exterminating vampires. The USVS is busy trying to stop a vampire outbreak in Alabama when they discover a strange hidden chamber that is drawing vampires to the south like a magnet. Can the five man team stop the horde of vampires that are moving into Alabama? It’s going to take a lot of firepower to stop them, but this crew has the weapons and the knowledge to kick some vampire butt.

This book has a lot of action in it but my favorite part was actually a non action scene. There’s a point where the  feds that fund the USVS is giving their theories on how they think vampires came to America. The people in the USVS laugh at them and tell them they’re wrong. Once they get away from the feds they complain that the feds have just figured out what the USVS already knows and now the feds are going to take credit for it. This to me represented the us/them attitude between management and workers which exsists on all jobs. I thought it was funny to see that it exsists with government funded vampire killers as well.

Another item I liked was how the book tells where the vampires came from and the history of the people whose job it is to stop them. I also liked how the USVS work together as a team in classifying vampires and on their battle plan to fight them. A lot of detail is given on vampire fighting procedures and I think people that have a military background will appreciate how the weapons and vehicles they use are described. The only thing I would like more information on, was how the secret chamber that attracts the vampires works.

Vampires, Vikings and Mailmen is more of a military action type novel then a horror novel but I think this book is still something that horror fans will enjoy. I noticed that in a lot of the reviews people say it would make a great action movie, I would definitly have to agree. If you want to read Knightmist’s take on Vampires, Vikings and Mailmen click here. To find out more about the book  go to the official website at usvs.info.