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TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2011

BY JEFF BURK

10. THE WOMAN (Lucky McKee, United States)

From Lucky McKee (May, Sick Girl) and Jack Ketchum (The Girl Next Door, Off Season) comes a truly twisted horror flick. A suburban husband finds a feral girl in the woods and chains her up in his shed. The man and his family are going to make her “better.”

The Woman has been accused of being sexist and woman-hating but those accusations come from people who missed the point of the movie. This is a pure horror film from beginning to end. It’s supposed to disturb you. And it does.

9. DRIVE ANGRY (Patrick Lussier, United States)

Nicolas Cage stars as an escapee from Hell on a mission to track down and kill a Satanic cult that murdered his daughter and kidnapped his grandchild. William Fichtner co-stars as The Accountant, a bad-ass from demon sent to track down Cage.

A modern grind-house film, Drive Angry is violent, trashy, and proud of it. Any movie that features a scene with Nicolas Cage fucking someone, gets into a shot-out, and doesn’t bother to pull-out is OK by me.

8. SUCKER PUNCH (Zach Snyder, United States)

Sexy chicks with guns and swords fighting zombies, robots, and dragons? Fuck yeah!

If that doesn’t sell you, then this movie’s not for you.

7. RANGO (Gore Verbinski, United States)

Johnny Depp voices a pet chameleon that is lost in the desert. The movie follows his journey across a barren wasteland to a town of animals all dying of thirst. Rango feels like a children’s movie never meant for children. The opening scenes feature a cute side-character getting killed and a conversation with road kill. The film alternates between traditional talking animal fare to moments that feel like they were made by Jodorowsky. On the other hand, maybe every child should see this.

6. SUPER (James Gunn, United States)

Uses a premise similar to 2010’s Kick Ass, Super stars Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office) as a geek who gets it into his head that he’s going to become a real-life super-hero and save his heroin-addicted girl-friend from a drug gang.

Brutal and funny, Troma alumni Gunn delivers a film filled with violence and heart. While the plot may sound similar to many other stories, don’t pass this up. Gunn delivers shocking plot-twist after shocking plot-twist. By the time the credits roll, Super will break your heart.

5. THE LAST CIRCUS (Alex de la Iglesia, Spain)

I’m not even sure how to explain this movie. What you think the plot is about changes so many times that is makes a simple summary impossible. What I can tell you is that there is a machete wielding clown running into battle and a tragic, gross, love battle between a happy clown and a sad clown. Just go see this and have your mind blown.

4. RUBBER (Quentin Dupieux, France)

A sentient tire that has the ability to make people’s heads explode goes on a killing spree. Meanwhile, a cop narrates the film and deconstructs the nature of movies and suspension of disbelief.

Easily the strangest movie on this list. It tends to divide viewers into love it or hate it camps. However you feel, there’s no denying the originality and boldness in this directorial debut.

3. I SAW THE DEVIL (Kim Ji-woon, Korea)

Move over Old Boy and Last House on the Left, I Saw the Devil is the new ultimate revenge movie. A special agent’s finance is killed by a serial killer. So begins a vicious game of cat-and-mouse. The movie is almost three hours long, but from the opening scene the intensity never lets up until the credits roll.

2. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (Tom Six, United Kingdom/Netherlands)

I enjoyed the first Human Centipede. I thought it was a fun, original B-horror flick. However, I did not find it gross or disgusting. Director/Writer Tom Six chose to suggest rather than show the gruesome aspects of the human centipede. The second film in the series is everything I had hoped the first would be.

Shot in gritty black-and-white, the first half of the film plays like a parody of David Lynch’s Eraserhead. The second half of the movie opens the gore and gross-out floodgates. Some of the scenes of violence and torture are so shocking that they’ll have hardened gore-hounds squirming. This film is EXTREMELY graphic and the only other movie I can compare it to is last year’s A Serbian Film.

1. THE TROLL HUNTER (André Øvredal, Norway)

OK, this movie was technically released in 2010 but almost nobody had the opportunity to see it until this year. So fuck it, I’m counting it.

Shot in POV hand-held style, the movie follows a group of documentarians who believe they are following a poacher. It turns out, that their subject is not a poacher at all but a super-secret Government employee who hunts trolls. He’s fed up with his job and takes the filmmakers on an exposé of Norway’s troll problems.

I love monster movies and The Troll Hunter is one of the greatest monster movies ever made. The story is engrossing and tense, the special effects are amazing, and the POV camera angle is used for some amazing effects. In the tradition of monster greats like King Kong, An American Werewolf in London, and AliensThe Troll Hunter is pure movie magic.

Honorable Mentions: Chillerama, In Time, Red State, Horrible Bosses, Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

AGREE? DISAGREE? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

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18 responses

  1. Anonymous

    I think – other than Sucker Punch, which is you loved I won’t go into how awful I thought it was – you are right on with this list. And I am proud to say I have seen all these movies, well except for the Last Circus and I Saw The Devil – but I am planing on seeming them soon. I’d add Chilerama to that list, simply because it’s such a bizarro movie concept and it actually has some great parts.

    December 29, 2011 at 1:36 am

  2. I’m pretty sure you’d really like the Japanese movie, Cold Fish, Jeff.

    December 29, 2011 at 2:16 am

  3. I watched Troll Hunter a couple weeks ago and it became an instant favourite of mine.

    December 29, 2011 at 2:42 am

  4. I just watched Cold Fish two days ago. I think Jeff would like it, yes. I liked it lots.

    *I* have to see The Woman, I Saw the Devil, and Sucker Punch. I paid NO attention to Sucker Punch. I heard the name and thought it was some dumbass flick with Marky Mark being a hitman or something. It’s on my list now.

    December 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

  5. I’m surprised to see Rango and Sucker Punch on here. Didn’t think you watched mainstream releases.

    And regarding Rubber, I’m almost ashamed one of the bizarro authors didn’t write the short story first. It was cool in its own way.

    December 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    • I have some serious catching up to do. The Last Circus looks great even though I hate clowns! I agree, it looks like something that a bizarro author would write. Maybe Carlton Mellick III could write the sequel.

      December 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      • Naz

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  6. ana

    generation p was a nice contribution to the movie world this year.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0459748/

    December 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

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  8. When I first saw this list, I’d only seen Sucker Punch and Rango. I’m a huge fan of Rango. Sucker Punch was a pretty awesome blockbuster action film. Not nearly as terrible as people made it out to be. And it was at least working outside of your generic action plot template, so, props for that.

    I just watched Troll Hunter. It was so good. The filming, the story, the effects, just so good. Loved it.

    I’m also eager to watch I Saw the Devil, since I watched Kim Ji-Woon’s “The Good, the Bad, the Weird” some time last year. From that one film I got the impression that he was a stylish and entertaining director. I’m glad to see his newest film rated so highly here.

    January 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

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