The 10 best films of 31 Days of Horror

In October 2011, Top 10 Films reviewed one horror film per day. The horror films were new and old, chosen at random. But what was the best film watched during the month…find out below.

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In October 2011 I decided to take on a challenge. I dedicated Top 10 Films to the horror genre, reviewing thirty-one horror films – one film per day. Little did I know just what a challenge it was going to be. There’s nothing like a good horror film but, similarly, there isn’t anything worse than a bad horror film and I saw a few throughout the month. The biggest culprits, and the film’s vying for the coveted prize of Worst Film of the Month, were Legion, Death Sentence and the aptly titled The Broken. But I don’t think anything could beat the true awfulness of Jennifer’s Body. But 15,000 words later I can look back at October 2011 as a successful one. And, despite seeing several stinkers, I did get to watch some really great films too. Here’s my top 10 horror films from Top 10 Films’ 31 Days of Horror month.

10. Burke and Hare (Landis, 2010)

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Burke and Hare is far from perfect but it is great to see John Landis back directing.

9. Paranormal Activity 2 (Williams, 2010)

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The Paranormal Activity films continue to impress me.

8. Zombieland (Fleischer, 2009)

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The best of the post-Shaun of the Dead films. Also, any film starring Amber Heard and Emma Stone has to get extra points – that’s the law.

7. Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (McNaughton, 1990)

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Released during the month for the first time in Blu-ray in the UK, this remains one of the most iconic horror films ever made.

6. Cherry Tree Lane (Williams, 2010)

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Another cracking modern British horror film. This home invasion thriller gets under the skin before a devastating climax.

5. REC 2 (Balagueró/Plaza, 2009)

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A great follow-up to the superb original film.

4. Death Proof (Tarantino, 2007)

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Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse film fails to disappoint thanks to its brilliant last thirty minutes.

3. Heartless (Ridley, 2009)

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The biggest surprise of the month. Hadn’t heard of this film before coming across it on television. This is a superb horror film from director Philip Ridley.

2. The Candyman (Rose, 1992)

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One of the best horror films of the 1990s. This is a brilliant adaptation of a Clive Barker story.

1. Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004)

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One of the greatest horror comedies ever made.

A thanks from the editor…I’d like to thank those contributors that supported Top 10 Films during 31 Days of Horror – Claire Packer (who wrote a review of the original John Carpenter film The Thing and also an interesting article about the way filmmakers use mazes in fantasy and horror films), Max Covill (who wrote a review of the brilliant Let The Right One In) and Dan Grant (who wrote about the ten scariest films he’d ever seen).

I’d also like to thank all those that commented and supported the site just by visiting. Without you there would be no Top 10 Films. I set myself a target of beating the record of 75,000 hits in a single month and unbelievably blew that count out of the water, achieving nearly 100,000 page views across the 31 days (aided in no small part thanks to the success of the Houdini Magic Ticket blogathon). I therefore issue 100,000 thanks!

I do hope you continue to read and comment.

All the best, Daniel Stephens (Editor)

What horror films did you watch this Halloween? What is the scariest film you’ve ever seen?

Written and compiled by Daniel Stephens.

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Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    Rodney Reply

    Congrats on such a successful themed month, mate. T’was great reading – even the rubbish like Legion (which truly WAS a terrible film) was amusing to see come up.

    Can’t wait to see what you do next year!

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    Eric Reply

    That’s a good list of films you have there! I have been meaning to check out Henry for a while now. Sounds like a real brutal movie.

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    Novroz Reply

    Yaaay for Shaun of The Dead!!!love that movie so much!! you make me want to watch it again for the 20th time.

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    Max Reply

    I was happy to be able to contribute Dan. You had some fantastic pieces up last month and deserve all the great views you received. Looking forward to the next blog-a-thon.

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    Claire Reply

    Good choice for No 1, Mr Editor!

    Congratulations on the views, too. The blog-a-thon was great fun and I really enjoyed taking part – well done you!

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