Must-See Movies 2006-2010

by Larry Dwyer

Hello fiends!

I promised I’d be back with more must-see movies to fill out the past fifteen years and I did not lie. Here is the list from 2006-2010. Again, these are in no order (although out of this list it’s be a toss-up between Let the Right One In and Martyrs for me). If you missed the first list for 2000-2005, you can view it by clicking here. So, without further adieu, here’s 2006-2010:

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
It’s not often that a “who-dun-it” tells you who the killer is midway through the flick but still keeps you entertained anyway. Sadly, an overlooked gem.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
I don’t normally back remakes but this one was a winner. Creepy as fuck with some super-scary characters.

Slither (2006)
Again, nothing original to be seen here. Slither definitely takes from a ton of films but it works. Plus, I’ll watch damned near anything with Michael Rooker…even Days of Thunder.

Hatchet (2006)
God bless Adam Green’s sick, twisted soul for bringing the world Victor Crowley. Adam was not trying to break new ground…the set-up and plot has been done a million times; what he did manage to do was keep it fresh, interesting and hella gory.

Planet Terror (2007)
I really dug this piece of Grindhouse by Robert Rodriguez. Great cast and funny, yet gritty story that left me wishing it was longer. (PS – Death Proof was awful)

30 Days of Night (2007)
This is one I didn’t see until recently and I’m not sure why I waited so long. An awesome vampire flick with a pretty original premise.

Funny Games (2007)
Powerful and terrifying, exactly how I like my coffee and my horror movies.

Inside (2007)
Home invasion movies really get to me. Like really bad. Inside is a nightmare of a home invasion movie and is not for the squeamish…or for those who dislike French language and subtitles.

Borderland (2007)
I stumbled upon this one by accident one day and it fucked me up pretty good. I guess that being an altar boy as a kid has scarred me in some ways and because of that, cults freak me the fuck out.

REC (2007)
REC, in Spanish, must stand for “scare the shit out of you” because that’s exactly what this movie does. This is another in a short line of found footage films that I actually liked. Very creepy. Remade in the US as Quarantine which actually wasn’t an awful remake.

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
I love well-done anthology films. Sam became an instant classic with this very fun and successful film.

Let the Right One In (2008)
Maybe the best vampire film ever? Amazingly done vampire/love story.

Martyrs (2008)
The French are at it again with a level of violence and craziness not often seen. Martyrs remains an all-time favorite for me.

The Machine Girl (2008)
Aaaaand we are back to the crazy gory films! When a Yakuza takes your hand, always find a way to attach the stump to a machine gun.

The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
Straight out of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood comes my third favorite Barker adaptation (Hellraiser and Nightbreed are one and two). Vinnie Jones is awesome and it’s still odd to see Bradley Cooper in a horror film.

Transsiberian (2008)
Two sort of train movies in a row. Odd. Transsiberian is a very smart thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and then yank you off of it at the end.

Splinter (2008)
Cool and freaky story about some weird splinter creature that kills folks and re-animates their corpses. Pretty rad.

Deadgirl (2008)
What the fuck? A couple of high school students find a chained-up zombie girl and have sex with her. Plus there’s a character named Dwyer, so that’s always a bonus.

The Strangers (2008)
I really, really, really hate home invasion movies. And only because they scare the shit out of me. The Strangers is on that list.

Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
Fast forward to the not-so-distant future where a crazy scientists creates a group of mutants who grow crazy weapons and must be dealt with by a special police force  that deals in rape and violence. Weird, wild stuff.

Grotesque (2009)
This film proves that in Japanese torture cinema, a plot is not always needed. Two girls are snatched of the street and tortured in as many ways as the makers of the film can think of. Not for the faint of heart (or stomach).

Antichrist (2009)
Willem Dafoe stars in this twisted and disturbing little film about a married couple trying to cope with the death of their child.

Chaw (2009)
Straight out of Korea comes this horror/comedy about a huge boar devouring the locals. Very Jaws inspired but pretty damned good.

The Loved Ones (2009)
Leave it to the Australians to make a film as fantastic as this piece of fucked-up brilliance. Billed as Pretty in Pink meets Wolf Creek. Please, please, please see this movie if you haven’t already.

Hanger (2009)
Have you ever seen someone raped by a guy in a Santa Claus suit? No? How about an abortion who lives to seek revenge? If not, this is the movie for you! Truly disgusting but in a funny way. Check it out.

The House of the Devil (2009)
I’m not a big Ti West fan. There, I said it. That aside, I really love the 80’s feel and vibe in the film even if it is slow as molasses. For that reason alone, I’ve added it here.

Laid to Rest (2009)
Awesome slasher flick with a killer named ChromeSkull? Yes, please. Check this one out.

Quiet Nights of Blood and Pain (2009)
Super low budget flick about a war veteran who goes on a rampage against people he feels are unpatriotic. Well done and a bit disturbing.

Thirst (2009)
Interesting addition to the vampire genre. I’m known to like things that are a bit different than the norm and this Korean flick about a priest who becomes a vampire due to a failed medical experiment certainly fits the bill.

Wake Wood (2009)
Let’s hear it for Ireland! Kind of Pet Sematary-ish but still a good movie about some parents who think it’s a good idea to bring their daughter back from the dead (it’s never a good idea…”sometimes dead is better” – Jud Crandall).

Orphan (2009)
I never really expect to like big budget horror flicks so I did not expect to like Orphan. Boy was I wrong, Isabelle Fuhrman’s performance alone is worth the price of admission.

Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)
Best movie ever? Nope. But it’s funny and it contagious and it’s gory and it introduces us to the mad, mad world that is the Soska sisters so check this one out.

Zombieland (2009)
Oooh..I may get beat up for this one but hey, I really dug this movie. I always like Woody Harrelson and Michael Cera is funny..or Jesse Eisenberg..whatever, same person. Anyway, I like a good tongue-in-cheek movie and this one did the trick. Plus, Bill Murray.

Frozen (2010)
No, not Elsa and Olaf. This is an Adam Green creation (Hatchet, Holliston, etc.) about a group of kids who get stuck on a ski life over a weekend. That would be bad enough but then they threw in some hungry wolves.

Hatchet II (2010)
Back to Adam Green for the sequel to his gem Hatchet. This one is basically the same film with different kills and an added Danielle Harris. That’s a win to me.

Stake Land (2010)
Speaking of Danielle Harris. Another addition to the odd vampire film category here. Like a mix of The Road and 30 Days of Night. Pretty apocalyptic and pretty damned good.

I Saw the Devil (2010)
Back to Korea for some more craziness as a serial-killer school bus driver is hacking girls to pieces. Did I mention that he has a cannibalistic buddy?

Stay tuned for part three (2011-2015) and stay gory!

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