Best Horror Movies of 2011

1.

You're Next

5.4

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of their victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Starring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg
Directed by: Adam Wingard
Release date: 2011-09-10
2.

Scream 4

5.1

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 2011-04-11
3.

The Thing

5.1

When paleontologist Kate Lloyd travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish in this spine-tingling thriller.

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Release date: 2011-10-12
4.

Paranormal Activity 3

4.9

In 1988, evil begins to terrorize young sisters Katie and Kristi for the first time when an invisible entity resides in their home.

Starring: Katie Featherston, Sprague Grayden, Lauren Bittner, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Chloe Csengery
Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Release date: 2011-10-19
5.

Final Destination 5

4.9

In this fifth installment, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.

Starring: Emma Bell, Nicholas D'Agosto, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
Directed by: Steven Quale
Release date: 2011-08-12
6.

Snowtown

4.7

Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.

Starring: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Frank Cwertniak, Matthew Howard
Directed by: Justin Kurzel
Release date: 2011-05-16
7.

The Awakening

4.7

1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart (Hall) visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost.

Starring: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Lucy Cohu
Directed by: Nick Murphy
Release date: 2011-08-17
8.

Red Riding Hood

4.7

Valerie is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry another man – who is wealthy. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter plan to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by a werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon, to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them.

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Release date: 2011-03-11
9.

Priest

4.7

In an alternate world, humanity and vampires have warred for centuries. After the last Vampire War, the veteran Warrior Priest lives in obscurity with other humans inside one of the Church's walled cities. When the Priest's niece is kidnapped by vampires, the Priest breaks his vows to hunt them down. He is accompanied by the niece's boyfriend, who is a wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess.

Starring: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins
Directed by: Scott Stewart
Release date: 2011-05-05
10.

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

4.6

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller, Ella Smith, Naomie Harris, George Harris
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Release date: 2011-03-17
11.

Kill List

4.6

Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

Starring: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson, Michael Smiley, Struan Rodger
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Release date: 2011-09-02
12.

Fright Night

4.6

A teenager suspects his new neighbour is a vampire. Unable to convince anyone, he tries to enlist the help of a self-proclaimed vampire hunter and magician in this remake of the 1985 comedy-horror classic.

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Release date: 2011-08-18
13.

Red State

4.5

Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter Christian fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Starring: Michael Parks, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Release date: 2011-08-19
14.

Grave Encounters

4.4

A crew from a paranormal reality television show lock themselves in a haunted psychiatric hospital. They search for evidence of paranormal activity as they shoot what ends up becoming their final episode.

Starring: Sean Rogerson, Juan Riedinger, Ashleigh Gryzko, Mackenzie Gray, Arthur Corber
Directed by: Stuart Ortiz, Colin Minihan
Release date: 2011-09-09
15.

The Rite

4.4

Seminary student Michael Kovak reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil’s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds
Directed by: Mikael Håfström
Release date: 2011-01-28
16.

The Woman

4.3

A lawyer puts his family in jeopardy when he captures the last member of a violent clan and tries to forcibly tame her.

Starring: Pollyanna McIntosh, Sean Bridgers, Angela Bettis, Lauren Ashley Carter, Zach Rand
Directed by: Lucky McKee
Release date: 2011-10-14
17.

The Divide

4.3

Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.

Starring: Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance, Ashton Holmes
Directed by: Xavier Gens
Release date: 2011-03-13
18.

Absentia

4.2

Tricia's husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him 'dead in absentia.' As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that Daniel's presumed death might be anything but 'natural.' The ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia... and Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.

Starring: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Morgan Peter Brown, Dave Levine, Justin Gordon
Directed by: Mike Flanagan
Release date: 2011-03-03
19.

The Tunnel

4.1

In 2007, in the midst of the drought and water shortages, the NSW State government has unveiled plans to tap into and recycle millions of litres of water trapped in a network of abandoned train tunnels just beneath the heart of Sydney. However the government suddenly goes cold on the plan and it is not made public why. There is talk of homeless people who use the tunnel as shelter going missing, even though the government states that there are no homeless people in there. This, and the silence from the officials and ministers, leads a journalist, Natasha to begin an investigation into a government cover-up. She and her crew Pete (Producer), Steve (Cameraman) and Tangles (Sound Technichian) decide to investigate the story in the tunnel.

Starring: Bel Deliá, Luke Arnold, Andy Rodoreda, James Caitlin, Goran D. Kleut
Directed by: Carlo Ledesma
Release date: 2011-05-19
20.

Detention

4.1

As a killer named Cinderhella stalks the student body at the high school in Grizzly Lake, a group of co-eds band together to survive while they're all serving detention.

Starring: Shanley Caswell, Josh Hutcherson, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook, A.D. Johnson
Directed by: Joseph Kahn
Release date: 2011-03-16

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