2019 Year End Review: Part 5 – The Unforgettable of the Decade, 2010-2019

When I first started to compile a list of my Best of the Decade, I had to narrow the list of well over thirty titles to begin with. As I was narrowing it down to ten, I did notice quite a few that I really enjoyed but just weren’t  going to make the cut. Then I also realized that some of these titles don’t seem to be coming up in conversation too often, or at all. It would be a real shame for a great movie to come out and quickly disappear into all those other titles that are constantly coming out through physical media or some streaming service. That is why I decided to make this particular list because I want to make sure that if one or two, or more, of these titles had slipped by you, now would be your chance to seek them out. If you enjoyed them as much as I did, then to pass the recommendations onto other like-minded film fans. The last thing we want is for some entertaining and sometimes original films to get lost in the flood of all these titles. So make a note of these titles, if you haven’t seen them, and give yourself a challenge to find them in 2020. And then help spread the word! Once again, these are in alphabetical order.

So let’s get at it.

100 bloody acres

100 Bloody Acres (2012) – This is an Australian horror/comedy about two brothers who run a organic fertilizer business, played by Damon Herriman (who played Charlie Manson in Taratino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Angus Sampson (from the Insidious films). When they discover by putting a little human remains into their product, business seems to pick up. So starts the plan to continue with this new business model, which becomes difficult when Herriman starts to have second thoughts. Look for Wolf Creek’s John Jarratt in a small but memorable roll.

attack of the werewolves

Attack of the Werewolves (original title Lobos de Arga, 2011) – Another horror/comedy but this time about werewolves. Written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Juan Martínez Moreno, we have a story about a young man coming back to his home town to receive an award, but not for the reasons he thinks.

blood glacier

Blood Glacier (2013) – Not sure why I decided to watch this movie on Netflix, because it has a damn silly title and the box art looked absolutely terrible. Within minutes of starting it, the English dub was so terrible I looked to see if there was an original language track, which there was, thankfully. Had it not, I never would have finished it. That being said, what we have is a great little monster flick that is damn entertaining. I don’t want to go into a lot of detail to save the surprise for you, but it deals with some scientist up in the Austrian Alps that discover some strange liquid coming from a glacier that is having some strange effects on things around it. Just make sure you can watch it with the original dialogue!

the canal

The Canal (2014) – This film, from writer/director Ivan Kavanagh, almost made it on my Best of the Decade list. It is a slow burn but highly effective. Rupert Evans stars as a father who’s sanity starts to crack after the mysterious death of his wife and then discovering facts of a strange murder that happened in his house decades ago. As the story progresses, we follow Evans on his path, not knowing if what we’re seeing is real or just in his head.

Child Eater 3

Child Eater (2016) – Last year, this film was loaned to me, not knowing or being told anything about it other than its worth the watch. With all these filmmakers working hard to come up with the next Freddy or Jason, here we have writer/director Erlingur Thoroddsen’s coming up with not only a great monster character, but he surrounds it in a good story, acted out by believable characters. Our title character is named Robert Bowery, a local nutcase that was kidnapping children and eating their eyeballs. How’s that for a hook? Thoroddsen gives us something original, as well as well shot and delivered. This one will give you the creeps.

cub

Cub (2014) – For his first (and only, so far) feature film, director Jonas Govaerts takes us on a camping trip with a bunch of Belgium cub scouts out in the woods. The leaders start the trip off by telling the scouts the story of a feral kid that lives in the woods and turns into a werewolf at night. Little did they know some of their story would be true. This one will keep you guessing on what is going to happen next and a lot of moments that will make you question if you actually just saw what happened. Great stuff here.

honeymoon

Honeymoon (2014) – This film is a prime example that you don’t need a huge budget or a huge cast, but if you can get a really good story that is brought to life by a few really talented actors, then you can end up with a great little horror flick. Director and co-written by Leigh Janiak, we get an impressive debut of a newlywed couple, played by Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie, on their honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, the husband finds his bride outside in middle of the night with no memory of how she got there. After that, things start to change. Slowly. Major kudos to Rose Leslie on her performance.

human race

The Human Race (2012) – This was recommended by a friend who had seen it at a film fest in Belgium, and I’m so glad he did because I was so impressed with this one. Written and directed by Paul Hough (son of John, director of Legend of Hell House and Twins of Evil), this is a tale sort of like Battle Royal, but with a very different take on it. Our main character, played by Eddie McGee is missing his left leg, which makes the “race” a little harder. And FYI… the missing leg isn’t the work of CGI. McGee actually lost his leg to cancer, so more kudos to him. Very original and very entertaining.

jug face

Jug Face (2013) – If you haven’t noticed, most of these titles here are not some big budgeted films from Hollywood, but ones that tend to be on the low budget and independent side. Maybe that’s why I think they are so original, since the big studios don’t like originality. Anyway, this is a tale of some backwoods people that follow some strange rituals, which includes sacrificing someone to a possible creature in a pit. This person is chosen when their face appears on a newly formed ceramic jug. Independent guru Larry Fessenden has a small but essential role here, along with Sean Young. Strange and original, as well as captivating.

when animals dream

When Animals Dream (2014) – This Danish film gives the werewolf genre something fresh and original that isn’t something that you see too often. Slow paced but very well played out with an outstanding cast, especially Lars Mikkelsen and Sonia Suhl as the young Maria who starts to go through a strange change in her life. Mikkelsen plays the father who is taking care of his invalid wife, with the help of his daughter, Maria. The film starts off at a doctor’s visit with him looking at a strange rash on her chest, that he plays off like it is no concern, but wants to see her back in a month. As she starts to feel different, she starts to discover more about her family.

Do yourself a favor, my friends. If you have not seen all of these films, please seek them out. I think you’ll be just as impressed as I was. Or at least I hope so!

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