The Top 13 Horror Films Celebrating 10th Anniversaries in 2021
2011 was a big year. There was the royal wedding, a history-making baseball season, and some of the most ingenious horror films of the modern era. We got a supernatural ghost hunt with The Innkeepers, grisly murder mysteries like You’re Next, and . . . Shark Night 3D. OK, they weren’t all winners, but as someone who’s been watching horror movies since the tender age of 7, I can attest that it was an overall amazing year for horror. As an expert, I’ve compiled the 13 best movies of the year and ranked them in order. Take a look to see what topped my list!
Shark Night 3D
Shark movies are always fan favorites, especially when it comes to college kids having to survive a shark-infested lake weekend. But sadly, this one wasn’t the best. Despite it grossing over $15 million more than its budget, critics were not impressed. While it tried, the movie fell flat: it didn’t have a solid plot line or enough blood for the gore fanatics.
The Moth Diaries
The Moth Diaries revolves around a haunted girl, Rebecca, who suspects her new roommate, Ernessa, is a vampire. Through a series of disturbing hallucinations and creepy nursery rhymes, Rebecca tries to figure out what Ernessa wants with her. While it was a daring experiment, critics said it was way too serious for its own good. While I loved the actress’s portrayals, I agree with critics on this one.
In the middle of a snowstorm, a team of pilots and scientists explore the ruins of an alien crash site. From there, they quickly discover someone or something is killing them off one by one. While this remake tries to surpass the original, critics pointed out that it lacked a few key aspects of a good horror film. Although the audience thought it was a solid remake.
With only a 43 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, critics claimed the film came up short but was mostly saved by Elizabeth Olsen’s brilliant performance. Her character finds herself in a secluded cabin, where things start going crazy. This film is full of jump scares, so you’ll want to make sure wine is on hand for the inevitable anxiety.
Horror’s favorite final girl, Sidney Prescott, makes yet another appearance in the Scream series – along with a ton of the hottest young talent of 2011, including Emma Roberts. With the series’s trademark meta humor and witty writing, it’s a solid horror film for a scary movie night. While it was a good addition to the franchise, it didn’t bring anything new to the table and it wasn’t exactly needed. If anything, it just makes me want Sidney to have a break already from the Ghostface killers.
Final Destination 5
With fairly mixed reviews from critics and a 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, reviewers mainly said the gross factor is what most will take away from Final Destination 5. Unlike Scream 4, the fifth installment of this classic horror series was actually needed. While it followed the same formula, it answered a lot of questions.
This supernatural drama is everything one would want from a spooky movie. Based in the 1920s, we follow Florence, who works on exposing frauds in the supernatural world. However, she finds herself in an actual ghost story at a boarding school and she has to figure out what happened. While it can be slow at times, the payoff is worth it.
This film revolves around two sisters who discover a secret tunnel linked to over 100 disappearances in the area, including that of one sister’s husband. It’s a terrifying missing-person story that ties in supernatural and true crime elements. Plus, critics were obsessed with it – one called it a “very creepy, non-formulaic” film.
Sara Paxton stars as a young ghost hunter, ready to figure out the secrets of the Yankee Pedlar Inn. With a terrifying ghost and a beautiful haunted house, it deserves being higher on the list. While the audience had mixed reviews, critics praised it for the storyline giving a new take on the classic haunted house trope.
This remake may not have been needed, but it definitely delivers on style and gore. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie follows a charismatic high school couple as they suspect a new neighbor is a killer vampire. If you loved the original 1985 film as I did, don’t worry, this remake holds up. (How can you resist vampire Colin Farrell?)
When a family reunion goes awry, it’s up to Erin Harson to get the family out alive. With multiple killers and so many family secrets unfolding, it’s hard to say who’ll make it. With a 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and glowing reviews from audiences and critics alike, it’s a staple in the horror movie realm. This is the most badass horror film I have ever seen. Take everything you know about the classic final girl trope and throw it out the window.
Cabin in the Woods
I think everyone saw this coming. Cabin in the Woods is a horror classic with its hysterical, meta dialogue and absolutely terrifying villains. It shows a group of stereotypical college kids going on a trip to a cabin, but it also shows the people creating the horror for them in a fun, fresh way. With a score of a whopping 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it was an instant hit.