The Woman In Black, James Watkins
I remember watching this at the cinema with a few friends and being genuinely terrified. I have a thing for ghost stories and this completely hit the mark for me. Daniel Radcliffe was well cast despite my own initial reservations and Hammer Horror have taken another step in the right direction.
Dredd, Pete Travis
Dredd was a film I had no real interest in until I saw the trailer, even then my expectations were not exceptionally high. However once I was sat down and watching it in the cinema I found myself enjoying the film from beginning to end. Karl Urban drew a Clint Eastwood style tough guy persona and it really worked. The action was well handled, the blood was plentiful and the payoff satisfying. Here’s hoping a sequel gets the green light.
Sinister, Scott Derrickson
Ah Sinister, how you utterly mind fucked me for a good week and a half. A good story, Ethan Hawke going mad and some truly terrifying moments all coming together to bring us one of the most nerve jangling horror films in years.
Looper, Rian Johnson
Brilliant, original, mind bending. Haven’t seen it yet? What’s wrong with you?!
The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan
A spectacular end to a spectacular series. Some people had a few gripes with elements of the story and the ending. I however loved it and sincerely wish the best of luck to whoever is tasked with rebooting this franchise, they’ll need it.
Chronicle, Josh Trank
I didn’t manage to catch this at the cinema, in fact I only saw it the other week with my girlfriend after she bought the DVD and I was completely blown away. It brings a freshness to the superhero genre and even the slightly tired POV lets record everything we do technique of filming.
Avengers Assemble, Joss Whedon
I had anticipated this film since the moment Iron Man had ended. Four years later and I have seen the film three times at the cinema and own the box set with all six films on blu-ray. I loved this film, if I had died after seeing this film I would have died a happy man, that’s how good it is.
The Cabin In The Woods, Drew Goddard
Yes I loved The Avengers and any other year it probably would have been my favorite, but The Cabin In The Woods finally made its way to the cinema, despite being made in 2011, and it was well worth the wait. It plays like an old school horror throughout, with good-looking teenagers, a cabin, nudity, comedy and most importantly blood and guts, but the thing is it’s completely unlike any horror film out there. Brought to us by two of the minds behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it’s smart, witty and wonderfully unpredictable and my favorite film of the year so far.