Netflix is like something delivered unto us from the Gods. We sit back, in the comfort of our homes or offices, or wherever we may roam, and get to click on a film and watch it instantly for a menial monthly fee. I come from a time when wanting to watch movies meant needing to rent them, meant needing to go out and peruse the video store to find the desired movie, and then driving home, watching it, and finally resenting that you needed to bring the movie back. Now, I scroll, see something that looks good, look it up to make sure it doesn’t suck ass, and watch it. Never has the act of film watching been so streamlined. And Netflix is amazing, because I can tell you about these movies, and you can pretty much pop over, type them in, and sit back and take the ride yourself. Never has recommending a film been easier. Remember, I like my movies fairly disturbing, so don’t take to any of these movies looking for comfort, because you will oft find the opposite. And if I ever point you in the direction of a slow-burn, stick with it, because I promise they all have pay offs. The Pact on this list is a perfect example of that.
It’s been a really interesting year for horror movies so far. Granted, we are only a few months away from the end of the year, so I probably could have waited a few months, but the line between the great horror films, and the terrible horror films is already so divided, that it needs to be discussed. Some of the horror films I have seen this year have truly dropped my jaw and redefined the genre for me. While a few others were so poorly executed, I wondered how they ever got the green light in the first place . I also feel the need to say that horror means many different things to different people. So just because kids getting kidnapped isn’t horror to you (maybe you need torture-porn and monsters or something), or CG werewolves fighting Cg vampires isn’t horror to you, that doesn’t mean these films are not “horror films”, in the genre sense. Having that disclaimer out of the way, now presenting, the best and worst “horror” movies of 2012, so far. Note there are no SyFy channel movies on here. If that were the case, we would all be here for days.