I have never taken more pride in my French heritage than I do at this exact moment. Why? Well, film is (I’m about to sound like a douche) a very important medium to me. And as you can probably gather from spending a little time here at this site, I tend to enjoy films that focus on some of the darker aspects of life. Only because I feel that is the reality to life, and the truth is, life can be dark. Life scars us and leaves us troubled. I understand there are people who live their lives pretending stuff like that doesn’t exist, but I am the opposite of that. And I am slowly realizing, that is the French part of me. The Portuguese side of me just wants to eat delicious food and drink hearty wine and laugh with my friends, but the French side? The French side wants to have kinky sex and thinks about death all the time and imagines myself in ungodly scenarios for no discernible reason. I never knew that was the French side of me, but now that I have seen all that the new wave of extreme French cinema, I can take comfort in the fact that there are people far more disturbed than me. And they make some truly unsettling and unforgettable films that carve their way into your subconscious and just kind of stay there, forever. Here are just a few of those films. Keep your eye out for a few trends across all the movies here. Namely, strong females and passive males. The women are often the victor and the victim, but in much more pronounced roles than typically found in American films. Be forewarned, these films are pretty brutal.
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.