10: Sharknado (2013)
We start the list with a B-Movie revolving around a tornado filled with sharks. Yeah, I've clearly started this list right! The first film in the now trilogy (well quadrilogy) aired on the Syfy Channel in 2013 and gained a cult following due to its ridiculousness and its so-bad-its-good manner. I love this film for the same reason; it's ridiculous and self-aware.
9: Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker (2014)
The next film on the list is an animated short film that was created by now ex-Blink 182 member, Tom DeLonge. It follows a boy that discovers he can control his dreams (lucid dreamer) and is hunted by the vicious Night Terror in the Dream World. The film has inspirations from such films as Akira, Tron and Blade Runner and it shows: the anime-style animation is gorgeous and the sound design is brilliant. It would've worked better as a feature film as it doesn't explore the Dream World or fully explain the reasoning for the events unfolding. However the film is part of an on-going multimedia project, which now includes a novel and a 3 issue comic book series, so this film only serves as an introduction to the overall project.
8: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Even though I haven't seen this film many times, I still think The Nightmare Before Christmas is a fantastic stop-motion film. The story is unique and interesting, the songs are catchy and the characters are memorable. I also love the settings of Halloween and Christmas Town and how they contrast with each other; Halloween Town is gothic and full of dark colours while Christmas Town is overloaded with bright colours. The film was based on the short poem written by Tim Burton. If you haven't heard it, it's on the Special Edition DVD and on YouTube in full; I definitely recommend it as it's a really good poem. It's also narrated by the late Christopher Lee, which is an added plus!
7: Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
This weird rock opera was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (the Saw franchise). Set in the year 2056, it envisions a future where, after a worldwide epidemic, a biotech company (Gene Co.) have set up an organ loan program, similar to that of a car or house loan. However if you can't keep up with your payments, your organs get repossessed.
I love the film; it is gruesome (this directer did most of the Saw films) but Repo! has a visually interesting setting and a crazy plot. Also, this being an opera, it's filled with rock-influenced songs (one of the songs sounds like a Green Day song) and there's some beautiful opera singing. Not all of the songs are good, but they definitely are catchy. If you haven't seen this film and you're a fan of Saw or a fan of musicals and rock operas, I couldn't recommend this enough as I think it's a very underrated film.
6: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
This is an example of a great animated film. I unfortunately missed this at the cinema, but I'm glad I've seen this. The soundtrack is amazing (and one of my favourite movie soundtracks) and the animation is beautiful. My personal favourite scene is between the three main characters as they fly around Berk and through the clouds (part of it is shown below). I was going to include the second film, however, I actually prefer this film mainly because of the soundtrack and the way the film portrays Hiccup and Toothless' eventual friendship.
5: Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Time for a confession: I didn't want to see this film when it first came out in cinemas. I remember seeing the trailer and thinking it looked ridiculous and stupid. My mind was very quickly changed when I got it on DVD as a present. Yes, this film is ridiculous but, because of that, Marvel were able to make this more comedic than most other superhero films. It does have its serious moments but, overall, this is a fun, crazy and entertaining film with likeable characters, an interesting plot and an awesome soundtrack.
4: Jeepers Creepers (2001)
For a film that has a tone similar to that of Final Destination, Jeepers Creepers does have a way of getting under your skin; some of the scenes in this are creepy and unsettling. It also has a pretty disturbing and unique concept: the film revolves around a demon-like creature that eats and absorbs human body parts for its own use. How does this creature chooses its victims? Through fear, and who is scared the most. It's a strange horror film, but one I feel is underrated.
3: Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Drag Me To Hell was directed by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead trilogy). It follows Christine Brown, who has been cursed and will be dragged to Hell in 3 days unless she can break said curse. I could tell Raimi had fun making this and it shows: the film is funny, at times scary, and overall entertaining. I had a lot of fun watching this and I love it. However, if you haven't seen this, I wouldn't recommend seeing the trailer because it's not a good one; it advertises the film as a serious horror film and pretty much shows the whole movie.
2: Tusk (2014)
This film sounds familiar. As I've actually done a review on Tusk, I'm going to be brief with this one. Despite being compared to The Human Centipede, I found this film to be different because there's more of a focus on the characters and there's a stronger reason for the torture. This is also a beautifully shot film and the overall look of the film is gorgeous, even if some of the actual imagery on screen isn't pleasant.
Pictured Below (L-R): The 1st Official Film Poster, 2nd Official Film Poster, Japanese Poster and the DVD cover.
1: Saw (2004)
And the number one spot goes to Saw! While a lot of people don't like the sequels (I personally do-sorrynotsorry), it's difficult to deny that the first movie was brilliant. It has a clever and interesting plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the shocking conclusion, when the main scenario (pictured) is fully understood.
While compiling this list, I came up with all the films that I liked. By the time I finished writing the list, it contained around 40-50 films. Because I wanted to limit the article to just ten films, I've included an 'Honourable Mentions' list. I've also included a list of the films that didn't make it into the main article or the 'Honourable Mentions' segment.
Pokemon: The First Movie
The Lion King
Films That Didn't Make The Cut At All
Trick 'r' Treat
Final Destination 3
Peter Pan (Live Action)
The Cat Returns
Lilo & Stitch