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Readers' Poll Results: The Best of 2009

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor
December 29, 2009

Top 25 of the Decade | Top 10 Favorite Films of '09: Rotten's Picks | Top 10 Favorite Films of '09: Allard's Picks | Best & Worst of '09: Doro's Picks | Top 10 Favorite Films of '09: Rob G.'s picks

For the last month, Shock Till You Drop has been hosting a series of homepage polls asking you, dear reader, to vote on the best horror movies of 2009 in three categories. We had our say (see the links above), what did you think were the top titles? The results were both expected and surprising. (Click on each title below for trailers, photos, clips and more.)

Best Theatrical Release

1.) Zombieland
2.) TIE: Friday the 13th / Drag Me to Hell
3.) Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
4.) Last House on the Left
5.) Halloween II

Two of the most controversial films of the year, movies that lit up our comment boards and felt unrelenting vitriol - Friday and Halloween - ultimately have the last laugh. Either there are actual fans, which I'm sure there are (I'm one of them), or the haters are closet fans and don't want to own up to it. The inclusion of the Underworld prequel puzzles me, however.

Best Indie or Limited Theatrical Release

1.) Paranormal Activity
2.) The Collector
3.) After Dark Horrorfest 3
4.) The House of the Devil
5.) Carriers

The black sheep here? The After Dark line-up. With very little advertising, the eight films to die for got your attention, it appears. I'm happy to see Collector found its fan base and, hopefully, it will increase once it hits DVD in the first quarter of 2010.

Best Direct-to-DVD Release

1.) Trick r treat
2.) Martyrs
3.) Rec
4.) Eden Lake
5.) The Hills Run Red

Anticipation is delicious. The top three titles, preceded by positive word of mouth, faced delays on their trip to DVD and you embraced them with open arms. Meanwhile, fans really warmed up to Dave Parker's Hills and its killer Babyface.

What do you think of the results? Comment below!

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Posted by: Headcase1 on December 29, 2009 at 15:27:56

Looking forward to collector, Last House on The Left was surprisingly decent.

Posted by: TheLurkingFear on December 29, 2009 at 15:37:03

I just dont understand why people liked Martyrs, The first 20 minutes or so was good, but damn the rest of the movie torturing this little ass women. whats so entertaining about that? cmon lets here the excuses to justify that you all get turn on by it.

Posted by: ah on December 29, 2009 at 15:50:04

I'm glad to see Halloween II made the list.

Posted by: RAZ on December 29, 2009 at 16:04:56

I'm surprised not to see "Orphan" on this list.

Posted by: Holden on December 29, 2009 at 17:03:34


Many people forgot this during the decades of popcorn selling fun slashers, but horror movies don't necessarily have to entertain you. Technically they shouldn't even entertain you! They should scare and/or upset you! Y'know...HORROR!

(Of course there is nothing wrong with a horrormovie that is pure fun.)

Posted by: HTT on December 29, 2009 at 17:14:38


The didn't put ORPHAN or THE UNBORN IN THE POlL.

Posted by: Headcase1 on December 29, 2009 at 17:18:27

You want to "here" we get turned on by it? You sound like one of those 80's PTA mom's *****ing about horror's violence on women. Personally I hate torture porn, but I don't assume people are sick for saying they liked the movie. I do however agree Martyrs wasn't nearly as great as they say.

Posted by: TheLurkingFear on December 29, 2009 at 17:30:44

Forgive my frantic misspelling error, i am glad to "hear" your thoughts Headcase1. No i am not a PTA ****, but I was just waiting for all the justifications of the film.

Posted by: Dutch on December 29, 2009 at 17:39:17

Glad to see Halloween 2 on list. As for Martyrs, not sure what "justification" is called for. A thought-provoking, disturbing horror film that challenges its audience would seem to be its own justification. Sometimes another Jason adventure just won't do.

Posted by: djblack1313 on December 29, 2009 at 18:14:09

i hated so much ZOMBIELAND. i saw it in theaters opening day...hated it. i watched it on DVD to give it another shot...hated it more! but i agree with pretty much everything else on these lists.

Posted by: djblack1313 on December 29, 2009 at 18:17:55

TheLurkingFear i agree w/ you about MARTYRS. the 1st part of the film was EXCELLENT then when it takes the torture turn it stinks. i hate when some of these people are like "you didn't get the movie then". um, yeah, i did. watching someone tortured and made to eat her own excrement isn't enjoyable to me. sorry.

Posted by: RJ Scriber on December 29, 2009 at 18:18:25

I'm a little disappointed with the Theatrical Release top-5. I don't think Friday the 13th should be that high, and LHOTL shouldn't be on there at all.

Is that all 2009 had for horror? Theatrical releases anyway. Didn't actually realize that, until just now.

Posted by: H on December 29, 2009 at 18:21:59

the collector, drag me to hell and trick r treat were the best horror flicks of 2009. my opinion any ways.

Posted by: TheLurkingFear on December 29, 2009 at 19:21:44

@djblack1313 thank you good sir, its nice to see someone finally AGREE about that film.

Posted by: LaMorte on December 30, 2009 at 09:16:09

For those who thinks Martyrs is lame because of the torture part, it's hard to hear but yeah you didn't get it. But it's not a problem, there are movies i like even if i did not get them because I appreciate those movies for what they are (well acted, well shot and stuff) and the fact that I don't get them makes them challenging and it's another reason for me to see them again...and I agree with Scriber, disappointed with theatrical release top-5 i was thinking like "if it was a top 6, New Moon would be in it for sure !!"

Posted by: Eo on December 31, 2009 at 01:39:56

I'm suprised ryan didnt put new moon on his favorite movies of the year..i could be wrong here, but seeing as he let a review for it be posted on his site, kinda makes me believe he saw it, liked it, and will probably buy it on dvd. Just what us horror fans love to see, a news about a teenage girl book series/teenage girl movie. I was suprised when i logged on here the day after christmas and didnt a see review for alvin and the chipmunks.

Posted by: Eo on December 31, 2009 at 01:48:10

oh, yea...

Best Theater release.. saw 6(wasnt best horror movie of the year by far, but the fact it finally got back to what made it so good in the first place, had to give it to it.)

Best Indi...
House of the Devil

Best STDVD...
Tie b/t Martyrs and Hills Run Red.
Hills run red just for the brutality of it(Sophia Monk naked through half the movie wasnt bad) Not turned on by torture porn but I loved it just for the fact it didnt hold back and felt it did a good job of building a story and making you think.

Worst Theater Release..
By far Halloween was just awful.. close second F13.. third, final destination 3d(kills were cool but i paid 10 bucks to see a lame version of what i'd already seen 3 times before.) and rounding it out Jennifer's Body..didnt see it in theaters, downloaded a torrent of it last week and it was literallyone of the hardest movie watching experiences i've ever had. Felt like i deserved a reward for making it through that hunk of ****...
Just my opions though..most of the list was solid

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