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It's time once again for the yearly top ten list, but I'm doing things a little differently than most critics. The only criteria for making the list was that the movie had to have been released this year (either theatrically or direct-to-video) or it had to have made its American DVD debut this year. My reasoning for the latter option is that I very rarely catch a movie in theaters: the last time I did was for 2005's Land Of The Dead, and prior to that, the "honor" regrettably went to 2000's Hollow Man. Also, unlike many of the other critics out there, horror is my true love; there may have been some fine comedy and action releases this year, but there honestly weren't many that made me care enough to check them out. This list wasn't limited to horror, but after putting it together, it turned out to be almost nothing but (one of the lone exceptions, ironically enough, was my personal favorite of the year).
Evil 01. Evil (2003)
When I watched this back in July, I claimed that it was the best movie I'd seen all year at that point. Now that we're approaching the end of 2006, that statement hasn't changed. This is one of those rare movies that anyone can identify with, and it's one of the still-rarer films that can be watched over and over again for years to come.
6.2
 / 10
Sympathy For Lady Vengeance 02. Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (2005)
While wrapping up his revenge trilogy with this piece of cinematic gold, director Chan-Wook Park came up just a little short in being the best of the best this year. Indeed, the wait that us Americans had to endure was well worth it, as this one was just as good (if not better) than the acclaimed previous entries in the series.
8.2
 / 10
Imprint 03. Imprint (2006)
One of two Masters of Horror episodes to make the list, entry number three proves that Takashi Miike hasn't lost his edge after working on a couple of family-friendly movies, and his addition to the series no doubt gained him more than a couple of new fans.
7.9
 / 10
Slither 04. Slither (2006)
Prior to Slither, James Gunn only had some Troma-related material under his directorial belt. I'm a fan of almost everything Troma puts out, but I honestly didn't expect his film to go over so well with the masses. Sure, he may have written some films that went over well with the mainstream audiences, but as a director - I just didn't see it happening. As you can see from this entry in the list, I was oh so wrong in that assumption.
7.5
 / 10
The Hills Have Eyes 05. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
As much as I despise remakes, it shocks me just as much as it may shock you readers that one made the list. I had high hopes from the moment I discovered that Alexandre Aja was directing, but still - remakes have a slight tendency to suck. Thankfully, that was not the case here, and in fact, Aja outdid the original. If only that happened more often, I wouldn't be so venomous every time a new remake was announced.
8.1
 / 10
Chaos 06. Chaos (2005)
Coming in just after a remake of a Wes Craven film on this list is... another remake of a Wes Craven film. The director and writer opted to drop the remake tag before the release, but the roots of this storyline are blatantly obvious. Nonetheless, it's a damned fine film, and much like the Hills Have Eyes remake, it outshines the original.
6.4
 / 10
Sick Girl 07. Sick Girl (2006)
The second Masters of Horror episode to make the list (and also the first of two Misty Mundae / Erin Brown films), Sick Girl featured the triumphant return of Lucky McKee after four years away from the director's chair. It was also Misty Mundae's big break in Hollywood after making her name in the low-budget erotica flicks, and - oh yeah - the episode itself was great.
6.5
 / 10
Shock-O-Rama 08. Shock-O-Rama (2005)
Shock-O-Rama (the distributor) has always been upfront about the type of movies they specialize in, and as a result, you usually know what you're going to get when you pick one of them up - mainly, campy horror mixed with plenty of gore and nudity. With the release of their namesake movie, they delivered on all accounts, and it turns out that this is one of the best releases to be found in their impressive library.
6.5
 / 10
The Booth 09. The Booth (2005)
The Asian ghost story is still relevant in this day and age. Granted, it's getting a bit old considering that it's been done over and over thanks to the massive success of movies like Ringu and Ju-On, but this one proves that it can still be extremely effective when done right.
5.3
 / 10
2001 Maniacs 10. 2001 Maniacs (2005)
Wrapping up the list is Tim Sullivan's nasty little remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis' gore-soaked Two Thousand Maniacs. Featuring some creative kills, more gore than you can shake a stick at, plenty of laughs, and a wickedly great performance by Robert Englund, Sullivan has proven that he has a bright future ahead of him.
6.0
 / 10
Amateur Porn Star Killer 11. Amateur Porn Star Killer (2006)
Honorable mention.
6.1
 / 10
Bone Sickness 12. Bone Sickness (2004)
Honorable mention.
5.2
 / 10
Dawn 13. Dawn (2003)
Honorable mention.
5.4
 / 10
Feast 14. Feast (2005)
Honorable mention.
6.4
 / 10
Feed 15. Feed (2005)
Honorable mention.
5.8
 / 10
Hard Candy 16. Hard Candy (2005)
Honorable mention.
7.4
 / 10
Hostel 17. Hostel (2005)
Honorable mention.
5.9
 / 10
Wolf Creek 18. Wolf Creek (2005)
Honorable mention.
6.2
 / 10
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