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Top 10 Horror Characters of 2013

I have already done a Top 10 Film list, so I think there should be a character list to accompany it.  Here is my list of Top 10 Horror Characters of 2013.

e9e7db10f6ee85e914c05f3ee0895edc-would-you-rather10) Iris (Would You Rather)

Played by the beautiful Brittany Snow, Iris is a girl trying to earn money to pay for her dying brother’s hospital bills.  While doing so, she gets thrown into the craziest game of “Would you rather” at the worst dinner party ever.  She is a great heroine.  She began the film weak and scared, but ended the lone survivor and the hero.

conjuring-Vera-Farmiga9) Lorraine Warren (The Conjuring)

Lorraine Warren is obviously a real person and an iconic member of the paranormal world.  Vera Farmiga portrayed Lorraine beautifully in ‘The Conjuring’.  Playing the role of such an iconic figure is no doubt stressful, but Vera was just as strong on screen as Lorraine is in real life.

PHfSdQV22cQZjg_2_m8) Frank (Maniac 2013)

Elijah Wood is one of the last actors I would have pegged for praise as a serial killer, but in his role as Frank in the remake of the classic, Maniac, he was fantastic.  Frank wasn’t an unstoppable mad man killing campers, but a person with a real mental problem and some mommy issues.  He prayed on the vulnerable girls much like a real life serial killer.

curse-of-chucky-0037) Nica (Curse of Chucky)

The Child’s Play series has brought us a list of memorable characters.  The new installment brought a new list of characters for Chucky to prey on.  Nica is a wheelchair bound young woman that turns out to be one of the strongest characters in the film. Played by Brad Dourif’s daughter, Fiona Dourif, she was by far the big star of Curse of Chucky.

carrie046) Carrie White (Carrie 2013)

Carrie White is another familiar name on this list, but with the year of remakes, a lot of horror’s classic characters have gotten face-lifts.  Chloë Grace Moretz played a more extreme version of the iconic character we all know and love.  Chloë’s version of Carrie was phenomenal.  Timid and lost in the sea that is high school, but when it came to destroying her entire school and town, the 2013 Carrie was intense.

Curse_Of_Chucky_2013_UNRATED_BRRIP_480_P_cap_25) Chucky (Curse of Chucky)

Chucky had become a lot more camp than usual in Bride and Seed of Chucky, but the camp was toned down a bit for Curse of Chucky.  Brad Dourif returned as the voice of the beloved plastic psycho.  His kills were back to the off the wall kills he is famous for.

HATCHET III / Director BJ McDonnell4) Marybeth Dunston (Hatchet III)

Danielle Harris is a name that tops horror lists of all kinds.  This year she returned in Hatchet III as the badass horror heroine, Marybeth Dunston.  She is a character that can be vulnerable one minute then the in your face southern girl the next.  I mean come on, she’s only 4’11 and she’s taking on an unstoppable ghost, and it would appear that she wins.

Jane Levy3) Mia (Evil Dead)

Mia is to Evil Dead as Ash was to The Evil Dead.  She was the first attacked and the last one standing.  For being her first horror film, Jane Levy was a natural.  She was up and down.  Starting the film as a recovering junkie and making a complete 180 becoming the hero at the end.  A character arch like that deserves some recognition.

exclusive-american-mary-clip-introduced-by-the-soska-sisters-124369-470-752) Mary Mason (American Mary)

Not many horror films go the way of a hero/villain wrapped into one character, and when they do, it is typically a male character.  The Soska Sisters changed that with American Mary by bringing us Mary Mason.  Played by Katharine Isabelle, Mary Mason created a new horror character type.  She was a girl pushed too far and went to extraordinary lengths to give herself a new, better life.  Another character that could a real life person.

Kane-Hodder-in-Hatchet-2-2010-Movie-Image-600x9011) Victor Crowley (Hatchet III)

The Hatchet Series, Adam Green and Kane Hodder can be found at the top of pretty much any list I can come up with.  My favorite horror character of 2013 was Victor Crowley of Hatchet III.  Victor, since his introduction in the first Hatchet film, has quickly become my favorite villain of the horror genre.  He is the ultimate killer.  He’s fast, strong, seems to be everywhere at once and brutal, but most of all, he is sympathetic.  He was accidentally killed by his own father when he was trying to save him from their burning house.  The Victor Crowley of Hatchet III was by far more brutal than the previous films.  Kane Hodder gave the performance of a lifetime in this role.

Movie Review: ‘Carrie’ (2013)

carrie2013posterIt is no secret that I am not a fan of remakes, there have only been a few put out that I can honestly say that I like.  I heard about the new “re-imagining” of the classic ‘Carrie‘ a while back and decided to give it a fair shot.

As far as remakes go, ‘Carrie‘ 2013 is at the top of my must-see list.  I was pleasantly surprised by this film.  The casting was my biggest concern, but I don’t think they could have chosen anyone better to play Carrie or her mother.   Chloë Grace Moretz was fantastic as Carrie, she was creepy and very intense.  Everything that she did as Carrie was organic and looked completely natural for her.  For being such a young actress, her performance was incredible.  The part of Carrie requires a lot of acting with the face and the eyes and Chloë absolutely nailed it.  Julianne Moore played Carrie’s mother, Margaret White, and may have been creepier than the mother in the original film.

Carrie’s telekinetic powers and what she did with them before she went nuts and killed everyone, were much more elaborate than the original.  She wasn’t as afraid of them.

The closet was still used as Carrie’s punishment when her mom went nuts.

The script to this film was much closer to the book than the original.  Spoiler alert, there is no nudity in this film like there was in the original.  There is one sex scene, but it’s not like the over the top scenes you see in a lot of today’s horror films.  The famous “plug it up” chant was still used in the locker room.  There was a big difference with the way Carrie was bullied.  In the 70’s when the original was made, there were no cell phones or YouTube, but the new ‘Carrie‘ brings us to modern times and adds to Carrie’s torment via cyber bullying.  It was nice to see such an iconic film brought to the present.

The most memorable part of the original ‘Carrie‘ was of course the bucket of pig’s blood and the massacre at the prom.  In the re-imagining, these scenes were much more intense and graphic.  The ways that Carrie kills her classmates was by far more creative and bloody.  In the original, after the prom scene, Carrie went home to her mother, but in this one, she goes after Chris, the girl that treated her the worst and her boyfriend.  While doing so, she does quite a bit of damage around town.  The scene when her mother stabs her and then she kills her mother was a lot more dramatic than in the original.

I really don’t feel comfortable calling this film a remake because it really wasn’t.  The films are actually quite different and the term re-imagining fits much better.  So, if you, like me, are not a fan of remakes, look at this Carrie as a new adaptation of the Stephen King novel instead of a remake.

I highly recommend ‘Carrie‘ to anyone that loved the original and especially fans of the novel.  So, if you need a date night idea for Sweetest Day tomorrow, go see ‘Carrie‘.

The critics severely low balled this film giving it only a 6.6, but I say they are out of their minds and I am giving it an 8 out of 10.