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Twitch’s 50 Best Horror Films of the Last Decade

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On a Twitter-inspired whim (a twim?), Scott Weinberg, Twitch’s new North American Editor, assembled his personal list of the 50 Best Horror Films from 2000-2009. Weinberg is a true and discerning horror aficionado, so the list, while obviously subjective, is worth a look and a consideration. Here are his top five films:

5)“Frailty” (2001), directed by Bill Paxton

4)“Inside” (2007), directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

3)“May” (2002), directed by Lucky McKee

2)“Session 9” (2001), directed by Brad Anderson

1)“Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), directed by Guillermo del Toro

Hard for me to poo-poo any of Weinberg’s choices when I’ve only seen twenty of his picks. The only one of his choices I’d staunchly disagree with is “Midnight Meat Train” which, frankly, I found a little goofy (then again, the film was called “Midnight Meat Train” so perhaps some goofiness was intentional). The first movie that didn’t make Twitch’s list that came to my mind isn’t strictly a horror film, but neither is “Pan’s Labyrinth” so I think it’s worthy of consideration. Kinji Fukasaku’s “Battle Royale,” is a dystopian sci-fi film set in a future where Japanese high school classmates are forced to fight to the death. This film is so bleak, and the scenario it presents is so upsetting, it gave me panic attacks for days and nightmares for weeks (and that never happens to me).

I’m not sure if Weinberg’s a Rob Zombie fan but I’ve liked a couple of his horror films, particularly his grindhouse throwback “The Devil’s Rejects,” which transplants the villains from his candy colored slasher “House of 1,000 Corpses” into a world that dirty and troubling, shows them for the hideous monsters they are, then dares us to root for them against some even more monstrous “heroes.”

Nimrod Antal’s “Vacancy” isn’t the most original horror movie of the last decade, but I almost admire it more for that reason. It shows that even tired material can be reinvigorated by efficient, dynamic direction. There have been many horror films set at isolated hotels, but few have Antal’s craftsmanship and creativity.

Another unconventional but very worthy choice is Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” about a married couple that loses their child and, ultimately, their sanity. To my mind, “Antichrist” is kind of the total package of horror: disturbing subject matter, chilling imagery, and gruesome, twisted violence.

This is part of the fun of these lists, of course; debating what made it in, what got left out. Kudos on a fun, thought-provoking list. Make sure you read all of it over at Twitch.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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