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Horror Power Ranking List – August 4, 2008

Midnight Meat Train makes the top of the list this week for two reasons: First, it’s very, very good; and second, given that it’s being released in only 100 theaters, everybody should see it this weekend to show Lionsgate that there is interest in well-made horror films with silly names. That’s it: Let’s teach Lionsgate a lesson by giving them our money.

Besides Meat Train, we’ve got some official word on Nightmare on Elm Street, a fake The Host 2 trailer, and two recent films that absolutely suck. Can you guess which ones they are?

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Horror Power Rankings
Rank LW   Movie (or Comic, etc.)
1 midnight-meat-train.jpg Midnight Meat Train
MMT has been bouncing on and off of our list for weeks, mainly because nobody thought it would be good (meaning me). But our reviewer loved it, and I tend to agree. Go see it… if you can find it in a theater near you.
2 10 mirrors-75x75.jpg Mirrors
Mirrors, stop playing with my heart. I ranked you low last week because nobody was talking about you at Comic-Con. But then I see that clip of Amy Smart tearing her own face off, and I fall in love all over again.
3 nightmareonelmstreet-75x75.jpg A Nightmare on Elm Street
Got some exclusive news for you, straight from the horse’s mouth (and by horse, I mean New Line): There’s no Tara Reid in the horror reboot. In fact, they’re still working on the script, and that’s it. Everybody exhale, okay?
4 3 hellboy2-75x75.jpg Hellboy II: The Golden Army
All right, so here’s my question for you, Hellboy II is fun and has some fantastic monsters, but is it good enough to warrant a sequel? I think so, especially given the hints dropped in I and II, but what do you think?
5 6 twilight.jpg Twilight
I have something terrible to confess to all of you: I think I may be a Twilight fan. I’m not as excited about Twilight as I am for, say, the top four on this list, but I eagerly await Twilight news each week, so I can put it in this Horror ranker.
6 thehost-75x75.jpg The Host 2
Let’s leave behind the debate as to whether there should even be a sequel to the superb The Host (there shouldn’t), because this is horror, and horror demands sequels. And also, because this fake trailer totally got me excited.
7 baghead-75x75.jpg Baghead
There’s a part of me that feels a kind of bad for Baghead. It’s a little indie horror movie that tries to mash up genres, mixing comedy and horror with typical Mumblecore angst. Problem is, it fails. But hey, you tried, right guys? Right?
8 2 mummy-75x75.jpg The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
If this weren’t a family website, there’s a phrase I’d use to describe what this movie did this past weekend. It involves beds, and something that you shouldn’t do in beds, but would probably do in a bathroom. Get it?
9 5 xfiles-75x75.jpg The X-Files: I Want to Believe
In the battle of the horror sequels that suck, The X-Files is still losing to The Mummy. Not only that, but there’s something supremely sad about David Duchovny’s insisting that the bad B.O. is because of The Dark Knight. Oh, DD.
10 harrypotter-75x75.jpg Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Look, we can all debate whether this even remotely counts as horror (hence its inclusion at the end of the list), but if any of the books can make it here, it’s this one. And Young Voldemort, based on the new trailer, is completely terrifying.
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