All too often I find myself in a conversation where I will mention one of these movies listed below and 9 times out of 10, the person I am talking to has not seen or heard of it. The movies mentioned were all made within the past couple years, some of them you may have seen, others you may not have seen. I am always intrigued when I see a movie with a plot or storyline unlike anything else I’ve ever seen and these movies have just that.
Here is a list of 6 great movies you may have missed!
Tucker & Dale vs. EvilÂ (2010)
Synopsis: Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count.
My Thoughts: I loved the movie and thought it was hilarious. In an extremely intelligent way, not only does Tucker & Dale vs. Evil poke fun at modern horror films but it also highlights the absolute stupidity of today’s youth.
Red State (2011)
Action/ Horror/ Thriller
Synopsis:Â Red State unfolds in a small town dominated by a fundamentalist preacher, Abin Cooper. It tells the story of three high school boys who, on their way to an internet arranged meeting with a woman, end up crossing paths with Cooper. The encounter sets into motion a series of events that causes all hell to break loose.
My Thoughts: I was completely blindsided by this movie. Finally breaking down and heeding the advice of a trusted friend, I watched Red State. I had no idea what the movie and I just turned it on…. I wish I could see all movies this way. The movie blew me away and after finding out Kevin Smith wrote/directed it, I became an even bigger fan. I am always told to avoid conversation about religion and politics so I will by telling you to just watch this movie.
Attack the Block (2011)
Synopsis: Attack the Block is a fast funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space.
My Thoughts:Â “Inner City vs. Outer Space.” A movie about aliens attacking the ghetto, it doesn’t get any more original than that! How could you not love this movie? Instead of following the typical route with aliens, they created furry gorilla-like monsters with impossible black fur and neon blue glowing rows of razor-sharp teeth. I loved this movie and have recommended it multiple times!
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
Action/ Crime/ Thriller
Synopsis:Â Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building’s lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
My Thoughts: This may be the manliest movie ever made, ever. Absolutely insane how awesome the killing and fight scenes are. The entire movie from start to finish has you on the edge of your seat. The Raid: Redemption has it all from insanely amazing choreographed martial arts, nail biting action, epic gun battles and more. This is a movie ever man should see.
The Devil’s Double (2011)
Biography/ Drama/ Thriller
Synopsis:Â Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ — or body double — to Saddam’s son, the notorious “Black Prince” Uday Hussein, a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family’s lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, talk and act like Uday.
My Thoughts:Â This is another flick I went into blind. I heard about it a while back but it took a few months before I decided to finally watch it. What I did not realize until the end of The Devil’s Double was how true the story actually was. After researching what really happened and reading some of the excerpts from Latif’s books, it made the movie that much better. Doesn’t matter if you care about what happened with Uday or not, it’s a great movie to watch.
John Dies at the End (2012)
Comedy/ Fantasy/ Horror
Synopsis: It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.
My Thoughts: I don’t even know what to say about this movie besides watch it. If you are a fan of awesomeness, this movie is full of awesome. By far one of the strangest flicks I have ever watched but that is what I loved about it. Little intelligent details about the movie were great and really make you question the true potential of our own brains.
I felt the need to share this list, these are all great movies I’ve watched over the past couple years and still to this day I come across way too many people who have not seen them! Let me know your thoughts! Also, if you have some movie suggestions, comment below.