Best of: Meta Horror Movies

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by

I love when a horror movie can make fun of itself, or recognize its predecessors, and as my friend Noelle said, the meta horror movie is now a genre in itself. The self referential horror film is a dime a dozen in the year 2014, but there are a few masterpieces worth noting. Take a peek at my favorite meta horror movies after the jump!

Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (2011)

I'm actually really sorry that I had to include this. I have mixed feelings about the Human Centipede movies (see my 32 Films That Made Me Question Humanity post to see a few more thoughts about this) and feel like you have to see them, but you don't have to enjoy them. Human Centipede 2 trails Martin Lomax, a man obsessed with The Human Centipede film. He then attempts to make his own sequence, and it's gross. Have fun.

Shaun of The Dead (2004)

Shaun of The Dead is hysterical. Most horror junkies will have this one ranked high in their top films. I don't have the same love for the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy as those fans (I didn't even see The World's End and didn't think Hot Fuzz was THAT funny,) but Shaun of The Dead is worth mentioning. It's most notable for playing on Romero's films, in fact, it directly references Dawn of The Dead. I don't want to spoil too much here, but it may be the only real comedy you'll find on Girl Terror.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

New Nightmare is what happens when Wes Craven is feeling bitter about the past five Nightmare on Elm Street movies and wants to reboot for the anniversary AND have complete creative control. Poor Heather Langenkamp comes back to play Heather Langenkamp in a film about a demon coming to take the role as Freddy in real life, while Robert Englund is apparently on vacation or something. (Also, the kid from Pet Sematary shows up.) There is a lot going on in New Nightmare and it's not great. With that being said, if you're a horror fan (and I assume you are or you would not be here!) or a Nightmare franchise fan, it's worth a watch, even if just for the laughs.

Popcorn (1991)

Popcorn is AWESOME. A group of film students revive a theatre and host an all night sci-fi/horror fest, where a masked (kind of) killer, believed to be a dead filmmaker from 15 years earlier, begins to stalk them one by one. The best parts are the on screen deaths during the on screen films. This one took me awhile to get to, but I definitely recommend this gem. Also the main character, Maggie, has some killer 90s style.

Rubber (2010)

I was reluctant to see Rubber. It is legitimately about a tire (named Robert, I know) who kills people with its telepathic power. An audience is gathered to watch a "film," the same as what we're seeing on screen. There is a mention to things in cinema, as well as life, happening for no reason, and that basically sums up Rubber's existence. With that being said- watch Rubber. It has some really beautiful cinematography and some decent silly humor mixed with good kills.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010)

Okay, so this one is basically a comedy, too. I thought Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil was so clever. A group of kids go camping where Tucker and Dale have just purchased a cabin. When one of the girls, Allison, hits her head and is rescued, the other teens think Tucker and Dale have captured her. In an attempt to get her back, the kids accidentally kill themselves one by one and Tucker and Dale think they're completing a suicide pact. You'll also find few references to Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Masscare. This is one of my favorites on Netflix.

Cabin In The Woods (2011)

I CANNOT RECOMMEND CABIN IN THE WOODS ENOUGH. My god, what a fantastic horror movie. Let's start at the beginning, you've got writer, Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) and director, Drew Goddard (Lost, Cloverfield, World War Z) which is already a recipe for success. You've got your standard kids at a cabin, but the elements in which they're living are being controlled by technicians for a mysterious ritual. Later, we see the facility where all the monsters the kids encounter are hosted, and eventually, shit hits the fan. There are hundreds of horror references in Cabin In The Woods and I was SO happy with this movie.

The Scream Franchise (1996-2011)

And here we are, the superfecta of self referential horror movies. Scream was one of the first horror movies I remember seeing on video when my babysitter forced terrified six year old me to watch it in 1997. Scream really gave Wes Craven room to shine as a director with writer Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty). The Scream franchise follows Sidney Prescott, a young woman who can't manage to keep from being attacked after her mother's death. Scream revived the slasher genre in the 90's and was so cleverly self aware. The characters knew what their roles were in the story and we can never forget the rules of horror movies set before us by Quentin Tarantino inspired Randy (Jamie Kennedy.)

Honorable mention: Seed of Chucky (2004)

I didn't want to include this, but I also didn't want to leave it out. I am not even going to talk about this nightmare of a movie but if you liked the Child's Play series, take a peek at this.

What are your favorite meta horror movies? Tell me in the comments.

Thanks for reading! XO

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