British horror has delivered some gems, Shaun of The Dead NOT included. Here’s eight I think are as good as a nice British cup of tea. (In no particular order)
DOG SOLDIERS (2002)
Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers centers on a British Squad is sent on a training mission in the Highlands of Scotland against Special Operations squad. Ignoring the childish “campfire” stories heard about the area, they continue with their mission. As two of their men are seriously wounded they soon find out that they are being hunted and must fight for their lives- against a pack of werewolves.
KILL LIST (2011)
One of my British favorites, Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, revolves around two ex-army friends and partners in crime. They agree to take on a “job” and things soon head out of control. Literally. “The Librarian” on the Kill List gets not only a hammer to the knee cap but also his hands and fingers, and finally, his skull in a brutally realistic scene. You may wonder what has happened by the end but Kill List gets a big disturbing thumbs-up from me.
THE DESCENT (2005)
Another Neil Marshall, The Descent, is a tense British thriller revolving six young women who explore caves in the Appalachian Mountains. As one of the members have a devastating family loss, the ladies band together to take her on the underground trip of a lifetime. Unfortunately for them, a terrible fate lurks within the tunnels.
EDEN LAKE (2008)
British horror Eden Lake, directed by James Watkins, is about a couple who escape for a romantic weekend away in the idyllic countryside. The boyfriend plans to propose at a remote lake enclosed by the woodlands, but not long after they get there the couple’s peace is shattered by a group of obnoxious teenagers. Revelling in provoking the adults, a tense confrontation ensues and soon starts a relentless game of cat-and-mouse.
28 DAYS LATER (2002)
Directed by Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later, is a simple yet effective British horror. Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of rescuing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation and infected by a virus. This virus is newly developed and infected with rage, contagious by blood or bodily fluid. 28 days later Jim awakens from his state to find London deserted and populated only by a group of those infected by rage. As he meets others uninfected they head north on a quest to find the cure.
British horror Dread is directed by Anthony DiBlasi and based upon the short story Dread by Clive Barker. Outcast cinema student Stephen proposes to his friend Quaid that they research about each one’s innermost fear. Seeing the chance of developing an original thesis for college, he invites others to work with them. When the taped confessions are no longer enough for Stephen, he decides to confront them with their fears in real life.
PANIC BUTTON (2011)
Directed by Chris Crow, Panic Button, is mainly set up in the air as four competition winners head off an all-expenses paid trip to New York. Yet they never make it. All courtesy of a social network, as the four board the private jet and take part in the in-flight entertainment, they soon release this holiday is not one-in-a-lifetime trip they had in mind.
Underground British horror, Creep, directed by Christopher Smith, revolves around Kate, a party girl who falls asleep while waiting for her train. After awakening and finding herself trapped in the London underground with everything locked for the evening, Kate is attacked by a co-worker. When that co-worker is killed and dragged away by a mysterious unseen creature, Kate finds herself fighting for her life throughout the night.