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2021 Year In Review

2021 Year in Review Posts:

Best of 2021

Best Horror I Missed in 2020



Now that 2021 has finally passed, I can write my last writeup for the year. This will mostly consist of fun statistics I tracked throughout the year, which will help me establish what sort of goals I’ll have for 2022.



TOTAL MOVIES WATCHED


From January to December, I watched a total of 423 horror films. This is significantly less than 2020 where I watched upwards of 520. I attribute this to some aspects of life returning closer to normalcy rather than perpetual lockdown.


YEARS


When were all the movies I watched made?


1950s: 3

1960s: 9

1970s: 42

1980s: 75

1990s: 57

2000s: 28

2010s: 31

2020s: 164

Unreleased (Film Festival Releases without wide releases): 14


DIRECTORS


By watching 423 movies, I was able to explore a small fraction of the creative minds of 405 different directors.


DIRECTOR GENDER


Of these 423 films, 32 were directed by women and 12 had split male/female co-directors, meaning about 10% of all films were directed by women. This is an area that I am actively looking to improve upon this next year.


MOST WATCHED DIRECTOR


With 5 films; Shock (1977), A Bay of Blood (1971). Kill, … Baby Kill (1966), Black Sabbath (1963), and Blood and Black Lace (1964); Mario Bava is my most watched director of 2021.


LANGUAGES


Throughout the year I watched horror films in 19 different languages: with my most watched non-English language films being either French (12 films) and Italian (12 films). In total, 60 films were presented in a non-English language. This is another area that I am actively looking to improve upon this next year.


COUNTRIES


I watched horror films from 32 different countries.


Top Countries:

Ireland (5)

Germany/West Germany (5)

South Korea (6)

Australia (8)

France (17)

Italy (26)

Canada (35)

United Kingdom (46)

United States (221)


Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Russia/Soviet Union, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia


RATING STATS


The average score I gave movies throughout 2021 is a 5.37 with the most common score of 7/10, followed closely by 5.5/10.


HIGHEST RATED MOVIE


Only one film received my highest score of the year, oceanic thriller Dead Calm (1989), which is a new personal favorite after scoring a 9/10!


LOWEST RATED MOVIE(S)


Five films, however, share the lowest score I gave this year, which is a 1.5/10. Feeders (1996), The Alien Dead (1980), Virus Shark (2021), and Dinosaur Hotel (2021) were all awful but they are all eclipsed by one true terror.


The even worse alien invasion sequel, Feeders 2: Slay Bells (1998) takes home the award for the worst film I watched this year. And I wish I got that time back.



And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed these fun facts and that you join me in diversifying your horror watching experience as I continue to strive to do!

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