Trying to process all the films I've seen lately. A vague recollection:
Curse of Frankenstein - Another great Hammer horror movie. The production design just steals the show. Peter Cushing is good in the title role, but Christopher Lee isn't as memorable a monster as Boris Karloff.
Return of the Living Dead - A fun concept, but marred by the lack of a clear protagonist and a contained location that narrows the scope of the piece.
The Last Man On Earth - Some classic imagery and an excellent performance by Vincent Price, though the flashback sequences are over-long and tend to drag.
Splice - The closest you'll ever get to a modern Frankenstein, this is great, weird fun, even if the concept screams for more depth than the final product.
Monster - A fantastic performance from Charlize Theron. The film manages to treat her character both objectively and sympathetically, which is a commendable balance.
This Is The End - Pure, unadulterated fun. Rogen and Goldburg have successfully made the jump to directing, and tread the line between genre movie and Apatow comedy perfectly, despite certain improvised scenes falling flat. I would have loved some jokes about the actors' Judaism, given the premise revolves around the biblical apocalypse, but there's enough material that it doesn't seem lacking despite this.
Sex, Lies and Videotape - A pretty intriguing set of character studies. The housewife's therapy sessions were particularly entertaining.
Slither - A great '80s throwback, with some brilliant practical effects work. The leads are charismatic enough, especially Nathan Fillion, but the film is cheapened by the occasional use of unrealistic CGI.
Reality Bites - I liked this one less as it wore on, mainly because it sidestepped the self exploration and realisation of the characters in favour of a trite love triangle. It has it's moments, though.
The Bay - The scares are effective, but the film itself isn't particularly good, or original enough to salvage the found-footage subgenre.
Dr Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme - Awesome, if you're a fan of the character. Otherwise, wait until Marvel develops a live-action adaptation.
A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) - This one just sucked. The jump scares are grating and relieve any tension, the acting is average at best and at worst unintentionally hilarious (though this may be on account of the dialogue. My friends and I were reeling at the monotonous delivery of: "These dreams, they're real"), and the film just feels forgettable and unnecessary. The change of Freddy from child-killer to child-molester feels especially exploitative.
The Host (2006) - Some excellent action and effects work, and a truly surprising ending, though some of the characters and subplots fell flat in my view.
Lake Mungo - This had an incredible atmosphere that really contributed to the film's success. For the most part the film is a character driven drama revolving around a family tragedy, and the supernatural elements are minimal and jumpscare-free, which only heighten's their impact. A prime example of found-footage done right.
Last Night - Absolutely incredible. One of the most insightful and character driven apocalypse movies I've seen. Having seen Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World first, it somewhat lessened the impact this film had on me, as many elements from Seeking A Friend feel recycled from this, but I was still profoundly affected.
Childstar - Entertaining, and with some good moments, but not hugely memorable and lacks the sense of realism that purveyed Last Night.
End Of Watch - This had a nice air of authenticity and the chemistry between the main characters was very fun to watch.
I'll add more as I remember them, but of these, the one's I really recommend are Last Night, Lake Mungo, Monster and Curse of Frankenstein.