Are you suffering from post-Halloween blues? Why don’t you spend the weekend curled up watching one of these tasty treats? Five of the best horror movies of 2016 are here for your viewing pleasure. Go out to the store, get yourself some munchies and scare yourself silly this weekend…
Among the most acclaimed horror releases of the year 2016. This is a great concept combined with a couple of solid twists that delivers a unique approach to the “trapped in a maze-like house with a killer” horror story. Stephen Lang is what puts this one over the top as a must-see for the year, delivering a chilling performance that quickly switches our loyalties and sets up a breathlessly paced, violently surprising chase that turned a modest budget into a hit.
Ouija: Origin Of Evil
A very rare instance of a surprisingly excellent sequel to a terrible first film, this movie manages to take even some frankly overused tropes of the genre, and obtain effective, scary results. The key to that success is obvious and simple: good writing in a good story with good performances, plain and simple.
10 Cloverfield Lane
John Goodman is back… and this time he’s the bad boy. One of the year’s best films of any genre, transcending all expectations with a fantastic cast, wonderful twists, and gripping pacing that turns a simple story — three people in a bunker, wondering if the world has ended — into a character study where you’re not sure who to trust or what’s going on, and the potential for terror lurks just below the uneasy surface at nearly every moment.
Not just the finest horror release of 2016, and not just one of the year’s greatest films overall, but one of the best horror movies of all time as far as I’m concerned. This is the rare horror film that is seriously worthy of Best Picture consideration, with Harvey Scrimshaw, Kate Dickie, Ellie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson all delivering remarkable performances.
This Netflix release is a beauty set in a single location with a tiny cast, but it does more with that than most bigger-budgeted studio releases. Kate Siegel’s performance anchors the story, as a relatable protagonist who avoids many of the typical bad decisions of horror movie characters, opting for a more realistic and self-defensive approach. A chilling, disturbing cat-and-mouse game with minimal dialogue and gore, relying on the slow-burn terror of its concept instead, it’s the film on this list most likely to leave you staring at your window or closet door, waiting for something to move.