2016 wasn’t the strongest year for horror in my opinion, and there weren’t a lot of movies I was dying to see. Lots of feature debut directors in my list, it was nice to see some fresh blood! Despite a lack lustre year, here are my Top 5 Horror Movies of 2016. Here’s hoping 2017 steps up and delivers some new chills!
THE CONJURING 2: THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST
I loved the first Conjuring, and even though I’m just as weary of sequels as the next horror fan, I had a good feeling about this one. The Conjuring was such a fresh, stylized take on the supernatural subgenre, that I felt James Wan could deliver. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as husband and wife paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren. This time they travel to Brimsdown, England to assist a family who are being haunted by a poltergeist. The result is another fun romp with the supernatural.
Directed by James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Dead Silence, The Conjuring)
Robert Eggers’ highly anticipated debut film that did not disappoint, The Witch takes the age old premise of devil sacrifice to a whole other level. When a New England Puritan family is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing events, they suspect evil supernatural forces are at play from the surrounding forest.
Directed by Robert Eggers
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
Dan Trachtenberg’s directorial debut is a clever thriller about a woman who wakes up from a car accident and finds herself in a bunker with two men who claim the world is no longer safe. This is a spin off of J.J. Abrams’ 2008 film Cloverfield and the premise is much more interesting. While the “found footage” style has been overly used in recent horror films, the third person narrative works here. Also it’s great to see John Goodman back on screen!
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg (debut)
Natalie Dormer (Games of Thrones, The Hunger Games) stars as a twin searching for her better half in the infamous Japanese “suicide forest”. Survivalist films are always interesting and the premise for this film is particularly creepy. Dormer brings us into this unsettled world where her character is trapped and being tormented by the unhappy souls who took their lives in these woods.
Directed by Jason Zada (debut)
I was quite impressed with Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake and was curious to see what else he could do. This slasher film, about a bunch of teens who mess with a blind man with devastating results is just as fun and bloody.
Directed by Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead)