2016 is indeed one of the best years for horror movies which have given the world some amazing new villains and stories. Horror fans have reasons to be optimistic about the genre. The following movies are all incredibly different and offer something awesome for horror lovers. So sit back and take a look at the the top 5 horror movies of the year!
This Netflix release is a $1 million low-budgeted little gem set in a single location with a tiny cast. It is a fantastic cat-and-mouse thriller that features great performances from John Gallagher Jr. and Kate Siegel. This movie relies on the slow-burn terror of its concept. It it creates a terrifying new killer that isn’t explained away via expository dialogue which is most likely to leave you staring at your window or closet door!
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2. The Conjuring 2
Based on the widespread success of the first film, The Conjuring (2013), starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, it was only a matter of time before the sequel hit theaters. Director James Wan, the king of mainstream horror has found a way to appeal to both critics and audiences. Director James Wan is the king of mainstream horror and he has found a way to appeal to both critics and audiences. It’s a case Lorraine Warren refers to as one of the most terrifying in her career, which bodes well for the film if this is in fact the plot the film will follow.
3. Ouija: Origin Of Evil
Otherwise known as Ouija 2 we have the prequel to the 2014 movie Ouija with an entirely new cast of characters. It is a rare instance of a surprisingly excellent sequel to a terrible first film. A window and her two daughters run a scam and have decided to add a seance to their plot but without knowing it unleash evil. Doris (Lulu Wilson) the youngest daughter, is taken hostage by the evil spirit that became unleashed leaving her sister alice (Elizabeth Reaser) and her mother (Lin Shaye and Annalise Basso) to attempt rescuing her. The key to that success is obvious and simple: good writing in a good story with good performances.
4. The Neon Demon
Director Nicolas Winding Refn is a maestro of mayhem who loads his films with amazing visuals, lots of blood and insane plots. It is a story about an aspiring model whose youth is quickly drained by a group of money hungry women, falls right in line with impressive visual storytelling and distant acting. Detailing a rocky descent into the L.A. underground, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon lives up to it’s colorful title. It is indeed a rare instance of a surprisingly excellent sequel to a terrible first film.
5. 10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane is a terrifying chamber thriller featuring the best performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman. It has wonderful twists and gripping pace that turns a simple story into a character study where masked killers or insane violence is not a necessacity to make it tense. Taking $108 million off of a $15 million budget, it was successful but frankly deserved even more attention from audiences.
What is your favorite horror film of 2016? Would you like to add any name to this list of top 5 horror movies of the year? Let us know in the comments below.