Father Time, you need to slow your roll. I feel like it was only days ago that I dubbed Spring my favorite horror movie of 2015, but here we are, ready to recap another tremendous year for genre cinema. Yes, you heard me right – TREMENDOUS. Next person to tell me “horror is dead” gets a swift laptop-slam to the face, and then I’m forcing them to sit through each and every one of the following movies. Horror is more than alive. It’s THRIVING. Maybe not in the way old-schoolers remember, but horror cinema continues to evolve in new, exciting and unpredictable ways. You just have to look for it.
This year’s list has a lot more English-speaking horror than usual (foreign titles have been dominating past years), and even more intriguing is a few mainstream films that managed to break blockbuster curses. It seemed that good horror was all going the way of indie backing, but 2016 had its bigger-budget behemoths. More are honorable mentions than actual Top 13s, but they still represent an upward trend that hopefully sticks.
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Out of the 103 horror movies I devoured this year (not including undistributed festival flicks – that’d tack on another 20 or so), 48 of them got positive reviews. That means you have 48 horror movies to catch up on, and to help you with that endeavor, I’ve went all-out this year. As you power through this article, you’ll eventually hit a FULL listing of every single horror movie I saw – rated, ranked (from 1 – 103) and summed up.
I mean, don’t just jump to the end, because knowing why these films rose above is half the fun (right?!), but once you’re done with the article, go ahead and follow my genre journey step-by-step. Or play a drinking game to it! How about drink every time a movie is listed you haven’t heard of? Test your mettle as a horror fan and sacrifice sobriety. We’d love to hear how it turns out for some of you!
So, let’s get this crazy train a-rollin’ down the tracks – it’s time to talk the best of 2016 horror! As a note, anywhere you see a hyperlink, it’ll link to our review of the film.