In 2016, it takes a lot to still shock and/or awe an audience. This is a medium over a century old – gone are the days of cinema-goers screaming in fright at the sight of a steam train hurtling towards them on the big screen. By now we feel we’ve seen it all. Now it takes real originality and craftsmanship to surprise the average film fan or instill in them any sense of real wonder.
All the same, so far in 2016 we’ve had plenty of good shock moments in horror, sci-fi, comedy, drama – all across the genre spectrum. The biggest surprises of 2016 have ranged from comical to chilling and from astonishing to outright terrifying.
So, without further ado, here are the ten most shocking moments of 2016 at the movies (so far). Of course, spoilers will follow for each film.