When it comes to the world of cinema, the horror genre can be likened at times to the proverbial red-headed step child. At times, these movies are actually phenomenal, and even when they are terrible they often provide some form of entertainment. Despite this, they are often overlooked by their siblings and underestimated by the world as a whole. The reality is, most horror films just don’t receive the attention of other movies and therefore don’t get the funding, the actors, or oftentimes the writers who are able to provide a compelling enough story-line. Of course, among the terribly predictable movies you find within the genre, you also have some that stand out. Without giving away any spoilers, here are some of the best horror films of 2016 thus far.
Starting the list out strong, “The Witch” would be considered by most viewers as the best so far this year. It takes place in the 1630s in England and focuses around those familiar notions of black magic and witchcraft. While it might not sound too original, its execution is fantastic and it’s one of those rare films that will actually have your hair standing on end.
If you are friends with any “film snobs” then you might have heard the comparison before between a “movie” and a “film.” If not, you might already realize where this is going; the “movie” is for entertainment while the “film” is really a work of art. “Pride and Prejudice with Zombies” is not a horror film by this reasoning, but it is definitely a movie worth watching. Sure, it scored only a 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but who wants to trust them anyways?
Taking place on an open dessert highway, this movie might not sound like anything novel, but it follows an interesting story that might make you think twice. The premise revolves around five different groups/individuals who have their own troubles to deal with. Along the way, their journeys intersect and they come up against some of their worst nightmares. Perhaps the execution could have been improved, but overall it is a solid entry into the genre.
Watch the trailer and you get a good idea of just what this movie delivered. It takes place in that same universe as “Cloverfield” (2008) but tells an original story. One of the rare horror films to star an actor you have actually heard of (John Goodman), this is definitely one to watch. For those who missed it in theaters, make sure to pick up a copy at your local Red Box when you can.
The second movie in “The Conjuring” franchise, this film is definitely one that captures your attention. If you didn’t see the original from 2013, go watch that first. Afterwards, make sure you catch “The Conjuring 2” while it is still in theaters (or, if it is still in theaters near you). Classified as a supernatural thriller, this movie does a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat.