Maddison’s “Top 10 of 2016”

Let’s be real. The horror genre was at its finest for 2016!!

Whether it was big studio releases or smaller indies, the horror genre thrived! No longer is horror being subjected as a genre that’s only full of torture porn flicks, but people are beginning to realise the true brilliance of what can be frighteningly fresh. Not only were we exposed to some incredible stories, twists and most importantly spicy death scenes! The horror genre really seemed to be hiding some of the best performances overall – ahem – please give John Goodman an Oscar for 10 Cloverfield Lane.

It was super tricky to make a top ten, and no doubt there were a few flicks I didn’t get the chance to see, that could have a got a good spot on the list.

Below are my top 10 for 2016 –

 

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  1. Observance
    I couldn’t do a top ten without including an Aussie film. They are always near and dear to my heart and Observance was wickedly stylish cross breed between horror and psychological thriller. {Full review}

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  1. Train To Busan

This is the year I discovered Korean horror! {Full review}

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  1. The Shallows
    If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know I have a love of sharks. They are nothing but big fish. Although Shark flicks are a guilty pleasure of mine, I can’t help but feel bad for the fear mongering it causes amongst the audience. {Full Review}

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  1. The Monster

Zoe Kazan boasts one of the most powerful performances of the year in this creeper. Prepared to be hit right in the feels. {Full Review}

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  1. 10 Cloverfield Lane
    Like I said earlier… someone hand Goodman an Oscar for this. {Full Review}

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  1. Don’t Breathe

Exceptionally stylish, from its cinematography to sound design. This is satisfyingly tense with clever scares. {Full Review}

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  1. Lights Out

Screw you internet. This movie was good. {Full Review}

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  1. The Witch

Visually delicious with startling imagery. The Witch was a kind of horror you felt rather then saw. {Full Review}

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  1. The Wailing 

Bat shit insanity! Cleverly constructed whilst being deliberately disjointed, The Wailing was almost too crazy for its own good. {Full Review}

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  1. Hush

At last, my number one pick for the year! Hush! I don’t know if its just because I have a massive crush on John Gallager Jr, or I think Mike Flanagan is destined for greatness, as soon as he steps away from the studios! Hush was an inspiring cat and mouse thriller, with smart characters and a tight pace. Hush is the reason the horror genre can be so respected! {Full Review}

 

Honourable Mentions

The Conjuring 2 & Nina Forever 

The Conjuring 2 probably deserves to be in the top five, but we all know James Wan is amazing. Wan knows all the tricks and treats of scaring an audience and no doubt delivers the best of the best when it comes to horror. Nina Forever was a hidden gem, it was such a bizarre blood soaked romance. Ghastly, yet gorgeous!

 

So there it is, my top 10! It was such a great year for genre films, and my list of horrors to keep an eye out for in 2017 is already growing!

 

What’s been your favourite??

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The Monster (2016)

The Monster aka The Metaphor.

A mother (Zoe Kazan) and daughter (Ella Ballentine) must confront a terrifying monster when they break down on a deserted road.

Similar to his earlier frightening flick, The Strangers, Bryan Bertino is back with his third feature film, The Monster, focusing again on a smaller story with two sole characters and one location. Lean, mean and executed with style, The Monster hits you right in the feels with this sad tale of a mother and daughter in the centre of a creature feature.

The story is simple, but for those expecting a traditional monster movie will be displeased, because despite the title of the film, the monster here is not necessarily what you expect. A good majority of the film is spent developing its two leading ladies. Bertino lets his scenes breath and build a good deal of suspense before leading to tumultuous ending.

The true brilliance of The Monster is the emotional performances from Kazan and Ballentine. They are both unforgiving and cruel towards each other. The toxic relationship between the two is so severe it’s gut wrenching to watch at times. The film is peppered with flashbacks that are downright heartbreaking, a specific scene stands out involving the two screaming at each other outside their house in their quiet neighbourhood. Kazan violently and repeatedly screaming at her young daughter “Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you! FUCK YOU!” is a desperately sad moment but sharp as hell.

There perhaps is an overuse of flashback scenes, as it’s quickly realised this isn’t the normal mother-daughter relationship. The aggressive violent memories are mirrored with fleeting tender present moments between the two, making it all the more dismal.

The Monster is a well scripted, superbly acted heartfelt compelling monster movie. It is glossy and beautifully shot, its saturated blacks and murky colours draw you into a very intimate horror movie. Let not forget this is a monster movie, and although some may feel cheated from the narrative, if the drama doesn’t get you the practical effects and visceral action will have your heart pounding.

8.5 / 10

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Leatherface! Jason! Freddy! Pennywise! Ghost face! Samara! Babadook!

Just typing these names, I have felt my heart beat a step quicker.

There’s no denying the horror genre is a tricky genre, it seems to split the audience right down the middle. You either like them or you don’t… unfortunate for those in the latter, as there truly is nothing better then horror done well!

This blog will feature reviews from the latest horror films, classic throwbacks to those films which originally frightened us as children, and sneaky snippets of what there is to look forward to.

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