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 –



  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}


  1. Train To Busan

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

Blake Lively

  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}


  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}


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

Jane Levy

  1. Don’t Breathe

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


  1. Lights Out

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


  1. The Witch

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


  1. The Wailing 

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


  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??