The Horror Honeys: Suzanne’s Best of 2015 - A Supernatural Honey List

Suzanne’s Best of 2015 - A Supernatural Honey List

I had kind of a crappy year, both personally and professionally, which set me back a bit and I didn’t get to see nearly as much as I intended to. While 2015 would also prove unable to eclipse 2014 with its number of fantastic supernatural films, I still found a wonderful variety of genre films that would make their mark on me for vastly different reasons. 

What We Do in the Shadows – From writers/directors/stars Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, this mockumentary on ancient vampires living in a modern world was easily my favorite film of the year and also my first five star review! It takes horror/comedy to a whole new level and I couldn’t wait to watch it again as soon as I finished it.

We Are Still Here – Haunted house films rarely work for me, no matter how much I want them to. This is one of the few exceptions, with a quiet, unsettling atmosphere, fantastic effects, and stellar acting by a seasoned cast, most notably Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden. Writer/director Ted Geoghegan pays homage to Italian horror, but showcases his own unique style and attention to detail.

Crimson Peak – I fell for Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic love story in the first frame. Of course, the more I digested it, I clearly saw what disappointed people. The film lacks a unique and compelling story, but it makes up for it from a visual standpoint and that’s why it lands in my favorites. There was no other film this year that matched its style.

Goodnight Mommy – This Austrian film about twins who believe their mother is an imposter is quite possibly the most horrifying, yet mesmerizing tale I’ve seen this year. If you’ve seen it, then you know the twist ending. If you’re familiar with The Other, then you’ve seen the twist before, but that doesn’t make what leads up to it any less nail-biting. It may also have you reaching for your birth control.

Mad Max: Fury Road – I’ll admit I don’t exactly nerd out over the original series, but I was intrigued by this version from the first images. I was a bit late to the party, not seeing it until it was on VOD, but it didn’t diminish the heart-pounding excitement. Everything in this film is big, the landscape, the score, and the ‘splosions. BOOM!

Some other notable films for me this year were Spring, Tales of Halloween, The Hallow, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and Krampus. 

Although there are a couple of big studio films on the list, independent films rule once again, proving you don’t need a big budget to make a big impact. 

Happy New Year! Stay safe. Stay scary.

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