9. Sadako vs Kayako
I’m a shameless Asian horror nerd, I’ve never denied it, but this was something special. A face-off between the two biggest characters in the subgenre? This is my Batman v Superman, and thankfully it is much more entertaining than that film was. It managed spooky, silly, and even a few references to classic moments. A must for long time fans of these two ladies of horror
8. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
7. Goodnight Mommy
6. Under the Shadow
5. The Witch
This atmospheric historical horror from first time writer/director Robert Eggers, about supernatural forces terrorizing an isolated family in 1600s New England, is creepy and fascinating, especially when you find out that Eggers based a lot of the script on real accounts from the time period. The cast all do a great job, and the haunting cinematography is not to be missed. All hail Black Phillip.
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
3. Green Room
Punks vs Nazis. But enough about current affairs; let’s talk about Jeremy Saulnier’s latest film. Anton Yelchin stars as the front man of a band that finds themselves under siege backstage after seeing something they shouldn’t have in a middle of nowhere Neo-Nazi venue. This film is wonderfully tense and uncomfortable, full of moments that will leave you squirming. Throw in the always brilliant Patrick Stewart as the lead bad guy and you have a film that has moments of brilliance in its simple set-up.
2. Train to Busan
1. Your Name
Probably not the most Horror Honey typical choice, but when a film is this sweet, emotional and beautiful, you have to make an exception. I’ve seen it three times now and I don’t think I could possibly ever get tired of it. This is a very different boy-meets-girl story as small town girl Mitsuha and city boy Taki switch bodies via their dreams. What then follows is an experience that takes you through all kinds of wonderful highs and lows in telling their story. The animation is breathtaking and detailed, the soundtrack utterly perfect, and everything just comes together to make a film that, if there is any justice, will still be talked about for a long time.
A few honourable mentions: Midnight Special was wonderfully cool sci-fi, and from FrightFest, Egomaniac and faux documentary Fury of the Demon were delightfully original. Also, I think they’re still trying to get the nail marks out of the armrest from when I saw 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Worst-wise, I’ve gotten quite lucky this year, although Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were exercises in what not to do with superhero films, and Sharknado 4: The Fourth Awakens was just painful. It’s not funny anymore. Stop it. I also wasn’t overly fond of Blair Witch.
The only trouble is the serious lack of monster movies. Unless you count Monster Trucks, which is coming out on Boxing Day. I do not.
Until next year, minions!
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