Everybody loves lists. I like to use them to see if there are any movies I may have overlooked, and there always are. I in no way have seen all the horror movies I wanted to see that came out this year, so please forgive me if I miss out on some you think should have made the list. I might do an addendum after I get a chance to catch a couple more. But for the time being, here are my Top 5 Horror movies of 2016, in no particular order.
I feel like this movie was mismarketed as a jump scare film, which it most definitely is not. Written and directed by Robert Eggers, this film’s look at an exiled Puritan family’s destruction by WitchCraft and internal turmoil is creepy and beautiful. “Woulds’t thou live deliciously?” has become my favorite catchphrase. It is also an excellent commentary on the demonization of the feminine. I can’t wait to see what Eggers does next.
Co-written and directed by Can Evrenol, this Turkish film is one of the most surreal I’ve seen this year. A group of policemen answers a distress call only to find themselves in the middle of a bizarre ritual. Mehmet Cerrahoglu as the Father is a fascinating villain/demon.
This was one of my most anticipated movies, and I was not disappointed. Jeremy Saulnier’s film, about a punk band that plays a gig at a Neo-Nazi compound and gets trapped after seeing something they shouldn’t have, is cool and brutal. Anton Yelchin should still be with us; he nailed this one.
I love Mickey Keating’s work. He had several films this year that could have made my list. DARLING was my favorite. Lauren-Ashley Carter is a young woman who loses her mind after taking a job house-sitting in a strange house. It is Keating’s homage to filmmakers of the past with his own definitive spin.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ film is bizarre, funny, and tragic. Colin Farrell plays an entirely different role than he has before, to my knowledge, and I think it added to how disturbing this film is about single people forced to find a mate or be transformed into animals.