Ah yes the end of the year. All over the interweb there are lists galore counting down the best and worst of all things 2016. From food trends you never heard of to low key phrases that need to retire. Nothing smells like the end of the year like a best and worst of list and here at HMU we are no different. Since we deal with tons of indie features we feel it unfair to just list a film as terrible. Lighter budgets for sets and talent can make the best of stories become lukewarm and in the polarizing world of horror to each its own. Myself, Adrian, Stacey Beth, Daniel and Heather have our favs and not so favs each year so we compile a shortlist every year for your viewing pleasure. We also get readers involved and this year’s winner of the contest Zach Mason from Florida has his as well. So we the staff of Horror Movies Uncut submit to you the our best and possibly worst horror films of the year!
-Travis Brown (editor/owner HMU)
Best – The Witch. A return to classic storytelling horror with a hidden message about the dangers of oppression.
Worst – Satanic. So many cliches it’s difficult to sit through from beginning to end.
Favorite Movie 2016
⦁ Green Room- I don’t think I’ll be the only one who is adding this one to the top of their favorites list for this year. For the unfamiliar, a punk band witnesses a murder in a green room at a club full of Neo-Nazis who refuse to let them leave. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop what you’re doing and go watch it now. This movie is truly great; the story, the characters, the cinematography, the music, the hopelessness of the situation the characters are in…everything compounded to make a horrifically bleak and violent film. And if you don’t think this is a horror film, you’re dead wrong. Jeremy Saulnier hit it out of the park with this one.
Honorable Mentions: The Wailing, The Invitation, Don’t Breathe, Beyond the Gates, The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Worst Movie 2016
⦁ Shut In- Okay, it’s more of a thriller, but definitely came off as a supernatural flick in the trailers. This movie was so wildly insulting to the audience, it was almost jaw-dropping. I don’t even want anyone to watch it, but I also don’t want to spoil it in case anyone wants to see just how much of fools they played us for.
Honorable Mentions: Incarnate, Cabin Fever, Martyrs, The Disappointments Room, Blair Witch
This year has been ok for horror for me. I’ve read the excitement reviewers have expressed with the apparent high level critically and financially horror has had at the cinema. I sure enjoyed films like Lights Out and Don’t Breathe. However once leaving the cinema they left my mind and not once did I think about them after. Yet this year I must say 2 films I saw at the cinema I enjoyed immensely. The Witch and The Conjuring 2 were both fun and smart horror films. The former in particular was beautifully made and the imagery was killer. The Conjuring 2 was so much bloody fun to watch in the cinema. I was with my mate and we had a real blast watching it. So those were my two favourites. A great surprise film I should mention was The Invitation which had me glued to my screen. A masterclass in suspense.
Now to my worst. Blair Witch 2 was painful. My expectations were terribly high and plummeted as the film went on. It was a bigger flashier version of the first. With no real reason to be made. What a disappointment. Why didn’t they watch The Witch and discover less is more.
Baskin- This utterly gore filled and violent film was just the right amount to portray what Hell is to first time director Can Evrenol. He has given a true understanding of true terror and cult obsession.
Worst Movie of 2016-
Neon Demon-This beautiful portrayed movie from the trailer was nothing but mean girls made into a horror movie but using the ideas of Elizabeth Bathory.
Best – THE INVITATION – Movies like THE PURGE and THE SACRAMENT immediately came to mind when seeing this suspenseful classic. Nail biting edge of your seat horror with fantastic acting from a less than known cast. This is what horror movies is all about, thinking outside of the box. Still to this day I remember sitting in the gym getting warmed up and hearing the sirrus DJ raving about this film. Not only is this the best indie film of the year but this is my top choice overall!
Honorable mentions: MANIA, GREEN ROOM, UNDER THE SHADOWS, CARNAGE PARK
Worst- THE DARKNESS- Kevin Bacon where did you go wrong? After a slight resurrection on television I thought we were all set to see you return to horror greatness. How wrong we were and you had the nerve to bring Radha Mitchell with you for the ride. If there are some things I would like to see end in 2016 it’s possession and artifact horror. It just doesn’t work anymore with films like DON’T BREATHE and others making smart yet violent horror the way to go. It’s time to move on from the cheese please.
Honorable Mentions: THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM, OUIJA: ORIGINS OF EVIL , THE FOREST.
Best – TRAIN TO BUSAN
Worst – THE DISAPOINTMENTS ROOM