A lot of the horror movies of 2016 did not disappoint audiences and critics. In fact, this year proved to be one of the best years for the genre as most films avoided the clichéd and over-the-top story lines that most horror movie tropes fall into.
ExploreTalent has put together a list of the best horror movies of 2016. Here, you won’t just find box office hits but indie gems as well. Remember, the term horror can pertain to a variety of sub genres so the entries won’t necessarily tackle on the supernatural.
5 of the Best Horror Movies of 2016
5. Train to Busan
This South Korean zombie horror film made waves upon its release this year, and it really deserved all the hype that came along with it. Although it fails to bring anything new to the zombie genre, Train to Busan is still an entertaining thrill ride and was met with largely positive reviews. The movie also happened to be a box-office hit, and producers are rumored to be writing a sequel soon.
4. The Shallows
The seventies launched a whole new wave of monster flicks led by Jaws, and the legacy is resurrected thanks to The Shallows. This film is easily considered to be one of the best horror movies of 2016 because of one thing: a seagull that steals the show. That’s right, people were singing praises for a sassy little seagull and not for Blake Lively and her battle with a royally pissed shark. So if you haven’t seen the film, it might be the right time to grab a copy right now.
3. Lights Out
Despite it’s noticeable disappointments, Lights Out is a terrifying film and it features a great performance led by Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman. While it does fall victim to the average jump-scares, the nightmarish scenes will stick with you until the credits roll. The film also highlights the importance of family and forgiveness, something that most horror movies fail to dive into.
2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Speaking of excellent cast performances, one of the best horror movies of 2016 featured a stellar cast that tramples over the other entries on this list. John Goodman steals the spotlight in 10 Cloverfield Lane as his psychopath of a character makes audiences question who the real monster in the film is. Eerie, stunning, and very well-made, this spiritual sequel to the monster movie Cloverfield outdoes its predecessor.
1. The Conjuring 2
Sequels are typically a huge gamble for production studios as they don’t always turn out the way audiences want them to. But for the Conjuring franchise, it was definitely a risk worth taking. The second film takes Ed and Lorraine Warren overseas to solve the real-life terrors of the Enfield Poltergeist. All aspects of the film make it an enjoyable thrill ride, and it is easily one of the terrifying horror movies of 2016.