For a genre that tends to boast more misses than hits, horror has had an exceptionally good year thus far. Within the last 7 months plots have gotten twistier, visuals have gotten scarier, and villains have gotten evil... er.
Here are 5 ingenious horror films from 2015 that you absolutely cannot miss.
5. The Neon Demon
Surprise! That trippy fashion movie you've seen advertised everywhere is actually a horror flick! Although it's certainly not the best horror movie of 2016, it may be the most original and visually stunning. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn provides plenty or surprising plot points and lots of blood... and glitter! It diverges from the beaten path, and that's why we appreciate this shiny gem. Watch the trailer here.
4. The Invitation
Okay, you need to watch this movie. With a Rotten Tomatoes rating of %88, The Invitation takes its sweet time building an almost unbearable air of suspense. And the ending may be the best ending the genre has seen all year. Rest assured, this is one dinner party you won't forget. Watch the trailer here.
With a whopping Rotten Tomatoes rating of %100, Hush is beyond a doubt the most critically acclaimed horror movie of the year. After losing her hearing as a teenager, protagonist Maddie Young lives a life of isolation in the woods. A terrifying game of cat and mouse ensues when a masked psychotic killer shows up at her door, and Maddie must do everything she can to survive through the night. If Stephen King likes it, that pretty much seals the deal:
How good is HUSH? Up there with HALLOWEEN and--even more--WAIT UNTIL DARK. White knuckle time. On Netflix.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 21, 2016
With an almost perfect RT rating of %90, 10 Cloverfield Lane packs a punch with a subdued eeriness that eludes most horror films. The mystery twists and turns, constantly building suspense and calling into question each character's integrity and morality. This one is a true, character-based mystery/sci-fi thriller that expertly instills a sense a fear, confusion and claustrophobia in the audience. Also, John Goodman is a total master, and this may be the best performance of his career.
Watch the trailer here.
1. The Conjuring 2
This year's top crowd-pleaser was by far the Conjuring sequel. 3 years after the original, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return to their heroic, ghost-busting roles of Ed and Lorraine Warren in this creepy-as-hell supernatural thriller. If you were a fan of the first one, or have a penchant for demonic nuns, you'll definitely love this spookfest.
Watch the trailer here.
Seen any of these films? Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!