Hollywood is never short on horror movies, but giving audiences high-quality scares is a different matter; some of the best horror movies to come out in recent history have been produced in 2015 and 2016. Sinister 2, Blair Witch, and Insidious: Chapter 3 were creepy in their own right, but they didn’t offer anything new from their previous titles. The Final Girls is a brilliant horror-comedy, but it’s not going to keep anyone up at night. Sometimes audiences just want a good old fashion scare, these movies will deliver just that.
Best Horror Movies of 2015
Like many genres of horror, the found-footage genre is becoming over saturated, but Creep is truly original and it is just what the title indicates—creepy. The realistic feel of the film will leave audiences hesitant of taking any online gigs.
Aside from the redundant music, what could possibly be scary about Christmas? Krampus! This film tells the tale of the European folklore of the devil-like beast that punishes the children who were naughty, not nice.
Crimson Peak proves that a ghost story that takes place in a gothic mansion, though often overdone, can still be scary.
This chilling film tells a story of a young woman that is followed by an evil entity after she has a sexual encounter, and it is truly scary. It Follows has an impressive score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and the site explains why this is one of the best horror movies of 2015.
“Smart, original, and above all terrifying, It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels—and leaves a lingering sting.”
Best Horror Movies of 2016
When a punk band witnesses a murder at a skinhead club they seek refuge in the green room. Patrick Stewart has never been so evil and the late Anton Yelchin gives a great performance.
The Conjuring 2
Often sequels don’t live up to the original, but The Conjuring 2 is even creepier than its precursor.
This independent film was released exclusively on Netflix and it is one of the highest rated movies on their site. A deaf woman lives in seclusion and a psychopath starts stalking her on one dreadful night.
10 Cloverfield Lane
The second edition in the Cloverfield universe provides more terror and suspense than the sci-fi antecedent. A young woman is in a car accident and wakes up in a bunker with a man that claims the outside world isn’t safe anymore.
Not since Jaws has an ocean and a shark been so terrifying. A surfer is trapped by a great white and she is only 200 yards away from safety—the test of wills begins.
What could possibly go wrong when robbing the house of a blind man? Everything! A group of thieves get more than they bargain for is this brilliant film that will have viewers on the edge of their seat.
One of the most unsettling films ever, The Witch is about a family in the 17th century torn apart by witchcraft and possession. Hitfix describes one of the best horror movies of 2016.
“There’s a scene involving Caleb late in the film that is so perfectly played, both emotionally and technically, that I’m not sure how Eggers directed the scene. I’m not sure how you explain what you want in scenes like these to kids, but Eggers manages to create a sense of mood and dread that is so suffocating at times that it feels like we’re watching something genuinely transgressive, something we should not be seeing.”
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From It Follows to The Witch, 2015 and 2016 have given fans some of the best horror movies in recent history.
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