The Best Horror Movies Of 2016 That Are Overlooked — ‘The Monster,’ ‘Under the Shadow,’ And More

Some of the best modern horror movies have been released in 2016: The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Witch, and many more. But some of the best horror movies of 2016 are underrated and often overlooked. The titles below are films that either critics or fans enjoyed, and they are absolutely terrifying.

The Neighbor

This is a throwback to grindhouse cinemas of yesteryear; it is gritty, raw, and marginalizing. If you’re a fan of B-horror movies, then The Neighbor is perfect for you.

Carnage Park

Blurring the lines between thriller and horror, Carnage Park is very compelling and a nod to the likes of Tarantino and the Coen brothers. A young woman is kidnapped by a bank robber, and the duo is hunted by a maniacal sniper in the desert.

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The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon tells the tale of a young model whose peers are a little too jealous of her traits. This is one of the most visually stunning horror movies of 2016, and at times it is grotesque.

Under the Shadow

Films with subtitles aren’t for everyone, but this is a must-watch for genre fans. It received rave reviews from critics, and The New Yorker describes why this is one of the best horror movies of 2016.

“‘Under the Shadow’ is being sold as a horror film, and understandably so; there are a few nasty surprises that will bop you right on the nose cone… As for special effects, did you honestly doubt that peeling duct tape and a sheet of printed fabric, if handled with imaginative brio, could be as frightening as any ten-million-dollar monster? O ye of little faith.”

Green Room

If you have ever wondered what Patrick Stewart would be like as a white supremacist, then Green Room has the answer for you. A punk band accidentally witnesses a murder at a Nazi skinhead club, and they take refuge in the green room.

Lights Out

Though this ghost story offers nothing that audiences haven’t seen before, it tells a familiar story extremely well. This is perfect for those that like jump-scare horror movies, and it has plenty of those moments.


Chances are, if you have Netflix, and you like horror movies, then you have seen Hush. The film is exclusively distributed through the streaming company, which means there are a lot of genre fans that have yet to see it. Hush has a stunning 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and the site describes why this is one of the most critically-acclaimed horror movies of 2016.

“In this heart-pounding thriller from acclaimed writer and director Mike Flanagan, Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation after losing her hearing as a teenager.

“But one night, the fragile world is shattered when the masked face of a psychotic killer appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and with no way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer’s mercy — but he may have underestimated his prey.”

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The Monster

One of the newest horror movies of 2016, The Monster was released on November 11 at select theaters and On Demand (pay-per-view). The first half of this film is a powerful drama, but have no fear — it quickly becomes a nail-biting horror story. On a dark and stormy night, a mother is stranded on the side of the road with her young daughter. Lurking in the darkness is a monster.

Directed by Bryan Bertino, he does the same thing in this film as he did in The Strangers. It is an elemental horror movie that relies on strong performances and the environment, rather than overdone special effects. At times, it has the feel of monster movies from the ’40s. But unlike those classic films, there is nothing cheesy about this terrifying horror flick.


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From The Neighbor to The Monster, 2016 continues to provide some of the best horror movies.

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