When one horror year ends and another one begins the ‘best of' lists start appearing on everyone’s favorite sites and blogs. Now it’s my turn at making a list. Sometimes it’s an easy task, and sometimes it’s hard. Either way it’s fun, especially comparing it to others, and even talking about the differences. While I call it a ‘best of' list, it's really just my favorite horror films of 2018. I wish I saw everything, and know I missed out on some good ones. Regardless here are my favorites…
5. Upgrade: Can’t say I would have thought this would ever be on this list. However, this was an extremely fun movie with a great combination of horror, sci-fi, action, and comedy.
4. Tigers Are Not Afraid: This isn’t the typical kind of film I like, but sometimes you just have to give credit to a job well done from all involved. A great story with terrific performances from a young cast.
3. The Dark: Another surprise and I’m not sure I’ve seen it on many lists. I can’t help but like this one, maybe cause of its similarities to another movie I really like, “Let the Right One In.”
2. One Cut of the Dead: So close to making this my top pick. Love the originality, and the risks this movie takes. It’s weird and maybe even hard to watch for the first 45 minutes or so, but once you find out what’s happening it becomes a gem of a horror comedy.
1. A Quiet Place: Nothing quiet here, as it makes plenty of noise as number one. I loved the set up, and how everything came together in the end. The family dynamic was great, and they really grabbed at the audience’s hearts. I wish we got to know more about the creatures, and maybe we will in a sequel. And I’ve said it before, there is something extra creepy about a horror movie that’s quiet. Seems like an obvious thing, but a quiet environment like in “Dead Silence” makes it scream ‘horror.'
So what movies did I see yet left off the list? Guess I have to start with a favorite of many horror fans, and that’s “Hereditary.” I’ve said it again and again, good movie, but just wasn’t for me. It was just too weird. “Anna and the Apocalypse” was another good one, but I just couldn’t put a musical in the top 5. “Summer of ’84,” enjoyable, but feel like we’ve seen a lot of coming of age movies lately. Hmm…I feel like I’m forgetting another important movie! Oh yea…the most anticipated horror movie of 2018… “Halloween!” It was good to see they didn’t add another terrible film to the franchise, but it didn’t do enough to make it into my top 5.
And here is a short list of some movies that are on others’ top lists, but I haven’t seen yet: Mandy, Suspiria, The House that Jack Built, and CAM. Overall, 2018 wasn't a bad year. 3 out of my top 5 films I saw at a film festival. It's a reminder to visit your local festivals because many times you'll find better horror there than in your local theater!