Top 10 Best Horror Movies of 2016

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There’s was a lot of great horror movies this year

Whoever said that the horror genre is dying is just plain wrong. If they want evidence then show them this list. The horror genre is probably in a healthier state then back in the 1980s. We are getting high budget and original horror movies something that didn’t happen back in the 1980s. We got a lot of different kinds of horrors and not just supernatural ones. The horror genre is going through a resurrection and it is the genre to look forward to in 2017. But before looking at 2017, let’s take a look back at the best horror movies of 2016.

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Top 10 Most Surprising Movies of 2016

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After listing the disappointing movies of the year, it’s time to celebrate the movies that surprised me. These are the movies that I went in with low expectations or ready to hate but came out of the movie feeling satisfied. This is not my most loved films of 2016 but rather films that deserve some love or were underrated.

10. X-Men: Apocalypse

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Probably the most controversial of this list, X-Men: Apocalypse wasn’t bad at all. After seeing people and critics hating on this movie, I lowered my incredibly high expectations a bit, and I was still blown away. There were so many good moments, and the cast was terrific. If you haven’t checked out X-Men: Apocalypse, please do.

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9. Florence Foster Jenkins

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Meryl Streep playing a bad singer looked like it would have gotten on my nerves, but it didn’t. The movie was solid, and I laughed quite a bit. After the film had finished I felt a sense of satisfaction which was odd for me. This movie is far from my wheelhouse, and it still managed to make me love it.

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8. Deepwater Horizon

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From the trailers, Deepwater Horizon looked like a heartless sloppy action movie. It looked disrespectful and existed just to get action fans to go see the film. However, I was surprised with how much depth and compassion I felt for the characters. Just that defied my expectation.

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7. Green Room

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This raunchy emo horror-thriller delved into the neo-nazi culture. It had suspense and great performances, especially from Patrick Stewart. It could have explored the neo-nazi culture a little more, but overall it was a solid horror-thriller that kicked off a strong year for horror movies.

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6. Sausage Party

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Who thought Sausage Party would have such rich religious commentary? Not me and that is what surprised me most about it. Sure there was too many vulgar words and tiring stereotypes, but the execution of the religious metaphor alone was impressive.

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5. Lights Out

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Sometimes short films should stay short films except for Lights Out which was an excellent example of turning a short film into a full-length movie. Following in the steps of The Babadook and The Conjuring (sometimes a little too much), it made for an emotionally powerful and scary horror story.

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4. The Shallows

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We finally got another fun shark movie. Jaws has been the only great shark movie for a while, and it continues to be, but Blake Lively’s summer flick is sure to surprise fan of the genre. Suspenseful and thrilling, it’s all we ask for a shark movie, and The Shallows definitely delivers.

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3. The Magnificent Seven 

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After seeing poor reviews, I had almost no expectations for this remake. So, it was a pleasant surprise when The Magnificent Seven turned out being well…magnificent. Though it wasn’t perfect, it was fun, and it had a great cast that helped elevate the flaws.

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2. Don’t Breathe

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I was all in this from start to finish, and it was such a simple plot. Its simplicity is what truly shined throughout. Don’t Breathe could’ve easily been boring and suspenseless but it wasn’t. You cared for the main character, and you understand why she needs to do this.

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1. Ouija: Origin of Evil

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Remember the first Ouija? No? Good because it was terrible. Probably one of the laziest most cliche horror movie of 2014 yet Ouija: Origin of Evil was a sophisticated and powerful prequel that should not even wear the Ouija name.

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Which movie surprised you most this year? Comment below or tweet me @ZDMovie

‘Don’t Breathe’ is a tense horror-thriller that is sure to keep you holding your breath – REVIEW

The creators of Evil Dead reunite to bring you the final horror movie of the summer

Breathe in. Breathe out. The exercises you’ll be performing when you watch this suspenseful late-summer thrill ride. Rocky (Jane Levy) is a thief. Stealing from upper-class citizens, the teenagers decide to steal from a blind man (Stephen Lang) who is sitting on a big load of money. Though they thought the surprise would be on him, they were totally wrong. This film comes from the same creators who helped bring Evil Dead to life and it is worth a watch.

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Daniel Zovatto, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette star in Screen Gems’ horror-thriller DON’T BREATHE

Don’t Breathe takes a simple premise and makes the most out of it. Just like The Shallows, it is another example of small budget film-making. What Don’t Breathe does best is the little things that contribute to the tense moments. It builds and builds suspense until the audience’s hearts can’t take it anymore. They get the most of out every scene and nothing feels wasted. Every scare is earned because the film-makers took the time to build it for us. Small things like alarm countdowns are presented in a very Hitchcockian way, in which the audience is presented with a stimuli that has to be dealt with quickly or everyone dies. With this way of presenting things, the audience is in full suspense mode.

For the suspense to work, the movie needs to have likable and motive-driven characters. Don’t Breathe certainly has those. Except for the boyfriend character who is quite frankly wasted, the other to characters are very likable. The viewer has a reason for rooting for these criminals because a motive was given prior to these events. To wrap this all up, the audience is given some great actors who deliver solid performance each.

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Stephen Lang in DON’T BREATHE

Even at the movie’s moral turn, Don’t Breathe continues to ooze of tension and shockingly  so. It’s only at this point where you truly understand who you’re dealing with and who you should side with. The film does give a reason for why all the characters have chosen these paths. It uncovers the human’s evil nature quite well. And while it’s a concept that other horror movies have dwelled on, modern horror has been too caught up with ghosts and demons to revisit this scary concept that all of us have.

Don’t Breathe is, in fact, a modern horror flick, but it doesn’t need jump scares. It instead relies on a more suspenseful nature of horror movies. All the popular modern horror tropes are almost non-existent. There are a couple of unnecessary jump scares, but for the most part, the movie is all about creating a tension-filled atmosphere and they greatly succeed.

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Money (Daniel Zovatto) looking at the blind man (Stephen Lang)

Don’t Breathe is not a typical horror movie and that’s what makes it so great. Filled with tension and suspense, it continuously finds ways to keep you on the end of your seat. Lang and Levy make believable characters that had hard paths in life, but just when you think you got them all figured out, be prepared to gasp.

REVIEW: A