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

Green Room is a brilliantly gory, suspenseful horror indie – REVIEW

The director of “Blue Ruin” is back and finishing his inept character trilogy with a brilliantly gory horror indie

Writer and director Jeremy Saulnier’s claustrophobic punk rock neo-nazi horror indie stars Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots. This punk horror follows a poor punk band struggling to find gigs. Their desperation ends when they find a gig in a neo-nazi bar. This leads them witnessing a murder which leads the band being held hostage in that very small green room.

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Green Room starts off as a very stylish and beautifully shot indie. We get to see the bands struggles before slowly building into a tense and surprisingly gory horror. Gory horror movies usually depend only on the gore which leads to the story suffering. This is not case here, because Green Room knows how to use the gore in a way to make the audience feel the horror the band members are feeling. The use of gore help sells the horrifying reality the band members are going through. The gore also helps move the story which is unique and creative.

The uniqueness of the story seems like a breath of fresh air. Horror movies these days usually revolve around paranormal entity that haunts the newly moved cliché family. Nevertheless, Jeremy Saulnier never dwells in clichés that long. The story never feels cliché, but the characters sometimes fall into 80s horror cliché. The characters are really incompetent which leads to bad decision-making. I am aware that your average person do not make the best of decision under extreme pressure. However, I do not think your average person will not make bad decision after bad decision. I am aware that the director has acknowledge the fact the his characters are in fact really stupid, but I feel like it is just a lazy excuse to advance the story.

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Patrick Stewart is a highlight in this movie for sure. His character is a creepy and terrifying neo-nazi and he does a stellar job acting this character.  The down side is the audience never really gets to see his character a lot and the movie does not do a good job selling his character in the end, he is just another character that should have had more screen time.

The subtleness of introducing this neo-nazi bar was perfectly executed. Confederate flags and nazi signs are eye-catching symbols in almost every scene. The audience can really get to know what kind of people they are. Nonetheless, the movie never shows just how dangerous or disturbing the neo-nazi movement can be. Yes, they pose a threat but a couple of scenes could have been added to show what kind of movement the punk band was dealing with. It was a real waste to think this creative and unique idea was not explored.

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Saulnier never apologizes for things that the audience witnesses. Instead, he delivers a horror indie that keeps on getting better the more the audience gets invested. Despite dumb characters, Green Room still holds strong and serves a cautious reminder of how bigotry can quickly turn violent.

REVIEW: B