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

‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ is exactly the prequel needed to save this franchise – REVIEW

Mike Flanagan masters a difficult task, transforming Ouija into a franchise

After the atrocity that was Ouija, the thought the there was going to be another of one of this was irresponsible. The premise alone just isn’t scary, but Hasbro insists that these movies continue to be made. At least the studio was aware of the error, this time around they brought indie director Mike Flanagan to direct the prequel. This may have been Hasbro’s best decision yet because Ouija: Origin of Evil is a great horror movie.

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Ripping a page directly from both Conjuring films, Flanagan gives the audience some well-made characters with lots of heart. Put these characters in a real situation with paranormal entities, and you got yourself a good horror movie. Alice (Elizabeth Reaser) is a fake fortune teller trying to provide people with closure from their loved ones while also trying to take care of her two daughters, Doris (Lulu Wilson) and Lina (Annalise Basso). Her ambition leads her to buy a new “prop,” a Ouija board, to use with her clients. She later finds out that Doris may have used it and she becomes the vessel for spirits.

Set in the 1960s, the film has a vintage vibe to it. Flanagan adds “cigarette butts,” skippy transitions, an old Universal logo and an old-fashion title card that adds to feel of the movie in more ways that not. These little things translate into the tone of the film and provide an atmosphere for the audience to savor. His craftsmanship is seen and greatly enjoyed throughout the movie. As a horror director, Flanagan never ceases to deliver creativity and skills to the horror genre.  It’s odd that he would later use CGI over practical effects as it betrays the setting and era.

Unlike other horror movies, Ouija: Origin of Evil succeeds at giving the characters depth which later gives the audience a reason to root for them. Flanagan never treats this as a chore to be taken care of as he builds each character from the bottom down with high precision. Added on top is the excellent performance by the whole crew. Lulu Wilson, the little girl, easily gives the best performance of the movie. Her possessed scene could have easily been comical, but Wilson never steps into that territory, and it is creepy.

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Origin of Evil even introduces new area while mastering old lands. Flanagan continues to perfect his style with scenes reminiscent of Oculus. There is a sense that he knows horror and that knowledge helps him dodge cliches.

They called, and Ouija answered. Origin of Evil renews the hope for future horror movies featuring the board. From this point forward, there is much to explore. While that may be daring to say, Ouija: Origin of Evil is proof that there is such a place for sequels in Hollywood.

REVIEW: A-