2016 was a year of fascinating takes on the horror genre sprinkled between genre favorites. Some of the excellent movies you should check out from 2016 are The Conjuring 2, The Girl with All the Gifts, Green Room, Raw, Light’s Out, Neon Demon, and a pair of Asian films The Wailing and Train to Busan. All great and more than worth your time. What I want to lift up today though are movies that put a new wrinkle into the tried and true formula.
The first of those is Hush. If there is a creepier movie than Hush I haven’t seen it. The plot of the film is that a deaf author, Maddie, lives alone in an isolated cabin in the woods. She has a neighbor who visits her once a day. One day, that neighbor is stalked and killed outside Maddie’s door because all the banging and screaming in the world cannot make a deaf person hear. Realizing the home he is in front of is inhabited by a deaf person, the killer sneaks in, steals her phone, and sends pictures to her of herself. Things escalate quickly from there as Maddie defends herself from the attacker. There are some truly badass moments in this movie such as Maddie writing “Do it, coward” in her own blood. There are some interesting twists and turns in this film and a very satisfying ending. I urge you to watch this flick as soon as possible. It is one of the most innovative and interesting horror films to come out in recent years. You won’t be disappointed.
The second film to put an interesting spin on horror flicks in 2016 was Don’t Breathe. This film, the second from Fede Alvarez, is a terrifying look at the dangers of living an untoward life. The film centers around three burglers, Rocky, Money, and Alex. Rocky dreams of moving to California and needs to steal and fence stolen goods in order to finance said dream. So, when they get wind of a blind gulf war vet sitting on over 300K due to a settlement from the accident that killed his daughter, they hatch a plan. And it is at that moment that things go completely pear shaped. The gulf war vet is not at all what he seems. They figured he would be an easy mark due to his blindness suffered as the result of an explosion in the war. They figured incorrectly. What unravels is one of the most suspenseful flicks I have ever seen. When advertisers say edge of your seat thriller, this is what they mean. It is a fascinating film in the ways that it challenges its viewers to deal with uncomfortable circumstances/situations. You may never see another movie like it.