It’s slashing time and 2015 has its head under the guillotine. I have to say I’m actually surprised by the number of better than average horror that were made in this year (even if we did have to wait a bit for them to be released). We were graced with Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, Keanu Reeve’s run with horror in Eli Roth’s Knock, Knock and Henry Lee Rollins gave a solid performance in He Never Died. We also had some sequels pop up with Insidious 3 and Sinister 2.
Granted there were a few lackluster films, like the dismissal remake of Poltergeist*. M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit didn’t do him any favors and sadly found footage still lived on through The Gallows and The Vatican Tapes. Here’s a few highlights of the gore-ious year of 2015.
*For the record, I really enjoyed both the Poltergeist remake and The Visit. –AHS
The Witch – Set in the 1630’s and directed by Robert Eggers, The Witch tells the story of a family torn apart by the evils of witchcraft. This film has divided horror fans into the “love it” or “hate it” category, with very little room in between. I’ll admit there were challenges the film faced and I can understand the appeal fans have for the film, for me personally the ending made it worth the watch.
The Final Girls – Max (Taissa Farmiga), a young girl still not accepting the death of her horror movie actress mother, Amanda (Malin Akerman). When she gets pulled in by her friends to a theater’s horror tribute to her mother, Max gets into the movie, literally. As she and her friends battle to stay alive to the end, Max gets a chance to reconnect with her mother one last time. One of the most well crafted horror films, Final Girls was the horror movie people had asked for and finally received.
The Lazarus Effect – Zoe (Olivia Wilde) and her crew of researchers think they’ve found a way to bring the dead back to life. But, when Zoe is killed they soon realize bringing her back doesn’t yield the results they were hoping for. This horror flick was largely blown off for I’m sure a variety of reasons, but surprisingly it’s better than it was given create for.
A Christmas Horror Story – Set on Christmas Eve, A Christmas Horror Story weaves together several horror stories and helps prove that Christmas can be just as bloody as Halloween. Sure the box art alone is enough to turn people off, but this Christmas Horror Story is a well crafted anthology that deserves to be on everyone’s holiday wish list.
The Invitation – A dinner party goes awry when the hosts have some sinister plans for their guests. Set in an almost painstakingly slow burn effect, director Karyn Kusama’s film almost moves into the category of un-recommendable, until the ending.
The Devil’s Candy – A family becomes dangerously entangled with a satanic presence upon their move to a new home. Although this film was made in 2015, it wasn’t released for another 2 years, but they say good things come to those who wait. With a combination of Heavy Metal and horror that paired well together, The Devil’s Candy was well worth the wait.