Best horror flicks from the last five years?
Haven't been on in a while, but I'm looking to hopefully pop on here more often.
I've not seen a lot of newer horror movies, because my preferred era is around the 70's and 80's, but I thought it'd be interesting to talk about some newer horror, both mainstream and obscure, and maybe even learn about some new, potentially interesting, titles.
Having not seen any horror films from 2019 yet, I'll be including releases from 2014 in my list.
Not in any order, but below are some films I found note-worthy.
1) As Above, So Below (2014) - Probably one of the few found footage movies I actively enjoyed, I found this one a fun ride, though I know others had issues with it. I liked what it was going for, though.
2) Almost Mercy (2015) - I have some friends from a horror forum (Fight Evil) that sort of hated this, but I personally found it both unique and, despite it's somewhat dark story, pretty fun, especially the gory conclusion. Definitely not for fans of typical horror, though.
3) Hell House LLC (2015) - Definitely one of the better horror films I've seen from recent times. Sure, there are jump scares, but other scares are a lot more subtle, and you could watch this multiple times and find new things. Honestly, I don't have many complaints about this one. Shame the sequel wasn't near as good.
4) Most Likely to Die (2015) - Admittedly, I'm a giant slasher fan, so this would appeal more to me than a lot of other films, but I thought that this was a fantastic throwback to films like Slaughter High (1986) and Splatter University (1984). There was a lower-budget flick from 2013 called Don't Go to the Reunion, which, despite it's lower-quality, had a lot of heart. This film is definitely a higher-budget production, at least in comparison to Don't Go to the Reunion, but it keeps some brutal kills and, while not a new story, feels like a love-song to slashers of the 1980's. Loved this one.
5) The Unspoken (2015) - I won't say this movie was great (though I personally rather liked it), but I will say that for a supernatural/ghost horror film, it did some really interesting things. The twist probably isn't worth watching the whole film, but I'm also a fan of the star Jodelle Ferland, so while not everything is necessarily action-packed, I enjoyed it well enough.
6) The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015) - A lot of times, this feels more like a period-piece drama, heavy in religious content, but I thought it was a rather nice breath of fresh air for the genre. Great tension, solid performances throughout, and a unique film at a time when unique horror films aren't necessarily too common to see.
7) A Cure for Wellness (2016) - This was released to pretty 'meh' response, partially, I'd guess, to it's long run-time, but I really liked the feel to this one. It didn't blow me away, by any means, but it had, at times, a dreamy atmosphere without going too overboard.
8) Hush (2016) - Innovative in that it's a played-out sub-genre (home invasion) but with a deaf victim. The suspense here is fantastic, and a few scenes come as a nice surprise. Gore isn't amazing, but it's certainly not absent (hand-stomp scene).
9) Terrifier (2016) - I know, the story, or lack of one, is pretty noticeable. But the gore here is some of the best I've seen in a while. Plus, even before the movie gets bloody, the clown is just creepy (that diner scene actually sort of freaked me out). If you're a gore-hound especially, this might be worth seeing.
10) The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) - Some things in this film bothered me a bit, but generally-speaking, I thought that, with such a limited cast, this movie did excellent. Some good tension through, I thought the last-third of the film was more average, but still well-worth the watch.
11) The Void (2016) - I actually don't love this one, but I do really appreciate what it was going for. Quick to action, this movie doesn't waste time, and the effects and H.P. Lovecraft-inspired story were both great. Not a personal favorite, but still a lot of fun.
12) Apostle (2018) - This Netflix original felt a lot like an update on The Wicker Man (though the movie takes place in the early 1900s). It has a great feel for the period, and more so, it's story is a little more involved than one might think. With a run-time of two hours and ten minutes, it never really felt boring to me, and that, combined with some damn good gore, really make me feel this movie is worth it.
13) Kill Game (2018) - This was a very interesting take on the slasher sub-genre, because while it had fantastic gore and a typically fun slasher story, there was also some heavy drama and an epilogue of sorts, which is something I don't generally see. It's also an hour and 42 minutes, so the film certainly doesn't feel like your normal, quickie slasher. Not sure why I love this one and most others find it disappointing (average score on IMDb is a 4/10), but I did. *I saw this in 2017, so I'm not sure why IMDb has it as 2018, but whatever*