If you're a listener of the Shock Waves podcast, then you already know my top 10 horror movies of the year! But regardless, people love to see a list. And so, I'll provide that here below, but I still strongly recommend you check out Shock Waves Episode 77 embedded below first.
The obligatory preface, these are just my personal highlights of the year, mostly based on one time viewings and my experiences of seeing them. I missed out on a few titles: RAW, THE TRANSFIGURATION, IT COMES AT NIGHT, CREEP 2, JIGSAW. I'll list a few notable mentions at the end of this piece, but for now, here's my top 10!
10 - A DARK SONG
9 - HAPPY DEATH DAY
8 - LIFE
7 - 1922
6 - ANNABELLE: CREATION
5 - THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER
4 - IT
3 - GERALD'S GAME
2 - THE DEVIL'S CANDY
1 - GET OUT
A lot of people hated THE DARK TOWER, but I've seen it twice now and on its own, I think it's a fine modern Western fairy tale with a great third act showdown between good and evil. Now, I'm not well versed in the source material; I've never read any of the books, so I can understand that people that have been invested in those for years and years would be disappointed by this adaptation, but as I mentioned earlier, I don't think IT is faithful to the novel at all. And yet, it works for most people. Hey, I like THE DARK TOWER and that's that. Take it or leave it.
SPLIT was a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan. It's always great to see how Don Mancini continues the CHILD'S PLAY franchise while still maintaining continuity! So, CULT OF CHUCKY was a wild ride. And there was a little indie flick called AARON'S BLOOD that I thought had a unique spin and told a great, modern vampire story. I recommend that one too.
I loved Guillermo del Toro's latest THE SHAPE OF WATER, but I struggled to call it a "horror" movie, and hence it's on my best of (non-genre) list instead.
If you want to see all of the Shock Waves crew's picks, one of our savvy listeners created this Letterboxd list for your convenience.
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Here's to another horror filled year in 2018! (Hopefully just on the big screen! We've had enough real life horror to last us a while!)