2016 is over. And many may say that 2016 was a good year for horror movies. There has been numerous horror movies released in 2016. We have seen remakes, PG-13 rated horror, killer clowns, home invasions, and more. But what are the best horror movies of 2016?
In no particular order, here are Horrornchill’s top picks for the 25 best horror movies of 2016. Have you seen them all? And what are your top picks?
The Conjuring 2
Synopsis: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.
Synopsis: Anna suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only problem.
Synopsis: A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Synopsis: Cox and Hirsch play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young “Jane Doe,” they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.
Synopsis: When Rebecca left home, she thought that her childhood fears were behind her. As a young girl growing up, she was never really sure of what was real when the lights went out at night. Now, her little brother Martin is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that jeopardized her safety and sanity. Holding a mysterious attachment to their mother, a supernatural entity has returned with a vengeance to torment the entire family.
Synopsis: Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
The Purge: Election Year
Synopsis: As a young woman, Sen. Charlie Roan survived the annual night of lawlessness that took the lives of her family members. As a presidential candidate, Roan is determined to end the yearly tradition of blood lust once and for all. When her opponents hatch a deadly scheme, the senator finds herself trapped on the streets of Washington, D.C., just as the latest Purge gets underway. Now, it’s up to Leo Barnes, her head of security, to keep her alive during the next 12 hours of mayhem.
Synopsis: A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize that it is not a suit at all.
Synopsis: A young American named Greta takes a job as a nanny for an 8-year-old boy in a remote English village. To her surprise, Greta learns that the child of her new employers is a life-size doll. They care for the doll as if it was human, which helps the couple to cope with the death of their own son 20 years earlier. When Greta violates a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring her worst fears to life, leading her to believe that the doll is alive.
Synopsis: When her twin sister disappears in Japan, a young American named Sara becomes determined to find out what happened to her. Sara’s investigation leads her to the legendary Aokigahara Forest, located at the base of Mount Fuji. Accompanied by expatriate Aiden, she enters the mysterious wilderness after being warned to “stay on the path.” Her investigation plunges her into a dark world where the angry and tormented souls of the dead prey on those who dare to explore the forest.
The Blackout Experiments
Synopsis: This documentary follows a group of people who discover the ultra-scary, psycho-sexual horror experience Blackout, and develop an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy.
Rich Fox showed great innovation in both horror and documentary filmmaking. While The Blackout Experiments wasn’t allowed full access to Blackout; Rich Fox makes the most of the access provided in order to bring viewers up close to the wizards behind the curtain at Blackout. The film furthers the debate between whether or not these “experiences” are extreme haunted houses or legal torture.
I would recommend The Blackout Experiments to any horror fan that enjoys both horror films and documentaries. The movie gives fans the best of both horror and documentary filmmaking while making viewers ask themselves the ultimate question
Synopsis: Rocky, Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he’s an easy target, the trio invades the man’s secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim.
Synopsis: Nine filmmakers present horror stories that revolve around Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Synopsis: Thirty years after a charismatic cult leader convinced his followers to kill themselves, a survivor returns to the scene of the horror with a documentary crew.
Synopsis: While attending a dinner party at his former house, a man starts to believe that his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister plans for the guests.
The Other Side of the Door
Synopsis: Maria becomes consumed with guilt after losing her son Oliver in a tragic accident. She learns about a remote Hindu temple where visitors can communicate with the dead to say goodbye for the last time. The grieving mother disobeys a dire warning to never open the ancient door that serves as a mysterious portal. Her failure to follow the rules causes Oliver’s restless spirit to return home and haunt the rest of his family.
Synopsis: In the town of Cutter, most people keep to themselves. But when John comes home to find his girlfriend missing, he becomes suspicious and sneaks into his neighbor’s house. What he finds there is unnerving, to say the least. Will he escape the house alive or become another victim?
Synopsis: A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.
Synopsis: The final installment of the long-running Phantasm series.
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Synopsis: In 1967 Los Angeles, widowed mother Alice Zander unwittingly invites authentic evil into her home by adding a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business. When the merciless spirit overtakes her youngest daughter Doris, the small family must confront unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Erlingur Thoroddsen does a great job. I felt like the film starts out okay but gets better and better as the plot unfolds. Child Eater is chillingly frightening. While a monster killer that is out there looking for children is not a new concept. The film does provide a fresh view on the concept. The Child Eater’s insatiable appetite for eyeballs leaves us open for a lot of violence and a potential for a Child Eater II.
Synopsis: Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a mysterious stranger
All Through The House
Synopsis: A deranged masked Santa-Slayer comes to town for some yuletide-terror. He leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies as he hunts his way to the front steps of the town’s most feared and notorious home.
Synopsis: A horror junkie and his friends sign up with a company that brings their customer’s greatest fears to life.
Train to Busan
Synopsis: While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
Synopsis: A divorced mother and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late night road trip to see the girl’s father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt. Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads – a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave.