• ERIC BUTLER

2016 Horror - I might be missing some big ones

I'm gonna be missing some favorites from this list of 10, but what can I say? I haven't seen them and I just don't know if I would enjoy them as much as the ones on the list below. I had trouble picking my #1 but I feel confident the one I went with is a good-good.

Winning by a hair is Don't Breathe. This is a fun and unique horror movie from the people who did the Evil Dead remake. Stephen Lang is a great character actor and it's great to see him out in the front here. He does a great job here. Check it out with the FX app.


Blurb - Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn't as helpless as he seems.



M. Night Shyamalan gives us another fun and unsettling movie with Split. James McAvoy shines as the man with multiple personalities, and Anya Taylor-Joy builds off of her stellar performance in The VVITCH. You can watch it as a stand-alone, but know it is part 2 in a trilogy. If you want to watch all 3, it's Unbroken, Split, and Glass. It's a rent/buy to own right now.


Blurb - Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.



While it is in the same universe as the 2008 monster movie Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane has few connections to the film. John Goodman brings his normal intense and fantastic abilities to the role and I'm a sucker for anything Mary Elizabeth Winstead does. Right now it is a rent/buy to own but I would think HBO or Netflix might get it at some point.


Blurb - A young woman is held in an underground bunker by a man who insists that a hostile event has left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable.




Adam Wingard, the director of one of my favorite horror films You're Next, got a shot to give us an updated version of Blair Witch. This is an actual sequel to the 1999 hit The Blair Witch Project and allows us to ignore the nonsense they titled Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.


This is a scripted movie, but they do a good job of capturing the original's spookiness. In the end, I enjoyed it, and that is the most important thing. You can watch it on Epix.


Blurb - After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.



So I stumbled across The Void on Netflix many years ago. I'm happy I didn't just tag it to watch later and instead started watching it right away. The movie is a very well-done cosmic horror / Lovecraftian film, that starts strong and continues to pummel you throughout. I think one of the most impressive aspects of the film is the practical effects. There is little to no CGI used. Stream it on tubi, Shudder, and amc+.


Blurb - Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.



So Morgan was a complete box-office failure when it came out. It was so bad, they pulled it after 2.5 weeks. I saw it years later for free and I liked it. I think Anya Taylor-Joy is perfect as the created humanoid, and she continues to show her abilities. If you have fubo you can stream, but most likely you will have to rent/buy to stream.


Blurb - A corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being.



James Wan is back to direct The Conjuring 2. He's becoming the king of the supernatural horror sub-genre. These are always well done and full of jump scares. You can watch it on Netflix & HBOmax.


Blurb - Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.



Between directing Trollhunter & Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Andre Ovredal directed The Autopsy of Jane Doe. He was inspired by The Conjuring and started looking for a similar project. Check it out on amc+.

Blurb - A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.



The 3rd movie in the franchise, The Purge: Election Year, brings back Frank Brillo as Leo Barnes. Writer/Director James DeMonaco meant for the 3rd movie to be a prequel but since he was able to get Brillo, they went in another direction. Listen, it's a Purge movie ... you'll love it if you like the franchise. It's a rent/buy to stream, but I'd be shocked if it isn't back on HBO soon.


Blurb - Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.



Before getting Shazam!, David F Sandberg's first full-length feature was Lights Out. This is another film that tried to avoid CGI as much as possible and uses practical effects to scare the crap out of you. Check it out on HULU.


Blurb - Rebecca must unlock the terror behind her little brother's experiences that once tested her sanity, bringing her face to face with a supernatural spirit attached to their mother.



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