If you take 1 thing from the 2020 horror movie post let it be this ...
Fantasy Island sucks.
I'll talk more about it further down cause I don't want that nonsense to be the pic the site uses for the post.
So I'm going to be honest. I haven't seen enough movies in 2020 to make a top 10 list let alone a top 10 horror list. Many of these are just ones that either did well or looked interesting, but I have seen a few and my favorite is at #1 ...
I'm not sure I would characterize Guns Akimbo as horror, but it does have some horrific scenes and I guess waking up with guns screwed to your hands would be scary. This movie is fun, loud, gory, and one of my favorite Daniel Radcliffe movies. I tell ya, the best part of Harry Potter is he accepts crazy roles like this without any worry about cost or damage to his "brand". Check it out on Prime.
Blurb - A guy relies on his newly-acquired gladiator skills to save his ex-girlfriend from kidnappers.
The Hunt is just a funny movie. The idea of people getting rounded up and hunted because of saying crazy stuff on social media is funny. The writers & director do a good job of making it tense, and funny all the way through. I don't think you have to have a political leaning to enjoy this one. You will find people you agree with and that are ridiculous on both sides. Check it out on Amazon's Freeve.
Blurb - Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose - The Hunt.
So the guy who did The Fault in Our Stars was handed Marvel Comics' New Mutants and decided to make it a "horror" movie. I'm happy Disney now has full control of the X-Men titles and will put them into the MCU. However, I didn't hate this take on the characters. You can tell they weren't planning to build on the idea, but for a movie, it's a fine use of 90 minutes or so. Check it out with HBO.
Blurb - Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.
Movies I've seen some of but haven't finished yet ...
So I own Freaky and sat down to watch it with the wife - who was going to take one for the team - but it started way too gory and I pulled the plug. I just haven't gone back to it yet because I have the attention span of a squirrel. The idea is great - serial killer switches bodies with a teenage girl - and Vince Vaughn looks amazing in the trailer. I bet, if I had seen it, this would have been in the running for #1. You can check it out on HBO. Let's race and see who gets to it first/. 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... Go.
Blurb - After swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer, a young girl in high school discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.
So this was on HBO and looked interesting, so I started it. I didn't finish it and the next day they took it off. The movie is Underwater and I can say the first half is tense and well-acted. I don't think I made it to the monsters yet, but just being that far underwater is scary enough for me. Just like Pattinson, Stewart has been trying to shake the Twilight curse and this picture feels like one of those choices. If it ever comes back to HBO, I'll let you know.
Blurb - A crew of oceanic researchers working for a deep sea drilling company try to get to safety after a mysterious earthquake devastates their deepwater research and drilling facility located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
Movies I thought looked interesting enough to buy but haven't watched yet ...
I love a good werewolf movie, and I thought The Wolf Of Snow Hollow might be just that. Of course, I love bad werewolf movies, so it would be a win-win either way. But after buying it to stream, I got distracted and never got around to watching it. In fact, I waited so long that you can stream it for free on Prime now ... great.
Blurb - Terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, officer Marshall struggles to remind himself there's no such thing as werewolves.
If Psycho Goreman had come out in the 80s or 90s, I would have seen it at least half a dozen times. This was the kind of movie I loved when I was younger and looked forward to seeing now. I waited for it to go on sale and grabbed it to stream, but once again life got in the way. It's from the Director of The Void, which I loved, and I have a feeling it could be at the top of the list once I actually watch it.
Blurb - After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.
The Invisible Man was supposed to be a part of Universals' new Dark Universe but then The Mummy happened. Super horror writer/director Leigh Whannell took over and after a change in the script, made a stand-alone horror film. This was supposed to be a Johnny Depp vehicle, but instead, they flipped the script and made the story about Elizabeth Moss's character and her "haunting" by her abusive "dead" husband. Everything about it made me think of Sleeping with the Enemy but with the dude as Invisible. I'm sure it's a great movie, but I'm not dying to see it. You can though on Amazon's Freevee.
Blurb - When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
So I haven't seen the first one so of course, I haven't watched A Quiet Place Part 2 yet. I'm not a monster who watches movies out of order. So, like every monster movie in existence, we learn that the creatures aren't the only and many times aren't the worst monsters around.
*Leans in "Psst, it's other people."
So watch it on Prime and Paramount+.
Blurb - Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
I'm one of the most forgiving people when it comes to movies but Fantasy Island sucks. Not just a little, or here and there, but like the whole thing is terrible. Do not watch it, do not encourage them to ever revisit it or make another one. My biggest regret in 2020 is watching this movie instead of one of the others above. Man ... I hate this movie, so no, I'm not going to tell you where to find it.
Blurb - When the owner and operator of a luxurious island invites a collection of guests to live out their most elaborate fantasies in relative seclusion, chaos quickly descends.