My Favorite Horror Movies of 2019

by on Jan.02, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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That’s a wrap on 2019 and another wealth of horror movies have left their mark. The mash-up genre trend continues as well as the odes to the memorable if not great films of the late 70s & 80s. New indie voices continue to dominate the VOD home market as film distribution bypass the erratic theatrical runs in favor of streaming. This is definitely a victory for horror & genre fans as we are getting to see a great variety of films. Below is a list of my favorite movies for 2019, as well as a list of honorable mentions that must be seen.

1. The Lighthouse – Madness & monsters overcome two isolated men is this masterpiece.
2. In Fabric – A haunted dress arthouse horror with humor & style to burn.
3. Daniel Isn’t Real – Old-school & disturbing horror show with a serious agenda.

4. Doctor Sleep – An inspired Shining sequel that furthers the story with great new evils.
5. Tigers Are Not Afraid – Deeply moving & ghostly fantasy that is much too real for comfort.
6. Ready or Not – A funny survival movie with a brilliant ensemble and epic finale.

7. Knife+Heart – A Giallo queer horror slasher fantasy that delivers across all fronts.
8. Little Monsters – Hilarious, clever, and full of heart which transcends gimmicky zombie set-up.
9. Midsommar – Harrowing exploration of sorrow & betrayal presented as a daytime nightmare.

10. Wounds – Hallucinogenic trip down a Cronenberg/Lovecraft road.
11. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Del Torro’s loving ode to the iconic book series.
12. Horror Noire – An essential lesson on Black History with past & present significance.

The following are my honorable mentions that are incredible films and should be seen.

OUTSTANDING HORROR: WIDE RELEASES
Crawl – A stormy gator thrill ride that delivers fully on a promise.
Happy Death Day 2U – The way good sequels add to the story and don’t just rehash.
Us – A tense, baffling & bleak cultural thriller that keeps you guessing.
Black Christmas – An excellent slasher from a feminist POV, crucial message & wonky twist.
It: Chapter Two – A different monster but still showcases a master at work & epic conclusion.

OUTSTANDING HORROR: INDIES

Climax – An entrancing fever dream with a nonstop beat and chaotic madness.
One Cut of the Dead – Meta horror comedy at its finest & most unexpected.
Braid – It’s oddly structured & often inscrutable but maddening visuals are a must-see.
Hagazussa – A deeply upsetting & macabre tale that ends with more questions than answers.
Head Count – A devious, clever, and genre pushing answer to teen slasher films.
I Trapped the Devil – A somber Christmas-set drama that questions loyalty & sanity.

OUTSTANDING HORROR: SCI-FI

Starfish – An apocalyptic arthouse horror with Lovecraftian echoes & visuals.
High Life – A quiet, bleak & often perverse Kubrickian sci-fi thriller.
Await Further Instructions – An eerie family survival film with a truly frightful ending.

OUTSTANDING THRILLER/DRAMAS
Piercing – Polished camera work & characters you can’t quit bash each other to pieces.
Border – Compelling character piece about the beast in all of us is obtuse & melancholic.
Beast – Genre defying drama questions love & the evil at the corners of our happiness.


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