10 Best Horror Movies Of 2016

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2016 has been a stellar year for horror films. Every year people declare our beloved genre dead due to the tired tropes and cliches, but this year has proven that horror is very much alive and thriving. Below you’ll find my top 10 horror movies of 2016. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to catch Under the Shadow and The Handmaiden, so those titles have been regrettably omitted.

10. ‘Green Room’

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I wasn’t as impressed with Green Room as a lot of people were. The acting was a little strange, the lighting was a dark and there were quite a few slow patches. I did love the dark, grungy atmosphere though and there were some fantastic moments of shocking violence and intensity. It follows a group of young punk rockers who get trapped in a venue run by neo-Nazi skinheads. It’s a fun premise and it does boast some memorable scenes, but it doesn’t deserve the rave reviews it received, which is why I’ve placed it at the lower end of the list.

9. ‘Lights Out’

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Thanks to an effective short film, David F. Sandberg got the chance to debut a fun, feature-length chiller with an original premise. The premise features a family haunted by a crooked spirit called Diane who only appears when the lights go out. It boasts good performances and likable characters, which are all too rare in horror films of today. The scares aren’t entirely effective, but there are moments of genuine suspense, particularly in the thrilling third act, which adds an innovative #supernatural spin on the home invasion sub genre. Despite suffering from some clichés and a sudden ending, #LightsOut stands out as one of the most memorable horror films of the year.

8. ‘Ouija: Origin Of Evil’

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This could possibly be the most surprising film of the year. A prequel to one of 2013’s worst horror films, #Ouija2 was surely guaranteed to be a disastrous abomination. However, talented writer-director Mike Flanagan (#Oculus, #Hush) raised everyone’s expectations and crafted a supernatural horror film that is better than it has any right to be. Yes, it has the usual jump-scares, possessed little girls and #Insidious-inspired demons. It also disappoints in its last act with odd pacing and an all too familiar finale, but Ouija also does so many things right. It focuses on a family that you genuinely end up caring about and has a fantastic eye for detail in its period setting. It also cleverly deconstructs the genre and plays with our extensive horror knowledge while also delivering some scenes of surrealism, which makes for unsettling viewing. Most of all though, it’s just a fun time from start to finish and you can really see that it’s been crafted by an intelligent team who have genuine affection for horror films.

7. ’10 Cloverfield Lane’

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Dan Trachenberg’s film had a strange release. No one had heard about the film until a trailer surfaced just months before the film was set to hit the big screens. People were also confused as to whether the film was a sequel to 2008’s #Cloverfield, even though the trailer looked as though it had nothing at all in common with Matt Reeves’ found footage monster movie. Lots of people (including me) are still confused by the mysterious title, but nevertheless, #10CloverfieldLane is an impressive exercise in suspense and mystery. It features a menacing performance from John Goodman as the enigmatic conspiracist, locking up two innocents with him in his bomb shelter. It’s a film that always manages to engage thanks to the constant, intense atmosphere and intrigue. It also doesn’t opt for a predictable finale, rather, going for something delightfully crazy and different altogether. It never takes itself too seriously and I look forward to seeing where exactly the Cloverfield universe is heading

6. ‘The Conjuring 2’

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Here’s another sequel that managed to surpass expectations. #JamesWan managed to outdo himself with this beautifully crafted supernatural horror film. It follows the (supposedly) true story of a family in England experiencing some spooky activity of the paranormal kind. #Conjuring2 places most of its focus on the family instead of scares, so that we’re totally invested in their story. That’s not to say that the film doesn’t have scares though. James Wan’s directing is as effective as ever at building up an atmosphere of almost unbearable suspense. He has also created one of the most iconic horror villains in recent memory with Valek, the terrifying demon nun. It’s a masterful film that manages to unsettle, entertain and emotionally involve its audience in equal measure.

5. ‘The Neon Demon’

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s polarizing look into the fashion industry feels like a natural progression from the criminally underrated Only God Forgives. He’s swapped stunt driving and gun-slinging for gals and make-up. The story itself isn’t anything original — it’s the tale of a wide-eyed girl with big dreams who ends up getting consumed by them; however, the way it’s told is nothing short of masterful. Every shot in #NeonDemon is a work of art that oozes absolute style and beauty, which is exactly what the film is about. It’s full of hypnotic, Lynchian imagery, which makes you feel as if you’re watching a dream unfold. There are several stunning moments of pure visual cinema which is something of a rarity nowadays. The film also ends on a memorably whacky and disturbing note which will have you pondering over for weeks. It’s not a film which everyone will appreciate, but those who are attracted to strange and immersive films will find a lot to love.

4. ‘Don’t Breathe’

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It hasn’t been a good year for the homes of the disabled. We already had a deaf woman getting her home invaded this year in Mike Flanagan’s #Hush, and now Fede Alvarez’s #DontBreathe shows us a blind man getting his house burgled by a gang of youths. Surely the most intense movie of the year, Alvarez makes every shot and sound count in his home invasion horror. Don’t Breathe is masterfully directed and dripping with suspense. It delivers non-stop thrills at every corner as well as featuring a memorable villain in Stephen Lang’s deadly Rambo-esque veteran and a badass heroine in Jane Levy’s Rocky. It’s a terrific experience on the big screen and is pretty much guaranteed to have you holding your breath on several occasions.

3. ‘Train To Busan’

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This Korean undead tale is arguably more of an action thriller than a straight-up #horror movie, but it does have #zombies in it. It’s also great and easily the best zombie flick since Shaun of the Dead. It follows a neglectful father taking his young daughter on a train to a nearby city to see her mother. Unfortunately for them, hordes of the living dead begin to overtake most of Korea just as the train is about to depart, leaving the passengers in a desperate fight for survival. #TraintoBusan is pretty much a non-stop, two-hour thrill ride — no easy task considering that it’s almost entirely set in the confines of a train. It hurtles from set-piece to set-piece in waves of brilliant intensity that leave you gasping for air. The film also packs a surprising emotional wallop thanks to its terrifically drawn-out characters who you end up genuinely caring about. I found myself holding back the tears on more than one occasion.

2. ‘The Wailing’

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The Koreans have been ruling horror this year with Train to Busan, The Handmaiden and now this, #TheWailing. It’s an enigmatic mix of crime, thriller, supernatural horror and dark comedy. It could’ve easily turned into a mess, but thanks to Na Hong-jin directing an unpredictable screenplay we’re left with an unforgettable near-masterpiece. It follows a bumbling yet lovable policeman as he investigates a series of mystifying murders plaguing his tiny village. Does it have something to do with the strange Japanese man who recently moved to the nearby forest? The Wailing keeps you guessing to the very end and always enthralls with its surprising twists and often hilarious comedy. Some may find the film silly, but it has such ambition and engaging characters you can’t help but appreciate what it’s trying to succeed. It’s a fantastic horror film that plays on your mind long after the credits roll.

1. ‘The Witch’

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I can hear the cries of abuse now. For some reason, The Witch didn’t sit well with a lot of audiences after generating a lot of early critical acclaim. There’s no denying though that #TheWitch is the best horror film of the year so far and is destined to become a classic. Someone described it as “a Brothers Grimm fairytale directed by Stanley Kubrick” and that is the most accurate description I could think of. Robert Eggers’s debut film is a phenomenal piece of filmmaking and one if the scariest horror films to hit our screens in quite some time. Everything about The Witch is masterful, from the intense foreboding atmosphere to the bold unsettling score.

The film is set in 1630 and follows a God-obsessed family who suffer a series of tragic events after being banished to an isolated house next to a terrifying forest that is possibly home to a witch. It’s a film laced with horrifying imagery and suspense that explodes into an entirely satisfying finale that left my mouth agape. The Witch isn’t just the best horror movie of 2016 so far, but the best film period. Oh, and let’s not forget that it contains the best performance of the year in the shape of Black Phillip the goat.

So there we have it. Told you it’s been a knockout year for horror! What films have you enjoyed the most?

It Follows (2014)

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Director: David Robert Mitchell

Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi

A horror masterclass

I’m a pretty hardened horror movie watcher. Very little gets under my skin these days, for example I can quite comfortably sit and watch The Exorcist on my own, in the middle of the night and not feel a teeny weeny bit frightened. Whilst all the kids were losing their heads over The Conjuring, I sat there completely stone-faced, although that could be something to do with the crap cinema I saw it at in Loughborough which had a screen the size of a microwave and subtitles for the hard of hearing. The last film to properly scare me was Sleepaway Camp, but that’s only because of THAT ending… Perhaps I’m not as hardened as I make out though. There have been a few recent horror films which have given me some genuine chills: Kill List, Sinister and The Babadook have all unsettled me greatly. It Follows can also be added to that list.

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I watched It Follows alone last night and once it had finished I ran off to bed with chills tingling along my back, hopped straight into bed and threw the covers over my head like a 14 year-old girl. It’s something I’ve not done for a while, but It Follows really got under my skin! It’s been at the top of my watch list for a while after the buzz it created at all the festivals last year. Once it hit a wider release, all of the critics were raving at how brilliant it was and how it was the scariest film to come out in a decade. It Follows quickly fell into what I call the hype machine. The trouble with this machine is that you often let your expectations rocket to impossible heights which ends up in massive disappointment.

I allowed the hype to die down (and for the blu-ray to become cheaper!) and gave it a watch with lower expectations, and it worked! It’s easy to see how many were disappointed when people were calling it the new Halloween and a new horror classic. I wouldn’t quite go that far, but in an age full of horrendously conventional horror films with bad acting, super-fast editing and unoriginal ideas; It Follows stands head and shoulders above the rest as the superior animal. It grabbed my attention right from the opening shot which is done all in one long take. There’s no shaky camera and no cutting away every two seconds, it’s just one long shot of a girl running away in a panic. It feels grounded, real and completely refreshing. The incredibly cool retro synth score doesn’t do it any trouble either! David Robert Mitchell is clearly someone who knows what he’s doing behind the camera. The opening also culminates in a jarringly haunting image which feels like something from a nightmare. It Follows means business from the start.

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We then follow our hero, Jay who’s a blameless young adult going about her normal boring life until she decides to do a bit of innocent dogging. It results in her being cursed like a girl from Japan, but instead of a long black-haired figure following her, it’s an invisible demon who takes many guises and will follow her relentlessly until she passes it on. It’s an incredibly simple premise to pad out into a 100 minute feature film, but it absolutely works. Every single scene is filled with a strong atmosphere of complete dread because you never know when the demon is going to return, or what form it’s going to take. Even scenes where Jay and her friends are sat talking are suspenseful because you can feel a presence. Someone is always watching and it makes for a nightmarish experience.

When the stalking demon appears, that’s when stuff gets real. The film reaches its most terrifying peak when Jay and her friends stay up all night at her house to watch out for spooky happenings. I don’t want to spoil it for those who are yet to see the film, but suffice to say that it has a couple of seriously nightmarish images that will stay with me for quite a long time. It’s masterfully executed to squeeze out the maximum scares possible. It’s scary in the same way Kairo (Pulse) was. Rather than generating quick jump scares, the imagery slowly creeps under your skin and sends sharp chills all the way up your spine. It’s truly a spine-tingling experience, or at least it was for me!

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Throughout the whole film you’re basically waiting for the demon to make another appearance and because you don’t know when that’s going to be the film was never boring for me. The film does lean towards the arthouse side, so those not familiar with arty, slow stuff might find it a little tedious. It’s not the kind of film you can dip in and out of with your phone and just watch when ‘something happens’. It Follows requires your full attention for it to really work.

It’s not quite perfect though. I have to admit that although the group of characters were likable, I did find them flat. They don’t really say a lot and at one point I was thinking that they could possibly be the most boring group of people you could ever hang out with! Also, I found Maika Monroe, who plays main girl, Jay distractingly attractive. I know it’s my fault for being a hormonal young man but at times when I should’ve been completely focused on the film, I was distracted by how drop-dead gorgeous she is! She also flashed a lot of flesh which didn’t help the situation. She’s in a swimming costume for the thrilling finale for gawd’s sake!

In all seriousness though, It Follows is a modern horror master-class. It’s flawlessly executed and feels refreshing and original. It’s also genuinely terrifying for once! I won’t use the old cliché by saying ‘it’s the scariest film in years’ because lots of scary films pop up every year if you look hard enough. I’d say it’s the best horror film to come out since The Babadook.

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10 Scariest Movie Moments That Will Keep You Awake!

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I’m not one to get scared when watching a film. Even the horror classics that seem to scare the majority of watchers, such as Halloween and The Exorcist, fail to actually scare me, as much as I love them. That’s not to say that I’m some sort of brainless plank who never gets scared, because otherwise I wouldn’t be making this list! This list is quite personal, because it contains scenes from films that have scared ME. So I’m afraid it’s all ‘me me me’ with this list!

However, if these movie moments were able to actually scare me, the unscarable, then they should be able to illicit chills from at least one of you dear readers. I’m also discounting cheap jump scares that give a sudden and short-lived scare (e.g. Red-faced devil in Insidious and lawn mower in Sinister) and shall only include expensive ones, as I’ve tried to include moments that really chill you to the bone and stay with you long after the credits roll… I’ll do my best to avoid spoilers, but unfortunately I am going to have to give a little context and there will be a few spoilers, but I’ll indicate them of course. So if you’re having far too much sleep, then give some of these a watch to keep you awake on these hot hot nights!

 

10) The end is nigh- Kill List

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Ben Wheatley’s, Kill List is a modern horror masterpiece, and the best British horror to come out since the sublime Eden Lake in my most humble opinion. It follows an ex hit man who has a seemingly near-perfect life. He’s got a beautiful wife and son who he clearly loves very dearly. However, his friend Michael Smiley, decides to lure him into one last job. They have three targets: A priest, a librarian and an MP. On the surface Kill List is an intense thriller, but the film makes an unnerving turn into the hardcore horror department in the last 20 minutes.

The ending has already become fairly notorious. It’s very dark and twisted and leaves you haunted for a good two days. I’d hate to spoil it so I won’t go into any details. Those who have seen it will know what I’m talking about and why it deserves a place on this list. It’s an incredibly well-made film overall with a huge amount of suspense and an intense atmosphere. The acting is very good too, and because the ending is so hauntingly ambiguous, it leaves a lot for the viewer to think about. It’s refreshing to find a film that doesn’t spell everything out to you.

9) Wobbly Ghost- Pulse (Kairo)

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Legendary Japanese ghost story, Pulse (or Kairo) tells the story of a website which allows you to see ghosts and then makes you kill yourself. At least, I think that’s what it’s about. Don’t be fooled by the pathetic American remake. Kairo is an ambitious, interesting and sublimely creepy ghost story unlike any other I’ve seen. Whilst it is very slow, it’s also very interesting and well-made. It also had the power to quite massively creep me out!

There are two scenes in particular that scared me, but the earlier takes the biscuit for me. It’s very simple, but effective. It features a ghost who walks slowly forward to the camera and then randomly wobbles. It’s indescribable really, but it sent massive chills up my spine for some reason. Another scary scene is towards the end when a black figure slowly gets closer and closer to the camera. It builds an incredible amount of tension and needs to be seen in darkness and on your own to fully appreciate it.

8) “I loved you”- Calvaire (The Ordeal)

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Calvaire is a surreal, Belgian horror film by Fabrice Du Welz and starring acting legend, Laurent Lucas. Calvaire happens to be one of my favourite films. It gets criticised a lot for stealing elements of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, however I disagree and think it’s better than the both of them. It’s the unpredictable tale of singer, Marc Stevens whose car breaks down in the woods. He gets taken in by a cuddly innkeeper for the night and things begin to get weird. Saying anything more would completely ruin the experience. Suffice to say that it’s a nightmarish and darkly comic masterpiece which chilled me to the core.

The moment that terrifies me is the ending. Any other film would offer an explanation as to what’s going on and why everyone is acting like they are, but not this one. It ends with Marc kind of accepting his new identity, whilst a murderous villager sinks in quicksand. It’s a haunting image and the final line, “I loved you” is all the more chilling. We’re left with Marc alone in the woods, feeling as confused and insane as he is. Hopefully, Fabrice Du Welz will get more writing/directing gigs because he’s a real talent in both departments. Vinyan is another creepy film he’s directed and he’s also doing the upcoming Colt 45 and Alleilua which I’m greatly looking forward to.

7) Smile for the camera!- Sheitan

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The film appropriately opens to the line, “Are you ready for this?” and it’s appropriate because I don’t think anyone is ever ready for the insanity that is Sheitan. It’s a French horror film starring Vincent Cassel (AKA legend) as a madman who lures a bunch of unlikable horny twenty-somethings to his farmhouse. It’s the typical set-up for a slasher, but Sheitan is anything but your typical slasher. It’s yet another example of the French ‘new wave’ in horror and sits very proudly against Inside, Martyrs, Calvaire etc.

Whilst most people will find Sheitan more funny than scary (it is very darkly humorous) I found it downright terrifying! Yes, Vincent Cassel was funny at the start of the film, but as it goes on he turns into a demented and frankly disturbing character. The film gets weirder and weirder as it goes along and ends up turning into a disturbing tale of the supernatural and incest. It’s the final shot that got to me though, when Vincent and his sister turn around and smirk into the camera. You honestly can’t put Sheitan’s scariness into words, you’ll have to go and see it for yourselves I’m afraid.

6) Attic antics- [REC]

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The Spanish found footage masterpiece, [REC] is an extremely scary film. Watching it on your own is quite an experience and one which set the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up. It’s the thrilling story of an innocent reporter who follows a group of firemen to an emergency call-out to an apartment complex. A lot of weird stuff goes down, until it’s revealed that the place is full of zombies. From there on it’s a incredibly tense rollercoaster ride about survival and trying to escape.

I couldn’t recommend [REC] highly enough over its inferior American counterpart, Quarantine. The film reaches its scariest peak in its final moments. Our heroes find themselves in an attic. The cameraman decides to shove the camera up a hole in the ceiling and unbearably pans slowly around before a boy jumps in front of the camera and hits the spotlight. It’s a jump scare effective enough to raise the dead! However, it doesn’t stop there. We’re left in pitch darkness and the night vision comes on to reveal one of the most horrific monsters I’ve seen on film. It’s so hard to watch and you might just find your nails nibbled down to an inch of their lives as you watch Angela trying to sneak past the anorexic beast!

5) Rocking chair- Inside

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French duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo were my introduction to the magic of foreign cinema, and what a place to start! Inside is the notoriously nasty film which follows a pregnant window as she’s attacked in her house by psycho-lady, Beatrice Dalle who is after her unborn child. It’s an electrifying and gruelling film, filled with suspense and thrills. Some people fail to look past the grisly gore, which is a shame because beneath the buckets of blood is an incredibly well-made, atmospheric and well-acted horror film. In fact, Inside is one of my favourite horror films of all time.

Whilst I never find it that scary, although the strange electronic music on top of Dalle’s dazzlingly deranged performance, does make some scenes very unnerving to watch, there’s the end scene that always manages to get to me. I’m about to spoil the hell out of it, so if you haven’t seen it yet, then just skip to my next point, because this is a film well worth seeing!.. After having her face burnt off, Beatrice Dalle ends up horrifically slicing the baby out of Alyson Paradis’ stomach. She then takes the crying baby over to a rocking chair and rocks it to sleep, whilst an incredibly haunting violin score plays over, as the baby’s mother lies in a pool of blood along with her friends and family who came to her rescue and failed. The final image of the burnt Dalle in the rocking chair is the stuff of nightmares. I’m scaring myself just writing this!

4) Clown face- INLAND EMPIRE

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David Lynch can do some really scary stuff when he goes for it. Don’t get me wrong, basically all of the films he’s done are dark, but none are particularly of the horror genre. INLAND EMPIRE however, is full on horror and it’s incredibly scary. It has notoriously divided even the most hardcore David Lynch fans, and is by far his least accessible film, which is saying a lot considering that one of his films features a chipmunk woman singing in a radiator whilst stomping on sperm. It’s the cinematic equivalent of being on drugs and has a plot which makes Inception look like Winnie the bloody Pooh!

I think it’s a masterpiece and for the full effect, you need to watch this in darkness, on your own and with your fullest attention. It has a handful of incredibly eerie moments such as, the sitcom featuring people dressed in rabbit costumes and Laura Dern running to the camera with a nightmarish clownish grin. The one that really got me though was when Laura Dern shoots the mysterious ‘Phantom’. His face bleeds and turns into an indescribably creepy smiley face made of skin. Like that wasn’t enough to send chills up your spine, Laura Dern’s twisted face suddenly flashes up on the screen like Regan on The Scary Maze Game. It’s the kind of jump scare which puts the tramp popping out of Winkie’s Diner to shame.

3) Crawl- The Poughkeepsie Tapes

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I don’t think that The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a good film, but it is a very scary one. I had a hard time trying to pin-point a particular scene here actually because there is a constant flow of very scary moments. It’s a found footage horror film which follows a serial killer filming all of his atrocities for our entertainment. Now, the film isn’t scary all the way. As the film acts as a sort of documentary, we’re given interviews with the police and whatnot who happen to be horrendous actors! On top of that, they’re given some seriously contrived dialogue to say such as, “my wife couldn’t speak to me for months after she saw the tapes”. However, I was actually relieved when these moments of unintentional comedy came on because it meant that we were given a break from the terrifying footage!

I could’ve chosen any moment really. The disturbing moment when the killer talks to a little girl, the moment when the killer dominates a helpless victim in the basement whilst wearing a hugely unsettling mask, the moment when he makes a victim wear a disturbing mask, or the creepy and powerful interview with a survivor. However, the moment I choose as the scariest is when the killer crawls in like some sort of monster, wearing a terrifying mask which changes as he slowly stands up, whilst a victim is tied to a post. It’s a beautifully executed scare, done all in one shot, and one which sent chills up my spine. As I said before, I don’t think that it’s a good film before it has very little to offer in the way of plot, however if you’re after something to really scare you, then The Poughkeepsie Tapes is the place to be!

2) Double whammy- Noroi: The Curse

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Noroi: The Curse is the scariest film as a whole I have ever seen. It saddens me that this Japanese gem is so difficult to get hold of! If Noroi was given a wide release then I’m sure that it would be considered one of the greatest found footage horror films, ever. Chances are that you’ve never heard of it (psssst you can watch it on Youtube!) so I’ll tell you what it’s all about. It is an incredibly convincing found footage film which builds a mystery centring around a malicious spirit called Kagutaba. The film is presented in a series of film clips, most of them featuring our chubby paranormal presenter who’s trying to get to the bottom of a mystery surrounding a missing girl. The film does an excellent job at building a sense of anticipation and suspense by slowly uncovering more pieces of the complex puzzle. I found it gripping, although some have confessed a sense of boredom.

To get the best effect, I think you really need to watch this in the dark, on your own with the sound up. That’s what I did and I ended up being completely scared out of my wits! The film is full of terrifying moments with strange figures appearing in the background, babies being heard faintly and paranormal activity that makes Paranormal Activity look like Winnie the bloody Pooh! All of it subtly puts the viewer on edge and makes the film very difficult to watch at times just due to the sheer amount of tension. The film reaches its scary peak though with its two endings. The first ending features a ritual going very badly, ending up with a shocking encounter in the woods. The second ending comes right after the credits roll, and we’re presented with footage enough to make your heart pound with fear. It’s a seriously scary way to end and I won’t spoil the scare in store. You’ll just have to watch it, it’s well worth it! Just make sure you watch it alone in the dark. Get it? Got it? Good!

1) WTF!?- Sleepaway Camp

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Sleepaway Camp is a funny one (in both senses of the word). The film starts off absolutely hilariously! I’m unsure if it’s intentional or not, but the entire film is really funny. The acting is the campiest and most wooden you could imagine, the screenplay is full of clichés and is quite obviously a Friday the 13th rip-off and the whole film is just really poorly made and full of insane moments. Sleepaway Camp definitely falls into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category. One of the craziest moments is when a young 16-ish-year old girl agrees to go on a date with a 60-year old counsellor! Luckily for the girl she gets brutally killed before the date even takes place. It’s a blast to watch and is really entertaining if you’re into those crappy horror B-movies.

This makes it all the more shocking, when it powerfully delivers probably the scariest movie ending I’ve ever seen. I won’t spoil it for those who have yet to experience it, but everything about this ending chills me to the bone. That face, that noise, that absolute absurdity that still doesn’t make sense. And the fact that it ends right there with no resolution means that you can’t help but let it play on your mind for at least a couple of days. I even have chills as I write this, just thinking about that ending! It jumps out of nowhere, and if the rest of the film was actually really well written and executed, then I’m pretty sure that Sleepaway Camp would be one of the ultimate horror classics because of that incredibly disturbing ending. After I saw it, I remember having two very sleepless nights, where I could just not get that final image out of my head.