The Top 13 Horror Movies Of The 2010s!
Be prepared to be terrified....
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Don't judge a book by its cover. That's the moral of 2010's comedy-horror film Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. It's one of those films you just love to see go wrong.While it may not be the most unpredictable movie, it stands out because it flips a bunch of horror cliches (and real-life stereotypes) on their heads. It turns out the college kids are awful, xenophobic, and violent, while Tucker and Dale are well-meaning hillbillies who only want to help out. As misunderstanding after misunderstanding proceeds, one of the college kids becomes a real villain, trying to kill Tucker and Dale, and even his girlfriend who he believes has Stockholm syndrome. It may not be the best horror movie, but it pushed the genre forward in a way some of the scarier movies of this decade don't do. And for that, it belongs on this list.
A horror movie set in medieval times starring Sean Bean? YES PLEASE. Sean Bean is Ulric, a knight tasked with finding out why a remote marshland village has been untouched by the Black Death, the bubonic plague. Best part: they think a necromancer is behind it. This movie gets some serious props for illustrating the brutality of medieval times through sheer terror. While some people may consider this closer to historical fiction, it is through and through a horror movie on par with the Blair Witch Project.
While some might think this is a remake of the remake of the original The Thing, they'd be wrong. This film attempts something much more daring: a prequel.In John Carpenter's The Thing, the cast come across another antarctic that The Thing interacted with first. This 2011 movie tells the story of that base. In fact, it does an amazing job doing so. This movie is all about the little details. It takes the "aftermath" of what the cast in the Carpenter movie sees and uses that as a template to where everything ends up; for example, that ax in the wall we see in the Carpenter version is shown to us in this film and shows us how it ends up like that. It's the little things.
2013's The Conjuring is one of those movies that we'll be talking about for decades. Directed by James Wan, the mastermind behind Saw and Insidious, it's no wonder this film turned out so damn good. The Conjuring follows in the tradition of Insidious, which utilized almost ZERO visual effects in favor of letting the story, setting, characters and camera set the tone. Even the villains, which tend to have the most CGI, have very, very little. The best part of this film is its basis in history. The Bell Witch is a real story, which gives this film an even greater sense of realism, on top of the lack of CGI.
We first saw the Annabelle doll in The Conjuring as we were being introduced to the Warrens, a real-life demonologist couple who specialize in hauntings.Annabelle proved to be one of the more terrifying aspects of The Conjuring, so it seemed the movie powers-that-be decided to give her a spin-off. Thank god they did! This was one of the scariest movies of 2014, telling the story of the demonic Annabelle doll that colluded with the Bell Witch. The scene in the basement when the elevator door kept opening was simply masterful. Dolls are always creepy, and in this film we are constantly waiting for Annabelle to move, but they barely ever give it to us, which might be one of the best decisions they made.
Let Me In
There's nothing quite like a movie that presents itself more like art and less like horror, and that's what we get with 2010's Let Me In.A remake of the Swedish 2008 original, it was so well-received that the English version was in talks before the original was even released. It tells the story of a bullied young boy who befriends a female vampire. But it's not your standard vampire movie by any means. The cruelty the boy faces is compounded by the vampire as it feeds on everyone in his apartment complex. Eventually, the two run away together, realizing that no one quite understands them like each other, a strange story of friendship amongst two tortured souls.
2013's Oculus was definitely one of the more creative horror movies out there...as if mirrors weren't creepy enough.Like Stephen King's It, this story has two parallel story lines that take place eleven years apart, featuring the same characters. A father acquires an old mirror and proceeds to make him and his wife go insane at the expense of their children. Eleven years later, those same battered kids attempt to face the same evil, but fail. That is perhaps one of the best aspects of the movie. The mirror wins and is absolute. It is never destroyed, despite all their efforts.
The original three-minute horror short brought up some serious childhood trauma in many of us...so they made a whole movie out of it...great.Lights Out is a lesson in how the past can be a dangerous thing to hold onto. When mental illnesses can meet ghostly apparitions, imaginary friends become a lot scarier. What makes this movie so incredible is the concept and direction, as well as the personal nature of the story. Instead of some ghost or demon that's just plain evil, it's an old friend that seeks to protect the only person who showed her kindness in a mental institution. This makes her a much more understandable character and not the static "evil incarnate" that is so widely seen in horror movies.
The Cabin In the Woods
The Cabin In The Woods is another one of those films that just puts all of the classic horror tropes on its head. It does it so creatively, that it's polarizing. We aren't even given a classic set up; the movie tells us exactly what's going on. Well, shows us is more like it. And that's not a bad thing. It turns out, all of the terrible creatures like zombies, vampires, and the like, were all part of a ritual blood sacrifice to the gods of old, who used to rule the world in ancient times. Badass, right? Well, it turns out that in the present year, the sacrifices aren't panning out and the last one, which our main characters are at the center of, has failed entirely. So what happens when the gods don't get their sacrifice? They rise up and destroy civilization. End of movie.
2014's The Babadook has gained critical acclaim since its release, and for good reason; it's one of the most terrifying movies ever made.One of the biggest compliments the movie gets is the beautiful way that it avoids gore. So many movies rely on shock scares and blood to scare you, but this movie scares you far more successfully without any at all. It's all in the direction, the plot, the characters, and the sheer psychological torment that the Babadook exudes on its victim. Watch if you can, but don't be surprised if the creepy factor is just too intense for you.
Insidious is one of those movies that redefined the direction of mainstream horror movies. Where many films were relying on gore and shock for scares, Insidious decided to let the atmosphere of the story speak for itself. There is little to no CGI in this film. Even the demon itself is made through makeup, costuming and practical effects. And that's awesome. Because of this, Insidious has this super strange feeling of realism, something you just don't get in horror movies like Final Destination or the Nightmare On Elm Street remake. Of course, having fantastic actors plays a huge role, but also a direction that just never lets up on the creepy. James Wan finds a balance between expecting a scare around every corner, which puts the viewer on the edge of their seat, and only giving us the scares when it's relevant to the plot. Classy, James. Classy.
The Conjuring 2
Yes, there is a lot of James Wan movies on this list, but for good reason. It is such a rare occurrence that a sequel lives up to its original film, but this movie does more than that, it surpasses it as a theatrical experience.This sequel, much like its predecessor, takes real life events and ties them together in beautiful and terrifying ways. In this case, it ties together the Amityville and Enfield incidents and creates a plot that beautifully ties in to loose ends in the first film, which at the time we all thought were just plot devices. The movie is so smart, it teases the information that the characters need at you, the viewer, as if the demon knows you'll be watching. On top of all of that, the imagery that The Conjuring 2 portrays, especially with the demon, Valak, is just amazingly terrifying. Watch the scene in the office with the portrait and tell me that's not one of the most brilliant pieces of horror you've ever seen. Go on...I dare you.
Every decade or so, a movie comes along that achieves the perfect balance. For this decade, it is It Follows.We are given no backstory, no mythology, no "based on true events," nothing. Just teenagers reacting to an entity they (and we) know literally nothing about. All we know is that this creature follows those who have had sex with the person they were previously following. It's like a disease that gets passed on. What happens if you get caught? Well, you die. Then "It" just starts following the person who gave it to you again. What makes this movie so intense is the direction. There's zero computer effects, and the monster is either invisible, or taking the form of a person, just following and following. We don't even know if the kids escape it. It's a really gutsy way to make a movie, by keeping the audience just as in-the-dark as the characters. It's a mystery that we'll never know...unless there's a sequel!
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