2016: Favourites in Horror

Don’t Breathe


2016 have had some very interesting horror movies; among them, the one which I would consider to be not just my favourite horror movie, but also my favourite flick of the year, is Don’t Breathe. It might look like a home invasion movie in the beginning, but it certainly happens to be more than that. It has the best use of atmosphere and darkness, and lives up-to the title making sure that we don’t breathe as things move forward. Well, as long as you hold your breathe, you are watching this movie in the right way.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/12/09/dont-breathe/

Lights Out
This is one movie that will make you more afraid of the dark than you have ever been. With one creature as the centre of attraction, as it appears with the darkness and disappears with the light, this movie has its scares at the right place. The fear of darkness is where one can strike the best, and this flick seems to realize that right from the beginning. Lights Out is based on a 2013 Swedish short-film which used this same concept of the creature appearing and disappearing with the absence and presence of light.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/12/24/lights-out/

The Conjuring 2


Getting more popular for its demon nun than the rest of the things, this one surely has almost everything working in its favour. Becoming almost as good as the original, you can trust the paranormal sources on this one. If you have watched the original flick, you will need to watch this sequel too, and if you haven’t, still you need to check this one out. You see a franchise that surely knows what it is doing, and so there can be no doubt about watching this one. The one question that remains is about how many sequels you will need.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/06/22/the-conjuring-2/

10 Cloverfield Lane
Among all the horror movies, this might be the more divergent, being more in the genres of psychological thriller and science fiction, even though the latter is less visible. A great improvement from the miserable movie which was Cloverfield, this spiritual successor makes use of minimum resources to bring the best effect here. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman making the best use of the tale, we have the kind of movie which is clever enough to work the best with what it has.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/01/11/10-cloverfield-lane/

Before I Wake
Becoming more than just a simple horror, there is some beauty about this flick; of dreams as well as nightmares. Its own creature is also something that we will remember a lot. It is not the darkness that this one will make you afraid of, but it is the fear of sleep that will drive this one forward. The firector, Mike Flanagan has provided us some of the most interesting horror movies, and this one also gets added to that list. Along with the same, we have Kate Bosworth who leads the way here.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/01/12/before-i-wake/

The Witch


Being different from most of the horror movies that keeps coming to us, this one will catch your attention, in one way or the other. Anya Taylor-Joy as the protagonist, Thomasin is really good in this one – makes sure that the level is raised. This tale of a Puritan family facing what seems to be the forces of evil in the woods will bring a different of the horror, and there is success related to the same. The movie might be slow, but it is surely a steady. It deserves to be watched by more.
Read full review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/05/08/the-witch/

Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Boy, The Monster and The Neon Demon
These four movies are entirely different from each other, but leaves a mark in their own ways. There is this sequel to Ouija which is a big improvement from the first movie – it has one possessed child and more scary moments raising it above its predecessor. With a doll as the centre of everything and having Lauren Cohan as the right protagonist, The Boy is a movie which many people are sure to like. The Monster is a very interesting horror movie too, and The Neon Demon will stick to being different, also creating separate effects for each person.
Read Ouija: Origin of Evil review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/01/13/ouija-origin-of-evil/
Read The Boy review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2016/05/10/the-boy/

***The images used in this blog post are from the official Facebook Pages of the respective movies.



The Upcoming Horror

With The Woman in Black: Angel of Death failing to make an impact and The Lazarus Effect along with its companion negative reviews never really making it to the theatres here, we haven’t had the best of horror for sometime. With even Annabelle not living up-to its predecessor last year, people might think that horror has suddenly lost the charm it had gained with the movies like Insidious, Sinister and The Conjuring, but no – horror will live on, for there are four big movies coming this year to make sure that horror stays alive, and I am also mentioning a few others in the end. But don’t forget that the next big movie is not horror, but action – Mad Max: Fury Road and there are Jurassic World and Terminator Genisys to follow.

1. Crimson Peak: Guillermo del Toro’s new adventure won’t just be horror, because it will be a combination of many things with horror having the most significant role to play. The trailer begins with the words “Ghosts and real; this much I know”, and then we are taken into a Gothic world which resembles those which we have read about in Wuthering Heights and Northanger Abbey rather than what we have been encountering with the usual ghost tales of this century. The team of horror consists of Tom Hiddleston or the Loki of The Avengers/Thor and Mia Wasikowska of Stoker/Alice in Wonderland. Here is the certainty of performance when these two are together – if this comes anywhere close to the mysterious quality of the trailer, there will be masterpiece waiting for us.

2. Sinister 2: Three years ago, Sinister wanted us to take it seriously and we did, as the demon there gave us no choice. This year, it will once again try to take over innocence and bring out brutal evil. Sinister will not be just the horror right out of evil, for it has the potential to be pure evil, and there is scope to make its idea even better. There are many kinds of horror, and Sinister 2 have all the potential to be better than all of them. Let’s hope that it makes the best use of its resources. There is the need to know more about the origins of the demon, and about the sould that he take. I watched this one along with Insidious some years ago, and I guess that this year will have these two contributing to the big horror year.

3. Insidious: Chapter 3: Lead by Stefanie Scott, the supernatural returns to scare us in the third movie of a franchise which couldn’t improve much on its very first movie. Well, the theme music surely has managed to gain my attention, and it replaces the “Let it Go” song from Frozen which should be a relief to many around me. The movie actually goes back to explore this horror, and hopes to make use of the horror’s origin powers to make a better impact than the second movie for sure. I do believe that the third episode can surely do better than its predecessor, and can go on to become the first big horror of the year depending on how Poltergeist performs and when it comes to India.

4. Poltergeist: Here is the first horror movie which plans to attack you, and it will precede the monsoons, having a go at you in 3D. I have always wondered why the Hollywood horror movies never came here in 3D, except for the dumb horror – may be some of them did in some other parts of India? Poltergeist gets to make amends for the weakness of horror movies this year as it will come to the theatres here too as it seems. The next season or the bigger season of horror will begin with this movie, as it hopes to take over the fear. From the producers of Evil Dead and The Grudge, comes the first big horror title of the year, sorry The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. It is certainly not good when the spirits know what scares you the most. Feel free to ask the Vampire Bat.

Among the rest of the horror movies, the one big name should be RINGS. It comes as the third movie in the American made trilogy based on the Japanese works after The Ring and The Ring Two. It comes to us on November 13, 2015, having Guillermo del Toro’s name associated with it too. You might have missed The Ring for too long and here is the movie to say you from the long waiting. Yes, it comes in 3D too, as it seems. THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM with Kate Beckinsale in the lead will be another movie to look out for, with some extra psychological stuff added. Even though less is known about this movie, we can be afraid of the attic after watching this one. It arrives on September 25.

On the same day, BEFORE I WAKE also tries to make an impact, with a special orphan child at the centre of everything – no, this is no sequel to the 2009 movie Orphan, and this will have the supernatural elements. But as two horror movies might never hit our theatres here together, we will surely have to choose between the two or wait for one of them for an eternity. Another movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin is also there, but this movie titled MAGGIE which has received good opinions won’t make it to our theatres because it is an independent horror film. It is supposed to release in the United States this weekend, so lets keep the hopes somewhat alive for some random supernatural reason.