Horror Movies 2014 – Guide1.01.14 # Horror Movies # 13 Comments
Let’s take a look at the biggest and best horror movies of 2014. The scary list features the usual mix of sequels (‘Wolf Creek 2′), adaptations (‘Horns’) and original fare (‘Occulus’).
Based on anticipation and the facts as they stand these are the top 25 best horror movies of 2014 right now. It’s a good year for indies in particular. And, oddly, there’s not a single remake being released.
25th – Jessabelle
Starring: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter
Director: Kevin Greutert
Released: August 29, 2014 (US Dates)
After losing her fiancé in a car accident, and the use of her legs, grief-stricken Jessie (Sarah Snook) retreats to her father’s run down Louisiana mansion. There she finds a strange gift from her long-dead mother, reconnects with her old high school boyfriend and the pair explore a mystery surrounding her birth. Meanwhile a terrifying spirit is making itself known. From the director of the decent ‘Saw VI’ and the awful ‘Saw: The Final Chapter’. The screenwriter is stepping away from comedy (he’s normally Travis Junior in ‘Reno 911!’ and wrote the likes of ‘Night at the Museum’). The release has been long-delayed. Expect generic formula horror.
24th – The Quiet Ones
Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke
Director: John Pogue
Released: April 25, 2014
In 1974, a charismatic but unorthodox Oxford physics professor (Harris) leads his two best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist by harnesses negative human energy. Performing a series of tests on a young psychiatric patient, they push her to the edge of sanity and unleash a dangerous supernatural force. This PG-13 is from the revamped Hammer Horror label that brought us ‘Woman in Black’, but also from the director of the poorly-received ‘Quarantine 2: Terminal’. Jared Harris is a quality actor and it has a decent premise but it’s a slow burner without the payoff. [Critics: 35% (via Rotten Tomatoes)] [Public: 5.3 (via IMDB)]
23rd – As Above, So Below
Starring: Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, Edwin Hodge, Josh Kervarec
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Released: August 15, 2014
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris. When a team of explorers venture into the uncharted maze of bones they uncover the deadly secret of the city of the dead. Descending into madness and terror they will be forced confront their sins head on or be extinguished. From the writer and director of the not-great ‘Quarantine’. The director took a step up with the underrated ‘Devil’. Here they are back to found-footage and struggling to avoid the cliches that go with it. Lifting heavily from ‘The Descent’ and 2007′s ‘Catacombs’, this could win through on atmosphere and scares. Your enjoyment probably depends on whether ‘REC’ underground sounds appealing or tired at this stage.
22nd – Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (Død Snø 2)
Starring: Amrita Acharia, Carl-Magnus Adner, Jocelyn DeBoer
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Released: TBC 2014
The sole survivor of a ski-cabin group which unwittingly roused a troop of malevolent dead Nazis wakes in hospital to find his severed arm has been accidentally replaced with that of an undead Nazi. Boasting superhuman strength but an unwieldy nature, he’ll need the arm to help him stop the zombie battalion that is marching down the mountain toward civilisation to finish some 70-year-old business. Sequel to 2009′s ‘Red Snow’ from the same Norwegian director, who journeyed to Hollywood in the meantime to make ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’. Critics say there’s a clear budgetary improvement over the first film and it’ll appeal once again to fans of wacky practical-fx gore. Rather than the gradual build-up in the first film this is broader Troma/’Evil Dead 2′ insanity from the beginning. If you enjoy seeing someone rappel down the side of a cliff using a zombie’s intestines, then this is the ticket.
21st – The Sacrament
Starring: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Gene Jones
Director: Ti West
Released: May 1, 2014
Two journalists (for VICE magazine’s video documentaries) film their friend’s visit to the Eden Parish, a religious commune where his troubled sister has been living since her drug rehabilitation program. The sister seems healthy and the inhabitants they interview speak of the commune utopia in glowing terms. However they gradually discover there is a sinister edge to the cult that belies the seemingly peaceful setting… From producer Eli Roth and writer-director Ti West (‘House of the Devil’, ‘The Innkeepers’), this is based quite closely on the harrowing Jonestown Massacre of 1978 (the preacher even wears the same glasses). The slow-buildup opening hour features great writing, performances and direction, with effective use of the ‘found footage/documentary’ style. Things turn deadly quite abruptly but that’s actually close to the reality. Those events are intense but it feels like their horror should have been pushed even further. Watching this story should leave audiences mentally scarred but instead it’s simply a solid, cleverly-made horror-thriller. [Critics: 63%] [Public: 6.3]
20th – Stage Fright
Starring: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf
Director: Jerome Sable
Released: May 9, 2014
Whodunit 80′s slasher throwback. Starry-eyed teenager Camilla wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, the bodies start to drop. A masked killer who despises musical theater is on the prowl. The writer-director is new, comedy-horrors are hard to get right (especially ones that have song and dance numbers) and while the opening 20 minutes are a blast, it dips after that at the increasing expense of the horror. It’s still good, but know what you’re getting into – ‘Glee’ meets ‘Scream’ really divides audiences. [Critics: 33%] [Public: 5.2]