Horror Movies 2014 – Guide1.01.14 # Horror Movies # 16 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 – 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. [Critics: 28% (via Rotten Tomatoes)] [Public: 6.2 (via IMDB)]
23rd – 13 Sins
Starring: Mark Webber, Ron Perlman, Rutina Wesley, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Director: Daniel Stamm
Released: April 18, 2014
A meek social services coordinator who’s drowning in debt and about to marry his love receives a call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he will receive $6 million for completing 13 tasks. After he agrees, for task one/two, to kill and eat the fly that is bothering him, thousands of dollars appear in his bank account. From there is he led through progressively challenging, degrading, and dangerous stunts by the mysterious caller, to a devastating point of no return. From the director of ‘The Last Exorcist’, this is a remake of the quirky 2006 Thai horror/thriller ’13: Game of Death’. It’s a surprisingly entertaining film that continues to throw satisfying plot twists and interesting scenarios into the mix as it esculates. Watching the protagonist grow in confidence is fun. It has a very similar premise to this year’s equally good but smaller-scale ‘Cheap Thrills’ (although that one’s more thriller than horror).
22nd – Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (Død Snø 2)
Starring: Amrita Acharia, Carl-Magnus Adner, Jocelyn DeBoer
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Released: October 10, 2014
The sole survivor of a ski-cabin group, which unwittingly raised 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. He’ll also need a trio of American nerds called The Zombie Squad and his own army of undead WW2 Russians for an epic showdown. This sequel to 2009’s ‘Red Snow’ comes from the same Norwegian director, who journeyed to Hollywood in the meantime to make ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’. Half in English this time, there’s a clear budgetary improvement over the first film and it appeals 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. Basically it’s an absolute blast that leaves you with a smile on your face.
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 a bit too abruptly, and while those events are intense, their horror should have been pushed even further – the real life story was far more grand-scale and shocking (1000 died). Watching this story should leave audiences mentally scarred but instead it’s simply a solid, cleverly-made horror-thriller.
20th – Stage Fright
Starring: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf
Director: Jerome Sable
Released: May 9, 2014
Musical whodunit 80’s-style slasher. Think ‘Friday the 13th’ meets ‘Glee’. 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 the lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals gets underway, the bodies start to drop. A masked killer who despises musical theater is on the prowl (complete with screaming heavy metal voice, and occasionally electric guitar)… There aren’t many who like both horror and musicals (outside of ‘Rocky Horror’) so the public reaction has been unfairly brutal to this. It’s actually very funny and if you love slasher films, and understand going in that all the deaths will be tongue in cheek, you’ll have a great time.