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New: Top 10 Best Horror Movies 2018Let’s take a look at the biggest and best horror movies of 2018 as it stands. The scary list features the usual mix of sequels (‘Halloween’), remakes (‘Suspiria’), adaptations (‘The Meg’), soft reboots (‘The Predator’) and original fare (‘Slice’). Let me know your picks, or anything I’ve missed, in the comments. Based on (1) what I’ve seen (2) advance word, reputation and anticipation, these are the top 25 best horror movies 2018 has birthed so far, or still has in the stomach. Get excited.

25th – Slender Man
Starring: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso
Director: Sylvain White
Released: August 24, 2018 (U.S. Dates)
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The story of a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens… Based on the creepypasta internet meme created by a forum member in 2009. The Slender Man and his legend has evolved as he’s been used in a wide variety of online media (including being referenced in Minecraft). Some versions have him kidnapping with tentacles for arms, others that he influences victims to his bidding. From the director of ‘The Losers’, ‘Stomp The Yard’ and, yikes, ‘I’ll Always Know WYDL Summer’. Going by the first trailer, and it’s so-so Ring videotape visuals, it looks like a movie without ideas made to cash in on the licence. Followers may find some interest but if you’re not wrapped up in the legend going in, there probably won’t be much of value.

24th – Mom And Dad
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Lance Henriksen
Director: Brian Taylor
Released: January 19, 2018
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A teenager and her little brother must fight to survive in their home after an unknown “hysteria” causes parents to try to murder their kids, including theirs (Cage, Blair)… From Brian Taylor, director of the ‘Crank’ movies, who does raw off the wall mania brilliantly but has been looking for a suitable vehicle since (he worked with Cage on ‘Ghost Rider 2’). A reverse of kid-zombies black comedy ‘Cooties’, this social satire has tapped into the one good way to use Nicolas Cage today: letting him go completely mental. Festival reviews have been very good, with Variety calling it an instant cult classic ready to sit alongside ‘The Stepford Wives,’ ‘Parents’ and ‘Heathers.’ Public haven’t been so keen. Expect the sickest, most depraved humour of the year.

23rd – Pyewacket
Starring: Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden
Director: Adam MacDonald
Released: March 23, 2018
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 -Seen It-  An angst-ridden teen (Muñoz, TV’s ‘Defiance’) finds solace from the death of her father, and from the strained relationship with her controlling mother (Holden, ‘Walking Dead’), by dabbling in the occult. But a traumatic house move and blow out argument lead her to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. No sooner has the ritual been performed than she regrets it. But it may be too late, as an dark presence known as Pyewacket slowly emerges, threatening to destroy them both… ‘Pyewacket’ plays like a cautionary tale (don’t put a death spell on ur mom dumbass, unless you’ve really thought about it first…), based on a simple but psychologically powerful premise. The central mother-daughter psychodrama makes it an intriguing watch, with the lead performance a decent one. But the film ultimately feels thin and low on ambition. The lore is minimal and despite being short (88 mins), the build up is slow and it’s all suggested presence until the last 15 minutes. It leans quite a bit on audio jumpscares using household objects during scene transitions, and the presence moments, while fine, don’t break any new ground. As a result it’s less scary than occasionally eerie, with a payoff that’s increasingly predictable. P.S. Pyewacket is a common name for a witch’s familiar, and was the name of the character pictured below here

22nd – Veronica
Starring: Sandra Escacena, Claudia Placer, Bruna Gonzalez
Director: Paco Plaza
Released: March 3, 2018
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 -Seen It-  Madrid, 1991. A 15 year old schoolgirl is left responsible for her young siblings while her mother works long hours. When she plays Ouija during an eclipse hoping to connect with her dead father, it summons an evil supernatural force which gradually besieges her and pushes her to the edge… Based on the “real” case, this Spanish-language chiller comes from the co-director of ‘Rec’ and ‘Rec 2’, who also solo-directed (the panned) ‘Rec 3’. The ideas here are familiar to any ghostly chiller and it’s hard to see that the actual case had enough to warrant a film. For all its effort there isn’t much of a sense of danger either. The lead actress, making her debut, is fine but the character is dull: She does housework, there’s no adult conversation, it’s a boring life. However by nature of its Spanish setting it gathers some interest. There are some creative shot choices, creepy moments (most memorably the eclipse sequence) and a certain intensity toward the end. It’s passable, but non-essential.

21st – Incident In A Ghost Land
Starring: Crystal Reed, Anastasia Phillips, Emilia Jones, Mylène Farmer
Director: Pascal Laugier
Released: June 22, 2018
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Pauline and her two daughters move into a house they have inherited. On their first night, a serial killer breaks in. Sixteen years later, the two daughters, one of whom is now a horror author, reunite with their mother at the house as they struggle to come to terms with what happened… From the writer-director of the original and much applauded ‘Martyrs’, who made the less-applauded ‘The Tall Man’ with Jessica Biel. This is more in the vein of the former, with similar intensity and insanity. The trailer was confusingly cut (mostly women screaming at each other, with unclear storyline), but festival critics and audiences have liked it.

20th – Anna And The Apocalypse
Starring: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Marli Siu, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux
Director: John McPhail
Released: December 7, 2018
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Horror-Christmas-musical. A sleepy town is threatened by a zombie apocalypse during the Christmas holidays, forcing Anna and her friends to sing and slash their way to safety with a fast-spreading horde in relentless pursuit… This has a team of Scots behind it and is based on the 2010 BAFTA-winning short film ‘Zombie Musical’ co-written by the late Ryan McHenry, creator of viral sensation ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’. Festival critics call it a new holiday classic which balances zombie horror, comedy, Christmas and coming of age with toe-tapping aplomb. Personally I find zombie films, and zombie humour, so tired it needs a significant twist to elevate it. Singing and Christmas probably isn’t enough. Hopefully it’s as good as the underrated musical-horror ‘Stage Fright’ from a few years back.

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  • gd smith said

    There are some good ones on here.
    I don’t know about the Suspiria remake. On the one hand the teaser trailer is quite good. On the other, it isn’t really a story. So much of it is the visuals and sound, that it seems odd to look at it as any kind narrative fiction. The remake sort of comes across like the Herzog version of Nosferatu. It’s very classy but it simply isn’t Nosferatu, which taken as a story is just Dracula anyway. The actual narrative part of Suspiria is pretty much like any number of kids books where a girl finds out her teachers are witches or maybe the Demon Headmaster or something like that. Some films are just exist in their final form as what they are rather than as stories to be retold.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Hope all’s good with you GD. I wrote this before the teaser trailer was released and was very impressed by the footage, matched my high expectations. Narratively it doesn’t say much but it is only the teaser and horror narratives often just set up a thin premise and then leave the rest to visual mood and suspense (eg Halloween). For me the trailer captures that unsettling dream-like quality of Argento at his best. There’s also something just so creepy about the ’70s aesthetic for horror, starting with the wallpapers.

      Which ones on here are you anticipating the most, or are there any I didn’t include?

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  • gd smith said

    I’ve seen Some of them and liked.
    Looking foreword to Ghost Stories, Heredity, Slice, House that Jack Built, Extremely Wicked and Suspiria, which I think will be good, but it just isn’t Suspiria. The point to me is that you can remake anything, but if you remade say Eraserhead it would not be Eraserhead because it’s not primarily a story in the first place. Suspiria to me is the same kind of thing. It’s too much about authorship and too tied to an aesthetic that only really exists as the 1977 film. From what I gather the director of the new one doesn’t think of it as a remake, but more as separate film with the same title. Really it’s about name recognition being used to green-light an intriguing project. Less interested in things like The Nun.
    Most of them I will watch. I’m a horror nut. The one I’m most doubtful of is Halloween. I love slasher films, but I tend to like the knock-offs more than the sequels. So I’d rather watch a film a bit like Halloween with a masked killer and a different title than another Halloween sequel. But I will absolutely watch the sequels anyway.They’re a bit like nature-run-amok or monster movies, generally, in that respect. Just having a new beast or new killer refreshes the formula.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      For me this Halloween is the last hoorah for John Carpenter (it seems he is fairly closely involved), my favourite horror director. It’s just an essential event, one that’s making all the right noises (pre-trailer). Though it will be a major challenge to instill fear again after 40 years of the Myers mask in pop culture.

      Susperia sounds like a genuine passion project from a filmmaker of a superior intellect. If it ends up feeling like its own thing, I’m totally fine with that.

      Strange that even though Carpenter and Argento are still alive, it takes other filmmakers to continue their legacy as they’ve forgotten how to do it 🙁

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      • gd smit said

        It’s mostly about age and money. Neither of them could raise the cash it takes to make the films they wanted to make even when they still had the drive to make films. Argento is nearly 80 years old, speaks little English and is based in a country with a film industry that declined decades ago. In Carpenter’s case I suspect he prefers to “smoke”, make music and live a relaxed Californian lifestyle than to fight it out with the suits over budgets or final cut. They almost certainly both see their legacy as being the films they personally made or were otherwise involved in rather than in the filmmakers they inspired. Creative talents are also often less impressed with their followers than viewers are. I suspect if you asked Argento he would produce a list of films he felt ripped him off, complain about not being paid and so on. Whilst if you asked Carpenter he wouldn’t even be interested enough to offer more than a verbal shrug.

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  • gd smith said

    Having seen the trailer for Halloween, it looks better than I expected.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Seems it’s practically a remake, but it has captured the vibe of the first film very well. Is Myers still scary? Jury’s out on that. Hereditary will almost certainly be the better/more terrifying film, but can’t wait to see it.

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