It’s almost the beginning of a brand new, shiny year, so naturally it’s time to take a look back at the best and worst horror movies of 2014. The–wait. Ugh, does anyone else smell that? That’s the smell of every crap sandwich horror movie pumped out in 2014. I’ve said before that horror fans are becoming bigger and bigger snobs, but this year was really not helping my case. This year, we had every right to be assholes. In that spirit, let’s start with:
While this one actually had some legitimately creepy scenes, it did not deliver after the very promising trailer. Disappointment.
Yawn. I remember roughly 14% of this movie. Hot priest, hot cop, hot cop No. 2, and the world’s most boring exorcism. That about covers it.
I hate every sub-genre nitpicker as much as the next guy, but really…was this even horror? It felt more like an angsty Indiana Jones with a teenage girl twist.
2. Devil’s Due
This movie is THE REASON everyone is over found footage: because everyone thinks they can do it! This movie was so bad that I rejoiced at the darkly violent ending because honestly, I wanted everyone dead.
When asking myself, “Self, what’s the worst of the worst?” I instantly answered myself with, “‘The Quiet Ones’, dumbass. Obviously.” The only redeeming moment of this flick was when the credits finally started to roll.
Special shout out to ‘The Houses October Built‘ and ‘7500’ for sucking just as badly as the rest, but being drawn last out of the hat of shame.
2014 wasn’t a total loss, I admit. There were some good ones in there. Some.
This flick was a weird one I just sort of stumbled across, but it was a happy find. Even with the disappointing ending, the rest of the movie was solid and kept me interested.
4. The Babadook
There are no words for how excited I was to FINALLY see ‘The Babadook,’ and I was determined not to be let down. Luckily for me, this movie held its own and my hopes remained unshattered. Not quite as creepy as the trailer made it look, but satisfying nonetheless. And the pop up books are now for sale!
I was so excited to see this movie on Netflix, and even more excited when it didn’t blow! Solid performances all the way around and the fear of a terrifying disease alone made this sufficiently freaky and then some.
Following in the ‘Scream’ tradition of meta sequels, this was an enjoyable watch and very well done.
Of course my number 1 is ‘Annabelle.’ This movie was freakin’ fraught with tension all the way through, and the basement scene is, I believe, one of the scariest I’ve ever seen. It plays on fears we’ve all experienced at one time or another, and the jump scares were solid. Best of 2014, no question.