Recently I was invited to be a guest on the Hellbent for Horror End of the Year Edition podcast, where myself and four other colleagues discussed some of the finer and not-so-finer movies that were released in 2016. While you might not be aware of it, according to wikipedia 113 horror movies were released last year. Granted a lot of those movies went straight to DVD or VOD, some did sneak out into theatres but sadly most of those fell by the way side.
Hollywood released some popcorn horror movies last year like the disappointing Blair Witch, Conjuring 2, Lights Out and Ouija: Origin of Evil. But they weren’t all bad, a few films hit the mass market theatres that were noteworthy like The Shallows, The Neon Demon and Don’t Breathe.
When people complain that there are no good new horror movies coming out anymore, they couldn’t be more wrong. Grant it, yes out of 113 films there are only a handful of ones worth watching, but there are good films being released every year. You just need to seek them out. If you are expecting Hollywood to tell you what’s good, then enjoy watching the same old fluff of Ouija: Origin of Evil over and over again. If you want to see something worthwhile, you are going to have to search it out and luckily with today’s streaming options these movies aren’t as hard to find as they used to be. Memorable movies like The Autopsy of Jane Doe, The Eyes of My Mother and The Train to Busan are films worth checking out that didn’t make it to your local cineplex, but you can still enjoy them if you just do a little research.
With so many horror movies made up until this point, and I am trying to keep up with everything, I sadly missed out seeing some of the best horror movies released last year, but that is not to mean you still can’t see them. My new year’s resolution is to try and be better with keeping up with the new horror releases. Just by doing a little digging, you might be surprised what you can find.
In the meantime check out this latest end of the year episode of Hellbent for Horror: