With the end of the year upon us, it’s time once again to announce our top films of the year. Although it wasn’t a breakout year in the way of horror, there are a number of standout films that are worth checking out.
Below the jump you’ll find the top ten horror films to be released this year, in alphabetical order. Although these don’t have a specific ranking, special mention goes out to The Battery and Resolution as being personal favorites.
Even though David Cronenberg hasn't made a body horror flick in years, his son Brandon picked up his legacy in this creepy and disturbing look at our obsession with celebrity.
With a budget of $6000, this minimalist zombie film proves to be both unique and an entertaining character piece on two baseball players forced to survive together.
A completely ridiculous World War II found footage film in which Hitler hires Frankenstein to create monster Nazi soldiers. Amazing practical effects and creature design make this one hell of a fun ride.
Chad Crawford Kinkle's weird low-budget backwoods horror features an interesting story with a never ending sense of unease that sticks with you even after the credits roll.
Although there are many deviations from the original, Franck Khalfoun's Maniac stands on it's own as a bloody, POV style slasher with some truly disturbing death scenes.
Although I made a point not to number this list, the low-budget thriller Resolution might have taken the top spot. This slow burn horror will constantly leave you guessing and is easily one of the most original and entertaining horrors of the year.
Chan-wook Park's English language debut may not be as strong as his previous films, but the constant dread and creepiness felt throughout, coupled with some striking visuals make this a solid thriller.
While the found footage style has been done into the ground, this horror anthology brings some interesting ideas to the table. Gareth Evans' Safe Haven segment alone if worth giving it a watch.
Jim Mickle's remake might not add a lot to the original Mexican version, but the visuals are solid and the mood is every bit as creepy as you'd expect from a mountain family that eats people.
It's not as wildly original as some make it out to be, but Adam Wingard's bloody version of Home Alone is smartly written and features a great cast of indie filmmakers.