Happy New Year, readers! Are you prepared for another year of horror? While 2017 will bring with it its fair share of great (and bad) movies, one thing is certain—we’re getting a new Alien movie and ho-ly-shit does that look good. But before we get that far, let’s take a look at what January has to offer—this month is off to a pretty slow start, unfortunately, but we will get a chance to see if M. Night Shyamalan’s Split lives up to all the hype.
Anyway, here’s what I watched in December, and don’t forget to check out my top 15 horror movies of 2016!
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (review): Intense and full of mystery, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a wonderfully creepy yarn with an awesome twist. Go into this one cold if you can!
The Eyes of My Mother (review): One of my favorite films of the year, The Eyes of My Mother is a gruesome and wholly unnerving experience that brings it’s surreal landscape to life through a black and white aesthetic.
Always Shine (review): Mackenzie Davis is a treasure, so it’s not a surprise that she turned in one of the year’s best performances in the psycho-thriller Always Shine.
Pet (review): While grounded in some entertaining performances, Pet stumbles over its final act by trying to force too much exposition, most of which made no sense whatsoever.
Train to Busan: An epic zombie actioneer, Train to Busan breaks the mold with its breathtaking action and its big, bloody heart.
10 Cloverfield Lane: One of the biggest surprises of the year, 10 Cloverfield Lane is like multiple horror movies rolled into one intense and mystifying feature. Don’t sleep on this one!
The Snare (VOD)
Director: C.A. Cooper
Cast: Eaoifa Forward, Dan Paton, Rachel Warren
Three friends head to the seafront for a drunken weekend, only to be imprisoned on the top floor of their holiday apartment by a malevolent paranormal force.
The Bye Bye Man (Theaters)
Director: Stacy Title
Cast: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas
Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, James McAvoy, Haley Lu Richardson
After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 duel personalities they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away and staying alive from the others.
The Axe Murders of Villisca (VOD)
Director: Tony E. Valenzuela
Cast: Robert Adamson, Jarrett Sleeper, Alex Frnka
‘Villisca’ is a ghost story set in the actual house of the notorious and still unsolved 1912 ax murders. Three outcast teenagers break into the house in search of answers, but discover something far beyond their worst fears.
What you shouldn’t miss:
Although there wasn’t a whole lot to choose from this month, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is a must-see regardless. Here’s why:
- While Shyamalan has see his fair share of duds lately, early buzz is pointing towards Split being a return to form for the director. But even beyond that, how could you not want to check out James McAvoy playing 24 different roles?
What you should take a chance on:
This is a tough one because none of these other films have generated any hype whatsoever, which means they could be anywhere from awful to great. That said, I can say that The Bye Bye Man has one of the worst titles… ever.
Which film are you looking forward to the most?
I’ll always give Mr. Shyamalan a chance, so I gotta go with Split!