There are only a couple of days left in 2014, so now is the time to compile that yearly top 5 list of the best new horror films. 2014 was a great year for the horror genre and it's fans with plenty of fantastic releases from seasoned veterans as well as some new comers. Without further ado, here is my top 5 for 2014.
5) Annabelle (written by: Gary Dauberman, Stars: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis and Alfre Woodard)
A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.
Annabelle was by far not the worst horror film that I saw this year, but I don't fell as though it lived up to all of the hype. The film had loads of potential, but there were some missed marks. I didn't hate the film, but I don't love it.
4) Ghost of Goodnight Lane (written by Amy Acosta and Alin Bijan, stars: Danielle Harris, Billy Zane and Lacey Chabert)
When the staff inside a renovated film studio finds a co-worker dead one morning, the pieces of a forty year puzzle add up to an angry ghost who has let the last person step inside her house. But will they ever get out alive?
Ghost of Goodnight Lane was a B horror film that turned out to be really good. It is a modern ghost story full of twists and turns that really makes for one awesome haunting film.
3) The Purge: Anarchy (written by James Demonaco, stars Frank Grillo, Cameron Ejogo and Zach Gilford)
Three groups of people are trying to survive Purge Night, when their stories intertwine and are left stranded in The Purge try to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.
The Purge: Anarchy was by far better than the first film. 2014 was the year of the sequel and this is one of the best. The film was overall more intense and I found myself more emotionally invested. This sequel will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire duration of the film.
2) Compound Fracture (written by Renae Geerlings and Tyler Mane, stars Muse Watson, Tyler Mane, Derek Mears and Renae Geerlings)
After the gruesome death of his sister, Michael Wolffsen (HALLOWEEN's Tyler Mane) returns home with his fiancee and his recently orphaned nephew (Alex Saxon) to take care of his father Gary (Muse Watson). Gary has changed much since the last time Michael saw him: he's become extremely paranoid that a supernatural force is out to get him and is obsessed with making his home an unassailable compound. While Michael and his family initially believe that Gary is suffering from symptoms of dementia, they soon discover that Gary has a reason to be scared. Something truly evil is lurking outside the house and it won't stop until it kills off every last member of the Wolffsen family.
Compound Fracture is on this list for a wide variety of reasons. It was refreshing to see Tyler Mane as the hero for a change, and Derek Mears' role of William was one of his best performances to date. The cast had great chemistry and really gave the impression of one crazy, dysfunctional family. Tyler and Renae wrote one amazing film and really kicked off their production company, Mane Entertainment, with a bang.
1) See No Evil 2 (written by Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby, stars Glenn Jacobs, Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle)
A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.
As previously mentioned, 2014 was the year of the sequels, and See No Evil 2 was the best of them all. I am a fan of the first See No Evil film, but the second installment tops it. Under the direction of Jen and Sylvia Soska, the cast delivered on roller coaster ride from hell. Glenn Jacobs reprises his role as Jacob Goodnight, and this time he is bigger and more vicious than he was before. The script was well written and worth every bit of time spent watching it.
That does it for the top 5 best horror films of 2014, but what would a best list be without also mentioning the worst horror film of 2014?
The worst horror film of 2014: Leprechaun Origins (written by Zach Lipovsky, stars Dylan Postl, Stephanie Bennette and Andrew Dunbar)
Two young couples backpacking through Ireland discover that one of Ireland's most famous legends is a terrifying reality.
I recently watched and reviewed Leprechaun Origins, and I must say, I felt it was a giant waste of time. The film was poorly written and even more poorly executed. This is one of the worst horror films I have ever seen. I strongly advise that you do not waste your time or money to see this. I really wanted to like Leprechaun Origins, but it was impossible.