2014 was the year me (and a few fellow horror writers) came to the conclusion that horror just isn’t that scary anymore. I don’t want go all the way out on a limb and say “it’s all been done”, but we are getting pretty damn close to that point in the genre. Please understand, this doesn’t mean horror sucks. I love horror films, and love the taboo and twisted territory they tread on. I just worry that the actual “horrifying” aspect of horror is becoming an endangered species. That said, there are always exceptions to every rule. From the terrifying to the traumatizing, many entries on this list put some very unique spins on some very old and tired territory.
Two early disclaimers. One, I have this odd feeling the film Cub would’ve made my list, but I never got a chance to see it. Second, to everyone who will inevitably yell BABADOOK in the comments, that was an atmospheric and moody fairy tale, and one I truly enjoyed, but it’s not here because it was a tad bit overrated this year. Yes, I just said that. I also think it more fantasy (ala Pans Labyrinth) which is another factor why it doesn’t quite make this list. But fret not, as I am SURE it will be on every other top ten horror movies list of 2014.
Also, please not this is the first year I won’t be doing best/worst horror films of the year. Just best. No reason for me to talk shit. Plenty of bad horror comes out every year, but they way I see it, even the worst horror movie is usually better than the best romantic comedy. Feel free to quote me on that.
Okay, on to the entries presented in no particular order. You will also notice this is a list and not a f*cking slideshow like all those other shitty sites on the web. Why? Because those things suck.