2014 was an awful year for a lot of good people. Hell, let’s be honest. It was an awful year in general. If you had a great year last year, this is not meant to undermine you in any way. Just know you are probably the minority in that. From bubbling racial tensions to clearer and clearer lines being drawn in the sand between the have and have-nots, few people I know look back on 2014 positively. Add to that the numerous problems we all (may have) faced in our personal lives, and it really wasn’t an easy year. Yet here we stand, in 2015. We can scoff that the actual year change means little and has little significance, but you know what, it actually does. It marked another 365 days we survived, got out of bed, faced our lives, battled our demons, and that deserves a hand shake, a hug, or a pat on the back. Thing is, as the year winded down, I figured out something about my own self and the somewhat trying year I faced. As you read on this will all make more sense and hopefully ignite something in you, too.
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.
Well, looks like we made it. How? I have no idea, but we made it. Christmas, 2014. We’re all a little shell-shocked, wallets and accounts empty, but hearts full (or something). I just wanted to make sure I took a moment to wish my REMlins a non-denominational happy holidays. If you want the Christ in Christmas, merry Christmas. If you celebrate a different holiday, happy that day. If you think Christmas sucks, I hope your day of hating Christmas is joyous. My point here is not so much about the holiday itself, but more aimed at the readers. However you celebrate it, whatever it means or doesn’t mean to you, I hope your day rocks regardless. Why? Because you guys rock. This is not just a Xmas tug job.
As much as I may grow to detest the holiday the more I age, Christmas movies are an essential part of the season (even for a Scrooge like me). And considering a big part of what I do is write about movies, seems to make sense I would write a list about holiday movies. Problem is, between all the sites I have written for by now, I have written them all. So I thought why not just find some good Christmas movies on Netflix so my REMlins could watch these immediately if they felt so inclined. When picking films for this list, I tried to find a flavor of movie for every person, so I think you will all like at least ONE movie on this list, even if you are a holiday hater like me.
Also, my apologies to my readers outside of America, as my Netflix account is rooted here for the time being and these films may only be reflective of Netflix U.S (as of December 16th, 2014).
As it is, by the time Christmas day roles around, most Christmas songs are like needles driven directly into the center of your brain. The first few weeks they come around, they are like that cool uncle you don’t see enough and you want to catch up with. But by the end of Xmas, Christmas songs are the drunken uncle you just want to kick out of your house before he shames himself. But even from the first day, there are a few Christmas songs that really have no place still being in rotation this season. Every year I like to do a dissection of some familiar holiday tradition and point out just how f*cked up it is. Last year, I ruined the Frosty cartoon for you, and this year, you can add two songs to that list. One that is super rapey, and one that is super shallow, each representing a gender during a time period we all pretend we want to go back to, but these very songs help prove we don’t.