As countdown the end of the year, it amazes me what a whirlwind of a year it has been, especially in the world of film. For the majority of 2020, movie theaters have been closed, streaming has become the new king, and we have witnessed a pandemic as this generation has yet to see. 2021 looks bleak as far as when movies will be back out again for the norm. Still, today, I continue my series of best of which will last over a multitude of pieces that will include my top 10 films, tackling all four acting categories, most disappointed, and whatever other I muster up.
Today, Today, after watching close to 300 2020 releases, I turn my attention to the best Horror Films of the year.
5. Come Play
I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from Come Play, but I was massively surprised by utilizing newer technology to reel the viewer in. Overall, is the movie great? No, but it’s a fantastic addition to the horror genre.
Rob Savage took something that was happening in the world and ran with it. Host is not only frightening, but it was timely, which made it that much better. Oddly enough, after watching this, I had a Zoom call shortly after, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go on it or not. Host is the perfect horror movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
3. Gretel & Hansel
Gretel & Hansel is one of the most under-appreciated films of the year. From a haunting score to beautiful cinematography to a phenomenal performance from Sophie Lillis, the art that was created was breathtaking. Hands down one of the years best Horror films.
New art is often hard to create within the film world, but Brandon Cronenberg made something so unique and different that he set himself apart from other directors in this genre. The final fifteen minutes of this film is what I love about filmmakers willing to take a risk. I promise this will be hands down one of the most talked-about scenes of the year as some will like it and some will hate it. But for me, as someone who loves the risk, it paid off.
First time writer and director Jon Stevenson set the world on notice with his carefully crafted haunting thriller that was Rent-A-Pal. It was packed with a powerful story that was equal parts creepy, relatable, and thrilling. The cast was terrific, the script was perfect, and Stevenson will be a next-level director in the future.