The Very Best of Genre: 2015:

by Eric Webster

January 25, 2016

 

Well, it’s that time of the year where we compile our “best of” lists to record our look back at 2015. 2015 was an interesting year. When I just think about it without applying critical thought, that is to say, just my feeling on it, it feels like 2015 was a weak year for horror. With a few noticeable exceptions, there weren’t very many horror movies that made me uneasy, made me cringe, or filled me with a sense of dread. But when I stop and think about it, I realize there’s a whole set of movies I’m not including when I go with that gut notion: horror comedies. I don’t think about them immediately because they make me laugh rather than scaring me. But they are a part of the horror genre, and 2015 was in my opinion, the year of the horror comedy, with several of them showing up prominently on my list.

That being said, it was an AMAZING year for genre outside of horror. Any year that has the new Star Wars movie and The Martian and those aren’t my top movies....has to be good. And there’s always the disclaimer that this is how the list came out on the day we recorded...any movie on this list could vary up to three spots on any given day depending on my mood. This is just the order that felt right at the point in time that I wrote it. So without further ado, here are my lists and why I liked these films.

Real quick numbers 20 counting down to 11 without blurbs:

  • #20 - The Hallow
  • #19 - Maggie
  • #18 - The Visit
  • #17 - Kristy
  • #16 - Some Kind of Hate
  • #15 - The Gift
  • #14 - Goodnight, Mommy
  • #13 - Landmine Goes Click
  • #12 - Deathgasm
  • #11 - Horsehead

#10 Creep – Mark Duplass put in an amazing performance here as an A grade creep, especially disconcerting for any of us that have watched him on The League. Great movie, and it generated one of the best running jokes on the podcast. Oooooh, Peachfuzz...

#9. Last Shift – a Good indy supernatural horror film with a single setting. We spend most of our time solely with our main character, and Juliana Harkavy does a great job with it. I hope to see her in more horror movies.

#8 Crimson Peak – Guilermo del Toro. What else can I say? This movie suffered from a misleading marketing campaign, and suffered some backlash because of it. But nobody makes a movie look like del Toro can, and this is an amazing piece of film making, even if it is a story we’ve heard before.

#7. Bone Tomahawk – It feels a little strange putting this on the horror list, as for most of the movie, it is primarily a western. However once it reaches it destination...oh boy. Kill of the year!

#6. Zombeavers – One of the aforementioned horror comedies, this movie is a blast! Great laughs throughout, and one of the best theme songs even written.

#5. It Follows – The horror darling of 2015, I didn’t like this as much as a lot of people seemed to. However, it is still a great horror movie, with a throwback 80’s feel. Some people got mad at the ambiguous ending...I liked it.

#4. Krampus – I did not have high expectations for this movie going in, and was pleasantly surprised to find myself thoroughly entertained during every frame of this movie. I can’t wait to see Michael Dougherty come back with Trick “R Treat 2.

#3. What We Do In The Shadows – If you appreciate the Spinal Tap style of humor, than you have to check out this movie. A mockumentary that follows a group of vampires has laughs through. Worth multiple viewings to catch everything.

#2. Cooties – Another horror comedy based on the concept: what if there was a zombie virus that only effected children? Had me laughing from start to finish, with a particularly strong turn from Rainn Wilson.

#1. We Are Still Here – A totally biased pick on my part, I’ll admit. This movie was shot right outside my home town, and I was able to tell from the opening frames. Still a good ghost story that goes absolutely bonkers in the final act.

 

Non-Horror Genre Movies

#10. Jurrasic World – Dinosaurs rule. That is all.

#9. Kung Fury – this may be cheating since it’s a 30 minute short, but I don’t care. I won’t stop talking about Kung Fury until every human on the planet acknowledges it’s awesomeness.

#8. These Final Hours – a movie that certainly has horrific elements, that explores the psychology of what people would do if they knew when the apocalypse was going to happen.

#7. Predestination – Don’t weant to spoil this one. It’s a time travel movie. If you’re into that kind of thing, watch this one, it’s very good.

#6. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – I don’t care what religion Tom Cruise follows...he’s still one of the best action stars working.

#5. The Hateful Eight – QT’s latest addition...dragging a bit at over 3 hours long, Tarantino sultimately still delivers with his latest tale of 8 people stuck in a cabin together

#4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Enough has been written about this. Go read one of those.

#3. The Martian – a good adaptation of a greta novel, The Martian stars Matt Damon as the astronaut stuck on Mars. How can you not root for him?

#2. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller somehow managed to film a 2 hour car chase in the desert and make it absolutely fascinating.

 

#1. Ex Machina – Ultimately my favorite film of 2015. The best of a good batch, Ex Machina got into my head, and led to one of my favorite Dark Discussions of all time about the moral implications of AI becoming self aware.

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