It is time for the obligatory top ten horror movies of 2014. I know that some people like doing their top ten worst films of 2014, but that never made sense to me. I like to only give publicity for the films worth watching. Of course, if it is a big named horror movie that I was not so fond of, I would probably review that as well, but for most horror movies, I will only talk about the ones that I would think of recommending.
With that said, hear are my top ten horror movies from 2014.
10. Inner Demons (2014)
Director: Seth Grossman
Writer: Glenn Gers
Stars: Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, Kate Whitney
Lara Vosburgh plays an amazing lead role in Seth Grossman’s (The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations) film about an intervention style reality show. The story keeps the viewer engrossed from start to finish and is more original than most of what gets released theatrically these days.
9. Annabelle (2014)
Director: John R. Leonetti
Writer: Gary Dauberman
Stars: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard
The much-hyped “Annabelle,” a spinoff from “The Conjuring,” directed by John R. Leonetti, was not bad at all. Of course, it was even remotely close to as good as “The Conjuring,” but it still had its moments.
8. Housebound (2014)
Director: Gerard Johnstone
Writer: Gerard Johnstone
Stars: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru
Gerard Johnstone’s film debut, “Housebound,” is an interesting tale with interesting characters that just works on many levels.
7. Tusk (2014)
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Stars: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment
Kevin Smith makes an impact in the horror genre with the odd tale “Tusk” featuring some great roles from Justin Long and Michael Parks. As a podcaster of the FearShop.com Horror Podcast myself, I can relate to Long’s character and when you hear the backstory of how this movie was conceived, it makes the tale quite compelling.
6. The Babadook
Director: Jennifer Kent
Writer: Jennifer Kent
Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
In her first full-length theatrical release, Jennifer Kent both directed and wrote this Australian tale of terror praised by “The Exorcist” director William Friedkin as being the scariest horror movie ever. This old school style relies on suspense through its run and it proves that crowd-funded films just might be the future of film-making.
5. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel
Stars: Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr
Tommy Wirkola did something that we did not expect – he followed up the surprise zombie hit “Dead Snow” with a solid sequel in “Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead.” Of couse, it is not as good as the original, but this installment ended up being a fun ride from start to finish with some nice zombie gore during the final bad between the Russians and Germans.
4. Oculus (2013)
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan (screenplay), Jeff Howard (screenplay)
Stars: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff
Director Mike Flanagan stormed on to the horror scene with the thrilling masterpiece “Absentia” in 2011. In 2013, he followed it up with “Oculus” proving that his direction was no fluke. “Oculus” ended up being a better film than “Absentia” in every way. This twisted tale surprises the viewer at every turn and never lets you down. Add to the fine writing and direction an all-star cast consisting of any nerd’s wet dream with Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff.
3. Ouija (2014)
Director: Stiles White
Writers: Juliet Snowden (screenplay), Stiles White (screenplay)
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff
Stiles White has done special effects for films such as “An Interview With a Vampire,” “The Sixth Sense” and “Lake Placid,” but his one and only directing credit comes with the surprising hit “Ouija.” There is no way that this formulaic story can work as a full-length feature movie. This film has average written all over it, but it ends up being a really good movie.
2. The Device (2014)
Director: Jeremy Berg
Writers: Jeremy Berg
Stars: Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan, Kate Alden
Jeremy Berg’s horror/sci-fi piece hearkens back memories of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” in how it plays itself out in many ways, least of which is not the massive level of suspense that encompasses the film from start to finish. With this being just Berg’s sophomore effort, I am expecting great things from him based on how intense “The Device” is during its entire run.
1. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
Director: Adam Robitel
Writers: Gavin Heffernan, Adam Robitel
Stars: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang
Director Adam Robitel makes his feature length debut with the amazingly intense “The Taking of Deborah Logan.” While the film reminds of other recent films, it does plenty to set itself apart namely leaving the viewer with haunting visuals. At first glance, the film starts off slow, but when the film ramps up, it has so many great moments and even better visuals.