At one point my calculations concluded that there were over 1,600 horror movies slated for 2014 release according to IMDb. How did I ever think I could watch them all? (Besides being seriously deluded) I had to draw the line somewhere and apparently it was at Varsity Blood. Sincerest apologies to Jake Helgren, maybe next time.
In all seriousness, there were way more horror movies released in 2014 than I ever realized. Wikipedia lists the number at over 100 and I know that is inaccurate because I can think of films not on the list just off the top of my head.
Needless to say my year was filled with a lot of gore and I’m probably flagged by the FBI for the level of carnage I endured. I tried my damndest to watch all the blockbusters, all the October releases and most of the indie releases. I can’t justify or reason why I watched certain movies but not others – once you’re down the rabbit hole you don’t ask why.
Not all movies made this list, and we broke it up in categories so all the highlights could get a moment in the spotlight. We do have a full ranking of all the horror movies we watched on our IMDb profile then check out the archives to read our full reviews.
Without further ado, the Best Horror Movies of 2014:
Best Blockbuster Horror Movie of 2014 – The Purge: Anarchy
There weren’t that many blockbuster horror movies that had a chance in this category. Sure there was Deliver Us from Evil and Annabelle but both were so horrifically cliche I couldn’t stand it. Most people will disagree with me for this one, but I don’t care.
Best Foreign Horror Movie of 2014 – The Babadook
Admittedly I didn’t watch many foreign horror films this year. The Babadook was so good it needed a category, so it got one.
Best Horror Remake of 2014 – The Town that Dreaded Sundown
Hollywood is all about remaking horror movies since it wants a sure thing and can’t come up with an original idea. Luckily the makers of The Town That Dreaded Sundown did their research and really incorporated old and new with this film.
Dead Snow 2 (Død Snø 2) could have gone in a few categories as it is equal parts horror and comedy. But as a sequel it does a really interesting job of continuing the story in a realistic manner. Okay, kinda realistic – we are talking about zombie Nazis after all.
Best Indie Horror Movie of 2014 – Honeymoon
The Canal had a fair shot at this title – it is similarly slow paced and focuses on mood building rather than scares and had a cringe worthy ending. Honeymoon just wins out because the film had the longevity to stay with me long after I watched it.
Best Low-budget Horror Movie of 2014 – Starry Eyes
I am so glad I found this little gem. I watched a lot of low budget and independent horror movies, and most of them sucked. Right before I was at the ‘I quit’ point I found Starry Eyes. The ending isn’t ideal but the rest of it is so well done in terms of acting and story, I just don’t care.
Best Creature Horror Movie of 2014 – Tusk
Controversial or unpopular pick because some may feel Tusk isn’t even a creature picture. Well, Kevin Smith called it a ‘creature’ in the behind the scenes footage, so deal with it. Animal wasn’t bad and is runner up but Tusk is so original and so out there, it’s the hands down victor.
Best Comedy/Horror Movie of 2014 (tie) – WolfCop
WolfCop could have landed itself in the indie category for being crowd-funded but at the end of the day it is one weird movie. Lucky for the producers, I like weird movies and there’s still horror in this comedy film!
Best Comedy/Horror Movie of 2014 (tie) – Housebound
This New Zealand based film would’ve kicked The Babadook outta the running for Foreign horror if it wasn’t for the superb acting by its lead actress and its subtle humor. Tired of horror films taking the safe route and become a horror/comedy? Choose this one!