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Let's Talk About... The Best Horror Films of the 2010s!

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An article made for October... being published in November... I'm good at my job!

An article made for October... being published in November... I'm good at my job!

Ranking 2010s Horror Movies

In this article, I would like to take a look at all the subgenres of horror in what they had to offer and determine what I believe to be some of the greatest examples within their respective categories; paranormal hauntings, demonic possessions, slashers, sequels, remakes, etc. Originally, I was tinkering with the idea of doing something similar to my Best Films of the Decade (2010-2019) article; picking out what I declared as the best horror film of each year between 2010 to 2019. However, I find this idea of choosing the best flick out of each individual subgenre of horror to be a bit more exciting.

Please keep in mind, horror is subjective. Film in general is subjective, obviously. What one person may find to be utterly terrifying, I might shrug my shoulders at. Or vice versa, I might be afraid of certain elements far more than anyone else. So if there are movies you may disagree with me about or believe there should be specific entries that should have been made yet wasn’t for some reason, comment down below so we can chat about it! Without further ado, here’s my list of the best horror movies out of the 2010s!

What an excellent day for an exorcism!

— Creepy Demon Reagan

Best Horror Comedy

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Horror-Comedy, in my opinion, is one of the most difficult subgenres of horror that one could write and even harder to execute correctly without the humor disrupting the horror or the scares not fitting quite right with the laughs. On top of that, there are so many ways to play with the formula that no two Horror-Comedies almost ever feel exactly alike; some might be comedies with a few horror elements sprinkled in, another might be pure terror with the occasional comic levity, and then there are the ones that blend both genres seamlessly together into one hilariously creepy experience.

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Us (2019)

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The Plot: A family of four go on vacation to Santa Cruz when coincidences start transpiring all around them, until one night their vacation home is invaded by a group of doppelgangers looking exactly like the family themselves. From there it is a night of terror as the family fight themselves in order to stay alive.

Jordan Peele’s sophomore production proves not only that he’s a capable director, but a God damn masterclass artist of horror and comedy behind the camera. This man knows how to craft the perfect blend of pure tension with gut busting laughs; a task, as we all know, is not as easy as it sounds to convey on the page, nor execute on the screen. Yet, somehow, Peele pulls this challenge off as though it were nothing. Because Us does so wonderfully at the balancing act of horror and comedy unlike any other I’ve seen in decades, it was a relatively easy winner in this category.

I know that for most people, Get Out is the superior film and I wholeheartedly agree that Peele’s directorial debut was undoubtedly a masterpiece. Both are spiritual channelings of twisted Twilight Zone tales that are terrifying exercises in tension with a natural voice of humor between those thrills. However, the deciding element that helped edge out Us into the lead, for me personally, were the themes of the human soul and will. Do we have control over our actions, or is there something else deep down within us all pulling the strings? Are we puppets destined to destroy ourselves? Do we all have it within every one of us the ability to commit terrors that appease our darkest desires? Are we all good people keeping the monster at bay or monsters disguising ourselves as being decent? These questions raised by Us is a major reason why I believe it is ever so slightly better than Get Out.

Besides the endless thought provoking ideas, the film’s strength comes heavily from its talented cast who all have dual roles as the normal family members and the darker versions. At no point does anyone stick out as miscast or distracting, when we are following our protagonists we have a charismatic bunch with lovable chemistry together; then when they flip the switch, these same actors are strange, soulless creatures that creep the hell out of me. Everyone is at the top of their game, with the standout for me being Lupita Nyong’o, who is giving both performances 110% in every single frame. She breathes every one of her lines with such commitment it’s jaw droppingly intense, the attention to detail to every concise bit of movement she performs is mesmerizing, Nyong’o is simply incredible and is one of my favorite horror heroes/villains out of the entire decade!

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Best Stephen King Adaptation

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Stephen King is an undisputed master of horror and has been for decades, we all know this. From his literary works of art to the many cinematic and televised adaptations created over the years, the man has succeeded time and time again in scaring the sh*t out of us! My favorite film adaptation of King’s work is honestly Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, even though I know King doesn’t personally care for the movie in the slightest as years afterward he made his own TV miniseries to better represent his source material, one that I actually reviewed last year.

However, what film adaptations stuck out from the 2010s for this iconic author? What was the movie to interpret King’s terrifying material into great heights and chill us deep to the bone within the last ten years? I have my picks on what frightened me most, but I definitely did not list every adaptation to come out of the decade; so if anyone disagrees, I apologize, I simply did not find every Stephen King adaptation released to be all that good or scary. Again for anyone disagrees, please by all means, comment down below so we can discuss the subject further. Until then, here’s the King flicks that creeped me out most!

With that grin, it's impossible not to adore the man!

With that grin, it's impossible not to adore the man!

Plot: In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster disguised as a crazy killer Clown who calls himself Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). Preying on the children of Derry, Maine nearly every 30 years. After the kids defeated him in ’89, they have to rejoin their Losers Club to finish the job once and for all.

This is probably considered cheating, but out of all the Stephen King movie adaptations that came out from the decade, IT Chapter 1 AND 2 were too good for me to overlook as being the best. Picking either the first or second chapter only had proved rather difficult as I enjoy both pictures, but for slightly different reasons. Both are darkly funny with really cool carnival haunted house styled scares to be had, the visual effects are mostly done with astonishing results, and they both contain a beautiful heart that I couldn’t dare myself to ignore.

In that tremendous heart of both chapters are its lead casts; Jaeden Martell and James McAvoy as Bill, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Jay Ryan as Ben, Wyatt Oleff and Andy Bean as Stanley, Finn Wolfhard and Bill Hader as Richie, Sophia Lillis and Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Jack Dylan Grazer and James Ransone as Eddie, and lastly Chosen Jacobs and Isaiah Mustafa as Mike. All of which are excellent in their respective roles with damn perfect casting, especially in regards of the adult actors taking on the roles performed by the child actors first; how they were all able to recapture their spirit of the kids from the first movie was f*cking incredible and it actually wowed me that the adult cast found a way to catch that same lightning in a bottle that the first movie had done so effortlessly.