Sara: It's that time of year, Creeps! Time to start wrapping things up for 2019 and of course one of our favorite things to talk about on this blog are movies, so this year we are going to list off our top ten films of the year! Because we only have seen big theater movies/Netflix originals, we are a bit limited. We are hoping to see more independent films next year if they are available in our area or showing at a place we can get to (horror festivals we are attending, etc.) and with our purchase of Shudder this year, we hope to have access to more. Watching (mostly horror) movies is definitely our favorite hobby, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Without further ado, here is our list:
#10 Knives Out A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
Sara: If you are lucky enough to have this one still playing in theaters near you, absolutely go see it. It is crime/comedy/drama, but those elements are tied together perfectly. Obviously if you are a fan of Clue, we deserved a new who dunnit film, and this one was quite satisfying. I also want to note the perfect timing of the release of this movie, the holidays. If your family is driving you nuts for whatever reason, go watch some other disgruntled family duke it out! Well played/
Jeremy: This one I was excited for immediately after catching the trailer. As Sara said the Clue parallels are hard to ignore, but while there's plenty of comedy to be had in Knifes Out, this one goes for a slightly more serious approach, more like a Sherlock Holmes mystery i'd say. While this is the only completely non-horror pick we included here, I still find that any fan of the genre can still enjoy the many twists and turns offered here (plus a kinda gnarly death scene at midway through the film).
Sara: As soon as the trailer started popping up on social media for this one, we knew we had to see it in theaters. Much like Happy Death Day, and Child's Play (2019), this movie was simply fun. Although the movie was as bit on the predictable side, and it was a bit of a slow burn, it had some funny moments, and a really awesome cast! This one is going to be one of those movies that we will throw on when we don't know what to watch/have a group of people over.
Jeremy: I remember the anticipation I had for this one right when it hit theaters, and while it didn't quite live up to the promise of insanity that the trailer offered, Ma still had plenty of unhinged moments to elevate it to making it here on our list. Most notably, that final twenty or so minutes of the film really pays off in a big way.
#8 Ready Or Not A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.
Sara: This one I was so stoked to see, because I really love You're Next (2011) and I am always down for females kicking major ass in horror films, which is what the trailer for this movie was promising. Again, slightly predictable, however, it was sooooo much fun! Absolutely watching this movie every single June during wedding season.
Jeremy: This film definitely went some places that I didn't expect it would, and I loved it all the more for it! Ready Or Not is an incredibly fun film from start to finish and wastes no time getting to what you came to see. If only more horror films based off of games such as this existed with this level of quality (looking at you Truth or Dare).
#7 IT: Chapter 2 Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back
Sara: This movie I was soooo very hyped for, and it was nice to see so many others excited for a big-budget horror movie this year. Personally, I liked Chapter 1 more, but the cast was great, and I will take this adult half over the 90's adult half any day (sorry, not sorry). As much as I loved the kids, there were too many flashbacks for me, which made the movie seem even longer, but I still really enjoyed it.
Jeremy: While not quite as good as the first half of this two part movie series, I still found a lot to love about the Loser's Club returning to Derry 27 years later. I have to agree with Sara as well that the adult bits in this film are by far superior to what was offered in the 1990 version, giving us a much better final battle, along with tons of Pennywise spooks (the old woman, Paul Bunyan, and Leper being some of my favorite sequences).
#6 Crawl A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.
Sara: I LOVE a good summer creature feature! Every summer we always HAVE to watch Jaws, and 47 Meters Down, and now I am happy to add Crawl to the list! We saw this at the drive in and it was hands down the PERFECT movie to see on the big screen, outside, with big ol bucket of popcorn and friends. Absolutely picking this one up before next summer starts.
Jeremy: Crawl might have been the most intense movie of the year to watch for me, and about as perfect of a summer blockbuster that i've yet to see (outside of Jaws anyway). The concept may come off as a bit silly, but with so many harrowing sequences to choose from (the gas station scene for instance), there's just too much insanity at play to not take this one seriously.
#5 Us A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.
Sara: The trailer alone for this one creeped the shit out of me, and it didn't disappoint! Another summer flick, but this is a movie that feels like a scary story being told around a campfire come to life. Writing this is realllllly making me want to watch Twilight Zone now, so good! This is going to be another must-watch every summer, it is just so creepy, and the comedic relief is played out perfectly.
Jeremy: Personally I liked this one a bit more than Get Out, perhaps due to its tendency to stick a little closer to the horror genre over a thriller. With a superb cast of characters, both human and their doppelganger counterparts, there's never a dull moment here. If I could ask for anything more, it would be for us to see what happens after the credits roll, but perhaps the movie is best left to the imagination.
#4 Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.
Sara: This was probably one of my most anticipated movies of the year, because the Scary Stories books were one of my first introductions to horror as a child. The monsters are completely amazing, the characters are well-rounded, and the setting is perfection. I have a little bit of issues with the plot, but it doesn't ruin the movie for me. I think we watched this 2-3 times after Halloween because it is just so perfect for coming off of that spooky season high. I kinda wanna watch it again right now, not gonna lie.
Jeremy: This movie was the reason that we created a Halloween blues post last month, it just so perfectly nails that time of year. With creature designs that brought the illustrations of the books to live in perfect form, i'd recommend this one to anyone who wants to get someone they know into horror, but still scare them at the same time.
#3 Joker In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.
Sara: Not going to lie, I did not expect much out of this movie going in. Don't get me wrong, I feel like I might be one of the few who like super hero movies, but I am not big on DC (I would 10/10 watch a Loki movie any day). I loved the filter, and the grittiness that the trailer captured. It felt like the first movie that made Gotham look like what it is supposed to look like in the comics and that's honestly what sold me-attention to detail. Needless to say, the film surprised me and I really enjoyed it. Like most movies, it had some predictable moments, but there were also a few scenes that surprised me. Its a heavy movie emotionally, so I most likely won't be able to watch this more than once a year, but this movie is like The Godfather or Rosemary's Baby in that sense where once its on, I am completely invested.
Jeremy: A modern day Taxi Driver for the superhero origin story genre. That's pretty much what everyone is saying, but I found a bit more in this flick that elevated it this year for me. Every aspect of this movie, as do the next two films on our list, works to create a world that you feel completely enveloped in. That there's so much going on behind the scenes that you want to know about. I never particularly cared for DC films, but this one really hit home for me in a way that makes me want to see more movies that can capture what Joker can do.
#2 The Lighthouse Based on real events which saw two lighthouse keepers stranded for months at sea in a freak storm, the film tells a tale of death, madness and isolation; a desolate trip into the heart of human darkness.
Sara: I am a HUGE fan of The Witch, and I had just listened to the Lighthouse episode of Lore before we headed out to see this, so I was pretty stoked! I am not going to lie, this movie was a lot grosser than I expected, but it felt so very David Lynch, I loved it. I couldn't stop talking about the beautiful shots, the incredible acting, and all of the farts. There are so many farts in this movie, holy shit. 10/10, do recommend.
Jeremy: I had a hard time not choosing this as my favorite movie of the year, this was one trip that I may not want to take on a regular basis, but one that when I do i'm absolutely along for the ride. Even more emotionally driven than The Witch before it, The Lighthouse surpasses that film for me by a fair amount, coming off as even more disturbing to me personally. This is not one to miss.
#1 Midsommar A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Sara: This was probably the first movie in a long time that was everything that I expected out of seeing a trailer, and then some. I tend to favor the fall/Halloween horror flicks, but this one made me want to watch ALL of the folk horror movies! And drink lots of beer, in a floral crown, and a flowery dress. A very emotional movie, with horrifying imagery, shocking scenes, and I absolutely loved it.
Jeremy: The problems I had with Hereditary were more or less fixed with Midsommar, and while I found the emotional gravity of The Lighthouse to resonate a little more, there's no denying that Midsommar is a fantastic film worthy of the praise its gotten. This one is going to be talked about for many years to come, and not since The Wicker Man has a folk horror film so drawn me into its world. Plus, the relationship conflict between our two leads of the film really sells the claustrophobic atmosphere in what should be a happy place.
Well Creeps, that's our wrap up! What are your favorite flicks of the year? Drop us a line! Either here, or any of our forms of social media at @FoxyCatCoven, or in our Facebook group: Coven Creeps, located right on our Facebook page! Until next time, keep it creepy, kids!