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Stuart's Best from Horror DNA 2018

Written by Stuart D. Monroe

 

Well, here we are: the survival of another divisive and aggravating year. Luckily for all you gore-hounds and psychopaths out there, we still have horror to bring us together and help make sense of all the crazy bullshit that that rest of the world is arguing about 24-7. This beautifully bloody therapy has given us one of the best years for the genre in a very long time. Wouldn’t you agree?

We’ve seen horror blow up in 2018 like it’s the renaissance. I’m not complaining. I’m sure you aren’t, either. In fact, it warms my black little heart. With that being said, here’s my 10 favorite horror films that I had the privilege of reviewing for Horror DNA (of the 50 or so that I reviewed).

I’ve got your back, see? If you dig this list then check out my Best from Horror DNA 2018 and Best of the Big and Small Screen 2018.

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Await Further Instructions

Probably my favorite of the year. I can’t remember the last time a horror film was so technically solid, hypnotizingly watchable, and satirically relevant at the same time. It will go down as an all-time classic, beautifully acted and hideously effective. I stand corrected- it’s definitely my favorite of the year.

Horror DNA review of Await Further Instructions.

 

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Blood Fest

In my review, I declared it “…a gory, smart-ass treat for hardcore horror fans”. I stand by that. It’s a deft blend of meta, campy, and splattery. It was also superior to eerily similar box-office underperformer Hell Fest…and that one had a bigger budget and Tony Todd in it!

Horror DNA review of Blood Fest.

 

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Butterfly Kisses

Shows what you can do with found-footage when it’s in the right hands. There’s a Nightmare on Elm Street quality to it by way of the “dream within a dream within a dream” setup. Bloody brilliant and not to be missed.

Horror DNA review of Butterfly Kisses.

 

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Dead Night

Two words for this one: OLD SCHOOL. One of the legendary Barbara Crampton’s best performances in a surprisingly nuanced throwback. A strong addition to the family horror subgenre that’s so big right now.

Horror DNA review of Dead Night.

 

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Knuckleball

Isolationist horror that’s bleak and utterly real. Michael Ironside is a God. There’s some truly creepy stuff going on here, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. This one will stay with you for a while. Be prepared. Home Alone meets horror perversion!

Horror DNA review of Knuckleball.

 

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Look Away

There are movies that have something to say, then there’s this thriller that is still pretty damn horrific. It has a ton to say about growing up privileged, parental sleaze, addiction, and bullying. It also wraps all that nastiness in a very pretty package.

Horror DNA review of Look Away.

 

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Possum

This one is so weird, so singular, so off the wall that Eraserhead pisses its pants and runs away. I know that sounds over the top, but just watch it. You won’t believe (or understand) what you’re seeing. The strangest and most arresting movie of the year.

Horror DNA review of Possum.

 

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Sick For Toys

A new Christmas classic! It’s got psychological incest, kidnapping, torture, subliminal messages, and one of my favorite dinner scenes of all time involving drugs and misdirection. This could be a family film…depending on how fucked up your family is.

Horror DNA review of Sick For Toys.

 

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The Fear Footage

Filmed with a $400 budget (I’m not joking), this is a found-footage anthology that makes the most of the definition of micro-budget with classic scares, clever marketing, and some innovative camera work. Seek it out, especially if found footage is your thing.

Horror DNA review of The Fear Footage.

 

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The Night Eats the World

If you’re going to crib, you crib from the best. It’s a French 28 Days Later set in an old apartment building. It’s all about loneliness and social anxiety. There’s also a new take on Bub from Day of the Dead. We all love that, don’t we? Best looking movie of the year.

Horror DNA review of The Night Eats the World.

 

 

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

The Clovehitch Killer, The Dark, Trench 11, Family of Fear, Hunt for the Skinwalker, Lost Child, Mara

 

About The Author
Stuart Monroe
Staff Writer
Stuart D. Monroe is a man of many faces – father, husband, movie reviewer, published author of short horror, unsuccessful screenwriter (for now), rabid Clemson Tiger, Southern gentleman, and one hell of a model American who goes by the handle "Big Daddy Stu" or "Sir". He's also highly disturbed and wears that fact like a badge of honor. He is a lover of all things horror with a particular taste for the fare of the Italians and the British. He sometimes gets aroused watching the hardcore stuff, but doesn't bother worrying about whether he was a serial killer in a past life as worrying is for the weak. He was raised in the video stores of the '80s and '90s. The movie theater is his cathedral. He worships H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. When he writes, he listens obsessively to either classical music or the works of Goblin to stimulate the neural pathways. His favorite movie is Dawn of the Dead. His favorite book is IT. His favorite TV show is LOST.
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