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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

THE BEST HORROR FILMS OF 2018

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By Charlie David Page
23rd October 2018

With the culmination of Halloween and the release of... well, 'Halloween'... SWITCH has put together a collection of the scariest films from 2018! Wander back through a year with some brilliant horror offerings, and bring in All Hallow's Eve with the best movies that go bump in the night.

Halloween - A thrilling and worthy successor to the horror classic
HALLOWEEN
‘Halloween’ is more than worthy of the legacy of Carpenter’s foundational classic, and an impressive piece of horror filmmaking in its own right.
The Nun - Lacking both soul and scares
THE NUN
I had to wonder if ‘The Conjuring’, ‘Insidious’, and ‘Annabelle’ films couldn’t have been mashed together into one or two decent movies instead of spread thinly over what feels like a dozen poor-to-mediocre films (and counting...).
Tigers Are Not Afraid - Once upon a time in Mexico...
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID
You're either transported to a world where the supernatural walks by dirty alleyways and abandoned houses, or taken on a journey through a child's imagination as it justifies unspeakable bloodshed.
Mandy - A psychedelic gonzo masterpiece
MANDY
The film pays homage to a wide selection of genre classics. If you are attuned to the very specific influences and psychedelic frequencies emitted by this movie, ‘Mandy’ is an absolute delight.
Revenge - Gory thrills for the #MeToo era
REVENGE
Stylish, with a neat soundtrack and glossy visuals, and violent in a tough and satisfying way, ‘Revenge’ doesn't wallow in some of the uglier things that the films in this genre tend to.
The Predator - Another kick-ass franchise bites the dust
THE PREDATOR
It’s just a loud, confusing mess, not schlocky or silly enough to make up for all that it lacks. This could have been such a blast. Instead, it’s a bore.
The House with a Clock in its Walls - A potentially fun children film that never finds its rhythm
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
It’s a pity it doesn’t work as well as it should, because there’s a really great children’s film in there. It’s only just fun enough to make it not totally forgettable.
Good Manners - Far from 'Twilight'
GOOD MANNERS
If bizarre, gruesome, sometimes lesbian, supernatural Brazilian films are your thing, ‘Good Manners’ will probably be right up your alley.
Suspiria - An ecstatic dance to the edge of sanity
SUSPIRIA
This is a film that will divide, and is certainly not for everyone. Luca Gadagnino has created a dark symphony in honour of the classic, in the process creating a work just as powerful and unsettling.
Ghost Stories - Sceptical scares
GHOST STORIES
An eerie, cleverly-assembled horror film, with scares that will vary depending on how big of a horror buff you are.
Upgrade - Futurism and face-smashing action
UPGRADE
‘Upgrade’, with its low budget, innovative mixtures of story and vision, and unabashed genre thrills and chills, manages to thrash out some of the metaphysics of the twenty-first century.
Hereditary - Nothing stays buried
HEREDITARY
‘Hereditary’ is not for the faint of heart. It’s a stressful, intense ride through an escalating family tragedy with a supernatural horror twist. You have been warned.
The Field Guide to Evil - An uneven assortment of international terrors
THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL
The quality of the film is nebulous, and difficult to trace into patterns and arcs: a horror-dream or a familiar nightmare composed of images you’ve never seen before but that feel strangely familiar.
The Night Eats the World - The horrors of loneliness
THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD
This zombie film is not an action-packed gore-fest. Instead, it poses questions about the nature of humanity and loneliness.
The Cured - Melancholic social commentary, plus zombies
THE CURED
A suspenseful and intelligent horror movie with an enjoyably slow pace and melancholic palette.
Unsane - Paranoia will destroy ya
UNSANE
Not just a gimmick, but not quite transcending its pulpy genre origins, ‘Unsane’ is mean, it’s nasty, and entertaining as hell. Steven Soderbergh is clearly having a ball, and Claire Foy is stunning.
A Quiet Place - A smart, silent take on the horror genre
A QUIET PLACE
The story of ‘A Quiet Place’ at its core is family, and is the film’s biggest strength. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are wonderful, but young Millicent Simmonds is the breakaway star.
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